Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'.
Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409.
But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is 'accidentally' eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it...
With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, 'The Well of Lost Plots' is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'.
Please note: Chapter 13 has been intentionally omitted from this title.
©2003 Jasper Fforde (P)2003 ISIS Publishing Ltd
I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series, they've followed a pattern of 90% funny tongue in cheek detective novel, mixed with 10% literary references.
And what literary references there were tended to be very mainstream - nursery rhymes for example.
Works well if you have zero interest in classic literature or struggle to tell a verb, adverb, noun or pronoun from an adjective, and works even better you are more of an English lit. buff.
This one alas is 10% plot & 90% pretentious PHD in English lit "oh my a pun about conjunctive vowels!". It felt like wading through the most boring English lesson ever taught by someone who has dedicated their life to the collected works of Jane Austen, in desperate search of a story.
Its clear he is trying to educate people in a "fun" way about verbs, what motivates the characters of Wuthering Heights etc, but it comes at the expense of the plot. And unless you have a HUGE fascination with, say Wuthering Heights its just tedious.
Only the fact the previous books were so good stopped me giving up. Now I sort of wish I had.
The narrator really 'worked' for the book, she was a very convincing Thursday Next. The story is so unusual, I couldn't get into the series when I read them, but listening to the audiobooks is perfect!
There's nothing quite like a Jasper Fforde book, and there's nothing in Jasper Fforde's own canon of work quite like the Thursday Next series.
Essentially every idea the author has ever had is blended into a world rich in absurd detail and yet, impossibly, the setting and plot remains cohesive and satisfying. This sort of mish-mash should be pretentious or unbelievably arch, but Fforde teases out his story with a deft hand and a straight face.
The alternate version of Britain would be enough for a series on its own, but combining an already richly drawn 'mundane' world for Thursday with the infinite horizons of the Bookworld gives this novel a scale and scope for invention that dwarfs even its glorious predecesser ('The Eyre Affair').
This audiobook is particularly well-read, bringing Thursday to life sympathetically and vividly and taking full advantage of the book's glorious characters, the best of whom is the speed-crazed, Obi-Wan-esque Miss Havisham.
Give it a listen.
Thursday Next book 3. Another great Thursday Next book, this one set almost completely within the great library and inside fiction. I loved Miss Havisham and all the other book people. Was sad to see that book 4 something rotten was not available on audible and had to get it elsewhere. These first 4 books are one longer story. While I don’t recommend starting with this book, this is an excellent series and I highly recommend them all.
"Why aren't all these books available on audible?"
Equal to all the others of the Thursday Next series. Jasper Fforde is the quintessential writer of books you want to hear out loud - a romp, English literature lesson, suspense and hilarity, all rolled up in one package. How can one not listen to them?
All equally good
At first I didn't think e voice fit Thursday Next as I had imagined her to be. Now, it can't be anyone but her.
Laugh, a hell of a lot
Please, oh please, get the rest of this series on audible.com, soon. Then get onto the two book nursery crime series. I have friends who I know would sign up to audible, just for those nine books.
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