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The Woman Who Died A Lot

by Jasper Fforde

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Series: Thursday Next (7)

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The Bookworld's leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. But Thursday's children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday's career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday's trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday's third child, Jenny, who doesn't exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday's convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family's oddest.… (more)
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    Astro City Vol. 02: Confession by Kurt Busiek (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: "The Nearness of You" in Confession & "Jenny" in The Woman Who Died A Lot.
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    The Bear Went Over the Mountain: A Novel (Owl Book) by William Kotzwinkle (4leschats)
    4leschats: This book is the closest that I have read to the metafictional aspects of Fforde's work. Kotzwinkle uses a bear to underscore the absurdities within the publishing industry.
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The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple.

Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist.

And that's not all. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances, and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy


Any fans of Thursday Next will know that it’s almost impossible to explain what goes on in one, as the world is so unique and the intricacies are so...intricate.

Anyway, book includes: Thursday getting the job of Chief Librarian for Wessex; Thursday uncontrollably switching bodies with her (illegal) day replacements who are faster, fitter, hornier and more intelligent than her real body (but who die within 24 hours cos of certain design flaws); an official smiting by God in downtime Swindon scheduled for lunch time on Friday – which could be redirected by the Goliath Corporation by use of 20 mass murderers; Chronoguard is shut down in the future, with a retrospective redundancy in the now; Tuesday meets her future husband who is predicted to be killed by Friday Next sometime after the smiting; Goliath continues to search for a way into the Dark Reading Matter and some of Tuesday’s staff continue to investigate DRM via the use of Invisible Childhood Friends. And Jenni remains, well, non-existent.

The switching of who remembers Jenni story – and the whole Anoris setup - was a bit confusing and tiring and has finally been laid to bed. I hope. Fforde is creating some new characters so hopefully will be able to take the forward into the next books without having the legacy of long time quirky characters lurking in the background slowing it down for new readers.

Trying to write this review, and whilst I enjoyed it, and the books certainly keep your brain active and at attention, I’m struggling to rave about it. There’s nothing wrong, but also nothing great about it, so MOR rating, unfortunately
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  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
This series has diminishing returns. Where is the next Shades of Grey novel already?! ( )
  leahsusan | Mar 26, 2022 |
Fun :)
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
Anything with attack nuns brandishing guns is worth a read! Fforde is seemingly never ending in his new and crazy ideas that are just within the realm of possibility at times. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
As with all of this series: Much fun. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
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Fforde, Jasperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colling-Blackman, PhillipIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meconis, DylanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miceli, JayaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mudron, BillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, MaggyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"A drawn elephant has a desire to exist?"

"Certainly. All of existence came into being simply because it wanted to be. The big bang wasn't so much a big bang as a hasty dash toward an opportunity to trade nothingness for somethingness. The main contributory factor to the entire universe was a momentary effect in need of a cause. And in that split second, everything that wanted to have existence -- which is everything -- came racing through in one huge hot mass. They've been trying to sort themselves out ever since."
Budget meetings have never been interesting, ever, despite numerous attempts over the years to try to josh them up a bit. Notable uplifting techniques involved the use of fire-eaters and performing elephants, but they didn't work. The dry proceedings are well known to bring on a form of lethargy that can stay with attendees for the rest of the week, and Budget Therapy was used with great success in the treatment of patients suffering an excess of good-natured perkiness.
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The Bookworld's leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. But Thursday's children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday's career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday's trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday's third child, Jenny, who doesn't exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday's convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family's oddest.

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