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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book Review: The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

I can't believe there have been seven Thursday Next novels so far! And, like last time, I have trouble reviewing the book because I don't want to spoil things for people who may not have had the wonderful joy of discovering this series! If you are a bibliophile, if you like quirky, funny books, you MUST check these out! They are hilarious, I await the next book in the series eagerly each time, usually reading it the week it comes out. I was laughing out loud while reading, and wanting to read parts out loud to my boyfriend, but they'd take too much explaining.

You see, Thursday Next is a retired literary detective living in an alternate England in 2005 (the first book started in 1983 I think and we've moved forward, getting closer to now.) And by literary detective, I mean tracking down not only fake Shakespeare plays, but tracking down errant Hamlets who have escaped their books and are otherwise misbehaving. In the first book, The Eyre Affair, Thursday has to rescue a kidnapped Jane Eyre who has been removed from the original manuscript, so now everyone's copy of the book ends on p. 30. But the last 20 years of being one of the most famous law enforcement officers in England have put a target on Thursday's back and after the last book, One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, she's a little worse for wear, which is why she is now the chief librarian of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat at Fatso's Drink Not Included Library. But that's not nearly as quiet a job as you might imagine - Swindon's librarians are allowed to use lethal force. And Thursday is still in someone's crosshairs, although she's not sure whose. Due to a funny quirk of the situation, us readers know what's going on long before Thursday herself does. Also, there are multiple Thursdays which is both useful and confusing (and explains the surprisingly accurate title.)

Another excellent entry in this wonderful series, I hope Fforde keeps cranking these out. I want to know who's going to win the next Super Hoop, which city God will smite next, and if early version pet dodos are really the key to understanding Dark Reading Matter - otherwise known as the place where books go that have truly died.

I checked this book out of the library.

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