I always intended to review these two books (I'll do them together, since it's series), but I had a feeling I hadn't done it yet and I was right.
So, here goes.
I love this series of books, even though I have only read the first two books so far. Hopefully, I'll soon be able to read more.
This 'universe' is absolutely wonderful. I'll just mention a few fantastic aspects of it:
Literature, books and authors are taken very seriously. There are gangs that clash because they favour two different authors, like football hooligans. The police has a special department (a huge one) that deals with literary fraud. Classic theatre is also huge - they have fan plays, played by fans who love the play and the shows run for years on end.
There's time travel and the plots deal with time paradoxes.
Some lucky people can enter a book (the plot, not merely the physical copy) and visit or live out their lives in between the major plot points.
However, there are few things that I don't love quite as much. For instance, there are vampires and werewolves. Not my thing at all.
The main character, Tuesday Next, is - well, to be honest, before I really got into the book, I automatically assumed she was a guy. She doesn't come across as a female character.
Not that any of this takes away from the enjoyment of the books.
Some people find it hard to classify exactly what genre these books belong to. To some it seems to be a weird sort of mystery, others see it as fantasy or science fiction. I was a bit concerned about the style - in some cases, where books are very hyped and seem to belong to a special or different sort of genre, I have actually hated the writing - such as the Lemony Snicket series. But this, really works. Even though there's a sort of literary or fandom-related reference in almost every sentence, it never bothers the flow of the plot. If I get it (I don't get all of them, I think) I love them. But the plot still moves at a fast pace.
My advice is that if you think you might enjoy this type of book, try to read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever you usually buy your books. If you like the first chapter, you'll love the rest of it too. I imagine that most book lovers would, but it's actually quite hard to tell. Since I joined the specific book sites online, I've come across many people who love books as much as I do, but still love completely different genres or writing styles, so apparently there's a huge difference between one book lover and another.
In any case, I love these books, so if you have liked my other reviews, you might enjoy this series too, that's my best guess.