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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.
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.
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 morePublished 23 months ago by rachelleme
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 morePublished on July 4 2013 by Dominic
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 morePublished on June 28 2012 by AceofHearts
"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 morePublished on July 16 2004 by Victoria Taylor Murray
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 morePublished on June 17 2004 by N. Nutt
After reading "The Eyre Affair", the first book in Fforde's "Thursday Next" series, I was delighted. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by B. Alcat
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 morePublished on May 10 2004 by Tucker Andersen
Who doesn't want to know more about Miss Havisham? God knows she was the saving grace of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Amelia Johnson