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Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel) (original 2002; edition 2004)

by Jasper Fforde

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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. 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)
Title:Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel)
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Penguin Books (2004), Edition: Later printing, Paperback, 399 pages
Collections:Your library, Own/Keep

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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (2002)

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Better than the first one, still shit. ( )
  thewanlorn | Feb 24, 2020 |
Ok... this one was definitely my fault. When I started I didn’t realize it was the second book of a series so I felt kinda lost. Also , just may not be for me , maybe too British ? perhaps I’ll try the first book and go from there . DNF 40%
  katewillett | Jan 31, 2020 |
This series is so wonderfully, delightfully weird! ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |

Second book in the series was also an excellent reread. I find it so much bookish silly fun!

At the most recent Friends of the Library sale, I picked up the entire series, in very good condition hardcover, *except* the first installment! Now I'm on a quest to complete my collection. ( )
  joyblue | Jul 10, 2019 |
WARNING: This is book #2 of a series.

For those who read "The Eyre Affair": this second book adds satisfying complexity to the world, further exploring the possibilities of book-jumping and time travel without losing any of the charm and joy of the first installment. Worth it.

For those who have NOT read "The Eyre Affair": um, what? Go read that. Here was my review of that, to save you searching on the VERY unlikely chance you are 1. still reading this, 2. interested, 3. trust I haven't changed something:

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

An absolute joy, if you like that kind of thing.
Rating genre books is always difficult, as are series. Add to that how individual humor is and we are into the absurd. If you enjoy absurdity, literary allusions, detectives, alternate universes, and Wales, good chance you'll enjoy this. The kind of book it seems like tons fun to write. Fast paced plotting, deadpan characters, full-bonkers settings, and bursting with imagination. Closest I am aware of is Douglas Adams, but I am not very versed in this area (are there others?). For me, Fforde is a genius and a delight. ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
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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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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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