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Something Rotten When Starbucks tries to open another coffee shop -- its 17th -- within the pages of the Hardy Boys series, Thursday Next cracks down. She's the...Something RottenFiction When Starbucks tries to open another coffee shop -- its 17th -- within the pages of the Hardy Boys series, Thursday Next cracks down. She's the...2004-08-06
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Something Rotten

Genre: Fiction; Author: Jasper Fforde

When Starbucks tries to open another coffee shop – its 17th – within the pages of the Hardy Boys series, Thursday Next cracks down. She’s the literary detective keeping the peace in this fourth installment of Jasper Fforde’s hyper-imaginative sci-fi comedy series Something Rotten, set in an England where everybody is jumping in and out of books. Facing off against an evil ”escaped fictionaut” named Yorrick Kaine, Next must find a cloned Shakespeare, pronto (or else ”Hamlet” is lost forever), and help the good guys win a climactic match of a Quidditch-y game called SuperHoop (or else thermonuclear war ensues). Fforde has churned this quartet of books out at a clip – the first, ”The Eyre Affair,” hit in 2002 – and the essential one-jokeness of the premise is starting to show. But he compensates with enough furious daft invention to sate his cult fan base.

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