Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde is the fourth book in the Thursday Next series. After not particularly enjoying the third book, I wasn’t sure what I’d make of this book. And wow am I glad I didn’t stop with the third book. This one was so much fun to read.
Now, I admit it may have been as simple as I was in a better place emotionally. More likely, it is because I love Hamlet and found it amusing to see him engage in the “real” world. Of course, the world in which Thursday Next lives is not necessarily real, although it is much like our own. Only it isn’t. I mean, where else would someone stop playing hockey to play professional croquet because the former is not as violent as the latter?
It’s that sort of quirkiness that makes these books so very much fun to read. But you can’t skip the third book because too much happens therein, things that overlap into this fourth book. A thread that was left dangling is interwoven into this book, and even the too convenient incidents are put into a logical context, if one can apply the word logic to the weirdness of this alternate reality.
Anyway, a fun read. Perfect for a summer vacation or a bit of escapism.