The Dark Side of Nursery Rhymes

It's Book Club Blogger review day and once again I'm playing along. Only this month I'm trying something novel and actually posting my review on the scheduled day having read the entire book.  My track record over the past few months has been a teeny bit spotty. But, this month I'm back on the horse and here to play.

This month's Book Club Bloggers' selection was The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde.

The novel is the first in Fforde's Nursery Crimes series and centers around the murder investigation of Humpty Dumpty.  But, let me warn you, this is not yo' mama's Humpty Dumpty.  Fforde's Hump is a hard drinking, womanizing man about town. He, like all of the characters in Fforde's novel, represents the darker side of the world of nursery rhymes. And quite simply, I love the idea.

For the most part, Fforde's prose is simple to read and easy to keep up with. His characters are surprising and entertaining. The humor is very often tongue in cheek and he managed to keep me guessing until the mystery's resolution. There were even a few scenes in which I found myself laughing out loud at the sheer absurdity of the whole thing.

While I can't say that I would rush out to read the entirety of the series RIGHT THIS INSTANT. I will definitely agree that The Big Over Easy was an enjoyable and light read. It was the perfect rest for my brain between the Cholera epidemic (I'm still not finished with that dang book!) and the Jane Austen force feeding (review to come) that followed. Fforde, if this is any indication of the rest of his work, seems to be perfect "vacation" reading for me. I say that because the book had an enjoyable plot, silly characters and short chapters. (I'm telling you, after Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I have come to APPRECIATE a chapter break!)

What do you consider perfect vacation reading?

For even more reviews of Fforde's work, check out the other book club blogger posts.