The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple. Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist. And that's not all.
With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy.
©2012 Jasper Fforde (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
I have been a fan of this series since stumbling on the intriguingly titled "Lost in a good book" .
This is another great story that ties up previous loose ends in classic Nextian fashion while leaving scope for other sequels.
I hope there will be more travels in the BookWorld.
This was the first in the series that I listened to on Audible and I thought the reader performed very well, just like I imagine Thursday to sound.
Its concepts are new, funny and totally original. And I can think of no book that has such clever wordplay.
This and the others in the series are totally original and so require something similarly innovative. Despite the zillions of books currently out there, many of which are huge successes, there isn't that much choice - most are at best derivative and many are just pale copies. The nearest I can think of are the 6-book Hitchiker trilogy and the Dirk Gently books by the very great (and sadly, late), Douglas Adams.
For me, Gabrielle Kruger really IS Thursday Next. She has a delicious speaking voice and absolutely nails the dry, usually sarcastic humour of Thursday.
Now you can really get into a book! (film strapline)
Jasper Fforde has - apparently - stopped writing Thursday Next books.
For some reason, this is not currently a criminal offence.
These books are excellent. Very imaginatively written, surreal with underlying narrative for today's real world socitey.
"Another brilliant Thursday Next book"
I have visual problems now, so Audible has given me the gift of books again. The narrator is good and a most enjoyable read.
The Jasper Fforde books are 'one out of the box'! They have a great deal of literary knowledge in them, are a lot of fun with some wonderful plays on words.
Gabrielle Kruger has a great, laid back approach to reading Thursday Next that enhances the character and story.
A most enjoyable listen/read. Thank You!
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