- Series: A Thursday Next Novel (Book 3)
- Paperback: 375 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (August 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143034359
- ISBN-13: 978-0143034353
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series) Paperback – Deckle Edge, July 24, 2004
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“The well of Fforde’s imagination is bottomless in the delightful third instalment of his Thursday Next series . . . [W]hat keeps this series humming is Fforde’s lively engagement with books and the indefatigable woman he’s created to defend them.”
“Fforde creates a literary reality that is somewhere amid a triangulation of Douglas Adams, Monty Python, and Miss Marple.”
—The Denver Post
“Fforde has created a legion of fans with work that moves beyond clever into the realm of the creatively twisted, a space sparsely inhabited by those who can both envision and portray a skewed world . . . . The Well of Lost Plots reads nicely as a stand-alone and avoids the serious misstep of being a retread of its predecessors.”
—The Denver Post
“Fforde’s inventiveness remains a bookworm’s delight.”
“Marvelous creations like syntax-slaughtering grammasites and the murderous Minotaur roam this unusual novel’s pages, and Fforde’s fictional epigraphs, like his minihistory of ‘book operating systems,’ are worth the cover price in themselves. Fforde’s sidesplitting sendup of an increasingly antibookish society is a sheer joy.”
“Great fun—especially for those with a literary turn of mind and a taste for offbeat comedy . . . My favorite in the series so far.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Murderously fun . . . . A delightful, satirical frolic through literature . . . . Unique and wildly entertaining.”
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Charles Dickens was one of the British Isles’ most popular novelists, and Jasper Fforde is winging into a similar stature on his Victorian coattails . . . You don’t need to have read either of Fforde’s first two books . . . to keep up with much of the action in The Well of Lost Plots. But why wouldn’t you?”
—The Oregonian (Portland)
“Even more fun than its predecessors.”
“Like Alice down the rabbit hole, a reader of Fforde’s books falls into a crazy and often quite funny world, where satire meets silliness. Once again, this author’s imagination seems to know no bounds.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Fforde’s bibliophile japery is in the school of Douglas Adams—think of it as a hitchhiker’s guide to the library.”
—The Guardian (London)
“Bibliophiles will find . . . The Well of Lost Plots a hoot . . . Exceptionally clever.”
“Fforde has settled comfortably into series mode, producing another fun romp in an alternate universe where books are more real than reality.”
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 in print (and counting). 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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In short, this is engross, original, funny, tawdry, interesting, thought provoking,just plain fun. I'm even getting a better understanding of the British and will likely crack open some Bronte in the near future.
Whenever Thursday is asking how things are going for her, her answer usually sums up her activity quite well. The responses she receives from her summations are usually droll -- witness this exchange with the Cat formerly known as Cheshire, who asks her, "How are you getting along?"
[page 71] "I'm not sure," I replied. "I was attacked by grammasites, threatened by Big Martin's friends and a Thraal. I've got two Generics billeted with me, the characters in Caversham Heights think I can save their book and right now I have to give the Minotaur his breakfast." "Nothing remarkable there. Anything else?"
Thus demonstrated, it leaves me only to say that nothing remarkable happens in this book. Actually most of the remarkable action happens in "Caversham Heights" where Thursday Next is thought to be an Outlander by the characters of the BookWorld. What a surprise they have coming to them when Hollywood makes a movie of them and they become movie stars with the same status as Thursday!
Enough of this frivolity, let's open the book and get lost in the frivolity of The Well of Lost Plots with Thursday. Will she pass her Jurisfiction Agent test and practicum? Will she save the world of reading from being the stage for recycled (Can you say stolen?) ideas for the fun and profit of Text Grand Central and the mega-business which controls the BookWorld?
Just remember this: to BookWorlders, you are an Outlander, and as such you are entitled by your own birthright to outlandish ideas, no matter how mundane you otherwise consider your ideas or lack of them to be. So, buy a copy of this book, beginning reading, and enter the very world which will consider you as Outlandish! Still don't feel outlandish enough to tackle the book, read my frivolous review. Caution: it may change your mind about the propriety or advisability of being outlandish.
After all the entire population of BookWorld already considers you to be outlandish.
The remainder of my review can be found via DIGESTWORLD ISSUE#06c. Bobby Matherne
By the time Thursday was fighting off the grammacytes and the misspelling virus, I was laughing out loud and stuck in my car to hear the next/Next chapter in audiobook form. The leather-bound books on the shelf became "feather bound rooks" and, as the floor turned to "flour" around her, she was only saved by the warning of the carrot around her neck as it turned into a "parrot." Oh boy.
Apprenticed to Miss Havisham, Thursday must pass her test to be a full-fledged agent, learn the secret of UltraWord (the new operating system for the book world), help a couple of generics become real characters and lend a sympathetic ear to the nursery rhyme characters who are threatening to go on strike. Fforde creates whole fictional fictional novels with characters trying to better their lot and then he throws in Capt. Nemo, Uriah Heep and a few others that sound familiar.
This is great fun for English majors. Fforde's got words and he not only knows how to use them. He knows how to make them dance.
"The Well of Lost Plots" (TWoLP) is one of my favorite installments in Fforde's Thursday Next series. The Well is set in the BookWorld, the alternate universe where stories live and fuel our reading experiences. This novel is fun, smart, smarta**, and heartfelt. If you love books and are widely read, you will particularly enjoy the heroine Thursday's interaction with so-called fictional characters. They seem very alive, here.
TWoLP can be read alone, although reading it in order with the other Tuesday Next books certainly adds depth and insight to your journey with Fforde. Jasper Fforde has other series running, including Nursery Crime which spins off most particularly from TWoLP.