The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is the first book in the Thursday Next Series. In it special operative Thursday Next is in pursuit of criminal mastermind and superhuman Acheron Hades who stole a device enabling him to pass the barrier between reality and fiction.
With the use of this machine Hades threatens to change classic literatur, for example by kidnapping the protagonist from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Again a real page turner by Mr. Fforde.
Again a hilarious read, some say a mix of Hitchhikers Guide to the Glaxy and Discworld.
A new form of science is developed called Psychohistory, which is able to predict the future by using mathematics and statistical analysis. Hari Seldon the inventor of the new science predicts the end of the current multi galactic empire. He predicts the following of a 30.000 year long period of barbarianism. To shorten the length of the babaric era to 1000 years he forms two institutions called “The Foundation”, tasked to collect all knowledge known to man.
The books are a good read but I somewhat missed Asimov’s prophetic character. The second book is not without its lengths but does manage to return to an interesting ending.
A short and fun read if you are not offended by the use of stereotypes or a typical “I love my friend’s girlfriend” story.
The Food of Love at Amazon.de
These are rough times for DI Jack Spratt, head of the Nursery Crime Division in Reading. It is easter – a hard time for eggs – when Humptey Dumptey is found dead.
As in any good thriller there is murder, hate, love, jealousy and of course explosions.
People who like Douglas Adams will most likely find this a fun and entertaining book to read.
The Big Over Easy at Amazon.de
A classic Alistair MacLean. If you liked San Andreas or Ice Station Zebra you will also like this one.
Der Santorin Schock at Amazon.de
ruthless.com by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg is part of the powerplay series.
I was a bit disapointed by this book: the typical tension built up of Clancy’s books is delayed till there are only roughly 30 pages left and there is a lof of (as I felt) unneeded detail with regard to character description.
The book is only 353 pages long. When compared to Rainbow Six or The Bear and Dragon this might be the reason for the late mount of tension.
I can imagine that the detailed descriptions where supposed to clarify each character’s motivation but I only felt bored and found myself skipping ahead more than one time.