The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde takes place in an alternate reality 1980s Great Britain and begins the story of literary detective Thursday Next. In her world, literature is revered by all and literary crimes are the most heinous a person can commit. The novel follows Thursday as she hunts down Hades, a super villain who’s stealing original manuscripts for his nefarious purposes, while trying to stay out of the clutches of the Goliath Corporation, a company that seems to have a hand in everything. Fforde’s writing is full of the clever and cheeky British wit I love from Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. And to top it off, it’s full of literary classics, witty wordplay, and language jokes that make English nerds like me giddy. It’s a fast-paced book and, even with the light-hearted tone of the novel, it had some surprisingly deep character development. This novel, the first in a series of seven, was so much fun and I look forward to collecting the rest. I already picked up the second installment for our vacation this month since it will be the perfect easy read for traveling.