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Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel) Paperback – February 24, 2004
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“Enchanting . . . a tale to savor. Harry Potter fans outgrowing Hogwarts should dive in.”
“Lost [in a Good Book] is even more richly crammed with jokes, ideas and action. Brainier silliness is hard to find. A-.”
“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.”
“[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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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The ladies on the Skyrail are helping each other work crossword puzzles and the answers to the clues come up, Meddlesome, Thursday, Goodbye. That plus the fact the seven women are all named Irma Cohen gives Thursday a pause. Plus her picnic gets rudely interrupted by a vintage Hispano-Suiza falling out of the sky on her blanket a few seconds after she runs from the area! When Thursday tries to explain to Victor at the LiteraTec office that she punched a neanderthal because she thought he had a gun on him, Victor objects that it would be ridiculous for a neanderthal to have gun. Thursday tries to explain that coincidences are mounting and that is also a waste of time.
The world is going to end and nobody will listen to Thursday. The world actually ended at the beginning of Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" because the space was needed for a new freeway and Earth was in the way. But in this novel the entire Earth is being turned into a pink Jello Pudding or some British equivalent called Dream pudding. Thursday duly reports her conclusions about the world ending on some day in December, but Victor will have nothing of it.
[page 69] He dumped my arrest report in his out tray and sat down.
"Thursday," he said quietly, staring at me soberly. "I've been in law enforcement for most of my life and I will tell you right now there is no such offense as `attempted murder by coincidence in an alternative future by person or persons unknown.' "
I sighed and rubbed my face with my hands. He was right, of course.
Thursday does not lead a dull life. For example, note this report of her day to husband Landen. Cardenio is a previously unknown play by Shakespeare.
[page 76] "Did you have a good day?" he asked at last.
"Well," I began, "we found Cardenio, I was shot dead by an SO-14 marksman, became a vanishing hitchhiker, saw Yorrick Kaine, suffered a few too many coincidences and knocked a neanderthal unconscious."
After the Eyre thing, women everywhere started to dress like Thursday who thought the whole chinos and a shirt fad was ridiculous. She asked the wife of a colleague dressed that way:
[page 79] "If Bonzo the Wonder Hound had rescued Jane Eyre, would you all be wearing studded collars and smelling each other's bottoms?"
Thursday's brother Joff was a minister in the Church of the Global Standard Deity and reported to her with some chagrin that the church had split in two for the third time in one week.
[page 81] "No!" I said with as much surprise and concern in my voice as I could muster.
"I'm afraid so. The new Global Standard Clockwise Deity have broken away due to unresolvable differences over the direction in which the collection plate is passed around."
Try reading this novel from the last page back to the front or reading each page forward but upside down. It won't make any difference. Anyway you read this book, it is colorful, imaginative, literary, funny, mind-stretching, and mind-bending. Combine JK Rowling with Douglas Adams and mix in a little Doug Hofstadter, and you've got Jason Fforde. You have a Dickens of a time in store for you. This is a Ffunny Booke! Tie up your pet dodo so you won't be disturbed in the middle of a good laugh and read on . . .
The remainder of my review can be found via DIGESTWORLD ISSUE#06b. Bobby Matherne.
In this sequel, Thursday Next is now a celebrity, something that is quite difficult for her. Her consolations are her new husband Landen, her dodo Pickwick, and the fact that she's going to be a mother. But then bizarre things start to happen,coincidences start happening rather frequently. Then she starts getting communication footnotes from her fictional defense attorney. As if that were not enough, the Goliath Corporation blackmails her into bringing back Mr. Schitt who was trapped by Thursday in Poe's, The Raven, in the first book, "The Eyre Affair".
In this book you will encounter encounter the Cheshire Cat (or more correctly, the "Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat"), travel into Thursdays memories - where Landen resides, and be apprenticed to Miss Havisham... yes, "the" Miss Haversham
Now onto The Well of Lost Plots.....
You can't help but say "And now for something completely different!"
Jasper Fford's sci-fi detective novels are completely insane. They are peopled by strangely named characters (fav from this one was Aubrey Jambe) and plotlines are just plain weird. They are littered with literary references and are a fun, rollercoaster of a ride.
This was the second "Thursday Next" novel that I have read (have also read one of the "Nursery Crime" series) and have "Shades of Grey" downloaded on the Kindle.
I had to stop myself from jumping straight from "Lost In A Good Book" to downloading the next "Thursday Next" ... a bit like Chinese takeaway ... really enjoy it but leaves you wanting more shortly afterwards.
Suspend all beliefs and have some fun
Thursday next finds out more about the Bookworld, is trying to work out her life back in her hometown and do her job as an agent who needs to help keep track of books.