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is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'.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
"Genre-bending lunacy of the highest order"
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.
"The well of lost plots"
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.
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