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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 (one-horse.library)
    one-horse.library: "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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One has to suspend reality to get all the references and jokes. It probably also helps if your are familiar with the UK. After the first 50 pages, I was able to get into the story and to just enjoy. The best part for me was the presence of armed and dangerous librarians. Yes! ( )
  mstruck | Aug 12, 2014 |
I love these books but you do need to read them from the beginning otherwise you will miss little bon mots the author has placed in the book to reward a faithful reader. Thursday is in semi-retirement and ends up taking a head librarian position instead of head of the newly reformed Chronoguards. The town of Swindon is depending on her teenage daughter to come up with a solution to prevent the smiting of the town and her son gets the news that since time travel wasn't discovered he now will kill someone and go to jail. Just the usual week for Thursday. The upside is Landon is by her side and by the end she finally gets rid of the last of the family of villains that she has been fighting for the entire series. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
The latest in the Thursday Next books moves up in time to 2004. Thursday is now getting close to middle age and slowed down by her injuries in One of Our Thursdays is Missing. Swindon is in danger of smiting from God, the SpecOps are being reinstated, Thursday finds herself the head of the Wessex Library Service, the mindworm of Jenny continues, and Goliath is up to their old tricks - this time, they are creating "Day Players" who keep taking Thursday's place. Can she figure out everything that's going on and save the day again?

If that sounds confusing, well, the books can be. They're delightfully clever and punny and, let's face it, over-the-top ridiculous. The series is such that you really have to read them all, and in order, to have a hope of following what's going on. This one is much the same. Recommended if you're enjoying the series - though I would recommend spreading out a reading of all the books, as this particular brand of silliness and aren't-I-clever moments will get old if you down them all at once. ( )
1 vote bell7 | May 26, 2014 |
I dunno, somehow this didn't grab me very much ... the novelty has worn off the Thursdayverse and at times this seems very laboured, with an overloaded plot, illogical world building - illogical by internal logic, that is ... there seemed to be a lot of makingitupasyougoalong and that perennial temptation Jasp always succumbs to, of bending the plot, the world and the character in order to crack a gag. Speaking of character, Thursday seems to have lost hers a bit, and none of the bit players had any at all. I missed the BookWorld a lot. Maybe next time.

There is also the matter of the foulest pun Jasp has ever pulled: illegal DNA manipulators are known as (wait for it) Gene Hackmen. You may now groan horribly. ( )
  sloopjonb | May 24, 2014 |
Synopsis:Thursday is recovering from an assignation attempt, but still has the mind-worm that makes her believe she has a daughter named Jenny. She is now the head of a library and supposedly only tangentially involved with Special Ops. Goliath is attempting to bring the world under domination, as usual.
Review: As usual, you can't be a lazy reader and enjoy Fforde's books. This one was especially good in that many loose ends were tied and the outlook for the Next family future looks, if not bright, at least positive. ( )
  DrLed | Mar 10, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jasper Ffordeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
Roberts, StuartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To all the librarians
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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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