This third installment of the Thursday Next series is just as magical, offbeat, and hilarious as the previous two. I was thoroughly impressed with the world that Jasper Fforde created with the first book, The Eyre Affair, and was glad to discover the same kind of imaginative detail in this novel. I can only think to compare the quirky world of The Well of Lost Plots with that of The Wizard of OZ (but for book lovers!). In this novel, Thursday Next is hiding out in the book world, the world of fiction. She joins the character exchange program, fills a role in a novel so bad that it's threatened to be broken up and recycled in the text sea, befriends some generics that have yet to be actualized into characters, battles a mindworm that is destroying her memories and struggles to solve a series of murders all at the same time.
As an English major graduate with a good knowledge of classic fiction under my belt, what I love most about the Thursday Next series is the amount of humor in the text. Fforde sprinkles witty tongue-in-cheek jokes about all kinds of literature and literary characters throughout the story. The cast of Wuthering Heights is enrolled in a rage counselling group, everyone ends up waiting for Agent Godot, and a multitude of other characters from well known novels have cameos in this book.
My only complaint about this novel is that I was eager to have the plot regarding Thursday's erradiacated husband Landen furthered more than it was. This novel mainly deals with Thursday's own inner battles against her mindworm and the murders in the Well of Lost Plots. --But perhaps I'm too eager. The next Next book is slated for release this August...so the rest will come in time.
I would highly recommend this novel to fans of the Thursday Next series. For those unfamiliar, read The Eyre Affair!