Something Rotten

Something Rotten

Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop the hostile takeover of Hamlet by Orphelia? Can Swindon win the world croquet championship and thus prevent the end of the world? All this and more is revealed in this, the 4th volume in the Thursday Next series. Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellmanin Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Z Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop the hostile takeover of Hamlet by Orphelia? Can Swindon win the world c...

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Title:Something Rotten
Author:Jasper Fforde
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Something Rotten
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:385 pages pages

Something Rotten Reviews

  • John
    Mar 22, 2019
    Top flight stuff, with Thursday keeping about six balls in the air at once, clues to what's about to happen slipped in so deftly you don't notice, and relentlessly clever twists and details in a storyline capped by the most vicious game of croquet as ever was. ...
  • Kyle
    Aug 28, 2007
    Happy birthday, William Shakespeare, and as a gift for your 450th, I present to you an excellent book written for your 440th. Jasper Fforde has exactly the same love of reading and writer's inventiveness as many of the great ones who are inspired by your creativity. Not only does he gi...
  • Martine
    Jan 11, 2008
    The fouth instalment of the Thursday Next series is my favourite one, the one in which all the plotlines set out earlier are woven together and political satire enters the series in a grand way. In Something Rotten, Thursday returns from the book world to late-1980s England with her...
  • Luann
    Mar 31, 2008
    This took me a LONG time to get into. It has been on my "to-read" list since 2008, so for a while I wondered why I even bothered. I started enjoying it about half way through, and then I came across a passage that made the whole thing worth it: (view spoiler)[ "Wait!" I cried out. ...
  • Ashley Fritch
    Aug 15, 2019
    So, I've really enjoyed this series...BUT... there was just so much going on in this book; it was crowded with storylines and they just didn't feel developed enough for me to get truly interested in them. I may be taking a break from the series for a bit after this one. ...
  • Julie
    Jul 22, 2008
    Didn't enjoy the plot of this one as much as much as its predecessors; it felt less driven and more meandering than the others. Probably because there was a bit less of the madcap action, even Thursday didn't really know what was going on, and I was sad that the Bookverse had taken a b...
  • melydia
    Feb 23, 2014
    With every book I've read in this series, I've said the same thing: this was fun but I doubt I'll continue on with the series. Well, this is the fourth book and I give up. I'm going to keep reading Thursday Next books because they're absolutely ridiculous and they make me laugh. This t...
  • Book Concierge
    Jun 24, 2017
    Book on CD read by Emily Gray. Book four in the Thursday Next fantasy / sci-fi ?literary detective? series. The Goliath Corporation is still trying to take over the world, though this time their scheme is to be declared a religion. Hamlet is staying with Thursday and her family,...
  • Lynx
    Jul 29, 2017
    Jasper Fforde has easily made his way into my favourite authors list. He is smart, witty, inventive, and packs his Thursday Next series full of literary references. He's basically a book lovers dream. The only terrible thing about reading one of his books is knowing it has to end. This...
  • Maggie K
    Feb 25, 2017
    Easily the best one so far....the various plot lines come together, and a couple things are even resolved! Not that this will make things any less hectic in the literary world...after all, what is going to happen when Ophelia finds out about Hamlet's affair with Lady Hamilton????? ...
  • Mitch
    Nov 21, 2017
    Happily, Mr. Fforde delivers a light, entertaining novel that offers a tangled pile of subplots all eventually resolved by his dependably resilient heroine, Thursday Next. She makes her labyrinthine way through time, reality, fiction as an alternative dimension, and child-rearing. And ...
  • Mike
    Jul 13, 2012
    TN4: I enjoyed it less than the first three -- it was a 'helicopter', a lot of unrelated parts moving in synchrony, that yet somehow seem to get the story from point A to point B. However, we get a few answers! (Of course, it would be a spoiler to give them all away. But, gingham? Real...
  • Kathy Davie
    Aug 31, 2010
    Fourth in the Thursday Next arcanepunk fantasy series and revolving around a book operative and her search for her husband. Oh, and saving the world. It?s 1988 and set in Swindon, Wessex, England. In 2005, Something Rotten was nominated for the Dilys Award. My Take It?s not ...
  • Geoff
    Dec 19, 2015
    Just when you think it can?t get any stranger, Jasper Fforde makes sure to let you know it can and it will: ?The fate of all life on this beautiful planet decided on the swing of a croquet mallet.? (351) I mean COME ON! Anyone who can turn croquet into a full-contact sport ...
  • K.
    Jun 27, 2011
    As much as I enjoy the Bookworld and Jurisfiction, I prefer the wacky world of Spec Ops and Swindon, so I was rather pleased when this started with Thursday's decision to return to the real world. And I was thrilled when this featured large amounts of crossover between the two worlds, ...
  • Sam
    May 28, 2017
    It's two years after the events of the previous book, and Thursday is back in the real world, with her son, Friday, and the two dodos, Pickwick and Alan, in tow. Oh, and Hamlet, who's been given a chance to visit the Outland to try and stop him dithering so much. Thursday discovers tha...
  • Jenny
    Jul 03, 2019
    I really enjoyed this installment in the Thursday Next series! It moved more quickly than The Well of Lost Plots, and there was some suspense. Overall, it?s the characters and the quirkiness that keep me invested in this series. I love Fforde?s writing style, his humor, and the lit...
  • Stephen Richter
    Oct 19, 2017
    The fate of the world depends on the results of the Superhoop, with help from the cloned Neanderthals wholly owned by Goliath Corporation, now a religion after a year of bad press. Thursday Next is back in the real world after hiding out in the world of unpublished novels. Jasper Fford...
  • Neil
    Oct 27, 2015
    This was book ?4 in the Thursday next series, and although a lot of loose threads from the previous books came together, for me this book just didn't read as well as the others. There was a fair amount of repetition which went on, which seemed to interupt the flow of the storyline. O...
  • BrokenTune
    Apr 15, 2016
    4.5* "I knocked at their door and, hearing no answer, walked in. When I was last working at SpecOps we rarely heard anything from the mildly eccentric members of the time-travelling elite, but when you work in the time business, you don?t waste it by nattering ? it?s much too ...
  • Paul
    Sep 23, 2013
    Two years have passed and Thursday is still working in Jurisfiction and hunting the Minotaur, but she longs to return to the real world and find Landen, previously eradicated by the Goliath Corporation. Her son Friday is now two She returns to Swindon with Hamlet, who wants to see w...
  • cloudyskye
    Jul 12, 2017
    So crazy it's really funny. And in the end most things are sort of tied up, so I can stop reading this series. Or will I? ;) ...
  • Donna
    Apr 01, 2015
    This was just okay for me. There was so much going on. The author kept it reigned in, but it was like a jumbo zig zag. Usually I like busy, so I'm not sure why this rubbed me the wrong way. There was also a fair amount of repetition which caused eye rolling....not excessive eye rolling...
  • Ms. Smartarse
    Oct 06, 2014
    I regarded reading the 4th book in the series more like a duty, rather than something interesting to pass time with. I didn't really want to read it now, but since I got through the first 3 I might as well read the 4th one too, right? Plus I would've probably forgotten the plot in a ye...
  • R.S. Carter
    Jan 27, 2013
    Have you started the Thursday Next series yet? If not, put the first book The Eyre Affair on your short list. This is one of my favorite series and Something Rotten is easily the best book in the series thus far. How can a book this hilarious make me weep like a heartbroken teenager...
  • Fiona
    Feb 22, 2018
    I started this series actually with the second book, because we read it at an English course at University. Then I read the first book in German and just some time ago after years the third one again in English. I didn?t want to wait so long again, so I directly started the fourth bo...
  • Carmen
    May 01, 2014
    The fourth (4th) book in the Thursday Next series. THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES. Thursday Next is living in Bookworld. She is one of the rare, rare people with the ability to read herself into books. Now she is The Bellman - the sort of leader in ch...
  • Phil Leader
    Jul 19, 2018
    In his previous Thursday Next books Fforde has explored the world inside books and how Thursday - literary detective from an alternate reality from our own - interacts with its denizens. Now he turns that on its head. Thursday, along with her young child Friday, decides it is time t...
  • Lanie
    Mar 06, 2016
    After belong a little disappointed by the third book, this one was back in the 'real world', and just as much fun as the first two. The plot was deliberately complex, full of twists and turns. Nevertheless I found it easy to understand as events follow their own internal logic. The...
  • M.W.
    Aug 13, 2019
    Wow. Wow. Wow. After the last book I almost gave up. The previous novel was a bit boring and nothing really happened and i was afraid that would be the trend. Thank goodness I'm wrong because I really want to keep reading this series. Jasper Fforde is back with a vengeance and ...