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5.0 out of 5 stars Did I say rest ??? :) June 22 2004
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
As you already know, "The Well of Lost Plots" is the 3rd book in the "Thursday Next" series. After reading the first two awesome books in the series, you might think that there is no way the author can surprise you again... However, if you were to think that you would be very wrong, because Jasper Fforde does it again :)
At the end of "Lost in a good book" we left Thursday pregnant, with a husband eradicated at the age of two, and followed by the Goliath Corporation (who wanted her skills to jump into books). She was in urgent need of a hiding place, at least until her son was born and she could begin again her efforts to un-eradicate her husband. As a consequence, she decided to "get lost in a good book", more specifically in a B novel in the Well of Lost Plots, in order to get some deserved rest.
Did I say rest?. Well, at least that is what she expected to get, but with her temporary job at Jurisfiction, an assassin killing Jurisfiction agents and grammasites all over the place, getting some rest won't be easy. On top of all that, Thursday must face the very real risk that "Caversham Heights" (the B novel where she is staying for a year thanks to the Character Exchange Program) will be scraped, and deal with an enemy that she thought was left behind in the "real" world: Aornis Hades.
As you can see, the "Well of Lost Plots" is likely to be everything but boring... You will meet again some old friends (for example Miss Havisham), and get to know new ones. But beware: there is a traitor among the people Thursday knows and likes. And where is Godot?. Why doesn't he appear?.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Send-Up of Literature and Writing July 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
From the first chapter of Jasper Fforde's third novel, you can tell that the author had a blast writing this satiric mystery that explores the creation of fiction. Thursday Next - pregnant by her eradicated husband, haunted by a Hades sister intent on destroying her memory, and a Jurisfiction apprentice to none other than Miss Havisham of Dickens fame - takes refuge in a poorly written and unpublished crime novel called Caversham Heights. Thursday expects to rest there until the birth of her child, but she and Miss Havisham discover that the death of another agent by a Minotaur attack might not be the accident it seems. Meanwhile, nursery rhyme characters threaten a strike for not being treated like other fictional characters, two generic characters living with Thursday begin to become more well-rounded, and Thursday tries to save Caversham Heights from being destroyed by the Council of Genres for being so hopelessly bad.
The more you know about literature, the more hilarious you'll find this fantasy. Characters are being manufactured in record numbers because Vikram Seth is planning a new novel, and no one wants a return to minimalism simply because of a character shortage. Heathcliff, Catherine, and the rest of the characters from Wuthering Heights attend anger management classes, and Mr. Toad is relentless in his competition with Miss Havisham for the fastest driver in both the Book World and the Outland. And if you're interesting in writing, you'll gain tips for keeping your novel out of the Text Sea, as Fforde pokes fun at hackneyed writing and incomplete character development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious literary fun June 13 2004
By erinmn
Format:Hardcover
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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not like Book 1 & 2
Good book in general but not with as much action. It plays a lot on cool ways to explore books rather than being a full blown story
Published on Nov. 28 2008 by Genevieve Alarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well well
Jasper Fforde won over fans from all over the world with "The Eyre Affair." Now he's presented "Well of Lost Plots," the third playful satire/mystery/fantasy starring hardboiled... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2007 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Far from "Lost"
In 2002, Jasper Fforde won over fans from all over the world with "The Eyre Affair." Now he's presented "Well of Lost Plots," the third playful... Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two
Although this book was clever, it was not as engaging as the first two. I actually got bored -- something I could not have imagined reading the first two which I could not put... Read more
Published on May 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fforde Masterpiece!
(Warning: Reading this book without having read the first two is extremely hazardous to mental health!)
Thursday Next is back! Hoorah! Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Gypsi Phillips Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasik Fanthaci Phfunnnn!
I read relatively little fantasy because authors usually make it too much work . . . and not enough fun. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Donald Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost plot?
Jasper Fforde is as clever as ever in further developing Thursday's world, but for much of this book things feel seriously off track. Read more
Published on May 5 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars This next Next book gets ponderous
It's rare that a new author can build a franchise immediately, but this is exactly what Japser Fforde has been able to do with his Thursday Next book adventures. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Daniel L Edelen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Satisfying Thursday Next Novel
Author Jasper Fforde continues to prove himself as one of the more creative, clever and original authors of our time with his third book in the Thursday Next series, The Well of... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Josh Aterovis
4.0 out of 5 stars "Crack it open and, pow, the story goes off at a tangent."
In his previous two novels, Fforde created a wacky, fictional universe in which "real world" characters could transport themselves into books, associate with the... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Mary Whipple
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