Jasper Fforde’s The Fourth Bear

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Fiction, Kim, Uncategorized

There are about five million likable things about Jasper Fforde and the same is true for the second novel in his Nursery Crime series, The Fourth Bear. In this episode, Jack Spratt investigates the disappearance of Goldilocks and an escaped Gingerbread Man, all while tackling other little obstacles from the world of nursery rhymes. One could describe Fforde’s writing as one big giant joke, and the same is true for this novel, as it will keep you laughing from page to page. But, like any true genius, Fforde takes his craft to the extreme and executes it intelligently and flawlessly. Undeniably, one of the most endearing factors in Fforde’s writing is that it’s funny and smart.

If there are qualms to be found in this book, they are few, since the point of reading the book is simply to be entertained. At times I felt a scene lingering a little too long, or a taking place altogether for the sheer purpose of churning out jokes, which at points bordered on tedious. Then of course, one has to remember, I did come here for fun.

All in all, a truly great read. Especially and very highly recommended after a bout of heavy literary reading. You’ll be ready to kiss Fforde and weep, “Thank you, thank you, thank you! That was the most fun I ever had.” No, really, you will.

Reviewed By: Kim

Author: Jasper Fforde
Date Read: April 2011
Source: Barnes & Noble at a Fforde book signing. Yes, he is incredibly charming and lovable in person!

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