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The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next) [Hardcover]

Jasper Fforde
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12 July 2012 Thursday Next

The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple.

Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist.

And that's not all. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances, and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340963115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963111
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,673 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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Praise for Jasper Fforde (:)

'Reading a Fforde novel feels like taking off on a magic carpet, only to be picked up by another and another and taken on new flights of fantasy . . . When the plot is thundering along, peppered with jokes, lively dialogue and silly names . . . you just sit back and enjoy the ride.' (Scotsman)

'Jam packed with ingeniously witty ideas' (

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)

'Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure.' (Sunday Telegraph)

Parallel-universe larks with surreal heroine Thursday Next, trying to get some down time in Swindon. Fat chance (Mail on Sunday Live Magazine)

More inspired lunacy in a truly funny read (Press Association)

'Any worries that by now the Thursday Next series would have settled into a rut prove groundless here, as Jasper Fforde delivers another swerveball . . . It's the usual mix of fiendishly clever plotting and exquisitely executed comedy setpieces' **** (SFX)

Engaging lunacy (Sunday Telegraph)

As always, Fforde delivers a winner - immensely entertaining and easy to read. The characters are well rounded, and the dialogue snappy, amusing and filled with the usual plays on words and general silliness . . . If you've not experienced Fforde's unique humour before, then check the Thursday Next series out. (The British Fantasy Society)

While indeed delightfully absurd, Fforde's genius is in making it all make a strange form of sense. Funny. Multi-layered, Enjoyable. Just go and read the damned thing! (Wordsmiff)

This is truly wacky, laugh-out-loud, literary-laced stuff. He is very clever. (The Bookseller on The Woman Who Died a Lot)

You won't be disappointed (Euro Crime)

Hugely funny and gloriously imaginative (Daily Express)

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The seventh Thursday Next novel from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Book seven in the Thursday Next series once again takes the random-fantasy/crime/met-fiction in a different direction. Thursday has a new job with new responsibilities, and is struggling with her children, one of whom doesn't exist.

As usual with Jasper Fforde's writing it's a fantastic mish-mash of thrilling adventure and literary puns. I don't know whether they've toned down a bit or my own experience has widened, but I felt that the references were more approachable than in some of the earlier novels where I knew I was missing most of them.

There are some excellent passages in this story, particularly the way that Fforde deals with the mindworm. The narration, from Thursday's point of view, is superb and presents an intuitive view of the world that tells the reader everything while managing not to realise things herself. This leads to the one plot hole that stands out, where she narrates things she shouldn't know.

I really love Jasper Fforde's novels and can't get enough of them. Reading 'The Woman Who Died a Lot' has encouraged me to go back and re-read the earlier Thursday novels. A definite must-read series for anyone who loves a bit of slightly-surreal comic fantasy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Proper' Thursday Next! 13 July 2012
I would love to know what exactly powers Jasper Fforde's imagination. Not only has be produced four different series of completely unique and absurd books, this is the seventh and latest book in the Thursday Next series and it's just as imaginative as ever. In addition to creating a fully-functioning world inside books (complete with the JurisFiction policing agency and grammar-stealing beasts), but the world that 'real' Thursday Next lives in is just as filled out.

It's especially great that the author takes little snippets of our real lives and tweaks them to fit into the book. TK Maxx, for example, isn't just a designer label outlet store, it's also a time-loop containment facility where dangerous prisoners are kept, condemned to spend eternity stuck in a dentist's waiting room or waiting for their girlfriend to finish trying on clothes.

This world is also a lot more literary-obsessed than our own - television and all the various gadgets still exist, but books are a much more prominent feature. I love the Marlovian preachers in the earlier books - they traipse from door to door, preaching about how Kit Marlowe was the true author of Shakespeare's works. The Woman Who Died A Lot is no different - the Swindon in this book has its own share of literary asides.

I do wish that there had been more BookJumping in this book - it's what One of Our Thursdays Is Missing suffered from. Mind, at least this book talked about the BookWorld a lot - you do learn more about its functionality and Golaith's secret interest in it. It's just not the same without the occasional literary character popping up though - where are Mrs Tiggywinkle and Emperor Zhark!?

Still, although the plot is real world-based, it's a remarkably good one.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it time for Thursday to retire? 14 July 2012
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For the first few chapters, I feared that this was going to be the same lacklustre stuff as #6, as an injured Thursday attempts to get a job as head of the newly reformed Spec Ops-27 in the teeth of opposition from young, fit Phoebe Smalls, who wants to be like Thursday, only better. Meanwhile, the Almighty has taken to smiting cities and Swindon is next on his schedule. Thursday's genius daughter Tuesday is trying to create an anti-smoting device, but is there enough time? Son Friday has lost his possible future in the Chronoguard with the closure of the programme and been given a troublesome one in its place.

Then there are the Blyton fundamentalists, who not only want Enid's books restored to their original, un-updated text, but want society restored by those criteria too, and the asteroid, whose chances of collision with the earth seem to rise daily.

Sadly, although this is much better than #6, the glory days of Lost in a Good Book or The Well of Lost Plots seem far away. There are some nice touches, such as the insane staff at Thursday's new job, the homicidal nun and the shifting of Aornis's mindworm within the family but, in the absence of any forays into the Bookworld, it doesn't add up to enough.

If you are new to Thursday Next then please don't start here. The books really need to be read in order, starting with The Eyre Affair.

I see that fforde has already committed himself to #8 but think that it's probably time to retire Thursday Next. I'm looking forward to the sequel to Shades of Grey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fford the imagination 21 Feb 2013
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Fforde has an imagination like no other, even Pratchett, and it comes through fine in this book, but at times I did find it a bit hard going at times and is not the best of the series but I did get rewarded for sticking with it. Still funny, still exciting but something wad missing I felt. Maybe I'll find it in the D R M zone
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different and funny 2 Sep 2012
By mark
Format:Kindle Edition
I had read none of his books before and so had no idea what to expect. I was caught up in the sheer exuberance of the radical shift in perspective that his world conjures up and I have to admire his imagination. This book also made me laugh which I feel earns it an extra star by itself. I suspect that if you are a Pratchett fan then this author will appeal and I certainly reccommend this book to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good book
Published 1 day ago by mothlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Well up to the author's usual standard
More gripping than some Thursday books, because she keeps out of the book world. It makes Swindon sound a really attractive place! I felt very sorry that Friday got sent to gaol. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reviewer Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars The Story that made me laugh a lot
Very witty and clever satire much in the style of Douglas Adams. I will be checking out Jasper Fforde's other works.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Your head may hurt afterwards
Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series is wonderful, creative and very funny. Each book has it's own merits but all have you riveted right to the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bloke
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny and so, so clever...
I loved this book. Put off reading it for ages, as didn't enjoy Thursday Next 6th book quite as much - it was still good by usual standards, don't get me wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Guy A Johnson
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 Thursday Next
WOW they are wonderful its great to read something that is so refreshingly new and exciting and also very funny and sweet. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sub
5.0 out of 5 stars Thursday is back!
...and so is Jasper Fforde. I was a little disappointed by the previous Thursday book, One of Our Thursdays is Missing; it wasn't bad but it was as amazing as I expect from my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. N. D. Merriman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
A must, especially if you have read the other books in the series. I love all the literary references, and I even find myself reading classics so I can understand the ones I didn't... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Charlotta
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romp, fun to read
Up to Fforde's usual standard. I found it amusing and the action was fun and kept my interest. Jokes can often be seen way before the punch line, but that's part of the charm for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hilary VGS
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