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Old 04-28-2014, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Evil Captor View Post
OK, I read the Amazon preview of Fforde's book and I had no interest in it based on the preview, so I'm gonna challenge that one. I would say it is not even a good book, much less an essential.
Don't judge it by the preview. The novel is not only very funny, but it's one of the most detailed and clever bits of world building in the genre. Everything in it sounds totally bizarre at first, but it turns out to all be based on some very logical social extrapolations, all of which deal with the issues of class stratification in society. It's one of the best SF books of the last ten years and one of the worst things about a similarly titled best seller is that it put the sequel on hold.

If you stll don't want it, replace it with Kit Reed's sensational Enclave or Thinner Than Thou.