Lost in a Good Book Paperback – Jul 18 2002
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From School Library Journal
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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
What's it about? Well, according to Fforde . . .
"I like subplots a lot, and it probably shows. In fact, you could say that Lost in a Good Book consists only of subplots - a month in the life of a literary detective. The actual plot I have decided, is the love interest between Spike and Cindy - all the rest are just subplots."
This is extremely funny because Spike is a very minor character and Cindy is mentioned only in passing.
This book is very much more about the world Thursday Next inhabits than the sort of narrative that drove The Eyre Affair. It's hard not to be grateful for that - it smells of more adventure to come.
One of my favourite elements is the snippets from the glossary of The Jurisfiction Guide to the Great Library (used, along with other "publications," at chapter openings primarily to fill in backstory - personal, social historical, and technical). For example:
PageRunner: Any character who is out of his or her book and moves through the backstory (or more rarely the plot) of another book. PageRunners may be lost, vacationing, part of the Character Exchange Program or criminals, intent on mischief.
The author's website also includes a little insight into the editing process - how a few simple substitutions can make things so much better. http://magnificentoctopus.blogspot.com
In THE EYRE AFFAIR, we were introduced to Spec-Ops Agent Thursday Next, a tough female investigator in Literary Division. The year is 1985, but the world in which Thursday lives is not the world you and I know. It's an alternate universe in which England, still the dominant world power, is almost a police state, the Crimean War has lasted 150 years, and the world's biggest superstars are authors. You can buy Clone-Your-Own-Dodo kits over the counter and the main means of mass transportation is via airship.
In this adventure, Thursday's husband has been eradicated by the corrupt Goliath Corporation. Eradication involves going back in time and making sure that person never exists. In order to blackmail Thursday into doing their dirty work, the Goliath agent Mr. Schitt-Hawse (pronounced just the way you think it is) has left Thursday's memories of her husband intact, along with the baby she happens to be carrying. Goliath's demand? That Thursday jump into Poe's poem THE RAVEN and release another Goliath agent whom she had imprisoned there. The only problem is, the Prose Portal which allowed her to jump into JANE EYRE in THE EYRE AFFAIR has been destroyed.
The answer is provided when Thursday is recruited for the top-secret Jurisfiction, an elite team of mostly fictional characters who protect and maintain the integrity of all the world's books. She is apprenticed to Miss Havisham of Dicken's GREAT EXPECTATIONS fame, complete in tattered wedding dress, and soon Thursday is learning how to jump into books without a Prose Portal.Read more ›
Fforde is as original as ever. He brings numerous famous and obscure literary characters to life and creates improbable situations with just enough prallel to reality to engage the reader. The reason I give the book 4 starts instead of five is that teh author became too preoccupied with originality and decided to bumdle too many plot lines into the novel. While he manages to resolve all of them, he does ot necessarily manage to interconnect them. After finishing the book, I felt like there were several sub plots that he could have easily left out as they did not contribute to the main line of the story--the argument with the landlord draws for several chapters to lead Thursday on a vampire hunt (completely random, but for an opportunity to describe the "undead"), a lawsuit taking place in Kafka's The Trial (again, a veihicle to demonstrate that Thursday can talk to characters in her head, a capability that she does not use anywhere else in the book), etc. Even the attempt for revenge from Hades' sister seems artificially attached to the novel, without really adding any significance.
Don't get me wrong--the book is awsome. I was just a little peeved that an author that has so much to say and in such a unique way did not exercise a little restraint...
Most recent customer reviews
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 on Dec 17 2013 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
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. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Donald Mitchell
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
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... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by booksforabuck