Shades of Grey
British author Jasper Fforde, best known for his Thursday Next and Nursery Crimes mystery series, is one of those writers with an imagination so lush and free-wheeling it has to create a whole new universe to play in. Shades of Grey is the first of a projected trilogy set in an eccentric future world (after the “Something That Happened”) dominated by rigid social orders that are based on the ability to distinguish between different colours. In this inaugural adventure Eddie Russett is sent to do a chair census in the hick town of East Carmine, where he runs afoul of the local Colortocracy, falls in love with a not-so-plain Jane Grey, and begins to discover some of the terrible secrets of Chromatacia. Light entertainment that feels a bit rushed at the end, but still a lot of fun.