Discussion in 'Community' started by Commander-DWH, Jan 3, 2006.
Is Shades of Grey a different series, or one of the sequels?
Shades of Grey is a different, unrelated series about a futuristic world where people have limited color perception. Your color perception determines your social status. It's Fforde jumping into the deep end of the pool of sci-fi. A lot of people loved it, I just did not care for it. There should be a sequel coming out at some point.
His new one - the Last Dragonslayer - sounds like it's more up my alley.
Okay, good - I was having visions of something bad happening to a character I like
Can't believe I forgot about this thread
I finished the first THursday quartet and really enjoyed it, more and more as I went along. Very fantastic And very unusual, so kudos to him.
I'm going to read Nursrey Crimes, but (even though I picked up First Among Sequels and read the back cover and was really interested) I'm going to wait until the second quartet is out (or at least more out) because I hate gaps and cliffhangers
Brief things of awesomeness: I'm glad she got Landen back Though it sucks for him because he has memories of those two years that have her and their kid disappearing. I also really like that Friday becomes the head of the ChronoGuard, and that Colonel Next (apparently?) gets exonerated - I wonder what happens to his former partner. The revelation about Gran Next was really cool - awesome death scene - though I accidentally got spolied because halfway through Something Rotten I read through R1.5's casting in the thread again
I did not know this thread existed. Nice! Now if theres a Terry Pratchett thread here somewhere I'll be doubly stoked.
Get doubly stoked
I liked Shades Of Grey. It has a different tone than the Thursday Next series but it is just as clever and very funny. I look forward to Fforde's resolution of the mysteries he set up in the first book.
I'm wary of the Last Dragonslayer b/c it is billed as a young adult novel (I don't see how Jasper's writing can get any more childish ) and couldn't initially find a publisher in America. I'll give it a look when it is available in the States.
I wouldn't knock the young reader books just yet. I had the same issue with Pratchetts last book. My buddy bought it on his way through London when he was on leave. Since he paid for it I read it. Gotta tell you, if it didnt say Young adult or whatever on the jacket I wouldn't have known. Jasper no doubt can pull it off just as nicely.
I won't dismiss it without giving it a try. Fforde hasn't disappointed me, yet.
He has too many plates spinning right now. I remember the days when he published one TN novel per year. Now, with so many series going, inevitably one or more gets put on the back burner or goes years without an installment.
I know One of Our Thursday is Missing is coming out soon, and I'm DYING to read it and First Among Sequels, but I know I wouldn't be able to wait between books, so I'm holding off until the full second quartet is out.