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One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
 
 
Author
Jasper Fforde.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780670022526
Pages/Publication Date 362/2011
Daedalus Item Code 36296
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In his sixth Thursday Next investigation (after having kept us on pins and needles for four years after First Among Sequels), Jasper Fforde gives us an exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld, during a time of great unrest. A Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next, but she's apparently scarpered to the Realworld. The Council of Genres has no choice but to settle for her fictional counterpart, the written Thursday. An investigator of the Literary Division of Special Operations Network, assigned to find and stop anyone tinkering with the world's best-loved books, Thursday Next is a woman of action who's "part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry" (New York Times), living in an alternate Britain with no airplanes or computers but with time travel and a fanatical love of literature. Jasper Fforde's madcap literary adventure series is frequently described as a concoction of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Umberto Eco, Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, and The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

"With the real Thursday Next missing, the 'written' Thursday Next leaves her book to undertake an assignment for the Jurisfiction Accident Investigation Department, in Fforde's wild and wacky sixth BookWorld novel. As written Thursday Next finds herself playing roles intended for her real counterpart, BookWorld's elite try to deal with a border dispute between Racy Novel and Women's Fiction. It's not always possible to know where one is in BookWorld, which has been drastically remade, or in Fforde's book, which shares the madcap makeup of Alice in Wonderland, even borrowing Alice's dodo. Outrageous puns (e.g., a restaurant called Inn Uendo) and clever observations relating to the real book world (e.g., the inhabitants of 'Vanity' island now prefer Self-Published or Collaborative) abound. Fforde's diabolical meshing of insight and humor makes a 'mimefield' both frightening and funny, while the reader must traverse a volume that's a minefield of unexpected and amusing twists."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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