Big Over Easy

By: Fforde, Jasper

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New in New DJ protected by clear Mylar DJ cover. Purchased autographed directly from the publisher. Signed on blank tipped in signature page. Signed, per usual, simply 'Jasper'. Signature guaranteed authentic. FROM THE CRITICS Janet Maslin - The New York Times Like the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books, this one is abundantly playful without being truly geared to children. Anyone who has ever been read a nursery rhyme - and who can tolerate heavy doses of Monty Pythonesque silliness - can appreciate Mr. Fforde's outlandish joking. Publishers Weekly Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, and, well, you know the rest. But was Humpty's fall an accident, or was it murder? It's up to giant killer Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crime Division to get to the bottom of it. Humpty was quite a ladies' man, but a few people thought him a bad egg. Jack has a number of suspects, a new partner to break in and gloryhound/antagonist Detective Inspector Chimes to deal with. Prebble's sonorous British voice is ideally suited to narrating this whimsical, fractured fairy tale; his tone and pacing match Fforde's prose perfectly, and his subtle vocal acrobatics enable him to amusingly bring to life the novel's wildly divergent cast of characters. Despite its many virtues, this is probably Fforde's weakest novel, lacking the literary sophistication of the Thursday Next books. But Prebble's performance easily makes this Fforde's best audiobook to date. Prebble's vibrant, all-star narration more than makes up for them. Simultaneous release with the Viking hardcover (Reviews, June 6). (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. Library Journal It's tough being a detective in the unglamorous world of nursery rhyme crimes, especially when your power-hungry rival hogs the limelight, your commanding officer is looking to eliminate your division, and you have a nasty reputation for killing giants. Detective Inspector Jack Spratt is investigating the violent death of Humpty Dumpty, disreputable philanthropist and business mastermind, who may have been shot by his ex-wife. As Spratt and his ambitious assistant Mary Mary delve into the crime, they uncover several suspects and a sinister plot involving money laundering, woodcutters, and podiatry. Like Fforde's "Tuesday Next" series, The Big Over Easy is set in an alternative world where fiction is real-a place where Georgy Porgy is a crime boss, the Three Little Pigs are prosecuted for killing the Wolf, and Wee Willy Winkie has been diagnosed with narcolepsy. Full of allusions and puns on detective fiction and nursery rhymes, Fforde's fifth novel and first in a new series is good fun for all fiction collections. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/05.]-Devon Thomas, Hass MS&L, Ann Arbor, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. Kirkus Reviews Humpty Dumpty fell off his wall, and the Nursery Crimes Division opened an investigation. Welcome to the beginning of a whole new wave of mysteries soon to be thickening bookstore shelves everywhere, because if Fforde (The Well of Lost Plots, 2003, etc.) knows one thing, it's that for every bit of innovation you must give the audience at least another of cliche. Nursery rhymes have come to life in his latest, but the crimes are just as grotesquely complex, the press as vainglorious, the coppers divided between greedy attention-seekers and humble head-down heroes, as in the real world. The Reading police department is unnaturally enamored with DCI Friedland Chymes, who not only always gets his man but is also able to solve crimes in a snappy yet dramatic fashion that makes fantastic copy when he writes them up for the magazines. Jack Spratt, stuck over in NCD (Nursery Crimes Division), has hardly the reputation of Friedland-there's that awkward business of bungling the Three Little Pigs case-and Spratt's newest problem is the untimely death of one very large egg. Humpty Dumpty just loved to sit on his wall, but he's been done in in a rather nasty fashion. With a scrappy new partner at his side (if she's good enough, she might soon push for a promotion to Official Sidekick), Spratt digs into Humpty's messy life: the divorce, the dozens upon dozens of ex-girlfriends and jilted lovers, the poorly thought-out investment schemes, etc. Fforde lays on his erudition with a trowel, slathering literary references all.

Title: Big Over Easy

Author Name: Fforde, Jasper

Categories: Signed, Science Fiction/Fantasy,

Edition: 1st Edition. 1st Impression.

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Viking Pr: 2005

ISBN Number: 0-670-03423-1

ISBN Number 13: 9780670034239

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Signature/Autograph or Inscription: Signed by Author

A.B.Normal Book Number: 190839