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Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2) (2002)

by Jasper Fforde

Series: Thursday Next (2)

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Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible? Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination. Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan. But whose? and why?… (more)
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Title:Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2)
Authors:Jasper Fforde
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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (2002)

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Very enjoyable, more smoothly written than book #1. The plot is satisfying and amusing.

> "…Talking about any of the characters you met within Jane Eyre might cause some viewers to suffer Xplkqul-kiccasia." The condition was unknown before my jump into Eyre. It was so serious that the Medical Council were compelled to make up an especially unpronounceable word to describe it.

> "Fishy," said Bowden. "Very fishy. How could something like Cardenio turn up out of the blue?" "How fishy on the fishiness scale?" I asked him. "Ten is a stickleback and one is a whale shark." "A whale isn't a fish, Thursday." "A whale shark is—sort of." "All right, it's as fishy as a crayfish." "A crayfish isn't a fish," I told him. "A starfish, then." "Still not a fish." "A silverfish?" "Try again."

> What's the opposite of deja vu, when you see something that hasn't happened yet?" "I don't know—avant verrais?" "That's it.

> He picked up a jam jar from one of the many worktops and passed it to me. It seemed the contents were half rice and half lentils. "I'm not hungry, thanks," I told him. "No, no. I call this device an entroposcope. Shake it for me." I shook the jam jar and the rice and lentils settled together in that sort of random clumping way that chance usually dictates. "So?" I asked. "Entirely usual," replied Mycroft. "Standard clumping, entropy levels normal. Shake it every now and then. You'll know when a decrease in entropy occurs as the rice and lentils will separate out into more ordered patterns—and that's the time to watch out for ludicrously unlikely coincidences."

> "Thursday, that's not possible!" "Anything is possible right now. We're in the middle of an isolated high-coincidental localized entropic field decreasement." "We're in a what?" "We're in a pseudoscientific technobabble." ( )
  breic | Sep 6, 2020 |
Starts slow, but the second half is fun and clever. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Lost the Plot After One Good Book, more like.

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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
The second book in the Thursday Next series; you need to have read the first book, The Eyre Affair, for this one to make sense. The plot is complex and fast-moving, and the reader has to accept the alternative-reality setting with dodos, neanderthals, and time travel, as well as “book jumping,” where characters come out of books (as in Inkheart) and people can go into them.  Once again, I probably would have appreciated this book more had I ever read Dickens' Great Expectations, as characters from that book appear in this one.  And for every British reference that we colonists don't understand, go to this page on Fforde’s website for explanations.  I liked the ending the best; there's a clever reference to a character from one of Fforde's other series in it. ( )
  riofriotex | Jul 1, 2020 |
I'm sorry, I'm going to spoil this by telling you the only bit I thought was worth laughing at out loud. The cat in Alice in Wonderland finds that the area in which he lives is being rezoned. He will no longer be called the Cheshire cat. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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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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Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible? Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination. Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan. But whose? and why?

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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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