Monday, March 7, 2011

Tuesday Tomorrow

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
Published by: Viking
Publication Date: March 8th, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"With the real Thursday Next missing, the "written" Thursday Next leaves her book to undertake an assignment for the Jurisfiction Accident Investigation Department, in Fforde's wild and wacky sixth BookWorld novel (after Thursday Next: First Among Sequels). As written Thursday Next finds herself playing roles intended for her real counterpart, BookWorld's elite try to deal with a border dispute between Racy Novel and Women's Fiction. It's not always possible to know where one is in BookWorld, which has been drastically remade, or in Fforde's book, which shares the madcap makeup of Alice in Wonderland, even borrowing Alice's dodo. Outrageous puns (e.g., a restaurant called Inn Uendo) and clever observations relating to the real book world (e.g., the inhabitants of "Vanity" island now prefer Self-Published or Collaborative) abound. Fforde's diabolical meshing of insight and humor makes a "mimefield" both frightening and funny, while the reader must traverse a volume that's a minefield of unexpected and amusing twists."

Yeah for a new Jasper Fforde book! Always inventive, always original. Plus, I have to say, my favorite cover yet, it's like a literary Mad Men!

The Complaints by Ian Rankin
Published by: Reagan Arthur Books
Publication Date: March 8th, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"Nobody likes The Complaints—they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's a department known within the force as "The Dark Side," and it's where Malcolm Fox works. He's a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything. Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There's a cop named Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks—dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home. In THE COMPLAINTS, Rankin proves again why he is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling crime writers, mixing unstoppable pacing with the deeper question of who decides right from wrong."

This one's for my Mom, a huge fan of Rakin's Rebus novels. Personally I like John Hannah as Rebus, so at least we have something to talk about.


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