Wonderful book....very creative and different. I keep thinking to myself how they would make this series into a movie. I love all the characters and the descriptions are wonderful. Be careful though it is almost like you are there inside the book and are one of the characters...enjoy!!
Wow! I don't see how Fforde retains the freshness, imagination, creativeness and sheer lunacy of his Thursday Next tales book after book. Filled with allusions, literary and otherwise, puns, and all the language tricks you are likely to think of and some you aren't, at least until you have reread his books a couple of times.
I am totally enamored with this series! Fforde combines classic (and not-so-classic)literary works with science fiction and lots of wit. Clever and light, this series is a pleasure to read. While the ending is predictable (of *course* the heroine is going to triumph! and Love will prevail!), the means of getting there is a fun ride.
In this third book, pregnant Tuesday is laying low in the Book World while sorting out how to get her husband back/not dead. She agrees to be a fiction detective under the tutelage of Miss Haversham. The plot thickens as the top fiction detectives are being bumped off one by one. Add to this the revenge-seeking sister of the evil-doer in the first book, who can control Tuesday's memories. Oh, and a runaway Minotaur.
Makes me wish I'd paid more attention when reading Great Expectations in high school. Guess I'll have to read it again, tho I'll probably giggle now whenever Miss Haversham enters the scene!
I loved the Eyre Affair and couldn't get two chapters into the second book in the Thursday Next series. This is the third book in the series and it landed somewhere in between. The literary references are broader than in the Eyre Affair, the jokes are still funny, and there was enough suspense and action to keep me interested. Romance was nonexistent, if that's a factor for you.
These books are so off the wall and original that I can't even begin to describe the background and plot, but in general it will appeal to anyone with a sense of humor and a literary background. Overall if you liked Eyre Affair, I think you could skip the second book and enjoy this one with no problems.
Such a disappointing third book in the series that I didn't even finish it before shipping it off to the next member who wanted it. The plot was both overly complicated and slow to develop, and the literary wit that sparkled in the previous books felt like it was forced and grabbing at straws. Books 1 and 2 were wonderful--this one, not even worth opening.
This is the third book in the Thursday Next series. Currently there are five books in this series with the sixth book, "One of Our Thursdays is Missing", due out in March 2011. This was a great addition to the series and was as witty, entertaining, and crazy as all of the previous books have been. Fforde is an incredibly creative writer that creates an intricate plot, bizarre characters, and a book full of ironic humor. I actually listened to this on audio book which I highly recommend. I enjoyed listening to this on audio book even more than reading it (which I had done with the previous two books), the audio production is extremely well done.
In this book Thursday has decided to take a breather from being chased by Spec Ops and Goliath Corporation; she is going to take a year off and live in the world of literature...literally. Specifically she has decided to find Refuge in a horrible book that is in the Well of Lost Plots. Naturally everything gets more complicated from there. Thursday finds that the book she is living in is up for demolition, that she has been apprenticed to Miss Havisham from Great Expectation for Jurisfiction training, someone may be out to kill her, her memories are infested with Acheron's sister who is trying to make her forget her eradicated husband Landon, and she will be living with two generic characters who have yet to form any personalities. As events comes to a head, Next will find that the very fate of all books may be in her hands.
This was another great installment in this series. You meet a lot of wonderful new and quirky characters; you learn a ton more about Thursday and the time she spent in the war...it gives you a lot more incite into her character. The pace of the plot is relentless and you never know what crazy book related thing Thursday will be dealing with next. Whether it is Grammacites (Monsters that alter text) or a Spalling Viruse (an extremely contagious virus that misspells everything); everything you run into is interesting, unexpected, and exciting.
This whole book is spent in the literature world and mainly deals with Thursday's training as a Jurisfiction agent. The plot points where Thursday is trying to find her husband Landon do get advanced a bit too, but are not the main focus of this novel.
I just loved this book and have no complaints. It was smart, funny, creative, well-written, full of action, and impossible to put down. As with previous books the main story points in this book were wrapped up nicely, but there are some over-arcing story points that continue to be advanced yet remain unresolved.
Overall my new favorite book in this series. I can't wait to see what the future books have in store for Thursday. I recommend reading this book if you like books with humor, action, and unexpected quirkiness. At points this series reminds a bit of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but mostly this is one of those series that you have to just read because it is kind of hard to explain.
I am sorry to say that this one failed my three strike rule, meaning that I gave it three try's and it struck it out. I think that the idea of the lost plots was clever but that interfered in the story. It just never engaged me because it seemed that it was always bragging about what a clever idea it was. I don't mind concept fiction but it does need to get beyond the idea to engage a reader. Which is unfortunate because I really was excited to get into it.
Thursday Next is off again, rampaging through the world of literature to keep the classics of the world from being meddled with by disgruntled characters, while simultaneously trying to prevent the childhood murder of her husband and juggle a revolutionary new book-delivery system. Oh, don't try to make sense of it. Just enjoy the ride.