“What would best be labeled "another entry in the series" is not as strong as books three and four. The elements that deal with the book world are, as always, entertaining, but the materials that focus on time travel read like weakly cropped Douglas Addams. The cliffhanger ending is more a pitch for the next book than something that drives you to the next volume.
First read April 20, 2011.
Listened to November 2012.”
Thursday Next now has three kids - one son, Friday, and two daughters, Tuesday and Jenny. Unbeknownst to her husband, Langdon, who thought she'd quit SpecOps and Jurisfiction, Thursday is still doing what she has done for many years. Friday (16 years old), though Thursday knows he is supposed to be doing big things with his life, is so far, still a lazy teenager. Thursday is also training new SpecOps agents, Thursday5 (from the 5th Thursday Next novel, which didn't sell, and almost immediately, went out of print; and Thursday1-4 (from the 1st four books), who people love because she is all about sex and violence (by Thursday5, they had changed her personality to the opposite extreme).
I wasn't all that excited about the first half, and I wasn't enjoying it as much as I remembered liking the other books. There is always a lot going on, and the explanations for things, I often find a bit confusing. There is much more going on than my summary suggests, but those were the most interesting storylines, I thought. And, the book did improve for me in the second half, and really improved for the last 1/4 of the book, which was, by far, the most interesting part.
“I liked the clever names and titles woven into the storyline and thought the setting was fairly unique. ”Jennifer R wrote this review Thursday, March 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is so funny. I love the idea of being to travel into books and meet the characters and see the actual settings in the book. It was a great easy read.”Stargazr wrote this review Thursday, March 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It answered a lot of questions that I hadn't known I'd not had the answers to. As always, convolution of plot is a feature of the writing and brilliantly done. Don't make me do a blow-by-blow synopsis; my brain doesn't work that way. But, suffice to say it is an essential part of the series and must not be missed, if you're a devotee of this type of fiction.”Marc M wrote this review Tuesday, March 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not Fforde's best. It seems about time he retire the franchise. ”Dallas/Danielle wrote this review Monday, March 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another fun offering from Jasper Fforde. Smart literary Science Fiction. If you like the classics, you would probably like these, though if you haven't read Fforde before, I suggest you read The Eyre Affair first. Maybe after reading Jane Eyre if you haven't.”David Chapman wrote this review Saturday, December 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you have ever dreamed of literally getting into a book, this might be for you. Because… that is exactly what the heroine, Jurisfiction detective Thursday Next, does for a living. Fun series. The mix is just right – satire, literary allusions, graphic elements, and a slightly twisted view of the world all rolled into one witty fantasy.
“Another great Thursday Next book. I love this series. I hope that Jasper writes some more of these books. I like this character. ”Pat K wrote this review Sunday, October 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No