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The Woman Who Died A Lot: A Thursday Next Novel [Hardcover]

Jasper Fforde
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Oct. 2 2012 Thursday Next Novels (Viking)
The newest tour de force starring Thursday Next in the New York Times bestselling series

The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate.

But Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday’s trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity’s promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday’s third child, Jenny, who doesn’t exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory.

With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday’s convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family’s oddest.

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Praise for The Woman Who Died A Lot
“Fforde continues to show that his forte is absurdist humor in his seventh crime thriller starring Thursday Next, a member of the Literary Detectives division of Special Operations in an alternate-universe Britain.  [An] endearingly-bizarre fantasy world limited only by Fforde’s impressive imagination.” –Publishers Weekly
“As always, Fforde makes this wacky world perfectly plausible, elucidating Ffordian physics with just the right ratio of pseudoscientific jargon to punch lines. It’s a dazzling, heady brew of high concept and low humor, absurd antics with a tea-and-toast sensibility that will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse alike. Fforde is ffantastic!”
Booklist (starred review)
“Strap in and hang on tight.... Another winner for fans and lovers of sf, time travel, puns, allusions, and all sorts of literary hijinks.”
Library Journal (Starred review)
“Jasper Fforde fans, rejoice! The Woman Who Died a Lot, the seventh installment in his Thursday Next series, delivers all the imagination, complexity and laughs we've come to expect from Fforde and his book-hopping, butt-kicking heroine.The Woman Who Died a Lot brings together the charming lunacy and intricate plotting that have enthralled Fforde's readers over the years.” –Shelf Awareness
“In Misery, Stephen King compares the euphoric feeling writers experience in creative bursts to ‘falling into a hole filled with bright light.’ Avid readers also know that feeling: A good story temporarily erases the world. British novelist Jasper Fforde has expanded on King’s simile in a wonderful seven-book series of novels featuring Thursday Next. Enormously knowledgeable about literary history, Fforde scatters nuggets for nerdy readers like me. By the end, all of Fforde’s myriad particles of plot, accelerated by his immense skill and narrative sense, collide, producing pyrotechnics and a passel of new particles to propel his next tale. I love the Thursday Next books, and when a new one appears, I don’t fall but leap into this bibliophile’s Wonderland.” –The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“This is the proverbial madcap lighthearted romp, full of hijinks, parody, and puns. Jasper Fforde does it well. It’s safe to say that if you enjoy that particularly British, Douglas Adams-style absurd delivery of wry observations, you’ll get a kick out of this one.” New York Journal of Books
“The Welsh writer Jasper Fforde's wildly inventive books defy easy description — more accurately, they mercilessly mock the concept of easy description. Are they mysteries? Outrageous parodies of literary classics? Science fiction? Absurdist humor? Gleeful mashups of all the above?” [The Woman Who Died A Lot is] still big, big fun, with enough in-jokes to keep anyone snickering for a long time — especially English Lit geeks.” The Seattle Times
“Quirky and surprising and funny. Thursday fans will welcome her return.”
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Praise for One of Our Thursdays is Missing
One of Our Thursdays is Missing, like other Fforde novels, is jam packed with spot-on parody, puns and wry observations about words and genres that will delight literary-minded fans of the series.” - Los Angeles Times
“There is no denying Fforde’s supersized imagination, linguistic agility and love of books, Books, BOOKS.” - Chicago Sun-Times
“Fforde’s diabolical meshing of insight and humor makes a ‘mimefield’ both frightening and funny, while the reader must traverse a volume that’s minefield of unexpected turns and amusing twists.” - Publishers Weekly
One of Our Thursdays is Missing is filled with passages [in] which geeky humor jostles with genuine insight about the current state of fiction.… [T]ake a joy ride with the passionate reader who wrote this novel.” - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“[With a] furiously agile imagination…Fforde has shaken up genres—fantasy, comedy, crime, sci-fi, parody, literary criticism—and come up with a superb mishmash with lots of affectionate in-jokes for any book lover.” - Miami Herald
“Fforde is a breath of fresh air.” -Kirkus
“Fforde’s books are more than just an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terrible mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of Dickens or Pratchett.” -Independent
“A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb.” - Daily Mail
“Fans of the late Douglas Adams, or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde.” Herald

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling series of Thursday Next novels, which includes Lost in a Good BookThe Well of Lost PlotsSomething RottenFirst Among SequelsOne of Our Thursdays is Missing, and The Woman Who Died A Lot. The series has more than one million copies (and counting) in print. He is also the author of The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear of the Nursery Crime series, and Shades of Grey. Visit

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one March 29 2013
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Love Jasper Fforde, he is my second favorite author. He has thrown some new plot twists into this story that makes it stand out from the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for any Fforde fan March 10 2013
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I enjoyed all the parts of this novel, and even the illustrations and extras were worth spending time . Although comedic, it still has a good storyline.
When you can feel that this part of England could really exist, and willingly suspend dis-belief in the world of books being real and separate from this dimension, then you have a successful story and an engrossing series.

I'm hoping that more will be forthcoming from Mr. Fforde, both in this series and in the other worlds he has carefully constructed.
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By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Attempting to give even a partial summary of any Jasper Fforde novel is kind of like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon, so I won't even take a stab at describing "The Woman Who Died A Lot," the seventh, and latest, in his wonderful Thursday Next series. I *will* note that it involves an older, damaged Thursday, along with a bunch of sort-of replicants; the evil and dominating Goliath Corporation and its favourite henchman Jack Schitt; the strange and mysterious, and thus far unproven-to-exist, realm of the Dark Reading Matter, access to which is much enhanced by the unfocused "buffers" of dodo birds; Jenny, who does or does not exist; Aornis the wicked; the continuing fall-out from the dismantling of the Chronos Guard, making Time and the Future of some of our heroes somewhat relative; and librarians, lots and lots of librarians. Who are, of course, the true heroes of the story and the Saviours of the Universe.... No, one cannot pick up any old entry in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, one must start from the very beginning ("The Eyre Affair," and I am tremendously envious of anyone who still has the absolute astonishment of that book before them; I wish I could read it for the first time over and over and over and over and.... but I'm turning dodo here, better get rid of that mindworm now!). Just read it; read everything Jasper Fforde has ever written. You will be a better, happier, stronger person, and Goliath Corporation will have one less unsuspecting victim to suck dry. Did I mention it's highly recommended?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 22 2014
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