Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thursday Next First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

I think it would be really hard for me to explain this book to you and actually make sense, so I'm going to type what is on the back of the book:

Fourteen years after she pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, Thursday Next is grappling with a host of problems in the BookWorld: a recalcitrant new apprentice, the death of Sherlock Holmes, and the inexplicable departure of comedy from the once-hilarious Thomas Hardy novels. The Council of Genres is trying to broker a peace deal between certain antagonistic genres: racy Novel has been recklessly placed between Ecclesiastical and Feminist, and they are at each other's throats. Meanwhile, back in Swindon, the government is reporting a dangerously high stupidity surplus, and Thursday's idle sixteen-year-old son would rather sleep all day than follow his destiny as a member of the ChronoGuard. Not only does she captain the ship Moral Dilemma to the very limits of acceptable narrative possibilities, but Thursday also finds she must face down her most vicious enemy yet: herself.

Ok, so that is what the back cover says. If you haven't read the others in this series before, that might not make much sense to you. I personally haven't read the others yet either. I have wanted to, but well, you know how that goes. So I was given the chance to read this one and snatched it up. It took some getting used to, took a bit for me to get into the story because it's so different from anything else I have read. Also…as some of you might know, I'm getting over a very nasty cold. That means I haven't been doing much but staring at the tv in my free time. Basically this series sheds a whole new light into the word of books. There is a separate bookworld, where the characters do live and interact with each other when you aren't reading their tales. You might think what you read is fictional, but in the bookworld, it's real. Sometimes these characters go rouge and cause trouble and it's up to those in the jurisfiction department to set it all straight. I think this is a series that booklovers would find fun and amusing. It definitely puts a different spin on books and reading. And what about starting the series at the beginning? I think that's a pretty good idea. I was able to follow the story and it made sense to me, but I think maybe starting at the beginning would probably be best.

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Happy Reading…and thanks for stopping by! Kris

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Beth F said...

I loved The Eyre Affair (pre blogging days, so no review up). Thanks for this review. I plan on reading the entire series.

Kris said...

Beth...oh glad you liked it! I definitely need to pick up The Eyre Affair soon.

piksea said...

I also loved The Eyre Affair. Fforde's Mr. Rochester is written just the way I think of him, which was such a pleasant surprise. I was disappointed in the second book, but really enjoyed the third. Number 4 has been sitting on my shelf for ages just waiting for me to get to it.

Cathy said...

This is the only Thursday Next that I haven't read. I loved the others, and I have a friend who loves them as well and always pictures me as Thursday when she reads them.

Kris said...

Piksea - glad to hear you like the books, even if the 2nd wasn't that great - at least you gave them another chance and enjoyed 'em.

Cathy - I hope you like this one too, whenever you get to it. I thought Thursday sounded like a great person -can't wait to read more in the series to get to know her better.