Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is a British science-fiction, fantasy, and detective mystery novelist, oftentimes all three at once. He's the mind behind such offbeat series as Thursday Next, Nursery Crime, and Shades of Grey, and famous for his humorous style, both silly and highly intellectual, playing quite liberally with meta-fictional concepts (And for the puns. Tons and tons of puns). Fforde is an aviation buff and enjoys flying, and before publishing his first book, The Eyre Affair, in 2001, he worked as a cameraman on such Hollywood productions as GoldenEye, Quills, and Entrapment. Recently Fforde has announced his entry into the young adult market with his novel, The Last Dragonslayer.
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The Thursday Next Series:
- The Eyre Affair
- Lost in a Good Book
- The Well of Lost Plots
- Something Rotten
- First Among Sequels
- One of our Thursdays is Missing
- The Woman Who Died A Lot
The Nursery Crime Series:
- The Big Over Easy
- The Fourth Bear
- The Last Great Tortoise Race (not yet released)
The Shades of Grey Series:
- The Road to High Saffron
- Painting by Numbers (not yet released)
The Dragonslayer Series:
- The Last Dragonslayer
- The Song Of The Quarkbeast
- The Eye of Zoltan
- Strange and the Wizard (not yet released)
- Early Riser
- The Constant Rabbit
Commonly Used Tropes
- Alternate History: The Thursday Next series is set in an alternate present in which the Crimean War lasted nearly a hundred years. In addition, Wales has broken away from the Commonwealth to form a Socialist government, cheese imports are heavily regulated (and sold illegally), and literature is more popular than sports.
- In Early Riser the last Ice Age never ended, most of the population hibernates over winter because temperatures as low as -20C are common and mammoths, wooly rhinos and glypodonts still exist. On the other hand so do all the countries we're familiar with (although Wales, as in the Thursday Next series Wales is an independent nation) exist as does at least one, the Ottoman Empire, that doesn't anymore. So do many common foods and products like Snickers bars.
- Deconstruction Crossover
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Genre Savvy: As most of Thursday Next's adventures take place inside the world of fiction, she is able to avoid trouble as she already knows how the stories end. Subverted in that, if she's not careful, she can change the outcome of the story (an important plot point in The Eyre Affair).
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: As a member of Jurisfiction (the police force of BookWorld), Thursday fights crime alongside Miss Havisham, the Cheshire Cat, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
- Nursery Rhyme: The Nursery Crime series features DI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary, who are regularly involved in crimes involving characters from children's literature.
- Subverted Kids Show
- There Are No Good Executives: All the employees of the Goliath Corporation are evil to one degree or another.
- They Walk Among Us: The main plot in Something Rotten involves trying to find a fictional character that has managed to escape into the real world.
- Unconventional Formatting: The tables of contents in each of Fforde's books shows a 13th chapter; however, the actual chapters skip from 12 to 14.
- Zeppelins from Another World