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Adult/High School-In an alternate 1980s England, woolly mammoths migrate through the countryside, Tunbridge Wells has been given to Imperial Russia as Crimean War reparation, and the prevailing culture is based on literature. Due to her adventures in The Eyre Affair (Viking, 2002), newly married Thursday Next has become a media darling, but when an unknown work by Shakespeare surfaces, she is happy to be back to work. However, the megacorporation Goliath hasn't finished bedeviling her: Thursday's husband has been "time-slipped" and exists only in her memory. Further complicating matters, her Uncle Mycroft gives her an entroposcope-a jar of lentils and rice-revealing that the chaos in her life is rapidly escalating. So once again, Thursday jumps into a surreal literary world. This time, she has joined the "Jurisfiction" division and is paired with Charles Dickens's Miss Havesham, who has a penchant for leather jackets and driving recklessly. Absurd and amusing scenes take readers through discussions on theoretical physics, geometry, literature, art, and philosophy. Fforde not only tilts at ideological and insipid corporate windmills and human foibles, but can also make the naming of minor characters hilarious, as in the two unfortunate members of the dangerous SO-5 division, Phodder and Kannon. Reading this novel is like being at a fabulous party of phenomenally funny and wickedly profound guests. Teens will delight in the satire and wit.
Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL
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Thursday Next, who literally jumps into books to do her detective work, must locate a surprise enemy in Poe's "The Raven" to save her beloved. The Eyre Affair, Thursday's first outing, was a surprise best seller.
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Wonderfully irreverent! Fforde's ability to create an incredibly unique, new world that's mixed the real world is unmatched. As the headline states, it's just a good, fun read.Published 2 days ago by Warren Arbuckle
Not as good as the first novel, I think this novel suffers from setting-up-the-series syndrome. Parts were interesting and exciting but other parts dragged.Published 1 month ago by lizliz
Any book that starts with a contemporary version of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a book worth reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Da Rold
Fforde's style establishes a setting, feel or character in relatively few words.
This is book two of the series following The Eyre Afair. Read that first if you can. Read more
If you can appreciate the hilarity of Miss Havisham bemoaning a Porsche as she prefers a Bugatti, then this book is for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bethany N.
I just love Jasper Fforde's brand of fanciful fiction. It has an enjoyable 'oddness' to it, and since it references other classic literary works, it has actually encouraged me to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phoenix
Thursday Next novels are a lot of fun, very creative, and great reads. This one was great, and a nice way to spend a lazy weekend. I'm excited to read the next one in the series.Published 4 months ago by miniguinea73
Jasper Fforde has created a series for literature aficionados that is dizzying in its speed and boggling in scope. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SuzyQTPi