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Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel) Paperback – February 24, 2004

4.5 out of 5 stars 494 ratings
Book 2 of 7: A Thursday Next Novel

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“Enchanting . . . a tale to savor. Harry Potter fans outgrowing Hogwarts should dive in.”
People

Lost [in a Good Book] is even more richly crammed with jokes, ideas and action. Brainier silliness is hard to find. A-.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Fforde [has a] head-spinning narrative agility. His novel is satire, fantasy, literary criticism, thriller, whodunit, game, puzzle, joke, postmodern prank and tilt-a-whirl. Okay, maybe Lost in a Good Book is a creature with more than the usual number of feet. But it’s exceptionally light on all of them . . . [Fforde] is irrepressible good company”
The Washington Post

“Car chases, missing husbands, evil villains, a plucky heroine, and the Cheshire Cat. Jasper Fforde’s latest is mystery at its most fun—with a sci-fi twist.”
Marie Claire

“[A]n analogue of Harry Potter just for adults . . . effortlessly readable and unashamedly escapist . . . . [A]n immensely enjoyable, almost compulsive experience.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A joyful read, full of puns, allusions, and sheer fun. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“Time flies—and leaps and zigzags—while reading this wickedly funny and clever fantasy. Would-be wordsmiths and mystery fans will find the surreal genre-buster irresistible.”
Publishers Weekly

“Just what the doctor ordered now, in a world under the shadow of war, at the tail end of a long, cold winter . . . Lost in a Good Book resembles whipped cream—as sweet and light as the promise of spring.”
Salon.com

“Entertainingly surreal. Perhaps even more clever than its predecessor [The Eyre Affair], the new story offers a plot stuffed with enough coincidences and characters to make Dickens proud.”
Orlando Sentinel

“The book-jumping high jinks continue in Fforde’s equally whimsical Lost in a Good Book . . . its mix of surrealism, satire and adventure proves to be totally absorbing.”
Time Out New York

“Fforde’s wicked sense of humor and wide-ranging intelligence make every page a joy.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Fforde packs Lost in a Good Book to the rafters with sophisticated literary allusions, numerous interweaving subplots and wildly imaginative details. It’s obvious from the way he leaves things that Fforde has many more adventures in mind for his heroine; and with so many classics to choose from, Thursday will have plenty of allies on her side.”
The Seattle Times

“If Thursday’s adventures prove nothing else, it is that reading can be wonderfully exciting, a lot of fun, and a welcome, maybe necessary, distraction from our quotidian cares.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling series of Thursday Next novels, which includes Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, and The Woman Who Died A Lot. The series has more than one million copies (and counting) in print. He is also the author of The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear of the Nursery Crime series, Shades of Grey, and books for young readers, including The Last Dragonslayer. Visit jasperfforde.com.


Product details

  • Publisher : Penguin Books (February 24, 2004)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 399 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0142004030
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0142004036
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 0.88 x 5.07 x 7.73 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494 ratings

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