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The well of lost plots : a novel (edition 2004)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:The well of lost plots : a novel
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2004.
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The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

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This installment contained many twists and turns that I didn't expect. For the most part, it kept me entertained the whole way through. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
In the third book of the Thursday Next series, Thursday is taking a break from the real world in an unpublished book and working for Jurisfiction, fiction's internal policing agency. As usual, trouble seems to find her, and she just has to solve any and all mysteries that come her way.

I really wanted to like this one as much as I liked the first two, but it just wasn't as good. Although none of Fforde's books are really great literature, at least the first two books in the series were hilariously entertaining enough to make up for the lack of quality. While this one had it's great moments, they were few and far between and seemed to have been shoved in around the plot instead of being integrated into it. The real problem I had with this book, however, is the plot. It's just too serious for a series that I read purely because it's fun. I also think Fforde had some trouble adequately explaining some of the more abstract plot devices. He may have understood how things worked in his own head, but he didn't explain them well enough for me to understand them. I've got the fourth book of the series on my shelf already, so hopefully it will be better. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Another trip into the mad world of books and JurisFiction.

This time the story is set in the well of lost plots where all unpublished novels and characters live.

For me this lacked the laughs of the first 2 novels and there was less fiction I could relate to.

You have to love Ffordes word play with novels such as The Squire of High Potternews and his sense of humour in sending the characters of Wuthering Heights to therapy. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Thursday Next is hiding out in the book unpublished book Caversham Heights and become a member of jurisfiction, which patrols literature from the inside, while dealing with the fact that her husband has been eradicated. The whole book takes place in the book world so Fforde really gets to expand on this subject. I wish more had actually happened with Thursdays problems but it was a entertaining read. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Audio book performed by Elizabeth Sastre

This is book #3 in the Thursday Next series. After battling Acheron Hades to rescue Jane Eyre (book #1) and Goliath Corp (Book #2), Thursday needs some down time. Her husband, Landen, has been eradicated but Thursday is pregnant with their first child, and determined to get him back. Her mentor, Miss Havisham, arranges for Thursday to participate in the Character Exchange Program in the Well of Lost Plots. Here she will be able to safely hide from both Goliath and Acheron's sister Aornis.

I love the inventive plots in this series, the numerous literary references, and unexpected (though perfect) pairings (i.e. Miss Havisham reading Heathcliff the riot act). They are fast-paced, action-packed, intricate and highly entertaining.

However, this particular episode has a plot that is a little too disjointed and complicated. Among the subplots are the issues of “generics” (especially the two who share Thursday's houseboat – ibb and obb), the introduction of a new operating system that is seriously flawed, Perkins and Snell (two detectives who hope to finally get “a boxed set”), and the speed racing rivalry between Miss Havisham and Toad of Toad Hall. The U.S. Edition had a special bonus chapter which did nothing to further the plot or series.

Elizabeth Sastre does a wonderful job of performing the audio version. She really brings Thursday, Miss Havisham and all the other characters to life.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 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 | editYale Review, David Galef (Oct 1, 2008)
 
Fforde's third novel featuring English sleuth Thursday Next is an interesting, enjoyable mix of detective story, fantasy, and literature.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Ted Westervelt (Jun 1, 2004)
 
Like anchovies, Wagner, and Helmut Newton: will greatly appeal to people with unusual tastes--and befuddle everyone else.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus Reviews (Feb 23, 2004)
 
Fforde has settled comfortably into series mode, producing another fun romp in an alternate universe where books are more real than reality.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Journal, Devon Thomas (Jan 15, 2004)
 
Fforde's sidesplitting sendup of an increasingly antibookish society is a sheer joy.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly, Jeff Zaleski (Dec 15, 2003)
 

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Making one's home in an unpublished novel wasn't without its compensations.
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...First there was OralTrad, upgraded ten thousand years later by the rhyming (for easier recall) OralTradPlus. For thousands of years this was the only Story Operating System and it is still in use today. The system branched in two about twenty thousand years ago ; on one side with CaveDaubPro) forerunner of PaintplusV2.3, GrecianUrnV1.2 SculptMarble V1.4 and the latest all encompassing SuperArtisticExpression-5). The other strand, the Picto-Phonetic Storytelling Systems, started with ClayTablet V2.1 and went through several competing systems (WaxTablet, Papyrus, VelliumPlus before merging into the award winning SCROLL, which was upgraded eight times to V3.3 before being swept aside by the all-new and clearly superior BOOK V1. Stable, easy to store and transport, compact and with a workable index, BOOK led the way for nearly eighteen hundred years...
'Good. Item seven. The had had and that that problem. Lady Cavendish, weren't you working on this?' // Lady Cavendish stood up and gathered her thoughts. // 'Indeed. The use of had had and that that has to be strictly controlled; they can interrupt the ImaginoTransference quite dramatically, causing readers to go back over the sentence in confusion, something we try to avoid.' // 'Go on.' // 'It's mostly an unlicensed usage problem. At the last count David Copperfield alone had had had had sixty-three times, all but then unapproved. Pilgrim's Progress may also be a problem owing to its had had / that that ratio.' // 'So what's the problem in Progress?' // 'That that had that that ten times but had had had had only thrice. Increased had had usage had had to be overlooked but not if the number exceeds that that that usage.' // 'Hmm,' said the Bellman. 'I thought had had had had TGC's approval for use in Dickens? What's the problem?' // 'Take the first had had and that that in the book by way of example,' explained Lady Cavendish. 'You would have thought that that first had had had had good occasion to be seen as had, had you not? Had had had approval but had had had not; equally it is true to say that that that that had had approval but that that other that that had not.' // 'So the problem with that other that that was that--?' // 'That that other-other that that had had approval.' // 'Okay,' said the Bellman, whose head was in danger of falling apart like a chocolate orange, 'let me get this straight: David Copperfield, unlike Pilgrim's Progress, which had had had, had had had had. Had had had had TGC's approval?' // There was a very long pause. // 'Right,' said the Bellman with a sigh. 'That's it for the moment...'
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Protecting the world's greatest literature—not to mention keeping up with Miss Havisham—is tiring work for an expectant mother. And Thursday can definitely use a respite. So what better hideaway than inside the unread and unreadable Caversham Heights, a cliché-ridden pulp mystery in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well itself is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like Caversham Heights—are scrapped for salvage. To top it off, a murderer is stalking Jurisfiction personnel and nobody is safe—least of all Thursday.
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The third 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

Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful BookWorld literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it’s up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with Something Rotten. 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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Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books-like the one she has taken up residence in-are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it's up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force is the most exciting Thursday Next adventure yet.… (more)

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