The Eyre Affair Author:Jasper Fforde First book in the "Thursday Next" series. — In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a... more » punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.« less
Although the book is set in an alternate reality and the protagonist is a time-traveler, this is not really a traditional science fiction book. It is more of interest to the avid reader of classics and has such clever names that there is a Wikipedia article explaining them. It is the first in a series, and you definitely want to read the series in order. The author has an extensive and amusing website, which includes "upgrades" for the books (corrections of typos, mostly).