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THURSDAY NEXT: FIRST AMONG SEQUELS

JASPER FFORDE


Contemporary Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery
Published by Penguin Books
July 2008
ISBN #: 9780143113560

Welcome to the world of Jurisfiction, a place where some order is imposed on the zany world of fiction - or maybe it's the reverse, the world of fiction invaded by the zany world of Jurisfiction! Either way, Thursday Next is a Special Operations detective whose job is to prevent crimes against Jurisfiction's program. It's a tall order given that the Stupidity Surplus is at an all-time high!

It's a world where characters are living creatures who jump to the wrong genres, endure the chaos resulting when settings are being refurbished, mourn when no one is reading about them, get antsy when unexpected visitors drop by, and reel with dizziness when a Super-reader races through their residential pages and so many more clever scenes. You'll meet characters from more classic tales and novels than you can imagine, each presenting a slapdash intriguing personality vital to the world of true book lovers!

Thursday, meanwhile, in her "real?" world is the wife of an author still trying to escape writer's block to write his magnus opus and the mother of a son whose apathy is stopping him from taking his place working for the ChronoGuard, a group focusing on stability in time - real or imagined. She has yet to confess to her husband how she really spends her days, so much greater than the Acme Carpet job he thinks occupies her time. In the meanwhile, she faces her own fictional double who's a new-age wholistic kind of gal (named Thursday5) who better get smart before they both get hurt from her literary ignorance!

Thursday Next is a fun, lighthearted book that satirically says much about our declining reading world where authors are mixing genres, plots and characters from other classic novels. Fforde suggests authors and readers are quite oblivious to the decline of the classics, decent grammar, diction and just plain excitement and fun that offers limitless possibilities to the discerning reader. There's so much fun in writing and reading offered herein - it's a wild romp that offers a twist in writing style this reviewer hasn't enjoyed since Alice in Wonderland or the fantasy world often found in sci-fi fiction.

Delightful and refreshing!

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on July 22, 2008

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