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First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
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First Among Sequels

by Jasper Fforde

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Series: Thursday Next (5)

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    ljbwell: Funny, fantasy/alternative celebrations of books and writers and the magical worlds they create.
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    Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (one-horse.library)
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    The Wee Musketeers by Robert Bresloff (FMRox)
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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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Next Thursday please! ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Jul 7, 2014 |
This book had me somewhat confused. I felt a lot like I did in Science (aged about 13) when I had 2 weeks off with suspected Meningitis and missed the start of the section on electricity & magnetism. Even with the notes afterwards, I felt like I was missing something and it never quite made sense. Starting a series at book 5 shouldn't be that much of an issue (a writer who can't write a book so that you can at least grasp what's going on even if you don't start at book 1 is one of my bugbears). So this book left me largely confused as to what was going on, why it was going on and why I was supposed to care. Which is a shame, as the surmise seems intriguing, I'm just not sure that it and I connected. ( )
  Helenliz | May 9, 2014 |
Several years have passed since we last checked in with Thursday Next, and now she is the mother of three children, the eldest a despondent teen. SpecOps was disbanded and she swore off the book world, but still works as both a literary detective and for Jurisfiction in secret. Her latest assignment for the latter is training the latest recruit: herself. That is, herself as portrayed in the novels based on her life. Meanwhile, Pride and Prejudice is on the verge of being turned into a reality show, highly dangerous cheeses are being traded on the black market, and time travel may not actually have been invented after all. In short, it's the same sort of silliness we've come to expect from this series, though for some reason it felt kind of lacking compared to previous installments. I think not enough was resolved, with too many elements tossed in, presumably to be dealt with in future books. I don't need each book in a series to stand on its own, but several scenes felt like they should have been delayed until the book in which they are actually addressed. Of course, this all means I'll probably read the next book as soon as possible, just to find out how it all turns out. If it all turns out in the next book, anyway - the Minotaur's been hanging out, unresolved, for two books and over a decade in story years now, so my hopes for imminent and thorough resolution are not high. ( )
  melydia | Apr 18, 2014 |
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 |
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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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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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The dangerously high level of the stupidity surplus was once again the lead story in The Owl that morning.
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:40:39 -0400)

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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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