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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (31 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143034359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143034353
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,058,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of The Last Dragonslayer series: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER, THE SONG OF THE QUARKBEAST and THE EYE OF ZOLTAR, SHADES OF GREY, the Nursery Crime books: THE BIG OVER EASY and THE FOURTH BEAR and the Thursday Next novels: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK, THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, FIRST AMONG SEQUELS, ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING and THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT.

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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Word-of-mouth among readers often does more to make an author's name than any publicity campaign. That's certainly the case with Jasper Fforde, and The Well of Lost Plots will be eagerly devoured by his ever-growing coterie of admirers. Fforde writes playful and exhilarating books (which make delightful sport with the very art of fiction itself), and the experience his work offers the reader is quite unique. It's little wonder he has virtually created his own market. As in Lost in a Good Book and The Eyre Affair, this new novel is as much about itself and the whole world of books as it is about its putative plot. But a plot is needed so that Fforde can sustain his amazing inventiveness, and the narrative is kicked into action with the return of literary detective Thursday Next.

It's almost impossible to summarise the amazing adventures in which the beguiling (and confused) Ms Next becomes involved, but after she leaves Swindon (and her life inside an unpublished book called Caversham Heights), she becomes involved in the inauguration of a golden age of fictional narrative. But this turns out to be a very dangerous experience, and she finds herself having strange encounters with Dickens' Miss Havisham (even more eccentric than she was in Great Expectations) and enduring an unsettling journey into the world of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. But who is the villain laying waste to her memories? And will she come to terms with the fact that her husband Landen exists only in her mind?

As this synopsis indicates, The Well of Lost Plots is a truly unique jeu d'esprit. It helps to be familiar with many of the books being riffed on here, but even if you're not, this will be one of the most idiosyncratic and often hilarious experiences you will find a within the pages of a book. Jasper Fforde enthusiasts know that already. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jasper Fforde has gone where no other fictioneer has gone before. Millions of readers now follow ... Thank you, Jasper (John Sutherland, Guardian)

A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination (Christina Hardyment, Independent)

[Fforde's] brand of inspired lunacy truly stands on its own ... this new book completes his creation of a world of true literary comic genius (Sunday Express on The Well of Lost Plots)

The third of this cult series sees Jasper Fforde hitting his stride ... should be a joy to anyone who loves reading (Time Out on The Well of Lost Plots)

An immensely enjoyable, almost compulsive experience (New York Times on Lost in a Good Book)

Douglas Adams would be proud (Scotsman on Lost in a Good Book)

Don't ask, just read it. Fforde is a true original (Sunday Express on Lost in a Good Book)

This year's grown-up JK Rowling (Sunday Times)

The Eyre Affair is a silly book for smart people; postmodernism played as raw, howling farce (Independent)

It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord ... There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters (Time Out, on 'The Eyre Affair')

Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously (Terry Pratchett on The Eyre Affair)

This year's grown-up JK Rowling (Sunday Times on Lost in a Good Book) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Wegerson on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Fforde's other Thursday Next series and I couldn't wait to get this one. I was so impatient that I in fact ordered it from the U.K. because I couldn't wait the extra month or so to buy it in the U.S. Let me tell you, it was quite worth the extra money, I loved this book...I finished it in four days...I couldn't put it down.
Thursday finds herself in an unpublished book in the Well of Lost Plots, hiding out from the Goliath corperation. She is also on her way to becoming a full Jurisfiction agent. If this wasn't enough already, her mind is becoming muddled because of Aornis Hades, the sister of Archeon, and is looking into a string of murders that might be related to the introduction of UltraWord. Along the way we encounter the cast of Wuthering Heights in a rage controll session, we meet up with Mr. Rochester again and many other lovable literary figures. This third in the series is just as good and just as creative as Fforde's first. I applaude Fforde's cleverness and freashness that is garunteed with his books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denis Reed on 22 Nov. 2011
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Phew! This was hard work.Loved all the others in the series and came to this with the same expectations.Found myself ploughing through a turgid first 110 pages which could have been ripped out and thrown away and normal service resumed for the rest of the novel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MissJay on 16 Mar. 2004
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I bought The Eyre Affair because it looked like it would be funny. I bought Lost In A Good Book because I thought The Eyre Affair was fantastic. I bought The Well Of Lost Plots because I knew I was on a roll by then. I wasn't wrong and I'm positively frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the next book.
Jasper Fforde manages to successfully weave together a quick course in A-level English, purely bizarre fantasy, a cast of fascinating characters, a fair amount of action adventure, a little love and loss and a generous amount of warm humour. He is an excellent story teller and I, as a reader, am delighted to bound along after him as he takes his plots to deliciously surreal heights.
I wouldn't know where to start in describing the plot so I would recommend readers to simply find out for themselves. I defy anybody to fail to find pleasure in a book which features a tame dodo who eats marshmallows and goes "plock".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Untouchable on 26 Jan. 2004
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For those who are late to Jasper Fforde's books, the quick overview is that he has created a brilliantly imaginative parallel world where Wales is a communist country, the Crimean War has been in progress for over 120 years, dodos and thylacines are household pets and it is possible for people to read their way into books. To get a better feel for his world and to appreciate this book more fully, it is strongly recommended that you read THE EYRE AFFAIR and LOST IN A GOOD BOOK first.
While the first 2 books were set mainly in the real world with occasional visits into various classic novels, this one takes place almost exclusively within books and the result is a breathtaking expansion of what was already a superb creation.
Thursday Next, heroine of the first two books is hiding out from the evil Goliath Corporation, among other enemies, inside The Well of Lost Plots. To be specific, she's hiding out in a dreary crime thriller called Caversham Heights where she takes over a role of Mary in the story as part of the Character Exchange Programme. The Well of Lost Plots is where all of those books that are still being written are kept, along with a wealth of plot devices, characters both good and evil who are waiting to be used and members of Jurisfiction who rule on problems within books and who generally maintain order.
Thursday encounters various dangers while working as a Jurisfiction apprentice including a dangerous flock of grammasites, verbisoides in this instance, who attack and consume any stray verbs they could find. She also has terrible problems with a mispeling vyrus that threatens to reduce the story and it's characters to an unrecognisable shambles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2005
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Jasper Fforde won over fans from all over the world with "The Eyre Affair." Now he's presented "Well of Lost Plots," the third playful satire/mystery/fantasy starring hardboiled detective Thursday Next. It lacks the oomph and tightness of the first two books, but the hilariously literate mystery is still enthralling.

Thursday Next is in self-exile. After her husband was erased as a blackmail ploy and the world was almost reduced to goo, she is lying low to wait for her baby's birth, and to figure out how to bring her husband back. Problem is, she is now living in an unpublished detective thriller in the Well of Lost Plots, a sort of fiction limbo. The fictional people are thrilled to meet an Outlander (a person from the real world), but Thursday must deal with some generic extra roommates, and a pregnancy by the husband who no longer technically exists.

Then her mentor dies horribly, and Thursday finds that her brain is being invaded by memory-erasing mindworm. She sets out to uncover a black market that is recycling characters, and to avoid the attacks of the evil Aornis. Soon the world of fiction is under attack yet again -- and it's Thursday Next to somehow stop everything from collapsing.

One of the greatest things about Fforde's books is how hysterically smart they are. Fforde peppers his book with the Lewis Carroll, Falstaff, the Questing Beast, Mr. Toad, the Minotaur, the early works of the Bront' sisters, Heathcliff, and much more. What's more, he gives them a wink-nudge twist worthy of the best of British comedy.

That isn't to say that it's perfect. Fforde seems to lose the flow from time to time, and the plot takes quite some time to figure out where it's going.
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