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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (July 18 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340733578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965752619
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By rachelleme TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2013
Format: Paperback
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. I am slowly buying each book in the series after borrowing them all from my local library. You just don't feel complete if your trying to read the series with one of the books missing.
I'm not going to tell you anything about what this book is ABOUT... you'll have to read the series to do that. I hear a new one came out after I thought he'd finished the series. So I'm going after that, next.
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By Dominic TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 4 2013
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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. Jasper Fford is simply perfect for us guys who don't want to take ourselves too seriously. His books are smart, funny, and even slighly weird: what's not to love? In my humble opinion, he is right up there with Vunnugut jr and Christopher Moore. Do not hesitate!
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By AceofHearts on June 28 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 employees she put in Poe's The Raven.

At the same time Thursday's father has come to warn her of the end of the world. The world will be consumed by pink goo.

Thursday learns all about book jumping from Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.
Anyways she now has to save the world and Landen.

Unlike a lot of other readers I enjoyed this book more than the first, "Eyre Affair". I think I was more receptive to Fforde's puns, witticisms, etc. The only negative is I wish there was more character development.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 30 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miriador on June 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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