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Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2)
Lost in a Good Book - Thursday Next, Bk 2
Author: Jasper Fforde
Detective Thursday Next is back for another round of time traveling and bookish sleuthing after Fforde's successful debut, The Eyre Affair. Like his earlier novel, this one is set in the U.K., in an alternate version of our universe-one in which time travel is possible and the boundaries between life and literature are porous. Thursday works for...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142004036
ISBN-10: 0142004030
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 385 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This book is by the same author that wrote "The Eyre Affair" and is very comparable to that. Thursday Next checks in and out of book worlds to solve mysteries and also experiences self discovery. Very interesting and enjoyable reading. Very well written
reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
An excellent, funny, read full of literary allusions. You really need to read The Eyre Affair first, and be familiar with most of the English Cannon to appreciate this book.
aardvark avatar reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 157 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Jasper Fforde is amazingly witty and imaginative with moments of downright insanity in his punning word creations and allusions to other literary works. And a terrific writer. I loved his first book in the Thursday Next series (The Eyre Affair), and I think this second one is much better than that. I have his third one (The Well of Lost Plots) on order. When it arrives, I'll stop whatever I'm reading at the moment and jump into Fforde's loony world.
reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A GREAT read - especially if you love literature. Very clever plot and original!
reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Very imaginative. I'd definately read the next in the series.
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reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 7 more book reviews
Lost in a Good book did not live up to the expectations created by its predecessor. It felt like the author had 100 pages' worth of good ideas and needed to come up with 250 more pages to sell the book. Events did not happen logically or organically. They were created and plugged in to keep the story moving. As a result, the book feels disjointed and made up. There was also too much of the protagonist getting into impossible situations that only extraordinarily fortuitous events could save her from a la Doctor Who. All that being said, I really really really liked the ending.
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 2527 more book reviews
This is the second book in the Thursday Next series. So far there are five books in this series with a sixth book "One of Our Thursdays is Missing" schedule for a March 2011 release date. This was a wonderful book. Not a super easy read, but very different from anything else I have ever read. You got a society very focused on books and book crime, time travel, travel through books, a little fantasy, a little mystery, a little sci-fi, and a lot of humor. A great addition to this series. I liked it even better than the first book in the series "Janey Eyare Affari".

Thursday Next is newly wed to Landon and has recently found out she is pregnant. Well of course this is when all hell breaks loose. Goliath Corporation wants Thursday to retrieve Jack Shitte from "The Raven" where she left him; in order to convince her to do this they have eradicated her husband Landon. Now Thursday is the only one who remembers Landon ever existed. On top of this a rare Shakespeare play has turned up, someone is trying to kill Thursday with a plethora of coincidences, and Thursday's father is popping in occasionally to let Thursday know the world is about to end any day and only Thursday can fix it. Thursday is determined to reinstate her husband and stop the end of the world, as well as stay alive herself. Thursday's efforts will take her deep into the department of Jurisfiction; where she learns that the literary landscape is deeper than she ever knew.

To say that a lot happens in this book is an understatement; this book is packed with intertwining plots and many strange coincidences. It will have you laughing out loud a number of times, and also engage your mind as you try not to miss any of the strange references and follow the entangled plot. That being said this was not a fast read, but it was a very engaging, entertaining, and clever read.

I am just flabbergasted at how well Fforde creates this amazing world and makes it engaging and not at all confusing. We learn a lot more about Thursday's world and the introduction of Jurisfiction adds a whole new dimension to the story. We are also learning a lot more about Thursday herself and about what makes her such an extraordinary character. A lot of depth was added to both the world and the characters in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about them both.

Overall a wonderful book. The plot is complex, the world and characters more filled out, very funny and engaging. I just loved it. I can't wait to read the next book in this series The Well of Lost Plots. I will mention though that this is not a fast read, type of book, it does take a bit of effort to follow all the jokes and the complex plot...still trust me the effort is well worth it.
janisbeth avatar reviewed Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Bk 2) on + 34 more book reviews
If you haven't discover Jasper Fforde yetyou're in for a literary sci-fi comedy treat! Read them in order, starting with The Eyre Affair.


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