It's not easy reading a Jasper Fforde fantasy/mystery/adventure
novel; it's harder still to review one. I don't imagine too
many readers are neutral about this unique and silly
reference-filled series. The more you know about English
literature, the better, I suppose; I always assume I've missed at
least half of the jokes, and even then I'm in constant giggles. In
this case, by page 5, I had already guffawed loudly over a
reference that included one of my favorite lines in modern film.
And I don't guffaw a lot.