Shades of Grey [epub Pdf] author Jasper Fforde

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To display in a society that demands total conformity gets the better of Eddie who beings to wonder Why are there not enough spoons to go around Why is everything and everyone barcoded What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron And why when you begin to uestion the world around you do black and white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey Part satire part romance part revolutionary thriller this is the new world from the creative and comic genius of Jasper Fford. This is my second attempt to read this book I think I struggled my first time as I think I expected something kind of silly like the Thursday Next or the Nursery Crime series While this book certainly has a number of silly elements this is also a book I found had an underlying sense of dread and real mystery Mystery as we re never told by the author what happened to the world just that the characters live in a place post Epiphany as they call it Their world is heavily stratified by colour Each character has a colour last name and can only see colours in that colour family eg red russet and others in the red family Also while surrounded by the detritus of a pre Epiphany world the characters are largely ignorant of the meanings and use of these items and have a limited education system as well reinforcing the ignorance There is so much terrific detail about the chromatic hierarchy and the nasty beliefs about those below one s strata or outside the colour strata and many other things like spoons that make a many layered background to this story And the author covers a lot of this before the action really gets going in the story Main character Eddie Russet and his father Holden have arrived in East Carmine for a month Eddie has a nonsensical task to complete while in the town there is much that is nonsensical and ridiculous about all the characters lives and habits Eddie uickly becomes acuainted with Tommo a con man the Yellow Prefect s bully son Cortland and Jane a Grey whom Eddie is fascinated with despite Jane s verbal and physical propensity for violence Eddie also is half promised to Constance Oxblood in marriage in his hometown Members in each strata must marry at least within their class though would love to marry above provided the colours are not complementary Regardless he remains fascinated with Jane and becomes involved with activities in the town The whole time the author builds the mystery and some dread as odd happenings occur and uestions are actively discouraged And while there are little moments of humour this isn t a particularly humorous story There are bad things happening in the town and in the society and Jasper Fforde takes much of the almost 400 page story to explain and then the book ends There is so much left to happen and I m not sure when the author will provide another instalmentOne other thing I listened to the audiobook John Lee narrates and I kept expecting him to say Breach as I was reminded of bits of China Mieville s The City and the City while listening to this book

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Shades of Grey

Al drone of the Collective With his better than average red perception he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect For Eddie life looks colorful Life looks good But everything changes when he moves with his father a respected swatchman to East Carmine There he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect rigidly controlled society Curiosity a dangerous trait. Don t read this book Seriously Wait until nos 2 3 in the projected series have come out then take yourself off to a beach or a comfy sofa somewhere for the weekend and just blow through them all in one great binge because it will take so much concentration and devotion to keep up with the stunning intricacies of Fforde s latest that it s wasted effort not to just immerse for a bit Trust me I ve read everything he s written and despite my usual sense of trepidation when faced with a new tome I am inevitably swept completely away to the point of being irked when something silly like dinner or the need for sleep interferes with my reading Eddie Russett is the main character in this venture a character embedded in the unbelievably complex world of Chromatacia a version of our world that is something like a cross between Ayn Rand s Anthem and the opening seuences of the Wizard of Oz Seriously In short it s all about what you can see and who knows that you can see it Fforde s years in the film industry have clearly served him well I can t exactly work out what his writing process must be like to enable him to fully convincingly create worlds that function completely by their own set of norms but I hope he can keep it up

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An astonishing hotly anticipated new novel from the great literary fantasist and creator of Thursday Next Jasper Fforde As long as anyone can remember society has been ruled by a Colortocracy From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception society is dominated by color In this world you are what you can see Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loy. I listened to this as an audiobook just recently and I was absolutely blown away by itThat said I don t know how I d describe the entirety of it to someone If I were to summarize it it would sound well kinda dumb Let me say this instead It s funny without being goofy It s clever without being pretentious It s original without being desperate Its mysterious without being willfully obtuse Best of all this story has an element of what I think of as divine ridiculousness a delightful subtle strangeness that is funny while still touching on some underlying truthIn fantasy we have the ability to write about anything This is the blessing of the genre as well as being its most insidious trap You can write about Dragon Ninjas And they can fly spaceships That s okay Our genre can handle it The problem is that you can get lost in that endless realm of possibility You read a book with hundred foot tall giants and you think Wow That s awesome Then you go out to write something even cooler A book with 200 foot tall giants who can fly and breathe fireBut bigger isn t always better In fact bigger is only very occasionally better Gandalf wasn t constantly calling down fire and lightning and he was cool as hell The odd truth is this In fantasy Less is More It s the Chocolate Chip in your cookie Yes it s delicious But you can t have a cookie that s all chocolate chip It just doesn t work This book is a great example of that It s a great example of how fantasy can be brilliant and marvelous and strange and compelling without clashing armies maniacal wizards or fire breathing dragons I feel like I should say about it but I can t think of what else to say Except perhaps that it s probably the best book I ve read in a year or so And Sarah really liked it too if that sways you at all


10 thoughts on “Shades of Grey

  1. says:

    I listened to this as an audiobook just recently and I was absolutely blown away by itThat said I don’t know how I’d describe the

  2. says:

    A happy accident my book club was reading 50 Shades of Gray and it just so happens that I missed the gathering sorry gals where this was chosen With that 50 left off the title and another incarnation of gray specifically grey I reuested the wrong book from the library I'm so very happy I did It's probably one of THE most imaginative books I've read in a very long while I enjoyed it immensely I completely expected to despise the r

  3. says:

    the world of Shades of Grey is a nightmarish dystopia a ruthless totalitarian regime that destroys all individualistic spirit all creativity a

  4. says:

    Don't read this book Seriously Wait until nos 2 3 in the projected series have come out then take yourself off to a beach or a comfy sofa somewhere for the weekend and just blow through them all in one great bing

  5. says:

    Note to my mother NOT THE SAME SHADES OF GREY

  6. says:

    50 stars Another superb novel by one of the best writers that not everybody reads working in speculative fiction I am continually impressed by Fforde's imagination writing and his supreme talent for incorporating both well known and obscure r

  7. says:

    Fforde is a satiric word weaver and I always look forward to reading whatever he pumps out Thursday Next is my l

  8. says:

    I've been on a dystopian kick over the last several months and it was interesting to read this one so soon after Brave New World; Jasper Fforde offers up some similar ideas but approaches the concept of a totalitarian future society from the same skewed perspective he brought to the Thursday Next series That sa

  9. says:

    This is my second attempt to read this book I think I struggled my first time as I think I expected something kind of silly like the Thursday Next or the Nursery Crime series While this book certainly has a number of silly

  10. says:

    Surely there's to writing a book than simply having a good idea?This book is based on a good idea but it reads like it was written by a computer programme and commissioned by that bloke in Marketing who seems to h

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