The Eyre Affair 2: Humour
A number of authors have chosen humour as a science-fiction vehicle, eg Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett amongst others. Jasper Fforde rests his humour partly on situation and heavily on name puns. The author of the very first chapter heading, Millon de Floss, is a pretty obvious play on a George Eliot novel, and things carry on in much the same vein throughout. (It reminds me a little bit of a cafe near here, The Flock Inn, where every other word strains hard to be a pun on sheep and sheep farming in some way). Did this work for you or turn you off? Was too much of the humour UK-specific or did it work across the Atlantic?