ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING by Jasper Fforde

Book Quote:

“The ‘Alive’ simulator at the BookWorld Conference is one of those devices that all characters should try at least once. The experience of being real has two purposes: firstly, to assist characters in their quest for a greater understanding of people and, secondly, to discourage characters from ever attempting to escape to the RealWorld. Most customers last ten minutes before hitting the panic button and being led shaken from the simulator.”

Book Review:

Review by Eleanor Bukowsky В (MAR 8, 2011)

In Jasper Fforde’s One of Our Thursdays is Missing, the fictional Thursday Next takes center stage. Although she and the real Thursday look alike, they differ in a number of ways. The real Thursday Next is a veteran agent of Jurisfiction, fiction’s “policing elite.” She’s tough and ruthless towards her enemies, and will do anything to protect the integrity of the BookWorld. Her fictional counterpart, on the other hand, is gentle and dignified. She would rather hug than fight. As originally written, Thursday was a “violent and disorderly” character “who slept her way around the BookWorld and caused no end of murder, misery and despair.” The fictional Thursday toned down the character considerably, which led to a precipitous drop in readership. When the real Thursday (let’s call her RT) goes missing, the fictional Thursday (FT) steps up to the plate, endangering her life to find RT and keep the enemies of the BookWorld from starting a Genre War.

Fforde indulges in his unique brand of inspired insanity, sprinkling his narrative with a plethora of puns, satirical jibes (FT opens her door to greet three “Dostogerskivites”–refugees from “Crime and Punishment”– who state that are on their way home from “a redemption-through-suffering training course”), wacky chase scenes, and a great deal of assorted mayhem. Those who have not read the previous installments of this series will be hopelessly lost. Even regulars will need to be on their toes to keep up with the byzantine plot.

FT is tapped to do a job for the JAID, the Jurisfiction Accident Investigation Department. Along with her butler, a loyal and highly competent robot named Spockett, she undertakes the task, only to find that it is a far more dangerous job than she had first imagined. Her adventures will take her on a brief foray into the RealWorld, where she has a poignant encounter with Landon, RT’s beloved husband. Upon returning to the BookWorld, she will need all of her wits, acting talent, and courage to stay alive and find Thursday before it is too late. Much to her chagrin, she and Sprockett are being stalked by the tenacious and deadly “Men in Plaid.”

One of Our Thursdays is Missing is hopelessly silly and incredibly imaginative. If you look carefully, you will notice that Fforde slips in insightful commentary about such topics as the economic downturn, the rise of e-readers, trendy publishing fads (fantasy and vampires are on an upswing), vanity presses, faked memoirs, and pseudo-intellectuals. Those who love literary allusions, clever spoofs, and original and off-beat plots and characters will find this installment a welcome and entertaining addition to the Thursday Next canon.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-4-0from 50 readers
PUBLISHER: Viking Adult (March 8, 2011)
REVIEWER: Eleanor Bukowsky
AVAILABLE AS A KINDLE BOOK? YES! Start Reading Now!
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Jasper Fforde
EXTRAS: Excerpt
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Bibliography:

Thursday Next Series:

Nursery Crimes:

Colors Trilogy:

The Dragonslayer Series:

  • The Last Dragonslayer (2010 UK; October 2012 US)
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast (2011 UK; 2013 US)
  • The Return of Shandar (2012 UK; 2014 US)

March 8, 2011 В· Judi Clark В· No Comments
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