Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots

Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. After two rollicking New York Times-bestselling adventures through the Western literary canon, Britain's Prose Resource Operative was literally and literaturally at her wit's end -- not to mention pregnant. So what could be more welcome than a restful stint in the Character Exchange Program down in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots? But a vacation remains elusive. In no time, Thursday discovers that the Well of Lost Plots is a veritable linguistic free-for-all where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market and lousy books (like the one she has taken up residence in) are scrapped for salvage. To top it off, a murderer is stalking Jurisfiction personnel and nobody is safe, least of all Thursday herself. Once again, it's up to the ever-resourceful gal detective to track down the killer, save her pulp novel-slash-temporary abode from being chucked into the Text Sea, and get back to her "real" life with her body (and memory, if it's not too much to ask) intact. Jasper Fforde has done it again in this absolutely brilliant feat of literary showmanship. When it comes to sheer wit, literate fantasy and effervescent originality, nothing can touch this new Ffordian tour de force.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670032891
0670032891
Characteristics: xv, 375 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Well of lost plots

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FindingJane Apr 21, 2015

While Mr. Fforde’s vast knowledge of English literature means he has a bottomless well (sorry, couldn’t resist) of lore to draw on, it does mean submerging his intrepid heroine Thursday neck-deep in the fictional world of various literary genres.

This means that Ms. Next’s personal life goes somewhat begging. The tragedy of her husband Landen’s loss becomes fainter with each chapter as the mindworm of Aornis Hades keeps erasing what Thursday remembers of him. Aornis herself is entirely absent from this novel; what we have is merely a pale copy of her and this robs the narrative of some of its dramatic force. There are, however, plenty of other literary hijinks to keep the reader entertained—including an artful, self-promoting reference to another Fforde series.

Ever inventive, saucy, erudite yet commonly accessible, the Thursday Next novels are both a knowing tribute and a lovable kick in the bum to the English language.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 20, 2014

Fforde's plot devices are wearing a bit thin, and "Lost Plots" really has virtually no plot. But I plan to keep reading the series, just for the fairly regular bursts of comic genius in his wordplay and inventive scenes.

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meldaravaniel
Jul 20, 2012

I haven't found anything wrong with this series yet. It's funny and engaging, good for literary snobs (looking for a break from 'literature', maybe). Fforde's books make me quite happy.

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tocch101
May 02, 2012

Still loving this series. I hope there is more to come!

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LazyNeko
Oct 30, 2011

If this were a tv series, this book would be considered a filler episode. If you're looking for any resolution to the unfinished plots that started in book 2, you're out of luck. Most everything takes place in the Book World. On the upside, it's quite entertaining filler.

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Oct 30, 2011

"...Failure concentrates the mind wonderfully. If you don't make mistakes, you're not trying hard enough."

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