Thursday Next in Lost in A Good Book

Thursday Next in Lost in A Good Book

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If Thursday thought she could avoid the spotlight after her heroic escapades in the pages of Jane Eyre, she was sorely mistaken. The unforgettable literary detective whom Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls "part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew and part Dirty Harry" had another think coming. The love of her life has been eradicated by Goliath, everyone's favorite corrupt multinational. To rescue him Thursday must retrieve a supposedly vanquished enemy from the pages of "The Raven." But Poe is off-limits to even the most seasoned literary interloper. Enter a professional: the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens's Great Expectations. As her new apprentice, Thursday keeps her motives secret as she learns the ropes of Jurisfiction, where she moonlights as a Prose Resource Operative inside books. As if jumping into the likes of Kafka, Austen, and Beatrix Potter's Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies weren't enough, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth.

The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Fforde's magnificent new adventure, the second installment in what is sure to become a classic series of literary fantasy.

Baker & Taylor
In order to rescue the love of her life from the corrupt multinational Goliath, Thursday seeks out a believed-vanquished enemy from the pages of "The Raven" and finds unexpected assistance from "Great Expectation's" Miss Havisham.

Blackwell North Amer
If Thursday thought she could avoid the spotlight after her heroic escapades in the pages of Jane Eyre, she was sorely mistaken. The unforgettable literary detective has another think coming.
The love of her life has been eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath, and to rescue him Thursday must retrieve a supposedly vanquished enemy from the pages of "The Raven." But Poe is off-limits to even the most seasoned literary interloper. Enter a professional: the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens's Great Expectations. As Miss H's new apprentice, Thursday keeps her motives secret as she learns the ropes of Jurisfiction, where she moonlights as a Prose Resource Operative inside books. As if jumping into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter's Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, weren't enough, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth.

Baker
& Taylor

In order to rescue the love of her life from the corrupt multinational Goliath, Thursday seeks out a believed-vanquished enemy from the pages of The Raven and finds unexpected assistance from Great Expectation's Miss Havisham.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670031900
0670031909
Branch Call Number: MYS Fforde, J 200.2 2003
Characteristics: xii, 399 pages : 1 color illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Lost in a good book

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darladoodles
Sep 08, 2017

I do enjoy Thursday Next more with each installment. In this story, Thursday is on loan to Jurisfiction and is under the supervision of Miss Havisham. She is struggling to keep Landon in her memories so that she can eventually bring him back and he can be with her and the child she is carrying.

As with the other Thursday Next books, there are puns and literary situations galore. Benedict and Beatrice are on the Jurisfiction force and in typical form. When Jurisfiction has roll call, Godot never seems to be present. . .Hmmm, curious.

I must confess that despite my avid reading habits, there are some references that I do not recognize. It was also frustrating that the mobilefootnoterphone links did not work in my Kindle version, so I ended up reading them at the end. Any which way, I still found the story to be entertaining and will most likely check out #5 in due course. I do really want her and Landon to be together again!

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darladoodles
Jul 02, 2017

Thursday Next must prevent Armageddon from happening next Thursday. This second episode of the saga of Thursday Next is filled with wordplay, bookjumping and irony.

It is very cleverly written and I found myself chuckling often at the situations that were described by Fforde and the definitions of terms often presented before each chapter.

This exchange between Landon and Thursday is one of the best in the book:
'"Goodbye, Thursday," muttered Landon, looking at the ham.
"Are you going somewhere?" I replied, unsure of what he meant.
"Me? No. Why?"
"You just said 'Goodbye.'"
"No," he laughed, "I was commenting on the ham. It's a good buy."
"oh."
He cut me a slice and put it with the cheese in a sandwich, then made one for himself. There was a distant trumpet of a mammoth as it made heavy weather of the escarpment and I took a bite.
"It's farewell and so long, Thursday."
"Are you doing this on purpose?"
"Doing what? Isn't that Major Tony Fairwelle and your old school chum Sue Long over there?"
I turned to where Landen was pointing. It was Tony and Sue,m and they waved cheerily before walking across to say hello.
"Goodness!" said Tony when they had seated themselves. "Looks like the regimental get-together is early this year! Remember Sara Nara, who lost an ear at Bilohirsk? I just met her in the car park; quite a coincidence.'

And there is much more to find in the pages of this book. I can't help imagining Thursday looking much like Agent 99 from Get Smart. Anyone else?

FindingJane Apr 19, 2015

Mr. Fforde’s imagination continues apace in this sequel to his first entry in the Thursday Next series “The Eyre Affair”. Thursday’s problems multiply as does her emotional depths. Determined to save her father from the SpecOps people hunting him, she also has to retrieve her husband who has been erased from time, leaving her the only one who remembers him past his death in infancy and survive the seemingly accidental attempts on her life.

The way Mr. Fforde deftly spins the plots and subplots in his fictional world is nothing short of dazzling. It’s like watching a juggler keep plates spinning above ten skinny poles. Wordplay and the intricate knowledge of what constitutes good and bad writing are in evidence throughout the book, making it sheer bliss to read for bibliophiles everywhere.

The plot simmers and comes to a boil as all the seemingly random elements come together in nothing less than a desperate last-ditch attempt to save the world. Thursday manages it but doesn’t necessarily get her own prize. This touch of sorrow and loss lifts the book above mere fairy tale with their pat happily-ever-after endings—and, not so coincidentally, paves the way for another sequel.

Thursday Next is an indomitable, clever and quick-thinking heroine, one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever encountered in fiction. What a pity she isn’t “real”.

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TheIronPaw
Jun 01, 2013

A mix of thriller, fantasy, sci-fi in a crime/mystery plot with a healthy dose of humour and just plain silly - this 2nd book in the Thursday Next series is even better than the first one. The quirks of our lead character are extended from the first novel; and several new characters are introduced including the Cheshire Cat and other literary figures. Well worth reading for those who enjoy Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams or even anyone interested in classical literature. If you're not familiar with "Great Expectations" and probably Poe's "The Raven", I'd suggest checking out Cole's notes (i.e. Wikipedia).

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

Liking these books is a no-brainer for me. Weird alternative reality, plenty of literary references, time travel, and quirky characters make them a delight from start to finish. I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series much sooner than I got around to this one.

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tocch101
Dec 02, 2011

Great read, but a sad ending. Glad that there is another book in the series.

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Ubalstecha
Nov 05, 2011

Thursday Next is back, but Landon is not. He has been eradicated by Goliath in an attempt to blackmail Thursday into retrieving Jack Schitt. Meanwhile, Thursday's father has warned her that the world is going to end, leaving behind nothing but pink goo. Finally, Thursday is recruited by Jurisfiction where she learns to jump into books under the tutelage of Miss Havisham. Yes, that Miss Havisham.

Not as fun as the first book, but still a lot of fun. Ending is a little unfulfilling, but since there is a sequel, hopefully the hanging bits are resolved.

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LazyNeko
Oct 29, 2011

Not as cohesive as Eyre Affair. All setup with almost no payoff. It essentially ends with a "to be continued..." Still zany and fun, but the number of words made up by the author has increased alarmingly-- and we all know that this can lead to a decrease in the probability that the book is good. (See xkcd chart.)

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LT
Sep 30, 2011

Not quite as brilliantly mind-blowing as The Eyre Affair, but still very heady stuff. Write on, Jasper Fforde!

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JPearce
Jul 13, 2011

This is in fact the SECOND book in the Thursday next series. The first is the Eyre Affair

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Oct 29, 2011

"Things," Dad used to say, "are a whole lot weirder than we can know."

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