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Jasper Fforde
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July 18 2002 Thursday Next
Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination. Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan.

But whose? and why?

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Adult/High School-In an alternate 1980s England, woolly mammoths migrate through the countryside, Tunbridge Wells has been given to Imperial Russia as Crimean War reparation, and the prevailing culture is based on literature. Due to her adventures in The Eyre Affair (Viking, 2002), newly married Thursday Next has become a media darling, but when an unknown work by Shakespeare surfaces, she is happy to be back to work. However, the megacorporation Goliath hasn't finished bedeviling her: Thursday's husband has been "time-slipped" and exists only in her memory. Further complicating matters, her Uncle Mycroft gives her an entroposcope-a jar of lentils and rice-revealing that the chaos in her life is rapidly escalating. So once again, Thursday jumps into a surreal literary world. This time, she has joined the "Jurisfiction" division and is paired with Charles Dickens's Miss Havesham, who has a penchant for leather jackets and driving recklessly. Absurd and amusing scenes take readers through discussions on theoretical physics, geometry, literature, art, and philosophy. Fforde not only tilts at ideological and insipid corporate windmills and human foibles, but can also make the naming of minor characters hilarious, as in the two unfortunate members of the dangerous SO-5 division, Phodder and Kannon. Reading this novel is like being at a fabulous party of phenomenally funny and wickedly profound guests. Teens will delight in the satire and wit.
Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thursday Next, who literally jumps into books to do her detective work, must locate a surprise enemy in Poe's "The Raven" to save her beloved. The Eyre Affair, Thursday's first outing, was a surprise best seller.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved getting "Lost in a Good Book" June 10 2004
I wouldn't have believed it possible, but this sequel is even better than Jasper Fforde's first Thursday Next novel, "The Eyre Affair." And I adored that book! But this tale has such an emotional core - still funny, but wonderfully thoughtful, as Thursday races back and forth through time, trying to save the world and her husband, Landen, who has been "eradicated" by the big, bad corporate control monster, Goliath. The time travel scenes are gorgeous, and I love how Jasper Fforde makes his readers think "outside of the box" with his fantastical concepts and characters. I was also completely delighted by Thursday's further adventures in the literary world, going everywhere from Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" into Kafka's absurd text, meeting the Cheshire Cat and Red Queen from "Alice in Wonderland," and of course, studying the fine art of "book jumping" with Miss Havisham from "Great Expectations." I LOVED this book, and greatly look forward to jumping into the next one in the series, "The Well of Lost Plots."
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Thursday Next is back from her triumphs in The Eyre Affair. If you have not yet read that book, please do so before Lost in a Good Book. You will be totally confused in the first half of this book if you do not.
In The Eyre Affair, Thursday Next had been working on Shakespeare-related literary crimes in London as a Special Operative when she was summoned into a special assignment with a highly classified outfit. It all related to a run-in she had with a professor while in college. The assignment left her literally flat on her back, and after recuperating she returned to her hometown to face her past and her future. She had been trying to escape from both since her unit was decimated in a terrible lost skirmish in the Crimea during which her brother was lost, and her relations with the love of her life were terminated.
While there, important manuscripts began disappearing in unexplained ways and she found herself in the middle of the investigations. Helped by unexpected interventions from outside this time and dimension, she made steady progress towards protecting Dickens and Bronte from unpopular bowlderizations.
As Lost in a Good Book opens, Thursday finds herself happily married and expecting. But dark clouds soon rain on her happiness, and she has to deal with unexpected sadness. Complications from The Eyre Affair create new problems for Thursday. In the process, she has to develop new talents and solve new problems . . . some of which threaten our very existence! Along the way, she has some unexpected help from new friends . . . including Miss Havisham from Great Expectations!
The Eyre Affair focuses on the discontinuities between what readers would like stories to say and what authors have provided.
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Literary Detective Thursday Next, who has just discovered she is pregnant, is in hot water again when her husband, Landen, is eradicated at age 2 in an evil attempt by the corrupt Goliath Corporation to blackmail Thursday. In her previous adventure, Thursday trapped one of Goliath's key employees inside The Raven, and they want him back. If all this sounds impossibly confusing, it isn't once you get into the swing of Fforde's incredibly complex alternate reality.
Thursday, who has slipped into an alternate alternate reality where she has no husband (but seems to have a mysterious boyfriend named Miles of whom she has no memory), is determined to do whatever it takes to get Landen back. To meet Goliath's demands she has to learn how to jump into books without the help of her uncle's invention, the Prose Portal, which has been destroyed. She seeks out the mysterious Mrs. Nakajima, the only other person Thursday knows who can "book jump." Her search leads her into the shadowy world of Jurisfiction, where a dedicated group of fictional characters police the fictional world from inside the books, just as Thursday's agency, LiteraTec, does from the human side. As an apprentice to Miss Haversham (yes, that Miss Haversham), Thursday undertakes her education while dodging evil Goliath persons, coincidences gone wild, and a corrupt ChronoGuard agent attempting to catch Thursday's time-jumping fugitive father (who often pops in to give Thursday a hand).
And then there's Pickwick, Thursday's genetically engineered dodo, who has laid an egg .
The second Thursday Next installment is every bit as fun as the first. The writing is incredibly clever, filled with literary allusions and amazingly deft wordplay.
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Poor Thursday. Just when she's out of "Jane Eyre", she's smack in the middle of a reprint of "The Raven."
This is not good. This is definitely not good.
But it's a lot of fun. To get her husband back, Thursday Next must delve into literature, and jump from book to book, to rescue her erst-while husband, who may not exist, being wiped from reality by the Chrono-guards.
Be afraid. Be very Afraid.
Be tickled. Be very Tickled.
Fford's prose is a shot of white-lightening on an empty stomach. His (Oh god help us) references are too close to home to be more than funny and a little less than thought-provoking, and a joy to read!
Literary readers will scramble for reference books. Too bad, as Thursday Next will have been there first, and tidied them up a bit. Ordinary readers (being not Literature-types) will rollick in the humor, catch the best puns, but unless the reader is with "IT", could very likely miss the point.
Cudos, Mr. Fforde. Fantasy is now Literary, or is literacy now fantasy, and much, much too enjoyable.
Catch a pun, win a prize. Catch a particulr metaphor, win a book. Catch the point, and sit at home satisfied that I get it. While the rest of the world sits home and waits for "something" to happen.
While you're waiting, read these books. It will help pass the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
I love the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. It would especially appeal to word-o-philes or people who read a lot and appreciate odd humour and fantasy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rachelleme
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for guys
Some may disagree, but men are not reading as much as women. I have read most heavy classics in my younger days, but now I just want to be entertained when I pick a book up. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dominic
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
Thursday Next is happily married and pregnant. But her husband and love of her life, Landen is eradicated by Goliath Corporation to blackmail Thursday into retrieving one of their... Read more
Published on June 28 2012 by AceofHearts
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Time Travel Series!
"Lost in a Good Book," the sequel to "The Eyre Affair," by entertaining storyteller, Jasper Fforde, is a terrific addition to "The Thursday Next... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Victoria Taylor Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Like most sequels this one is lacking......
Jasper Fforde is a good writer. I sailed right through 'Lost in a Good Book' laughed several times and enjoyed the vignettes that are all through the book. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by N. Nutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Real world + fictional world = a link --> Next :)
After reading "The Eyre Affair", the first book in Fforde's "Thursday Next" series, I was delighted. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by M. B. Alcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Next Learns the Art of Bookjumping
For those individuals who are not familiar with Jasper FForde's intriguing and delightful heroine Thusday Next, this review can easily be summarized with the very strong advice to... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Tucker Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars You know you love Miss Havisham
Who doesn't want to know more about Miss Havisham? God knows she was the saving grace of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Amelia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
"...officers Hurdyew, Tolkien and Lissning heard you talking and listening..."(page 277 in the paperback edition)
Okay, maybe all the puns, word-plays, and literary... Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by catie
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