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Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper…

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels

by Jasper Fforde

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Series: Thursday Next (5)

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    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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Back in Thursday Next's futuristic universe, this sequel takes place 14 years after all of her other adventures. SpecOps has been disbanded, and Thursday now works for a carpeting company, which is really just a cover for her work in Jurisfiction, which she hasn't even told her husband about. This book seemed a little slow and random at first, with no part of the plot seeming like it was anything important. It didn't start pulling together until the end, and the last 3rd of the book went by quickly, not only making sense of all the seemingly unimportant stories from earlier, but then also setting up further novels. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first, but toward the end it became more of what I expected from this series (in that most things are unexpected!) and I ended up enjoying it.
  GretchenLynn | May 25, 2016 |
Amother fab book from Mr Fforde! Lots of little twists I didn't expect. ( )
  GwenMcGinty | May 13, 2016 |
In my opinion this wasnt the best JJasper Fford book around but it is still a fun switch the brain off read. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
I struggled to see how Fforde could follow the last Thursday Next book when everything was tied up so well and unfortunately my fears were realised; I liked it the least of the Thursday books I've read so far. I don't like the time-skip (I really hate when authors do that, it often feels completely unnatural), I don't like the characterisation of her children, particularly the part where Tuesday solves Fermat's Last Theorem (why are authors so obsessed with relating intelligence back to that particular proof?), and the first hundred pages or so are just a retread of what we already know about the book world. I'll probably read the next one (hehe, Next) but I'm beginning to wonder if maybe it would have been better if he'd just stopped after four. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
The first few chapters are as unbearably twee as Fforde gets, but after awhile the plot kicks in. It is fourteen years since the last Thursday Next novel, and her children have hit their teens. She's still working for SpecOps and Jurisfiction, but she keeps it a secret from her family, who thinks she sells carpets.

All is not well in the BookVerse or in the Outlands: reading rates are falling and dangerous new legislation is being passed. Ghosts, demons, doppelgangers and many time-travelling versions of Thursday's son Friday complicate matters. It's a tenuous plot, one held together by loads of literature jokes and a hefty dash of Thursday's unique brand of critical thinking. Fforde throws a lot of plot hooks into the air and only resolves a few of them, which is frustrating. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jasper Ffordeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, EmilyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koen, ViktorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meconis, DylanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mudron, BillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perez, JosephCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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