There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr. Big.
Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.
Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
Perhaps today just isn’t going to be Thursday’s day. Join her on a truly breathtaking adventure, and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again…
Jasper Fforde - A Jane Eyre eset
Jasper Fforde regénye egy másik lehetséges és meglehetősen bizarr 20. század végi Angliába vezet el - olyan világba, ahol mindennapos az időutazás, kihalt állatfajok házilag klónozott példányai sétálgatnak a kertekben, virágzó feketepiacuk van a hamisított verseknek, és a művészeti irányzatok harcias hívei utcai csatákat vívnak egymással. Ebben a világban él Thursday Next, a rettenthetetlen irodalmi mesterdetektívnő, aki élete legnagyobb kihívásával szembesül, mikor a zseniális bűnöző, Acheron Hades a hírnév és a busás váltságdíj reményében elrabolja Charlotte Brontë nagyszerű regényének hősnőjét, Jane Eyre-t... Jasper Fforde nemzetközi sikerű könyvsorozatának e darabját a Harry Potter-sorozat fordítója, Tóth Tamás Boldizsár magyarításában ajánljuk a Kedves Olvasónak.
Jasper Fforde - Egy regény rabjai
Jasper Fforde kitűnő második regényében folytatódik a Jane Eyre esetben elkezdődött ötletgazdag, fordulatos és elképesztően eredeti irodalmi kaland – ismét a találékony és rettenthetetlen irodalmi zsaru, Thursday Next főszereplésével. Mivel élete szerelmét, Tedet nemlétezővé teszi a korrupt Góliát Konszern, Thursday kénytelen beállni a regényeken belül működő rendőrség, a Juriszfikció kötelékébe, ahol is kiképzőt és társat kap Dickens Szép remények című regényének szereplője, a férfigyűlölő Miss Havisham személyében. Miután elsajátítja új szakmájának csínját-bínját, Thursday vakmerő kirándulást tesz Poe A holló című versében, fejest ugrik Kafka és Austen műveibe, de még Beatrix Potter egyik mesekönyvében is akad dolga. Fergeteges kalandjai során életveszélyes véletlen egybeesések célpontjává válik, hitelesítenie kell egy gyanús körülmények között felbukkant új Shakespeare-darabot, és ha ez nem volna elég, meg kell akadályoznia, hogy a föld összes élőlénye egyik napról a másikra ragacsos, rózsaszínű zselévé váljon…
Neil Gaiman - Anansi fiúk
Kövér Charlie Nancy normális élete abban a pillanatban zökken ki, ahogy apja meghal egy karaokeszínpadon Floridában. Charlie nem tudta, hogy az apja egy isten. És nem is sejtette, hogy van egy testvére. Ez a testvér most bekopogtat hozzá, hogy sokkal érdekesebbé tegye Kövér Charlie életét. És sokkal, de sokkal veszélyesebbé... Az olvasó Daniel Egnéus illusztrációival, új szerkesztésben tartja a kezében a könyvet.
Douglas Adams - John Lloyd - The Deeper Meaning of Liff
Does the sensation of Tingrith(1) make you yelp? Do you bend sympathetically when you see someone Ahenny(2)? Can you deal with a Naugatuck(3) without causing a Toronto(4)? Will you suffer from Kettering(5) this summer? Probably. You More... are almost certainly familiar with all these experiences but just didn’t know that there are words for them. Well, in fact, there aren’t—or rather there weren’t, until Douglas Adams and John Lloyd decided to plug these egregious linguistic lacunae(6). They quickly realized that just as there are an awful lot of experiences that no one has a name for, so there are an awful lot of names for places you will never need to go to. What a waste. As responsible citizens of a small and crowded world, we must all learn the virtues of recycling(7) and put old, worn-out but still serviceable names to exciting, vibrant, new uses. This is the book that does that for you: The Deeper Meaning of Liff—a whole new solution to the problem of Great Wakering(8) (1)-The feeling of aluminum foil against your fillings. (2)-The way people stand when examining other people’s bookshelves. (3)-A plastic packet containing shampoo, mustard, etc., which is impossible to open except by biting off the corners. (4)Generic term for anything that comes out in a gush, despite all your efforts to let it out carefully, e.g., flour into a white sauce, ketchup onto fish, a dog into the yard, and another naughty meaning that we can’t put on the cover. (5)The marks left on your bottom and thighs after you’ve been sitting sunbathing in a wicker chair. (6)-God knows what this means (7)-For instance, some of this book was first published in Britain twenty-six years ago. (8)-Look it up yourself.
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of the The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out of work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin their journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitch Hiker's Guide "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" and a galaxy-full of fellow travellers: Zaphod Beeblebrox - the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out to lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ball-point pens he has bought over the years.
Sue Townsend - Adrian Mole - The Prostrate Years
Adrian Mole is 39 and a quarter. Unable to afford the mortgage on his riverside apartment, he has been forced to move into a semi-detached converted pigsty next door to his parents, George and Pauline. His ravishing wife Daisy loathes the countryside, longs for Dean Street and has yet to buy a pair of Wellingtons; they are both aware the passion has gone out of their marriage, but neither knows how to reignite the flame. To cap it all off, Adrian is leaving his bed numerous times a night to go to the lavatory and has other alarming symptoms, leading him to suspect prostate trouble. Meanwhile, his mother thinks that an appearance on the Jeremy Kyle show might solve the mystery of her daughter’s paternity once and for all. And when George is asked to provide a DNA sample, will the shock kill him? He is already disabled, though still chain smoking and has had an ashtray welded onto the arm of his wheelchair. As Adrian’s worries multiply, a phone call to his old flame Dr Pandora Braithwaite, BA, MA, PhD, MP and Junior Minister in the Foreign Office, ignites memories of a shared passion and makes him wonder – is she the only one who can save him now?
Gareth Roberts - Douglas Adams - Shada (angol)
The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor's mind... Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen. This epic 'lost' adventure from 1979 features the Fourth Doctor and Romana as played by Tom Baker and Lalla Ward, written by Doctor Who's then script editor Douglas Adams.
Terry Pratchett - Eric
Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it. All he wants is his three wishes granted. Nothing fancy: to be immortal, to rule the world and have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff. But instead of a tractable demon, Eric calls up Rincewind, the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and his extremely intractable and hostile travel accessory, the Luggage. With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time that he'd never been born.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry's mind: - A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. - A venomous, disgruntled house-elf - Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team - The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams . . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew, boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot, listeners will race through these tapes and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.
Terry Pratchett - Guards! Guards!
This is where the dragons went. They lie... not dead, not asleep, but... dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there's a key... Guards! Guards! is the eighth Discworld novel - and after this, dragons will never be the same again!
Neil Gaiman - Stardust
In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
Douglas Adams - The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams's beloved Hitchiker series. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat. Life, the Universe and Everything The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky- so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak. Mostly Harmless Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?
Terry Pratchett - Thud!
Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office. With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him. Oh... and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read Where's My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do.
Stephen Fry - Csináljunk történelmet
Mi lett volna, ha Hitler meg sem születik? Michael Young meg van győződve róla, hogy ragyogó disszertációja révén megkapja a doktori címet, egy kellemes akadémiai pozíciót, egy megbecsült tudományos könyvkiadó ajánlatát és imádott barátnőjét, Jane-t. Egy történésznek több esze lehetne annál, hogy azt hiszi, meg tudja jósolni a jövőt. Leo Zuckermannt az idős fizikust, aki megszállottja az emberi történelem legsötétebb időszakának, egyetlen ember iránti fanatikus gyűlölete űzi. Egy szerelmes gyermeteg bosszúja és egy táska elnyűtt csatja miatt a két ember papírlapok örvényében találkozik. Vajon a történelem lapjai ezek? Találkozásuk hatására semmi - múlt, jelen, jövő - nem lesz többé ugyanaz. Stephen Fry a rá jellemző ötletességgel és humorral egy alternatív történelmet tár elénk. Egyszerre csípős és megható regény, az eddigi legellentmondásosabb és legelmélyültebb munkája.
Stephen Fry - The Liar
The spirits of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh glower benignly over this very funny first novel by Stephen Fry. The novel has an ingenious plot filled with surprises and glittering with hilarious, often indecent inventions: a pugnacious faculty meeting that collapses into an exchange of obscenities, the fabrication of a 'lost' pornographic novel by Charles Dickens, and an exercise in intellectual gamesmanship that engages some of the finest minds and blackest hearts in England. Stephen Fry's sympathetic portrayal of his defiantly unconventional hero makes for an outrageously entertaining debut.
Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
'What shall we do?' said Twoflower. 'Panic?' said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival. When the very fabric of time and space are about to be put through the wringer - in this instance by the imminent arrival of a very large and determinedly oncoming meteorite - circumstances require a very particular type of hero. Sadly what the situation does not need is a singularly inept wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Equally it does not need one well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind of its own. Which is a shame because that's all there is...
Sue Townsend - Adrian Mole és a tömegpusztító fegyverek
Adrian Mole harmincnégy és háromnegyed éves, kis híján hivatalosan is középkorú, amikor Mr. Blair bejelenti a parlamentben, hogy Irak tömegpusztító fegyverei negyvenöt percen belül bevethetők, és elérhetik akár Ciprust is. Mole, aki egy könyvesboltban dolgozik eladóként, hirtelen elhatározással egy menő kis lakást vásárol a szép nevű Patkány-rakparton. Ezzel pénzügyi helyzete végképp katasztrofálissá válik, és ugyanakkor megkezdődik hosszú harca egy szokatlanul agresszív hattyúval, aki történetesen a szomszédja…
Terry Pratchett - Wyrd Sisters
Terry Pratchett takes on Shakespeare in this sixth installment in the long-running parodic fantasy series set on the Discworld. Rigidly honorable, nasty-tempered witch Granny Weatherwax, who first appeared in EQUAL RITES, is back, joined by two other witches: matronly, raunchy Nanny Ogg and soppy, ineffective Magrat. This coven of three, aided by the ghost of the newly murdered king, must defend the tiny realm of Lancre and protect its rightful heir from the usurping Macbeth-like couple Duke and Duchess Felmet.
Terry Pratchett - I Shall Wear Midnight
Tiffany Aching, the young witch from "The Wee Free Men", "A Hat Full of Sky" and "Wintersmith" is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (such as Tiffany, the Wee Free Men, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch whose only previous appearance was a brief cameo in Feet of Clay and city witch Mrs Proust - a fabulous Pratchett creation). Oh, and there's a magic book or two, a twist through time, a Cunning Man - and a Giant Man of chalk...