"For our second date I thought we’d dismantle the entire Collective and replace it with a system run on the principles of fair play, equality and truly harmonious coexistence. What do you say?"

Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey (via thegirlandherbooks)
@1 year ago with 69 notes
#Best second date ever #love #shades of grey #jasper fforde 
isserleylovesbooks:

Shades of Grey: a review

Shades of Grey is set in the dystopian world of Chromatacia, where your worth is determined by how much of a certain colour you can see. Our protagonist is Eddie Russett, a seemingly unremarkable young Red who accompanies his father to a small town. Once there, the unfairness of the system starts to dawn on him, aided by the Grey Jane and her lovely retroussé nose.  

Shades of Grey was the first Jasper Fforde novel I’ve read. It was shamelessly pushed on me by Ellena, my closest friend and Read New Stuff advocate. (This is why we’re friends.) 
Pre-reading biases
I didn’t really have many. I had seen Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next novels before and thought they looked interesting, but I’d never read any. The fact that Ellena recommended Shades of Grey did prepossess me in its favour, though.Also, I have a definite thing for dystopias, so that certainly made me feel like this would be my kind of book. I was, perhaps, afraid it would be too smooth, too light and entertaining. I like my books to come with a message and to make me think and feel, not just entertain me on a rainy day. 
As I read
I cannot overstate how entertaining this story is. Fforde’s language is so concise and funny. And on top of that, an actual message is contained in all the hilarity.
Reading about the society in itself is quite fascinating, especially since things aren’t minutely explained to us. Several mentions are made of “swan attacks” as an ever-present danger, which remains baffling until you check out Fforde’s website. Then, too, it is hinted that the people in the story  have apparently evolved to something beyond human, as it is frequently mentioned that the “Previous” looked strange to them.
It is a very smooth read, but not irritatingly so. The ending will break some hearts - and the fact that the next installment in the trilogy is not soon forthcoming will make that so much worse. 
For
Everyone. I don’t say that lightly. The whole is well-crafted but not overly difficult. It is so easy to get immersed in this world, so get your hands on a copy as soon as you can!

isserleylovesbooks:

Shades of Grey: a review

Shades of Grey is set in the dystopian world of Chromatacia, where your worth is determined by how much of a certain colour you can see. Our protagonist is Eddie Russett, a seemingly unremarkable young Red who accompanies his father to a small town. Once there, the unfairness of the system starts to dawn on him, aided by the Grey Jane and her lovely retroussé nose.  

Shades of Grey was the first Jasper Fforde novel I’ve read. It was shamelessly pushed on me by Ellena, my closest friend and Read New Stuff advocate. 
(This is why we’re friends.) 

Pre-reading biases

I didn’t really have many. I had seen Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next novels before and thought they looked interesting, but I’d never read any. The fact that Ellena recommended Shades of Grey did prepossess me in its favour, though.
Also, I have a definite thing for dystopias, so that certainly made me feel like this would be my kind of book.

I was, perhaps, afraid it would be too smooth, too light and entertaining. I like my books to come with a message and to make me think and feel, not just entertain me on a rainy day. 

As I read

I cannot overstate how entertaining this story is. Fforde’s language is so concise and funny. And on top of that, an actual message is contained in all the hilarity.

Reading about the society in itself is quite fascinating, especially since things aren’t minutely explained to us. Several mentions are made of “swan attacks” as an ever-present danger, which remains baffling until you check out Fforde’s website. Then, too, it is hinted that the people in the story  have apparently evolved to something beyond human, as it is frequently mentioned that the “Previous” looked strange to them.

It is a very smooth read, but not irritatingly so. The ending will break some hearts - and the fact that the next installment in the trilogy is not soon forthcoming will make that so much worse. 

For

Everyone. I don’t say that lightly. The whole is well-crafted but not overly difficult. It is so easy to get immersed in this world, so get your hands on a copy as soon as you can!

@2 years ago with 27 notes
#jasper fforde #fforde #shades of grey #the road to high saffron #shades of grey: the road to high saffron #eddie russett #jane grey #dystopia #dystopian society #comic #book #books #book rec #book recommendation #book blog #book review #review #reviews 

30 day book challenge - day 6.

30 day book challenge - DAY SIX.

6. The best book you’ve read in the last year.

Discounting the re-reads, because I’m assuming you mean “new” books, it’s a toss-up between 1Q84 and Shades of Grey, both of which I like for very different reasons.

1Q84 just blew my mind and is more serious. Shades of Grey (the Jasper Fforde one, not that glorified piece of **** about sex) is more light and enjoyable, but still manages to make several good points. I’ve also re-read it already, so as far as re-read classics go, it was pretty much instant.

I’ll definitely re-read 1Q84 as well, but as it’s quite big, I’m putting it off until I have a few days to myself.

@2 years ago
#1Q84 #haruki murakami #murakami #shades of grey #jasper fforde #fforde #book #books #reading #book nerd #literature #30-Day Book Challenge #30 day book challenge 

isserleylovesbooks:

Jasper Fforde answers the question we’ve all been asking: when is the sequel to Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron coming out? The answer: not anytime soon. In the meantime, though, a standalone novel set in the SoG universe will be written in 2014. Its subject: The Something That Happened. So that’s exciting enough, yes? Let’s all burn a candle for his safety from falling pianos and the like.

(For those of you not in the know, check out my review of SoG here. It really is an excellent story, which I very warmly recommend.)

@1 year ago with 9 notes
#jasper fforde #fforde #shades of grey #shades of grey: the road to high saffron #book review #sequels #reading 

"The safest course was actually the simplest - do nothing at all and hope everything turned out for the best. It wasn’t a great plan, but it had the benefits of simplicity and a long tradition."

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Jasper Fforde)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

@2 years ago with 38 notes
#shades of grey #the road to high saffron #jasper fforde #fforde #book #books #reading #book nerd #book quote #book quotes #quote #quotes #re-read classic 

mariakleopatra replied to your post: #bestfeeling

wait - you haven’t read cloud atlas yet?

I have OF COURSE read Cloud Atlas, as well as Shades of Grey, but both were lent to me by Ellena. Just taking the opportunity to purchase my own copy :) The other four are all new to me!

@2 years ago with 1 note
#mariakleopatra #nerd #reading #books #thebookdepository.com #Cloud Atlas #david mitchell #Shades of Grey #Jasper Fforde 
"For our second date I thought we’d dismantle the entire Collective and replace it with a system run on the principles of fair play, equality and truly harmonious coexistence. What do you say?"
Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey (via thegirlandherbooks)
1 year ago
#Best second date ever #love #shades of grey #jasper fforde 
1 year ago
#jasper fforde #fforde #shades of grey #shades of grey: the road to high saffron #book review #sequels #reading 
isserleylovesbooks:

Shades of Grey: a review

Shades of Grey is set in the dystopian world of Chromatacia, where your worth is determined by how much of a certain colour you can see. Our protagonist is Eddie Russett, a seemingly unremarkable young Red who accompanies his father to a small town. Once there, the unfairness of the system starts to dawn on him, aided by the Grey Jane and her lovely retroussé nose.  

Shades of Grey was the first Jasper Fforde novel I’ve read. It was shamelessly pushed on me by Ellena, my closest friend and Read New Stuff advocate. (This is why we’re friends.) 
Pre-reading biases
I didn’t really have many. I had seen Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next novels before and thought they looked interesting, but I’d never read any. The fact that Ellena recommended Shades of Grey did prepossess me in its favour, though.Also, I have a definite thing for dystopias, so that certainly made me feel like this would be my kind of book. I was, perhaps, afraid it would be too smooth, too light and entertaining. I like my books to come with a message and to make me think and feel, not just entertain me on a rainy day. 
As I read
I cannot overstate how entertaining this story is. Fforde’s language is so concise and funny. And on top of that, an actual message is contained in all the hilarity.
Reading about the society in itself is quite fascinating, especially since things aren’t minutely explained to us. Several mentions are made of “swan attacks” as an ever-present danger, which remains baffling until you check out Fforde’s website. Then, too, it is hinted that the people in the story  have apparently evolved to something beyond human, as it is frequently mentioned that the “Previous” looked strange to them.
It is a very smooth read, but not irritatingly so. The ending will break some hearts - and the fact that the next installment in the trilogy is not soon forthcoming will make that so much worse. 
For
Everyone. I don’t say that lightly. The whole is well-crafted but not overly difficult. It is so easy to get immersed in this world, so get your hands on a copy as soon as you can!
2 years ago
#jasper fforde #fforde #shades of grey #the road to high saffron #shades of grey: the road to high saffron #eddie russett #jane grey #dystopia #dystopian society #comic #book #books #book rec #book recommendation #book blog #book review #review #reviews 
"The safest course was actually the simplest - do nothing at all and hope everything turned out for the best. It wasn’t a great plan, but it had the benefits of simplicity and a long tradition."
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Jasper Fforde)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

2 years ago
#shades of grey #the road to high saffron #jasper fforde #fforde #book #books #reading #book nerd #book quote #book quotes #quote #quotes #re-read classic 
30 day book challenge - day 6.

30 day book challenge - DAY SIX.

6. The best book you’ve read in the last year.

Discounting the re-reads, because I’m assuming you mean “new” books, it’s a toss-up between 1Q84 and Shades of Grey, both of which I like for very different reasons.

1Q84 just blew my mind and is more serious. Shades of Grey (the Jasper Fforde one, not that glorified piece of **** about sex) is more light and enjoyable, but still manages to make several good points. I’ve also re-read it already, so as far as re-read classics go, it was pretty much instant.

I’ll definitely re-read 1Q84 as well, but as it’s quite big, I’m putting it off until I have a few days to myself.

2 years ago
#1Q84 #haruki murakami #murakami #shades of grey #jasper fforde #fforde #book #books #reading #book nerd #literature #30-Day Book Challenge #30 day book challenge 

mariakleopatra replied to your post: #bestfeeling

wait - you haven’t read cloud atlas yet?

I have OF COURSE read Cloud Atlas, as well as Shades of Grey, but both were lent to me by Ellena. Just taking the opportunity to purchase my own copy :) The other four are all new to me!

2 years ago
#mariakleopatra #nerd #reading #books #thebookdepository.com #Cloud Atlas #david mitchell #Shades of Grey #Jasper Fforde