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The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series) (edition 2004)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series)
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Penguin Books (2004), Paperback, 375 pages
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The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

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Fforde's first two books in the 'Thursday Next' series took awhile to get started, but the novelty and humor kept me from caring too much. With 'The Well of Lost Plots' Fforde introduces a great deal of new information and clarifies his ideas about how Book World operates, but it just didn't win me over as the others had. At first.

There wasn't as much going on here as with the other books, and the revelation of how empty fictional character's lives are was disappointing and, after repeated reminders, a little boring. Pushing on through the book I appreciated Next's excursions into Enid Blyton and the emotion-starved townspeople Next found there, and the development of the generics ibb and obb into Lola and Randolph. The little scene where the generics learn sarcasm and humor at Pickwick's expense is alone worth a third star. Aornis' mindworm was a disappointment. I expected more from a Hades, even in a Second Act. Oh well. It just seems that the premise is getting stretched thinner and thinner and less and less is actually happening.

Fforde is clever and certainly has a lot more in him, but I think now is a good time for me to take a break from Thursday Next.

Thursday Next

Next: 'Something Rotten'

Previous: 'Lost in a Good Book' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I found the complexity of the BookWorld enticing, even though so much of its mechanics rely on the "Because I Say So" principle. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
Definitely different to all detective novels I have read lately & wanted to stop after 60 pages but also wanted to know where it was going. I liked the bringing in of historical books & characters eg Wuthering Heights & Heathcliff. Just had to finish it but isn't that what its all about ? ( )
  BryceV | Oct 14, 2018 |
[From my now defunct blog, hence the odd style.]
A phone call with my sister:

In the hushed voice usually reserved for sharing guilty secrets, I reveal, "I've been reading the third Thursday Next book and... I don't like it as much."

"The third book," my sister replies, musingly. "Is that the one spent entirely in the Library?"

"In the Well, mostly, but yes," I confirm.

"Oh, yeah, it read like it was all set up for the Nursery Crimes series."

"I just don't like the world building," I explain. "It's like, he hadn't quite decided how the fictional world works, and it kinda shows."

There follows a pause, as we consider The Well of Lost Plots and the other Thursday Next books.

"It's still better than most modern fiction," she offers. "And the next one's good again."

Thus reassured, I return to the book and finish it. It remains something of a disappointment, compared to The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book--especially as The Eyre Affair is one I heartily recommend to all book lovers.

In The Well of Lost Plots, Thursday Next has retired to the BookWorld for a year to rest up, have her baby, and figure out how to un-eradicate her man. She's also still apprenticed to Miss Haversham and working towards full membership in Jurisfiction, as well as fighting off the pernicious Aornis Hades, who has taken up residence in her head and is attacking her memories, despite her defeat in the previous novel.

Unfortunately, BookWorld becomes an exercise in holding two contradictory ideas in one's head at the same time, and while a certain degree of 'handwaving' of how things work went into the other books, in this one the inconsistencies pile on without the many timestream/secretive SpecOps/intrusive fictional world elements disguising the inherent contradictions. By the end, I couldn't figure out how the BookWorld and the worlds of the books intersected at all, what with the multiple editions of books on the Great Library's shelves, and all the replacing of characters with Generics, and the issue of who 'has' the Narrative when multiple readers in the Outland are presumably reading the same book at different points simultaneously. (If you think that summary is confusing, well... try reading the book!) But it does have it's good moments, often in the form of clever literary allusions, and I will continue on to Something Rotten, on my sister's recommendation. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
Having escaped her assorted enemies for the moment, Thursday Next is hiding out in an unpublished novel in the Well of Lost Plots as part of the character exchange program. She's still pregnant, and her husband, Landen Parke-Laine, is still eradicated, due to the evil machinations of Goliath Corp. Acheron Hades is dead, but Acheron's sister Aornis is still after Thursday, seeking revenge for her brother's death. She also still has to stand trial on a charge of Fiction Infraction, due to her unauthorized alterations to the ending of Jane Eyre, back in the first book, The Eyre Affair.

Anybody else might think this was a good time to lie low.

What Thursday does instead of lie low is try to save the unpublished novel from being recycled into the Text Sea, take her exams to become a full-fledged Jurisfiction agent, try to keep the Wuthering Heights characters from either doing violence to each other, or being killed by ProCath terrorists, attempt to figure out why the about-to-be-unveiled upgrade to the book operating system, UltraWord, is worth killing three senior Jurisfiction agents over, and fight grammasites. Oh, and also fight the mindworm Aornis gave her, that's attempting to eradicate her memories of Landen.

It's all great fun, and very well done. I do find it interesting that the BookWorld feels richer, more layered, more lived-in, altogether more convincing than Fforde's "real-world" alternate history. Possibly he over-indulged in silliness and absurdity in his alternate history. He seems to have put a lot more thought and creativity into making BookWorld, absurd and impossible on its face, feel not only plausible, but real, and peopled by characters far more likely to have depth and complexity than the cartoon villains of Goliath Corp.

The Eyre Affair was fun, but Lost in a Good Book was meatier, more lasting fun, and The Well of Lost Plots is even better. Recommended. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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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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...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...
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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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