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A bit uneven, but still inspired

  • Oct 18, 2004
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In the third installment of the Thursday Next series, Fforde continues to embellish his amazing world inside books, with amusing and intruiging characters, outlandish places, and unpredictable plot lines. Some of the chapters seem a bit flat, but then you encounter an truly inspired one, like the anger management session with the cast of Wuthering Heights, led by an out of control Miss Havisham. Almost everything and everybody in the novel exist in their own right, and also as a humorous literary reference, like reading Joyce, except here you laugh. I read this book with my two sons, who enjoyed every word, and protested whenever I put the book down for the night. We look forward to reading Something Rotten next.

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review by . August 22, 2004
This series of books just seems to get better with every new one published. It just amazes me that the author can come up with the outlandish plots that he has, not to mention the many side characters who come and go at will. It certainly helps to have a good grounding in Literature to get some of the more obscure references (such as a land with many rabbits, where one character says Lennie likes to come on his day off). One of my favorite fictional characters makes a brief appearance in this book: …
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In this delicious sequel to The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, Fforde's redoubtable (and now throwing-up-pregnant) heroine Thursday Next once again does battle with philistine bibliophobes, taking a furlough from her duties as a SpecOps Literary Detective to vacation in the Well of Lost Plots, the 26 noisome sub-basements of the Great Library. Pursued by her memory-modifying nemesis Aornis Hades, Thursday joins Jurisfiction's Character Exchange Program, filling in for "Mary," sidekick to the world-weary detective hero of Caversham Heights, a hilariously awful police procedural. At the imminent launch of UltraWord, the vaunted "Last Word" in Story Operating Systems, Thursday's friend and mentor Miss Havisham is gruesomely killed, and Thursday gamely sets out to restore order to her underground world, where technophiles ruthlessly recycle unpublished books and sell plot devices and stock characters on the black market. Meanwhile, Aornis is doing her fiendish worst to make Thursday forget Landen, her missing husband and father of her child. If this all sounds a bit confusing, it isuntil the reader gets the hang of Fforde's intricate mix of parody, social satire and sheer gut-busting fantasy. 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 ...
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ISBN-10: 0670032891
ISBN-13: 978-0670032891
Author: Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Viking Adult

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