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First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

First Among Sequels

by Jasper Fforde

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Series: Thursday Next (5)

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    Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham (one-horse.library)
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    Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt (Dr.Science)
    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books including Expecting Someone Taller, and Flying Dutch, but they may be difficult to find at your library or bookstore.… (more)

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Fifth book in the Thursday Next series

Fourteen years have passed since the events of Something Rotten and while some things have changed in Thursday's life, the ongoing need to solve crises continue. The government has allowed the stupidity surplus to build up to ridiculous levels, the BookWorld is trying to make reality books a thing in an effort to save plummeting reader numbers, Thursday's son, Friday, is still refusing to join the ChronoGuard even though his future self says he should have joined two years ago, and Thursday's cheese smuggling activities may have caught the attention of the Stiltonista Cheese Mafia. Of course, only Thursday can resolve all of these issues and find a solution for Pickwick's sudden lack of feathers.

If you've made it this far in the series, you know exactly what to expect of a Thursday Next novel. There will be book allusions galore, characters with ridiculous names, plot twists that churn your brain in ways it may not meant to be churned, and a rollicking good time. I was a bit concerned starting this book to discover so much time had passed and worried that a Thursday in her fifties might not be as much fun. Of course, she remains as delightful as ever. Another fun and entertaining sojourn into the bizarre and alluring world of Thursday Next. ( )
  MickyFine | Feb 28, 2014 |
I think I'll always have a soft spot in me for Thursday Next. When I picked up The Eyre Affair, I couldn't stop grinning as I read. And it was nothing if not way outside my usual genre of read. Since then, I've been happily following along with the series at a leisurely pace, picking the subsequent books up when I wanted an escape into puns and word play, satire and literary creativity. And this one had all of that but somehow it fell a little short of the previous books. Maybe it was because there were so many disparate threads and so much reliance on the previous books that this one was somehow slightly less entertaining. And yet, because it was Thursday Next and the always creative Jasper Fforde, it was still a decent read and I will continue to look forward to the next Next.

In this installment of the series, it's been 14 years since the previous book and much has changed in Thursday's life. She and Landon are married and have children, including a sullen, slouchy teenaged son named Friday who is causing Thursday much grief and stress. He is not following the plan of his life as it is supposed to unfold and if he doesn't do as his future indicates, the Looming End of Time could, in fact, arrive. In addition to her worries about Friday's directionlessness, Thursday is having to live a double life. SpecOps was disbanded and so her job as a literary detective has morphed instead into a job as a carpet installer for Acme Carpets. Or this is what she's told Landon. While she does go on the occasional carpet installation job, she is still secretly policing the literary world and when it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the loose and knocking off famous characters all over Book World, she must get to the bottom of it. And Book World itself has gotten more complex now that there are the four previous Thursday Next novels as well, meaning there's the fictional Thursday Next who is the heroine of this novel and there are meta-fiction Thursdays from her previous novels and apprenticed to this Thursday in Book World. Add to all of this chaos the fact that the real world is facing a stupidity surplus, that reading rates are declining and there's talk of turning some classics into reality tv shows, tarted up and with more spectacular conflicts than as written to entice viewing audiences, there's a black market for illegal and highly dangerous cheese, and Goliath is back to their old tricks, wanting to access and monetize travel into the Book World and it's obvious that there's more than enough for the tangled and typically chaotic world of Thursday Next.

Although all of the unrelated plot threads do start to twist together, this is still a bit exhausting, perhaps because other characters have taken on large portions of the action and importance. Even minor characters from previous novels come back for cameos here, adding just that small bit too much to the otherwise genial mess and clutter. This definitely requires knowledge of the previous books since nothing is as it seems and the back story helps make things more understandable for the reader. Thursday is still the same wonderfully quirky, smart, kick-butt literary detective she's always been--and now she's even the Last Bastion of Common Sense (LBOCS) on the Council of Genres in Book World--and I did enjoy dipping back into her world again but I hope the next one is a little less mechanics driven and a little heavier on the literary fun. ( )
  whitreidtan | Oct 24, 2013 |
A very enjoyable addition to the Thursday Next series. Unfortunately, due to the great time gap and the apparent end of time travel, it appears to be the last one he intends to write.

It's 15 years after the "Something Rotten" events have taken place, and Thursday is busily leading a double life. On the surface, she is a contented wife/mother with an exciting past who is happily working as a carpet seller/installer. She is perhaps a little bit more tolerant of her layabout son than most would be, but still very happy as a Mum.

In fact, she is still heavily involved in the book work and in book world enforcement as the "LBOCS." The second job is certainly much more challenging the first one. The Goliath Corp is still giving its best shot to entering the booking world for profit and exploitation, the minataur is still pillaging and reaping havoc, the next batch of recruits is still proving inadequate to the task, and Thursday still wields the ultimate veto, something destined to make her unpopular with the higher ups of the bookworld.

In the "real" world, the standoff with Wales continues, cheese is still exhorbitantly taxed, Thursday's mom still lives for Battenburg and the series is still a wonderful read.

Her son, an apparent worthless lout, is also leading something of a double existence.

How all is this resolved makes for great entertainment.

I really hope there will be more. But I doubt it.
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
Another great instalment in the series :) ( )
  whimsicalwattle | Sep 27, 2013 |
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By the time we reach the fifth volume, First Among Sequels, Fforde has firmly regained his footing, and the plot moves along like a well-turned simile.
added by Katya0133 | editYale Review, David Galef (Oct 1, 2008)
First Among Sequels is for adults who want sophisticated wit with their fantasy, but who still possess an appreciation for the intricate worldbuilding of a well-imagined children’s novel.
added by Katya0133 | editNew Statesman, Jean Edelstein (Aug 13, 2007)
While Fforde's humor can be affecting, it can also grate with its self-consciousness, as the author nudges readers to admire his verbal dexterity.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Jul 23, 2007)
It's an ingenious premise that makes for a thrill ride of a read. And it's not entirely necessary — though perhaps more fun — to read the books in the proper order. Fforde gives enough background in "Thursday Next" to inform readers of all they need to know to find both books hilarious, exhilarating and just a bit exhausting.
Fans of satiric literary humor are in for a treat.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (May 14, 2007)

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Fourteen years after she pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, Thursday Next is grappling with a host of problems in the BookWorld: a recalcitrant new apprentice, the death of Sherlock Holmes, and the inexplicable departure of comedy from the once-hilarious Thomas Hardy novels. The Council of Genres is trying to broker a peace deal between certain antagonistic genres: Racy Novel has been recklessly placed between Ecclesiastical and Feminist, and they are at each other's throats. Meanwhile, back in Swindon, the government is reporting a dangerously high stupidity surplus, and Thursday's idle sixteen-year-old son would rather sleep all day than follow his destiny as a member of the ChronoGuard. Not only does she captain the ship Moral Dilemma to the very limits of acceptable narrative possibilities, but Thursday also finds she must face down her most vicious enemy yet: herself.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670038717, Hardcover)

Literary sleuth Thursday Next is out to save literature in the fifth installment of Jasper Fforde’s wildly popular series

Beloved for his prodigious imagination, his satirical gifts, his literate humor, and sheer silliness, Jasper Fforde has delighted book lovers since Thursday Next first appeared in The Eyre Affair, a genre send-up hailed as an instant classic. Since the no-nonsense literary detective from Swindon made her debut, literature has never been quite the same. Neither have nursery rhymes, for that matter. With two successful books of the Nursery Crime series under his belt, Fforde takes up once again the brilliant adventures of his signature creation in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Thursday Next series. And it’s better than ever.

It’s been fourteen years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult sixteen year old. However, Thursday’s got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed at the Rheinback Falls and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what’s going on—there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld. And that’s not all—The Goliath Corporation is trying to deregulate book travel. Naturally, Thursday must travel to the outer limits of acceptable narrative possibilities to triumph against increasing odds.

Packed with word play, bizarre and entertaining subplots, and old-fashioned suspense, Thursday’s return is sure to be celebrated by Jasper’s fanatical fans and the critics who have loved him since the beginning.

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Fourteen years after the 1988 SuperHoop, Thursday finds herself entangled in cases involving the murders of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple before receiving a death threat of her own.

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