- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (24 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147509769
- ISBN-13: 978-0147509765
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,551,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next Novels (Penguin Books)) Paperback – 24 Sep 2013
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Praise for Jasper Fforde (:)
Once again, Fforde brings together modern and classical literary characters, scientific heroes and pop-cultural references to create another Thursday Next tour de force . . . Fforde has once again given birth to a read that will astound, amaze and amuse - regardless of gender or age. (Herald Sun on THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT)
'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' (SFX.co.uk)
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)
You won't be disappointed (Euro Crime)
Hugely funny and gloriously imaginative (Daily Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the new Thursday Next novel from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde, who has a cult following. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story continues with another brilliant book from a brilliant author. As imaginative and clever as everPublished 8 days ago by Pete in UK
Love this book read it a while back now but just re-read. Book is crazy and so weird as usual and just as I love it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Manxcat
Brilliant. I really like Jasper Fforde. If you like a mental challenge along with very clever ideas and a crazy sense of humour you can't go wrong with this book.Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Kathryn G. Brown
Was very good but, for me, not as good as the previous books in the series, nevertheless, if a new Thursday next novel is published I will buy it.Published 7 months ago by L.Martin
I love the Thursday Next books, and this doesn't disappoint. Brilliant.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Jane G
This is just the latest in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, but it is the best he has written so far. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Betsy Devine
The seventh instalment of the Thursday Next series, The Woman Who Died A Lot has a somewhat different setting to the other stories, being set entirely in and around Swindon with no... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rob Kitchin