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Imagine this. Great Britain in 1985 is close to being a police state. The Crimean War has dragged on for more than 130 years and Wales is self-governing. The only recognizable thing about this England is her citizens' enduring love of literature. And the Third Most Wanted criminal, Acheron Hades, is stealing characters from England's cherished literary heritage and holding them for ransom.
Bibliophiles will be enchanted, but not surprised, to learn that stealing a character from a book only changes that one book, but Hades has escalated his thievery. He has begun attacking the original manuscripts, thus changing all copies in print and enraging the reading public. That's why Special Operations Network has a Literary Division, and it is why one of its operatives, Thursday Next, is on the case.
Thursday is utterly delightful. She is vulnerable, smart, and, above all, literate. She has been trying to trace Hades ever since he stole Mr. Quaverley from the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and killed him. You will only remember Mr. Quaverley if you read Martin Chuzzlewit prior to 1985. But now Hades has set his sights on one of the plums of literature, Jane Eyre, and he must be stopped.
How Thursday achieves this and manages to preserve one of the great books of the Western canon makes for delightfully hilarious reading. You do not have to be an English major to be pulled into this story. You'll be rooting for Thursday, Jane, Mr. Rochester--and a familiar ending. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reading this novel was unadulterated pleasure and I look forward starting on the next in the series, Lost in a Good Book.
I really don't want this review to be too scathing because the end of this story was just adorable; very creative--my favorite part of the book.
If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, sci-fi, comedy, adventure, history, Shakespere or literature in general, you will enjoy this tale.
Think about your favorite book…the one you would live in if you could…the one you would never ever get tired of or want leave. Do you have it firmly in your mind??? Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robin Snyder
This was given to me as a gift, lost it and had to buy my own (yes I could have gone to the library) to finish it. I put me in a nice fantasy world. Easy read.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
The problem with this comic/detective/science fiction/alternate reality/romance/literature referencing novel is that the author took all these excellent ingredients, mixed them... Read morePublished 11 days ago by gammyraye
This was recommended to me and did not disappoint. The characters are well developed, fun and the plot is unique.Published 1 month ago by Katyj
I like this book. The first chapter tells you what to expect from the book. Hang on for the ride. Time travel and what is valued more than gold, original literary text. Read morePublished 2 months ago by daminz2000
I thought there were too many characters to keep track of in the book. This cause the plot to be too complex and confusing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel
One of my favorite books. My librarian recommended it to me ~ obviously she knows me well! Jane Eyre is one of my all-time-favorite-must-read-every-year books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pipermom