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The Well of Lost Plots
by Jasper Fforde
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i started out not really liking this one and thinking it was trying to be too smart for its own britches, as well as sensing a lack of inspiration from the author. it seemed like he had a great idea to continue the story, but didn't feel like writing it. still, it grew on me a bit, and some of the more clever aspects had me laughing out loud.
This was a bit of a disappointment. I really liked the first two in the series, because the pace was high and the stakes equally high. Here, the entire novel takes place in the bookworld and is a patchwork of numerous plotlines, none of which seems too dangerous (after all, it's all in the books, and not in real life). Also, Thursday's plot doesn't really move at all - as a character she only moves sideways throughout the story. The puns and wittiness have given way to pure "booktalk," which is humorous in the other books, but here there's so much of it that it just gets a bit tiring. I've heard that this is the "slow" one in the series and it'll pick back up after this, so I guess I'll keep reading.
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (2004)
Insane to the point of, "How on earth did that even hold together?" But held together beautifully. An excellent read.
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.
Fforde's third novel featuring English sleuth Thursday Next is an interesting, enjoyable mix of detective story, fantasy, and literature.
Like anchovies, Wagner, and Helmut Newton: will greatly appeal to people with unusual tastes--and befuddle everyone else.
Fforde has settled comfortably into series mode, producing another fun romp in an alternate universe where books are more real than reality.
Fforde's sidesplitting sendup of an increasingly antibookish society is a sheer joy.
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Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409. But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is 'accidentally' eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it ... With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, 'The Well of Lost Plots' is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'. In the words of one critic: 'Don't ask. Just read it.'
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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