Have you ever discovered an author that just tickles your fancy and your funny bone all at the same time? And once you have discovered that author do you remember how you discovered them?
Well,this is how I feel about Jasper Fforde! I discovered him through a friend of mine who also has an eclectic taste in books and wow, what a gift she gave me by doing that. I have read all of his books and have been waiting patiently for January 2010 to arrive in order to purchase his new book – Shades of Grey- which sounds like just the thing I need in my reading collection. Along with all of his others of course!
Heres an exerpt from Kalahari:
No one could cheat the Colourman and the colour test. What you got was what you were, forever. Your life, career and social standing decided right there and then, and all worrisome life-uncertainties eradicated forever. You knew who you were, what you would do, where you would go, and what was expected of you. In return, you simply accepted your rung upon the Chromatic ladder, and assiduously followed the Rulebook. Your life was mapped. And all in the time it takes to bake a tray of scones …Eddie Russett lives comfortably in a world where fortune, career and ultimate destiny are rigidly dictated by the colours you can see. Until he falls in love with a Grey named Jane, and starts to question every aspect of the Rulebook. Why are spoons illegal? And what actually happens to all those people who are sent to the Emerald City to Reboot?
So, imagine my surprise and excitement, when I found this blog, with the rather enticing name of ‘strange and random happenstance’ with this giveaway! So, if you fancy trying your luck (though if you do win, you have to let me read it…;-)) or if you just feel like holding fingers and toes that I win it, please head on over and check it out.
If none of that makes you want to read the book, check out this photo of Jasper Fforde himself, its enough to make a woman go weak at the knees, and may tempt you enough to give his books a go!
‘An utter delight … The world Fforde has created in SHADES OF GREY is colourful beyond description.’ — TheBookbag.co.uk ‘There are distinct shades of Orwell’s 1984′ — Daily Express ‘A vividly imagined landscape whose every facet is steeped in the author’s remarkably detailed color scheme’ — Publishers Weekly Praise for Jasper Fforde — : ‘Fforde’s books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted … and are embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett’ — Independent ‘Fans of the late Douglas Adams or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde’ — Herald ‘No summaries can do justice to the sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality of the works, nor to their vast repertoire of intricate wordplay and puns’ — The Times ‘All brilliantly original’ — Booklist