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The Woman Who Died a Lot (edition 2012)

by Jasper Fforde (Author), Jaya Miceli (Cover designer), Thomas Allen (Cover artist), Phillip Colling-Blackman (Illustrator), Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)1 more, Bill Mudron (Illustrator)

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Title:The Woman Who Died a Lot
Authors:Jasper Fforde (Author)
Other authors:Jaya Miceli (Cover designer), Thomas Allen (Cover artist), Phillip Colling-Blackman (Illustrator), Dylan Meconis (Illustrator), Bill Mudron (Illustrator)
Info:Viking
Collections:Your library, Read
Rating:*****
Tags:2010s, alternate history, books about books, bought, fantasy, fiction, hardcover, humor, libraries, science fiction, Thursday Next, time travel, read, read 2012, memory

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The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde

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    Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Confession by Kurt Busiek (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: "The Nearness of You" in Confession & "Jenny" in The Woman Who Died A Lot.
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    The Bear Went Over the Mountain: A Novel (Owl Book) by William Kotzwinkle (4leschats)
    4leschats: This book is the closest that I have read to the metafictional aspects of Fforde's work. Kotzwinkle uses a bear to underscore the absurdities within the publishing industry.
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An excellent continuation of the tale but nigh on incomprehensible if you haven't read the entire series in order. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
This is the latest installment of the Thursday Next series and I loved it as much as all the others. Thursday has reached her early fifties and is feeling her age, especially since her fall from a cosmic bus in the Bookworld in her last adventure. But, she's always up for a challenge when Goliath Corporation hatches a dastardly scheme to take over a little known area of the Book World and use it for profit in the "real world" where Thursday lives with her family. The ending may disappoint some as it does not have perfect closure, setting Thursday up for her next plunge into the Book World. But for Thursday fans, the promise of more to come is the perfect ending. The literary allusions,body humor and general madcap nature of the series will have booklovers eagerly awaiting the next adventure. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
I love Thursday Next. ( )
  Contusions | Dec 23, 2016 |
Let me say up front that I love Jasper Fforde and his amazing imagination, but sometimes all those ideas in his head compete for space in his books and can really bog down the story. Unfortunately this was one of those times.
My head was spinning trying to push the one liners out of the way to get to the point of the plot and I came away disappointed and unsatisfied with this one.
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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Sometimes I enjoy the idea of a Thursday Next book more than the reading thereof. I suspect it's because there is SO MUCH to set up each time. Once that's done, things move along zippily, in this case with both humor and pathos. Yeah, I didn't expect it to be bittersweet, either. I really like Thursday as she ages, dealing with her family, and work, just like a real person.

Library copy. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
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Jasper Ffordeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Allen, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colling-Blackman, PhillipIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meconis, DylanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miceli, JayaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mudron, BillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, MaggyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To all the librarians
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ever will be,
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this book is respectfully dedicated.
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"A drawn elephant has a desire to exist?"

"Certainly. All of existence came into being simply because it wanted to be. The big bang wasn't so much a big bang as a hasty dash toward an opportunity to trade nothingness for somethingness. The main contributory factor to the entire universe was a momentary effect in need of a cause. And in that split second, everything that wanted to have existence -- which is everything -- came racing through in one huge hot mass. They've been trying to sort themselves out ever since."
Budget meetings have never been interesting, ever, despite numerous attempts over the years to try to josh them up a bit. Notable uplifting techniques involved the use of fire-eaters and performing elephants, but they didn't work. The dry proceedings are well known to bring on a form of lethargy that can stay with attendees for the rest of the week, and Budget Therapy was used with great success in the treatment of patients suffering an excess of good-natured perkiness.
"Working in fiction does give one a somewhat tenuous hold on reality, but it's not the hold that's tenuous -- it's the reality: Which reality? Whose reality? Does it matter anyway? And will there be cake?"
"What a beautifully described morning!"
"Do I have to talk to insane people?"

"You're a librarian now. I'm afraid it's mandatory."   Chap. 22
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 067002502X, Hardcover)

The newest tour de force starring Thursday Next in the New York Times bestselling series

The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate.

But Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday’s trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity’s promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday’s third child, Jenny, who doesn’t exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory.

With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday’s convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family’s oddest.

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The Bookworld's leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. But Thursday's children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday's career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday's trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday's third child, Jenny, who doesn't exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday's convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family's oddest.… (more)

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