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The Fourth Bear (2006)

av Jasper Fforde

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Serier: Nursery Crime (2)

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4,1081162,905 (4)1 / 194
Fiction. Mystery. Mythology. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Return to the world of the Nursery Crime Division in this novel from Jasper Fforde, the New York Times bestselling author of the Thursday Next series and The Constant Rabbit

The inimitable Jasper Fforde gives readers another delightful mash-up of detective fiction and nursery rhyme, returning to those mean streets where no character is innocent. The Gingerbreadman??sadist, psychopath, cookie??is on the loose in Reading, but that??s not who Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are after. Instead, they??ve been demoted to searching for missing journalist ??Goldy? Hatchett. The last witnesses to see her alive were the reclusive Three Bears, and right away Spratt senses something furry??uh, funny??about their story, starting with the porridge. The Fourth Bear is a delirious new romp from our most… (mer)
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 Fforde Ffans: The Fourth Bear7 olästa / 7violmando, juni 2011

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I am a sucker for these books. Fantasy, mystery, fables, and fairy tales. Put them in a blender. Drop in some humor and a touch of alien. Bam a great read for anyone who is a sucker (that would be me). I know Thursday Next is his big series but I love these books more. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Humorous and very entertaining! ( )
  bookman09919 | Aug 2, 2023 |
413 ( )
  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Meant to be funny, it never really made me laugh. Probably better appreciated by readers more familiar with British nursery rhymes and stories.
Jack Spratt (from some nursery rhyme or other) still heads up the Reading Nursery Crime Division, and has to solve yet another nursery related crime while being suspended. This time the reference material includes goldilocks, dorian gray, the gingerbreadman, Judy and punch, all sorts of conspiracy theories as well as a number of other nursery rhymes not in my frame of reference. ( )
  amberwitch | Jun 23, 2022 |
What can ever be said about a Jasper Fforde book that would make sense to anyone that hasn't read one? This is the second in what is, so far, a two book series about what crime would look like if Nursery Characters lived in the real world. Jack Spratt, the head of the Nursery Crimes Division, investigates several seemingly unrelated crimes: Porridge smuggling, a missing Goldilocks, the escape of the Gingerbread man, and his new car that never ages, with a painting in the boot that does. All while fighting suspension based on a pending psych evaluation after being swallowed by the Big Bad Wolf.

It's not all Mother Goose either, side characters include Spratt's daughter Pandora and her soon to be husband, Prometheus and at least one character from Shakespeare. Oh, and an alien. Because, why not?

In spite of sounding (and mostly being) silly, it's not an easy/breezy book to read. There are layers in the writing and the jokes and the references that are easy to miss. There's a subtle - very subtle - disregard for the fourth wall, where the characters not only recognise they're in a book (a la Thursday Next), but will make subtle reference to the author and the reader. So not only is it a book where the overload of satire is best enjoyed in small doses, but one that if carefully read will give more humorous dividends than a quick read would.

Generally it's just a hell of a lot of fun to read. The puns get punnier towards the end and there was at least one *snort*chuckle in the last 30%. It might have been it was late and I was tired, but

cuculear power

made me laugh.

I read this for the Modern Noir square in Halloween Bingo. It's a gimme for the Grimm Tale square, but I've already read that terrible retelling of Snow White and it's not going to have been for nothing, and Spratt's attitude and methods are definitely noir-ish. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 22, 2022 |
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Fforde is crazy; he’s all over the place. He’s aware of the conventions he’s mocking, he mocks them openly, and he still has a really decent romp of a mystery novel on his hands.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraFantasy & Science Fiction, Michelle West (Feb 1, 2007)
 
Though his characters' self-awareness may ultimately defeat the suspense of The Fourth Bear, the loss of the more standard forms of mystery magic is more than compensated for by Fforde's superb comedic skills.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraUSA Today, Eliot Schrefer (Aug 17, 2006)
 
Great fun for all fiction collections.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraLibrary Journal, Devon Thomas (Aug 1, 2006)
 
Chockablock with puns, literary allusions, groanworthy asides, and playful dismantling of the police procedural . . . The Fourth Bear will appeal to fans of whimsy, silliness, or plain old nonsense.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraBooklist (Aug 1, 2006)
 
This sequel offers literary allusions, confusions and gentle satire, though, again like its predecessor, it lacks the snap of the author's Thursday Next series.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraPublishers Weekly (Jun 26, 2006)
 

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"When did he escape?"
"Ninety-seven minutes ago," replied Copperfield. "Killed two male nurses and his doctor with his bare hands. The other three orderlies who accompanied him are critical in the hospital."
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"Yes. Don't like the food, beds uncomfortable, waiting lists too long—usual crap. Other than that they're fine."
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Fiction. Mystery. Mythology. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Return to the world of the Nursery Crime Division in this novel from Jasper Fforde, the New York Times bestselling author of the Thursday Next series and The Constant Rabbit

The inimitable Jasper Fforde gives readers another delightful mash-up of detective fiction and nursery rhyme, returning to those mean streets where no character is innocent. The Gingerbreadman??sadist, psychopath, cookie??is on the loose in Reading, but that??s not who Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are after. Instead, they??ve been demoted to searching for missing journalist ??Goldy? Hatchett. The last witnesses to see her alive were the reclusive Three Bears, and right away Spratt senses something furry??uh, funny??about their story, starting with the porridge. The Fourth Bear is a delirious new romp from our most

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