I am a Jasper Fforde novice. I think that maybe one time a long time ago I tried to read his nursery rhyme crime book and got distracted.
I've not read his most well-known series, which starts with The Eyre Affair, although I think I would like it.
But one of my F&B friends is in love with the series, so we have purchased all of the books, and it is on my Long List of Series to Evaluate This Year, so I decided to read it. Finally.
Loved it. Some of the characters reminded me a lot of Roald Dahl - the witches, the villain (and what a hilariously appropriate and self-inflicted end he comes to), the world building which relies, more or less, on unbridled crony capitalism to bring about the end of the world as they know it. It's satirical, pointed, funny, quirky and downright subversive, and calls out humanity for some of our most unattractive failings. I spent so much of the time reading this book smiling.