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Thursday Next in Something Rotten: A Novel Themes

Jasper Fforde
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Incomprehensible Reality

A primary theme of the story involves the incomprehensibility of reality for human beings. We are capable of making up stories to explain our experiences, but if we were to see how intricately the concepts of time, matter, energy, and dimensions are intertwined, nothing would make sense. The author created the Book World and a place between life and death, but some theories in physics predict that many dimensions might exist, and we are unable to detect them at this time.

The story has some straight science fiction in it and plenty of fanciful creations, such as the six-foot hedgehog who can talk and give Thursday guidance and even orders. The chimeras are monstrosities thrown together by foolish humans with powerful genetic sequencing machines. This is an exaggeration of what actual genetic engineering does, but the fantasy nightmare could happen someday. It is a warning to us...

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