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Jasper Fforde
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18 July 2002 Thursday Next

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination. Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan.

But whose? and why?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (18 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340733578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965752619
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales, and has a passion for aviation.

To find out more visit Jasper's website www.jasperfforde.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/jasperffordebooks or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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Don't ask, just read it. Fforde is a true original (Sunday Express)

Let yourself be entertained by a witty romp (Sunday Telegraph)

This year's grown up J K Rowling (Sunday Times)

Douglas Adams would be proud (Scotsman)

The reader is catapulted in and out of truth and imagination on a hectic, humorous and neatly constructed chase that finishes by tying up every loose end in the most satisfying, novelistic way (The Times)

Jasper Fforde's fascinating first novel reads like a Jules Verne story told by Lewis Carroll...Forget all the rules of time, space, and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure as Thursday, with the help of Jane Eyre's Mr Rochester, fights a desperate battle in which Jane herself is in jeopardy. (Sunday Telegraph)

Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously (Terry Pratchett)

A stroke of fantasy genius . . . Unashamedly silly, but also marvellously intelligent . . . Hilarious (SFX)

An absolute joy to read. Is it a crime novel? I couldn't really tell, I was laughing too much. (Birmingham Post)

What Fforde is pulling is a variation on the classic Monty Python gambit: the incongruous juxtaposition og low comedy and high erudition - this scam has not been pulled off with such off-hand finesse and manic verve since the Pythons shut up shop. 'The Eyre Affair' is a silly book for smart people: postmodernism played as raw, howling farce (Independent)

Compulsively readable ... catnip to book lovers ... totally absorbing (Time Out New York)

It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord. Always ridiculous, often hilarious ... blink and you miss a vital narrative leap. There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters (Time Out)

Dark, funny, complex and inventive, The Eyre Affair is a breath of fresh air, and is easily one of the strongest debuts in years. (Locus)

A decidedly quirky and strangely thought-provoking debut novel (Scotland on Sunday)

The eccentric epic - A read that'll leave you breathless (Elle)

Engaging and captivating . . . not just one of the best sequels I've ever read, but one of the best damn books to come out of the UK in some time. (Engima)

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Jasper Fforde's hit follow-up to THE EYRE AFFAIR, now available in stunning new jacket style.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with Thursday Next 27 Oct 2003
Lost in a Good Book is the next adventure in the saga of Thursday Next, intrepid literary detective. Fforde takes the reader on another exploration of great literature, but makes it accessible even to the readers who haven't really read any of them. This book is an excellent addition to the mythos. It's a fast-paced romp that will leave you smiling and intrigued at the same time.
Fforde takes the world that he created in The Eyre Affair and adds even more to it. In fact, he creates an entire fictional world beneath the "reality" that Thursday lives in. Characters from literature can travel to the real world, or to other books. An entire infrastructure of literary characters is charged with defending literature against evil-doers. The Jurisfiction organization, centered in the Great Library where every book (even books that only potentially existed) is housed, fights against everything from vicious creatures that eat vocabulary to Bowdlerisers, who travel through fiction trying to eliminate obscenity and profanity from it. In her travels, Thursday becomes the apprentice to Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations, a master book-jumper. All of this is in an attempt to learn how to get into "The Raven" and save her husband. Once again, I have to credit Fforde's imagination. There are so many cool concepts in this book that I won't give you any more. It would spoil some of the fun.
Also like the first book, this is a triumph of prose and imagery over character, as most of the characters don't have a lot of depth to them. They are mostly part of the joke, or part of the scenery. Thursday is one exception to this, and Miss Havisham is the other. Havisham is a wonderful character, taking what Dickens created and adding to it.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
THe Eyre Affair was proclaimed by 'Time Out' as the birth of a cult. The other reviews of 'Lost In A Good Book' (LIAGB) that I've read have all come from people who had read that book first, and were part of the cult. I must confess that I was ignorant of 'The Erye Affair', had not been killing time waiting for a sequel, and indeed actually picked up the wrong book entirely by accident.
Having bought the wrong book, I found myself lost in a brilliant one. My tea went cold, my lava lamp melted, my boss sacked me for missing work, and my hamster paused on its wheel as it noticed a stillness come over my body as I surrendered myself to a new form of my own world. Indeed I appeared to have jumped into LIAGB in exactly the same way as the heroine, Thursday Next, is able to do.
If this makes not even remote sense then help is at hand. Read 'The Eyre Affair' first. Trying to enter the 'Nextian Universe' cold is a bit of a struggle unless your mind can take lots of weird stuff in quick order. To be honest I coped, but didn't really start to get the hang of Fforde's strange world until about 200 pages in, as most of the explanation that would make LIAGB a stand alone masterpiece is in its prequel.
This is no bad thing, as it forces you to buy both - and both are worth the investment. Having said this LIAGB is the better of the two, the characters have more complex back stories, and there is a freedom for the book to romp along that only comes with an established cast.
A cheap way of reviewing this book would be to say 'Dirk Gently with knobs on', but the treatment of this world is different, and Literature replaces Science, at least in terms of inspiraton. Even the technologies of this alternative view owe more to science fiction than to science fact.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds strange?. Stranger things will happen !!! 31 July 2004
After reading "The Eyre Affair", the first book in Fforde's "Thursday Next" series, I was delighted. I loved the characters, the premise of a different world where literature was such an encompassing passion, and the possibility some of the characters had of "jumping into" books, thus being able to interact with many personages from literature.
"The Eyre Affair" was witty, funny, easy to read, and enthralling: I could not have liked it more... But, as a result, I was somewhat afraid of reading its sequel, "Lost in a good book". I asked myself how on earth could Fforde write another book as good as the first one. I really couldn't imagine an answer, but thankfully my curiosity was stronger that my fear of finding the sequel not good enough.
"Lost in a good book" brings the same characters, but new situations, and developments that make the story richer. Spec-Ops 27 Thursday Next is now a celebrity, and she must deal with that, something that is quite difficult for her. As if that were not enough, the Goliath Corporation blackmails her into bringing back Mr. Schitt (trapped by Thursday in one of Poe's poems in "The Eyre Affair"). As she is indifferent to the Corporation's threats, and to the money it offers her, they eradicate her husband (at the age of two years) with the help of a corrupt Chronoguard, promising to bring him back once Schitt is returned. But how will Thursday do that, without the Prose Portal that previously helped her to jump into books?.
Thursday has more than enough problems in the "real world", but she discovers quite soon that that is not all. She is accused by Jurisfiction of a "fiction infraction", due to the fact that she accidentally changed the end of "Jane Eyre".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Next 2 just as good as 1!
Really enjoyed this second instalment and got so involved I stayed up until the wee hours so that I could finish and get ready for the next book! A great holiday companion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jo
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Not as good as the first one but still enjoyable, I liked how the author has created a whole new look on fiction , and a very good imagination
Published 4 months ago by Abbi G
5.0 out of 5 stars These books just keep on getting better.
The World of Thursday Next develops with each instalment. This book is amazing and a great read. There are many laughs and challenges to your imagination. Read more
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just keep these books coming i can't get enough of them.

action packed and full of twists and turns

i would recommend them
Published 7 months ago by sub
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I bought the first book at a book fair. Not my usual genre, but I loved it. I had the have the second asap, and got it. Just as good as the first. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gail stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with service
The book arrived very quickly & was in excellent condition, as described- if not better. I would happily order from this seller again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beverley Fielder-Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars good
another good book not much else I can say if u like the author u will love this book and read it again
Published 8 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for a crazy roller-coaster ride
Very entertaining and very readable, read The Eyre Affair first, though. It's inventive and amusing and keeps you wondering. This is my kind of story. Loved every minute.
Published 9 months ago by Betseylee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Brilliant story, well paced, and very amusing. A must read for all literary fans. Can't wait for the next Thursday Next adventure!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Emma Beverley
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
the series continues at its quirky best with plenty of timey wimey stuff and classical fiction ,highly recommend this book and series
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