One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

A Novel

Book - 2011
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The newest tour de force from The New York Times bestselling author of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey .

Jasper Fforde's exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.

The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.

Once again New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde has a field day gleefully blending satire, romance, and thriller with literary allusions galore in a fantastic adventure through the landscape of a frisky and fertile imagination. Fans will rejoice that their favorite character in the Fforde universe is back.

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Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011
ISBN: 9780670022526
Branch Call Number: FFOR
Characteristics: x, 362 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm


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FindingJane May 01, 2015

Mr. Fforde’s BookWorld becomes increasingly more elaborate and detailed with every succeeding novel that comprises the Thursday Next series. In this book he’s outdone himself, ranging over practically every known genre and subgenre of literature out there. The sublime, silly, ridiculous, comical, romantic and dramatic genres collide as characters careen through the various literary landscapes that comprise the modern written word. No cliché is left unturned, no dramatic or melodramatic convention is overlooked. Mr. Fforde mercifully lays off the puns for the most part (although we get a scene of high camp showing the mass murder of various clowns killed with lethal custard pies), allowing the trappings of the various storybook categories to display their inherent absurdities all on their own. There is a mystery here and the outcome is the result of such convoluted plot twists and turns that it’s almost impossible for the reader to guess who the culprit is or whether a murder has actually occurred. Teasing the reader with the Schrödinger question—is Thursday Next alive or dead or both?—the book comes to its dramatic denouement with gleeful, tongue-in-cheek flair.

Nov 26, 2014

I enjoyed this book, but it's not my favourite in the series. I thought there was a lot of explaining of Book World , which was a bit unnecessary. Otherwise, it was a nice change having the Written Thursday's perspective for this book. Looking forward to reading the next book.

Aug 20, 2013

The real Thursday Next is missing, so her fictional counterpart is called to replace her in order to secure some book world peace talks. All while trying to keep her five books running in the face of an uprising from the secondary characters. And finding what happened to the real Thursday before it's too late.

Once again, Fforde blows apart his own world building and puts it back together in an even more interesting way. We see the literary Thursday tried to negotiate with a Pickwick that is less cute and more uppity. And it works. You are engaged and fall in love with this new version as much as you were the old.

Great book.

Jun 21, 2013

Perhaps a bit thinner than the other Thursday Next novels. A rather complicated plotting of the character, and I'm not entirely sure it was resolved.

avid70 Sep 29, 2012

As always Fforde is fey, smart and fun. An eclectic reader's delight.

May 21, 2012

Started slower than the others but it was a good read and the depth of character for the same character was very good. Can't wait for the next one.

Feb 04, 2012

A cute premise, but hard to wade thru all the puns and non sequiters. I quit after 40 pages.

Dec 12, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a while since I've read the earlier Thursday Next books, but I was able to follow along with everything that was happening.

Dec 06, 2011

Fforde has given this book a good plot, however it was at times slow. I still appreciate all the details he's given the Book World. But the story didn't get me racing through the pages like his earlier novels.

It's almost like my read-rate was down because this Thursday wasn't up to snuff (haha, insider's joke)

Nov 13, 2011

Extra points for this sixth book in the series for not being a complete retread. Fforde keeps most of the story in Book World, the setting that he clearly enjoys more than alternate-timeline-England. It's still very meta, but the story is more intelligible than usual and it doesn't have the cheap ending it was threatening to have.

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