Re: Nextaholics Anonymous
Posted by: jon brierley
Date: September 12, 2002 09:50PM
<HTML>Hi, everybody (nervous grin), my names, uh, Jon and....I just like reading good books really, you know, with a proper plot and all....ok, ok! I admit it! I'm (gulp) a Nextaholic.
There; it's said. I feel better already. It all started when I was looking for some holiday reading. I saw the mammoth. I read the blurb. I bought it. Sold my soul for a mere £6.99.....anyway, I forgot to take it on holiday. And while I'm in the hotel reading all the dreck left behind by tasteless tourists, Fforde was eating into my brain. After two weeks of crap The Eyre Affair assumed monstrous proportions in my literature-starved mind.
I got home. Without even putting the cat out I dived into TEA. It was as good as I'd imagined. I was hooked. I read it again. I searched the net for Fforde references. I found his site. And then there was no hope......I was on the hard stuff. Luckily I didn't have too long to wait until LIAGB came out. I devoured it. It was better than the first. I was a wreck, babbling about entroposcopes and Cardenio to anyone who would listen. I even went to Swindon, and even that didn't put me off. I tried to get help, but in order to make anyone understand they had to read the book first, and then of course they were lost themselves....
Curse you, Fforde, what have you done??! How dare you release FUNNY, LITERATE, books into our universe...you know we have no LiteraTecs here....how can we be expected to cope, we who are bred to subsist on a diet of soap opera and Hollywood drivel...Goliath will get you in the end you know, oh yes, there is no escape, we're all doomed (wanders off shouting unintelligibly, writing letters to the Daily Mail as he goes)......
(Note; Jon is 42 years old, and can now dress himself without help).</HTML>