mandag den 14. marts 2011

J is for Jokes

[For Kerrie´s alphabet in crime meme]

In my current read there are jokes and puns aplenty.

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Sergeant Mary Mary is transferred to Reading police station.
"´Mary?´ said an officer who was carrying a large potted plant in the manner of someone who thinks it is well outside their job description. ´... How often do you water these things?´
´That one?´ replied Mary without emotion. ´Never. It´s plastic.´"

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´Jack, I want you to meet Detective Sergeant Mary´.
´Hello,´ said Jack.
´Mary Mary,´ said Mary Mary.
´Hello, hello?´
´Don´t play the fool, Spratt,´ cut in Briggs.
´It´s Mary Mary,´ explained Mary. ´That´s my name.´
´Mary Mary? Where are you from? Baden-Baden?´

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Perhaps there are too many jokes and too little plot in Jasper Fforde´s "The Big Over Easy". At least I got a bit tired after a few chapters and left the book behind in our cottage.
A non-review? I am not quite sure yet. Maybe I´ll pick it up again some other day.

13 kommentarer:

BookPlease sagde ...

I've never managed to complete a Jasper Fforde book yet.

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - Oh, I do like your idea for contributing to the letter "J." And I really like the ones you shared. But I agree; they can get overdone. Plot's always more important, isn't it?

Dorte H sagde ...

Margaret: I am glad I am not the only one. There are so many readers who seem to love him, and I don´t mind jokes in cosyish crime, but I *do* want a proper plot, and I must admit that I don´t really care who killed Humpty Dumpty.

Jan Morrison sagde ...

Just hopped over from Margot's blog to say hi. Humour in books is very difficult - and as I read the other day - having a person in your book laugh doesn't count!
Your site looks fun.
Jan Morrison

Dorte H sagde ...

Nice to meet you here, Jan. There is plenty of humour in the book, perhaps almost too much. I think this kind of humour might work better in short stories.

....Petty Witter sagde ...

Even a bit lame for me though I admit I had to smile at the first 'joke'.

Strange how we sometimes can't read a book only to enjoy it at a later date.

Kelly sagde ...

I prefer subtle humor, dark humor or sarcasm. Slapstick or silly stuff is okay, but only in small doses. I can't imagine a book filled with it.

Kerrie sagde ...

wouldn't be my cup of tea at all Dorte. Thanks for contributing to this week's CFA

Bev Hankins sagde ...

I read his The Eyre Affair and enjoyed it, but after that it just seemed like too much of a good thing (or maybe even a not-so-good thing). I certainly couldn't take his humor in large doses.

Dorte H sagde ...

Tracy: I may try it for a lazy summer day, who knows.

Kelly: I like many kinds of humour, but I need more plot than I found in this one.

Kerrie: you are welcome.

Dorte H sagde ...

Margot: sorry I didn´t see your comment. It must have come while I was answering Margaret´s. Yes, plots rule! - at least in crime fiction.

Bev: the style of this one seemed a bit cartoonish and not suitable for a whole novel.

Bill Selnes sagde ...

I enjoy humour in detective fiction especially in a witty detective. Anthony Bidulka's character, Russell Quant, has a natural wit and charm. When humour is part of the character I find it enhances the book.

Dorte H sagde ...

Bill: nice to meet you!

Usually I also enjoy humour in crime (I have just read two Irish novels that were hilarious). In this case I thought it was crime in humour, though ;)

I have not given up Jasper Fforde completely, but I will put the book back on the shelf and see what happens.