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Lost in a Good Book (original 2002; edition 2004)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:Lost in a Good Book
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2004), Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:@read: own, July, 2008, series

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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (2002)

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    Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (changsbooks)
    changsbooks: If you loved the Wayside School series as a kid, it's time to graduate to Jasper Fforde's own brand of absurdism.
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    The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Same kind of quirky humour and style
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    Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (TomWaitsTables)
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    Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (TomWaitsTables)
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    Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin (carlym)
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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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    Franklyn [2008 film] by Gerald McMorrow (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For washing and washing machine directions.
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The 2nd in the Thursday Next series, this novel takes us back into her world as she moves on with her life after killing Hades...only to find out that someone is still after her, and the Goliath Company isn't happy with her either. I love the world created for this series, and the adventures that Next has both in her world and learning to jump into books. I would warn readers, though, that this book doesn't have a very satisfying ending; it is more of a ending-for-now, to be continued in the next book...so if you like the series, make sure you have the next book ready!
  GretchenLynn | Apr 20, 2016 |
This was the book that cemented my fangirl-dom for the Thursday Next series. Jasper Fforde gets more and more creative as he goes, and instead of constantly questioning his choices, I finally "got" the world that he was creating and let myself sink into it as though it were a good old-fashioned sci-fi novel. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Lost in A Good Book
The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde

These are #s 2 & 3 in the Thursday Next series (following "The Eyre Affair.")
I was in the mood for some fast, humorous reading, so these suited me quite well this week. Half alternate-world scifi, half detective novels, Fforde writes comedy for those of a literary bent. However, one doesn't really need to have read all the classics he refers to in the books to enjoy the story - you'll just get more of the jokes if you have.

In "Lost in a Good Book," SpecOps agent Thursday Next is riding high after her success in solving "The Eyre Affair" - but the evil corporation Goliath is after her, her beloved and newly-married husband has been eradicated through a time-travel plot, and it seems that the villain Hades may not be completely eliminated after all... but worst of all, it seems that all life on earth may be doomed to turn into pink goo... next week.
Can Thursday save herself, her husband, and the entire world?

"The Well of Lost Plots" follows the story directly. In order to escape the chaos of her world, Thursday decides to take a break in the book world - inside a peaceful, unpublished, bad detective novel. But, part of the deal is that she has to become a JurisFiction agent. Apprenticed to the feisty, speed-demon driver Miss Havisham (yes, from Dickens), Thursday discovers that the book world may be just as dangerous as her own. And what is up with the soon to be released new platform for literature - UltraWord?

In these books, Fforde really fleshes out and complexifies his worlds - both Thursday's alternate England and the BookWorld. They aren't, perhaps, as focused or "complete" (in and of themselves) as the first installment, but there's more here for everyone. Tons of fun details. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Audio-Thursday Next, literary detective, weaves us through a series of books on another amazing adventure. Characters from literature can travel to the real world, or to other books. Fforde, is a master at using fabulous characters, wonderful language, interesting images, and a great plot.
The Jurisfiction co., centered in the Great Library where every book, written, published or not, is there. They protect against everything vocabulary devouring creatures that eat vocabulary to Bowdlerisers, to eliminate obscenity and profanity from books. Thursday becomes the apprentice to Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, a expert book-jumper.( and race driver) She trains with the goal of getting her husband back.
The books is filled with unending fun and laugh out loud moments. Then it ended with a 'to be continued ending' [sigh] now I have to rush to get the next Next book. LOL ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Thursday Next is back for her second adventure in literature. Fforde does a good job of merging science fiction, fantasy, and literary references into a uniquely imagined 1985 London landscape. In addition to her pet dodo, Pickwick, Thursday also interacts with Neanderthals and goes on an outing to witness the mammoth migration. Then there’s the newly discovered long-lost Shakespeare play, Goliath corporation’s need to retrieve their senior executive from Poe’s The Raven (see the first book in the series), and Thursday’s father’s warning that the world will end on Dec 12th unless he can figure out how to stop it turning into pink goo. Oh, and did I mention that Thursday’s husband Landen has been eradicated and she has only her memories of him to warm her dreams?

I am completely entertained and intrigued by Fforde’s highly imaginative books. My only complaint is that this one clearly ends with a cliff hanger, setting the reader up for a sequel. That’s the kind of literary manipulation that drives me crazy. The author should have faith that he’s developed characters and a story line that are so engaging that readers will want to come back, not try to force them to return by leaving Pauline tied to the tracks with a train approaching. (And for the younger set: that’s a reference to the old serials that used to play before the main feature at the movies, enticing the audience to return next week to see how Pauline got saved - only to leave her in a barrel about to go over a waterfall next week. Google “Perils of Pauline.”)

I listened to the audio book, performed by Elizabeth Sastre. She does a great job, in my opinion. Her pacing is good … not too fast and not interminably slow. And she’s able to use different voices to help differentiate the characters. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 27, 2016 |
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In Lost in a Good Book and The Well of Lost Plots, Fforde gets a bit bogged down in all the details of the fictional universe.
added by Katya0133 | editGalef, David, Yale Review (Oct 1, 2008)
 
There is a certain self-delighted quality to all this cleverness that would probably become annoying if Fforde weren't so resolutely unclever about his own writing. By and large, the story bounds along in one-sentence paragraphs that J. K. Rowling would be proud of.
 

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I’ve been in law enforcement for most of my life and I will tell you right now there is no such offense as ‘attempted murder by coincidence in an alternative future by person or persons unknown.’
Poor, dear, sweet Jane! I would so hate to be a first-person character! Always on your guard, always having people reading your thoughts! Here we do what we are told but think what we wish. It is a much happier circumstance, believe me! - Marianne Dashwood
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Her adventures as a renowned Special Operative in literary detection have left Thursday Next yearning for a rest. But when the love of her life is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must bite the bullet and moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative in the secret world of Jurisfiction, the police force inside the books. There she is apprenticed to Miss Havisham, the famous man-hater from Dicken's Great Expectations, who teaches her to book-jump like a pro. If she retrieves a supposedly vanquished enemy from the pages of Poe's "The Raven," she thinks Goliath might return her lost love, Landen. But her latest mission is endlessly complicated. Not only are there side trips into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142004030, Paperback)

The second installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England


The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde’s magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next. When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of Jurisfiction—the police force inside the BookWorld. She is apprenticed to the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens’s Great Expectations, who grudgingly shows Thursday the ropes. And she gains just enough skill to get herself in a real mess entering the pages of Poe’s “The Raven.” What she really wants is to get Landen back. But this latest mission is not without further complications. Along with jumping into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth. It’s another genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment for fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with The Well of Lost Plots. Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Fforde’s latest bestseller, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!

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The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Jasper Fforde's magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next. When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of Jurisfiction-the police force inside books. She is apprenticed to the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dicken's Great Expectations, who grudgingly shows Thursday the ropes. And she gains just enough skill to get herself in a real mess entering the pages of Poe's The Raven. What she really wants is to get Landen back. But this latest mission is not without further complications. Along with jumping into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter's The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth. Her adventures as a renowned Special Operative in literary detection have left Thursday Next yearning for a rest. But when the love of her life is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must bite the bullet and moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative in the secret world of Jurisfiction, the police force inside books. There she is apprenticed to Miss Havisham, the famous man-hater from Dickens's Great Expectations, who teaches her to book-jump like a pro. If she retrieves a supposedly vanquished enemy from the pages of Poe's "The Raven," she thinks Goliath might return her lost love, Landen. But her latest mission is endlessly complicated. Not only are there side trips into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth.… (more)

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