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  • 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 (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,922 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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'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)

'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)

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)

This is truly wacky, laugh-out-loud, literary-laced stuff. He is very clever. (The Bookseller)

I love Jasper Fforde's novels but have to admit that reviewing them is hard work - how to explain his complicated alternative universe without revealing too much of the plot and at the same time encouraging readers to plunge in and just enjoy the ride? All I can say is - I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and that it encourages you to read the others - you won't be disappointed (Euro Crime)

Hugely funny and gloriously imaginative (Daily Express) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The seventh Thursday Next novel from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 16 July 2012
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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 By H. Whitehead on 13 July 2012
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Kelly VINE VOICE on 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 By Gary W on 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 By mark on 2 Sept. 2012
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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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