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Jasper Fforde lover of slapstick and absurdity has another winner with this series of Nursery Rhyme crimes Many of your favourite nursery rhyme character will appear in this humorous tale of the demise of big egg and womaniser Humpty Dumpty who fell off a wall or was he pushed or shot or drugged or poisoned Jack Spratt who likes his bacon lean and has accidently illed several giants although he claims three of them were just very tall men is an Inspector in the Nursery Crimes Division where he has solved many important cases but had the credit stolen by the popular Detective Friedland Chymes whose many cases have been published in Amazing Crime Stories the number one crime magazine With his side Galina kick Mary Mary Jack sets out to investigate the sudden death of Humpty Dumpty along the way interviewing his neighbour Willie Winkie Giorgio Porgia a corrupt criminal and Tom Thomm son of a flautist The plot thickens w This is my first experience with Jasper Fforde and I have to say I really enjoyed this book I read this story out loud to my children A few parts I saidissing instead of you Dead Boy know what Overall very enjoyable especially if you are old enough tonow all the nursery rhymes I grew up reading Mother Goose so I Mud and Stars knew them all My 13 year old unfortunately skipped that book on his shelf teehee I had to read the rhymes so he wouldnow where the characters came fromIf you didn t read the synopsis this book is about Humpty Dumpty s murder Jack Spratt is the main inspector of the NCD Nursery Crime Division and the NCD is about to go out of business In this world Amazing Crime Stories is where it s at If you are a policeman and you want any clout with the media you have to have solved a very high profile crime and have it written in Amazing Crime Stories Jack is a straight shooter and follows the rules unlike his ex partner Chymes Jack s new partner Mary Mary is still iffy on where she has been placed Her heart is set on being apart of The Guild which is a group of very popular policeman I loved trying to figure out who illed Humpty and of course to see all the nursery rhyme characters If you like reading whacky re tellings if you like nursery rhymes and such if you like mystery crime books you ll definitely like this one In a nutshell this book is a suspenseful absurdist whodunit featuring several brutal murders suicide decomposed corpses money laundering schemes biological weapons corrupt police investigations intradepartmental spying biased reporting and highly illegal genetic experimentsAnd it all stars with the gruesome untimely demise of a certain Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III minor baronet ex convict and former millionaire philanthropist a gigolo and drunk and a con artist and of course a very large egg Now let me explain and philosophize a bit Humans tend to pass on wisdom and entertainment to their smaller humans in a strange and terrifying fashion Think of most fairytales and nursery rhymes Almost in every single one there is at least a suggestion if not an overt description of murders or bodily harm or domestic violence or thievery or bullying or a slew of at least minor offenses No wonder nursery rhymes lead to nursery crimes And although most of the nursery rhymes in this book reuired me to engage in intense googling on account of growing up outside the Anglosphere I am uite well versed in Brothers Grimm fairytales that other gruesome childhood entertainment Since the death by scalding of Mr Wolff following his ill fated climb down Little Pig C s chimney we at the Nursery Crime Division have been following inuiries that this was not an act of self defense but a violent and premeditated murder by three individuals who far from being the innocent victims of wolf porcine crime actually sought confrontation and then acted uite beyond what might be described as reasonable self defense In the English town of Reading of course there is a Nursery Crime Division NCD dealing with the crimes that involve the persons of the nursery rhymes and fairytales with them of course not uite realizing their folklore roles NCD is somewhat akin to the red headed stepchild of the Oxford and Berkshire Police Force with the investigations done via meticulous police work deemed unworthy of inclusion in the highly sensationalist Amazing Crime Stories and investigator Jack Spratt deemed unworthy of joining the famed Most Worshipful Guild of Detectives Modern policing isn t just about catching criminals Mary It s about good copy and ensuring that cases can be made into top notch documentaries on the telly Public approval is the all important currency these days and police budgets ebb and flow on the back of circulation and viewing figures Jack Spratt is not a flashy man He just wants to do his job More notably he arrested Rumplestiltskin over that spinning straw into gold scam and was part of the team that captured the violently dangerous psychopath the Gingerbreadman and stay out of the spotlight but he s in a bit of trouble following the unsuccessful prosecution of three pigs for cruel and clearly premeditated murder of Mr Wollf and now the investigation into Humpty Dumpty s possible murder is threatening to slip out of his hands because of very unpleasant corrupt departmental policies At least he has a new detective on his team Mary Mary with a bit of contrariness obviously There is a limit to how many lost sheep you could track down how many illegal straw into gold dens you could uncover how many pied pipers arrived in town trying to extort money from the authorities over pest control and how often Mr Punch would beat his wife and throw the baby downstairs I did not click very well with Fforde s well nown The Eyre Affair so I did approach this one a tad warily but it came with high praise from a trusted GR friend with impeccable taste in books so I dove in And I regret nothingIt s not a cutesy book no It s absurdist satire that becomes a sharp fresh and elegant hardboiled pun intended yes police procedural certainly suitable for adults only Don t let the Nursery part fool ya The humor is ever present but the slightly annoying puns of the first few chapters soon become an organic part of the story and instead of relying on uick gotcha moments of child folklore hilarity the humor becomes darker steeped in satire with freuently sinister and unsettling undertones Once the story gets going it stops relying on its nursery rhymes crutches and takes off with the characters and the investigation coming to lifeIt s exceedingly clever and delightfully complex and at times wonderfully silly Luckily it steers clear of those traditional mystery stories pitfalls that it satirizes It s intricately plotted and all the story threads come together in the end in the most satisfying way The interplay between absurd and serious is excellently creative And most importantly for me it s just my Eros Unbound (Great Loves, kind of humor never really laugh out loudind but the one that makes you nod a bit in recognition and appreciation and occasionally almost embarrassingly chuckleLoved it 45 eggshells stars Well did you hear about the time I saved Hansel and Gretel from being eaten alive by a witch No I m afraid I didn t Or the time I rescued a hundred children from the Pied Piper of Hamelin Don t think so What about dealing with serial wife iller Bluebeard Only when Briggs mentioned it yesterday How about the time I closed down the illegal straw into gold den Not really Convicted Jill of aggravated assault against Jack Nope Stopped Mr Punch throwing the baby downstairs Must have missed that one. Jasper Fforde does it again with a dazzling new series starring Inspector Jack Spratt head of the Nursery Crime DivisionJasper Fforde’s bestselling Thursday Next series has delighted readers of every genre with its literary derring
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Mysteries Simultaneously a romp yes a romp through nursery rhymes and fairy tales while sending up the ridiculousness of both old school murder mysteries and modern day police procedurals Recommended to anyone who likes mysteries and fairy tales Will definitely be checking out the next one from the library in short order0714 Halfway through Can t wait to finish If Wales were not so very far away I d be leaving offerings at Mr Fforde s door I think I have laughed out loud several times and giggled many times 0712 I have only read the first chapter of this and I am already in love purely because of the pun involving the history of Reading Jasper Fforde is just so much fun His books are sorta like beach reads for book nerds They re playful punny funny silly and smart Also I saw him read in a small bookstore in SoHo a couple of years ago and he is hi larious He talked about how he and his ids play games in supermarkets where they put really incongruous and semi embarrasing things in other people s shopping carts I think he called them trolleys because of course he British or maybe Austrailian like adult diapers for young pretty girls or whatever Anyway the Thursday Next books are in my opinion much better than this series but that won t stop me from reading everything he writes Jasper please be my friend Was it an EGGcidentor cold yoked murder When Humpty Dumpty local businessman and infamous lothario is found dead beneath a wall outside his Grimm s Road apartment Detective Jack Spratt of the Reading pronounced Redding Nursery Crime Division NCD is called in to investigate Jack is a smart capable no fat eating investigator whose previous collars include the apprehensions of i serial wife Mes recettes au baby-robot killer Bluebeard ii psychotic mass murderer The Gingerbread Man and iii a certain bridge dwelling troll for threatening behavior against a trio of billy goatsHowever despite his successful track record Jack s reputation is presently tarnishing in the crapper and his application for membership in the prestigious Guild of Detectives is in limbo Why you ask First there s Jack s history of giantilling 4 so far though Jack insists all but one were simply accidents More troubling is his failed multi year prosecution of the three pigs for use excessive force in the death of Mr Wolf has gone up in flames after the jury acuitted the pigs of all charges A major blow to his career given that his boss felt the prosecution unwarranted How many people want to read about three disreputable pigs and a dopey wolf with a disposition towards house demolitionWith his career prospects in tatters the Humpty case comes along at exactly the right moment and Jack together with his new partner Ms Mary Mary commence an investigation into Mr Dumpty s demise Almost immediately the pair find themselves embroiled in complex mystery involving stock swindles broken marriages mafia boss Georgio Porgia and the highly competitive world of commercial foot care I found a smile on almost every page of this book and it s certainly what I would describe as a cozy mood lifter That and wickedly wickedly clever Jasper Fforde s imagination is fertile well tilled soil and he world builds like a master craftsman Sharing links with the world of Fforde s long running Thursday Next series Reading Berkshire is a testament to his prodigious creatively Nursery rhyme characters mythological and legendary literary figures blue aliens and even anthropomorphized plot devices all exists side by side with humanity in a mind blowing bouillabaisse that Fforde makes work extremely well Complex uniue and yet immediately accessible to readers Fforde cultivates his bizarre territory with the suave practiced adeptness of a slightly deranged artist It s clever engaging wonderfully whimsical and most importantly an E ticket fun ride for the mind For example in a satirical poke at the mass media culture one of the foundational premises of the novel is that detectives work cases not only to catch criminals but also to do so in a way that makes them marketable as TV and magazine fodder The Most Worshipful Guild of Detectives was founded by Holmes in 1896 to look after the best interests of Britain s most influential and newsworthy detectives Membership is strictly controlled but pays big dividends the pick of the best inuiries of England and Wales an opportunity to brainstorm tricky cases with one s peers and an exclusive deal with the notoriously choosy editors of Amazing Crime Stories The Guild s legal department freuently brokers TV movie and merchandising deals and membership usually sways juries in tricky cases This La Stratgie du camlon kind of light intelligent satire can be found on just about every page of this tale Fforde s prose is breezy and addictive and peppered with amusing turns of phrase and literary inside jokes Palindrome as well My sister s name is Hannah Father liked word games He was fourteen times World Scrabble Champion When he died we buried him at ueenzieburn to make use of the triple word score However Fforde doesn t simply rely on word play to carry the day and his central mystery is uite well done While it is certainly a vehicle Fforde uses to explore his world with the reader it has substance of its own and Fforde treats it respectfully Like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett Fforde s humor is not theind that makes me bust out laughing so much as smile and nod in good feeling appreciation for his crafty brilliance One of my favorite aspects of the novel is that each chapter begins with a news article or other tidbit of information that provides insight into the Ffordes amazing world For example A controversial punishment came to an end yesterday when Prometheus creator of mankind and fire giver escaped the shackles that bound him to his rock in the Caucasus Details of the escape are uncertain but Zeus press secretary Ralph Mercury was uick to issue a statement declaring that Prometheus confinement was purely an internal god titan matter and that having eagles pick out Prometheus liver every day only to have it grow back again at night was a reasonable response given the crime Joyous supporters of the Free Prometheus campaign crowded the dockside at Dover upon the Titan s arrival whereupon he was taken into custody pending applications for extradition By the way Prometheus turns out to be my favorite supporting character and his interaction in the story is terrific Here is one of my favorite uotes in which Prometheus was communicating with Jack s infant son You speak baby gibberish asked Jack Fluently The adult education center ran a course and I have a lot of time on my hands So what did he say I don t now I thought you said you spoke gibberish I do But your baby doesn t I think he s speaking either pre toddler nonsense a form of infact burble or an obscure dialect of gobbledygook In any event I can t understand a word he s saying Oh That should give you a good idea of the tone and flavor of the writing A few other little gems that I thought were hilarious a law to make illegal the use of the red herring plot device The retirement party for the locked room mystery which ends in the ironic murder of same inside a locked roomthis investigation is on going The Criminal Narrative Improvement Bill that in an attempt to avoid unwanted clich s would subject to a fine anyone who stumbles upon a corpse while walking their dogOverall this is a ton of fun I can t say I enjoyed this uite as much as the last Thursday Next novel I read but it s certainly a smart wonderful read 40 to 45 Stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION. ?s investigating the murder of ovoid D class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town Yes the big egg is down and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play.
This is my point I ve worked hard at the NCD for twenty six years trying to bring justice to everyone within my jurisdiction I deal with most things within the NCD and I like to think I make a difference Is any of that remembered Not a bit of it I ill a few tall guys and all of a sudden I m nothing but a giant Lissa killer Fun but as with most everything I like complicatedThe story begins with Mary Mary being shown around Reading Central Police Station by Superintendent Briggs She needed a transfer and Reading was home to the famous DCI Friedland Chymesnown across England for his exploits in Amazing Crime Stories Mary had high hopes of being assigned to Chymes team but is instead assigned to partner with Jack Spratt of the Department of Nursery Crimes You Black Mountain (Isaiah Coleridge know those crimes having to do with people so to speak from nursery stories Unfortunately Jack and the department is facing intense scrutiny after NCI s failed efforts to charge the three pigs with the murder of Mr Wolff But there isn t time to fret The next morning Jack and Mary are sent to Humpty Dumpty s accidental deathsuicide only the they learn the suspicious it getsIf Fforde was content to stay with the nursery crime premise the narrative would be relatively straightforward mystery albeit with a fair number of detours and rest stops on the road to solving the murder However along the way we also meet the Jellyman and the Sacred Gonga the holy figure of the country of Splotvia so it feels a little extra absurd The first time through it was than a bit a puzzle and I breezed over those parts I think they might be a sort of indirect commentary on the Dalai Lama and Tibet but I could be wrong Regardless it s a silly aside than the main focus of the story which is the Humpty murder Mrs Singh rang with some figures They can t be certain as so much of Humpty s albumen was washed away by the rain but indications show he was twenty six times the legal limit for driving Even so she reckons he would still have been conscious it s something to do with his coefficient of volume That s one seriously pickled egg murmured Jack The humor is fun but because it is uite present it can interfere with the momentum of the mystery Much like watching Monty Python at a certain point it s just a bit much The silliness there s an alien whose native tongue is binary as in 0100111 undermining the tension of the plot and it isn t really until the final fifty pages that it feels uite exciting That s not to say it s bad but that this isn t the story toeep you up after bedtime Yay But the ending is exceedingly clever and it s uite unbelievable that Fforde was able to make all the elements come together Everything said the biohazard agent with the buoyant tone of someone who has just been given a lot of power and is Napoleons Military Machine Operations Manual keen to try it out The writing is clever There s a lot of humanity in the characters even Humpty Mary was the most problematic for me being uite contrary and all until she changes her outlook It s the sort of book that works best if you are able to hold absurdity in your mind and yet still take the mystery seriously as Jack does People die even nursery rhyme characters and much like any honest detective Jack is determined to do right by the victim as well as protect the public It s an interesting mood mash up that won t work for everyone but for those who like that sort of thing it should work very wellFour and a half stars rounding up because it was worth adding to the library calls this probably Fforde s weakest novel a statement I must say I highly disagree with It s much better than Lost in a Good Book and almost on par with The Eyre Affair something which I thought absolutely impossibleI love how Fforde dares to use the media to get his point across and how he plays around with commonlynown concepts and stories without ever blatantly showing his readers This is what I m talking about I m so obvious you have to get it now He perfectly masters the art of subtle jokes and almost rivals Douglas Adams for absurdity Who She Wants It killed Humpty Dumpty In this amazingly silly police procedural we follow Detective Inspector Jack Spratt aka Jack Beanstalk Giant Killer and Detective Sergeant Mary Mary of the Reading Police Nursery Crimes Division through the twists and turns of this um fractured fairy tale Just about every half remembered nursery rhyme character makes an appearance The Three Little Pigs Rumplestilkin clues such as an auburn 28 foot long human hair along with about podiatry than you really want tonow What are verrucas anyway Anyway The Big Over Easy has all the exuberant clever silliness that I love in Jasper Fforde he s in top form here The Thursday Next literary detective schtick was wearing a bit thin so I was happy to see him start something fresh If you ve somehow missed Fforde s literary fantasy extravaganzas The Eyre Affair et se Over Easy wouldn t be a bad place to start though you ll miss all the insider links to the Thursdayverse Fford 5 Things To Know Before Reading This Book1 It is a murder mystery2 The victim is an enormous egg named Humpty Dumpty He fell off a wall or was pushed or possibly shot3 The detective investigating the crime is named Jack Spratt His partner is Mary Mary4 Jack and Mary work for the Nursery Crimes Division NCD5 You should brush up on your nursery rhymes and fairy tales before reading so as to fully enjoy the book It took me almost halfway through to dredge up the fact that Jack s tendency to accidentally off unusually tall people was a reference to Jack The Giant Killer4 Other StoriesTalesMyths Referenced in the Book1 The Three Little Pigs2 Jack and the Beanstalk3 Old Mother Hubbard4 Wee Willie Winkieplus lots lots 3 Things I Thought While Reading The Book1 Gosh I just love it when an author has a whimsical and witty sense of humor and isn t afraid to just have fun 2 I m sure I m missing about 25% and possibly even of the jokes and references in this book But who cares It is cracking me up anyway 3 Jasper Fforde is Colorist's Special Effects 2: Step-by-step coloring guides. Improve your skills! kind of a hottie And he s smart too Seriously go Google Jasper Fforde He s cute2 Excerpts I Had To Highlight and ShareExcerpt 1 Father liked word games He was fourteen times world Scrabble champion When he died we buried him at ueenzieburn to make use of the triple word score He spent the greater part of his life campaigning to have respelt those words that look as though they are spelt wrongly but arent Such as Oh skiing vacuum freest eczema gnu diarrhea that sort of thing He also thought that abbreviation was too long for its meaning that monosyllable should have one syllable dyslexic should be renamed O and unspeakable should be respelt unsfzpxkable Excerpt 2 Mr Pewter led them through to a library filled with thousands of antiuarian books Impressive eh Very said Jack How did you amass all these Well said Pewter younow the person who always borrows books and never gives them back Yes I m that person 1 Last ThingI think that you re either the type of person who likes books like this or you aren t Therefore I m sure the three possible reactions to this review are This book sounds aggressively silly and whimsical and that is not my cup of tea at all I need to read this immediately What the heck took you so long to read Jasper Fforde Jenners Haven t we been telling you how awesome he is for awhile now A funny cerebral book with lots of word play silliness and wit to entertain adults Do not mistake this for a children s book It is too smart for that 0715 Finished it today So damn funny if you like puns and referential literary humor and British. O and brilliant flights of fancy In The Big Over Easy Fforde takes a break from classic literature and tumbles into the seedy underbelly of nursery crime Meet Inspector Jack Spratt family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division He?.