Monday, February 15, 2010

Reading as of Now:

Shades of Grey is Jasper Fforde's latest book to be published in Australia. As an avid fan of both the Nursery Crime and Thursday Next series, it was a minor disappointment that it was not to be the latest installment in either series. Nevertheless it looked promising.

And indeed it just about lived up to expectations. I think the main difference between Shades of Grey and his previous writing is the pacing. It laboriously sets about the task of 'world-building.' We are deposited in a Colourtocracy where colour perception is regulated. But it is a world constructed with a delicate watercolour brush rather than the excitingly dynamic post-impressionist strokes of his earlier work. It is well written and enjoyable to read, but plot wise it is a definate set up for the next two books.

Yet another series to wait for...