Friday, May 20, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

I like participating in this, it's fun!

Book Blogger Hop

And this week's question is great:

"If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

My answer: I would have to say I'd love to experience the world of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. It's hard to explain, but in this world, a parallel universe to our own, some people can "enter" books and interact with the characters, etc. In addition, literature in general is esteemed very highly, a nice change from our own, where people are sometimes willfully anti-reading. 

The books in this series are full of allusions to literature and inventive wordplay and are a really fun, creative read. They are some of my favorite books and I can't recommend them highly enough. Jasper Fforde got me to read Jane Eyre for Pete's sake! I will probably do a reread of the series this year at some point, maybe after I've read some of the other classic books he references. If you haven't read these books, please give the first in the series, The Eyre Affair, a try and let me know what you thought, even if you didn't like it. 

As a runner up, of course a day in the magical world of Harry Potter would be fun too!

9 comments:

  1. I haven't read the Thursday Next series, it sounds interesting.
    I am a new follower.

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  2. You're the second blog I've read that chose the Thursday Next series - and I smacked my head thinking "of course! Why didn't I think of that?" Loved The Eyre Affair...great pick :)

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  3. I’ve seen a lot of great picks and gathered some fresh titles to add to my ever-growing TBR list. My answer will probably stun most people because the world I picked is a place most people would be scared to death of and try to escape from. Me? I want in.

    Hop on over to my blog and be prepared for the unexpected – http://www.howardsherman.net

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Bitten Books. I'm following your blog now too :)

    I've been meaning to read Fforde's books for ages! Sounds like an awesome world to visit. I'm always up for 'book' places. One of the reasons I wanted to visit the HP world was to check out Flourish & Blotts or the school library. I'd be in heaven.

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  5. Hi all, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following!

    Anne, please do try them and let me know what you think either way!

    Kat, Narnia and His Dark... would both be great choices too. I'd love to be able to talk to some talking animals, for one thing.

    Howard, nice blog and I like your Hop choice. Interesting!

    Kaity, I know what you mean, I'd love to sneak into the Restricted Section and see some of those books!

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  6. Great minds think alike. I definitely recommend these books too. So far I have gotten most of my friends to read them and not one hasn't loved them.

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  7. My gosh, thank you for reminding me about this series! I read The Eyre Affair about four years ago and really want to read more from this series. You've just inspired me to look these up! Great choice.

    ~Jenni
    blookbog.wordpress.com

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  8. You're the second (I think) person I've seen with this answer. Fforde's world is a really fun one. I've only read the first book in the Thursday Next series - I really need to re-read that one and then finish the series. It's so fun!

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

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  9. Hi. I am a new follower via the blog hop. Would love to have to follow my blog at http://mylife-in-stories.blogspot.com

    Thanks. Donna

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