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Jasper Fforde
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5 Jan 2012 Thursday Next

It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister?

All is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, eager to prove herself worthy of her illustrious namesake.

The fictional Thursday is soon hot on the trail of her factual alter-ego, and quickly stumbles upon a plot so fiendish that it threatens the very BookWorld itself.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Collector's edition edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340963093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963098
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,396 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, Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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'Fforde's books are more than just an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terrible mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of Dickens or Pratchett' (Independent)

A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb (Daily Mail)

'Fans of the late Douglas Adams, or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' (Herald)

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Thursday Next returns in her sixth inventive, funny and fantastical adventure - a Number One bestseller.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Last? 3 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love the Thursday Next novels and have read them all a number of times. I'd pre-ordered this one and was eagerly awaiting its publication. A week later, I feel mildly let down.

The problem is that the hero of this book is not the 'real' Thursday but her BookWorld version, whom we met in First Among Sequels. She's a pale shadow of the 'real' Thursday; okay, she learns a lot in the course of the novel, but she still lacks oomph.

There's some good stuff: Thursday's robot sidekick-cum-butler, Sprocket, is a classic fforde character and there are a few good jokes (Deal Or No Deal is a popular woodworking programme) but it doesn't stop many chapters from being frankly dull, something I never imagined fforde capable of.

The series is in danger of disappearing up its own tricksiness. Fforde proved in Shades Of Grey that has lost none of his eccentric brilliance, so perhaps it's time to call an end to Thursday's adventures and concentrate on Eddie & Jane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes new life into the Thursday Next series 10 Feb 2012
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
In the latest Thursday Next story, Fforde has remade the BookWorld in a new image. A new and simpler written Thursday Next is the protagonist and a lot of the perspective has been skewed to a new angle. I happen to really like it, but I can see what it might be a bit Marmitey- existing fans expecting another romp in the mould of Eyre Affair might be a bit disappointed. Though not a particularly inspired compraison, it reminds me of the 2009 Star Trek movie, that rewrote the history book of the series and divided opinion (I like that film too...).

The map at the beginning and end of the book made me worry that Fforde had gone all Lord Of The Rings and would be dwelling on long-winded geography, but actually it's a neat set-up for BookWorld 2.0, where different genres of book are now neighbours, and some genres are threatening all-out war... It's a premise that's good for a whole book-full of clever genre twists, puns, and other wordplay, and it's one of the most densely packed Fforde books to date for that kind of thing- which is a very long-winded way of saying, this book is very funny.

I'm surprised other reviwers, who are clearly also Fforde fans, have been so down on "One Of Our Thursdays...". After I had felt that the previous Thursday Next novel was beginning to offer diminishing returns, this is a really exciting new lease of life for the series. I ended up reading it in one day, putting it down only when absolutely necessary.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but still as entertaining as ever 31 Mar 2011
I found One of our Thursdays is Missing quite different from the other books in the Thursday Next series, not least because you could tell it was written Thursday who was speaking. Although the tone was similar the way in which written Thursday approached things was markedly different to that of real Thursday. Partly because of this I found the One of Our Thursdays is Missing was a little slow to start, however I did also find this about First Among Sequels so it may just be the pattern the series is taking, certainly in both there was more that needed to be explained,

Having said that having written Thursday speaking made a big difference which somewhat slowed down the plot I did like the new Thursday. She was much more pondering and less action focussed than Thursday and it felt like she was discovering things along with the reader rather than leaving them puzzling. I suppose that could be a bad thing but at points she left little tantalising details which suggested that she knew more, I liked that because it made her seem more like a written person, like she was trying to make a narrative, and it kept me interested to find out what she knew.

There were a lot of things I did love about this book. I loved how where before there had been references to novels ow there were references to writing, I especially liked when the characters got lost because of lack of references to who was speaking! I loved written Thursday, she was like a softer version of real Thursday and it was nice to have a little change, even if it meant the book was more pondering.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would the real Thursday please stand up 17 Jan 2012
By simon211175 VINE VOICE
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I love this series. The Eyre Affair was something new, well written, funny and with an excellent plot. The series continued to hold my interest and to place Fforde as one of my favourite authors.

This book I found hard to get in to. The start seemed to be overrun with puns regarding the BookWorld, the characters within and the readers from RealWorld. The book centres around The Written Thursday Next, rather than the real one, and as weird as it sounds, the story felt as though it was struggling to keep to the standard that the real Thursday Next had us used to.

Then the story started getting interesting. I'm not sure what plot device was used, but all of a sudden I started really enjoying this book - as much as I had the previous five books. The ending here has left us with plenty of scope for a seventh book, something I hope we will get to see.

If you start reading this book and find you aren't enjoying it as much as the others - keep going. It is worth it.

I also really liked the following sentence from this book, so thought it worth a mention: "The trip back downriver was uneventful, and over in only twelve words."

Now go read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard and gives the impression that Fforde is running out of...
A real letdown. Tries too hard and gives the impression that Fforde is running out of ideas or just getting bored of the Thursday Next series.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Gibberish - Utter rubbish
In fairness, this was the first Thursday Next book I attempted to read. It assumes you are a huge fan of the series and will accept anything within the brand. Read more
Published 3 days ago by captaing5
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable world!
Great read, remarkable world that Jasper Fforde has created, always entertaining.
Published 11 days ago by obol
2.0 out of 5 stars The first Thursday Next book I've given up on
I love the Thursday Next novels but I couldn't get through this one. My kindle tells me I'm 63% through and I have no motivation to get to the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Remy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Next again
I could read these books every day of the week if it was possible for them to be written that quickly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PaulPlumb
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Typical Jasper Fforde - collecting all the Thursday Next series - wonderful fun. If you like fantasy and humour you will thoroughly enjoy it and the rest of the collection.
Published 3 months ago by Zena H
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Twist
I really enjoyed this book as I found the focus on the hippy Thursday and her development interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate Adi
5.0 out of 5 stars A great FForde book.
Another fab book to get embroiled in. As usual very unusual ,with great characters and Imaginary characters loosely based on most prominent figures in todays hurley burley society.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. I. J. Budahazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
Slightly less good that some of the other Thursday Next stories. I suspect that the author was experimenting. But a good read even so.
Published 4 months ago by Reviewer Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as ever
I started this with reservations after reading other reviews. I needn't have worried as it is an excellent book. A great buy with all the usual Ffordeities!
Published 4 months ago by Terry
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