This review is from: One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Hardcover)As a fformer Fforde ffollower I was looking forward to gobbling this book up like an Easter egg after Lent. It's been a while since I last immersed myself in BookWorld and will admit that it took me a little while to get my head around it all again, with its multitude of references to earlier books and characters from the series....and for this reason, I think it's probably not a good place to start if you've never ever read from the Thursday Next series.
For me, the highlight of this book was undoubtedly Sprockett, the butler - Fforde at his level best. I loved Sprockett - I thought he was vividly drawn, humorous, and I warmed to him in a way I didn't warm to written Thursday. I can see that other reviews have commented on how they were disappointed that the written Thursday is but a pale imitation of her real self, but I do think that this is what Fforde intended. BookWorld is always going to be a bit beige, not as vivid as the real world and that goes for the fictional characters too, who can only play their characters as they think the 'real' version would like them to be played.
I did notice pun...after pun....after pun, and to be honest this started to get slightly wearisome after a while. Ha ha, yes, another smutty(ish) double entendre. I had a vague feeling that since this episode was largely centred in BookWorld there was something missing though....substance, just like in BookWorld itself. Like ordering a double cheeseburger only to unwrap a single one. Distinctly less satisfying despite being enjoyable.
I am left wondering what Fforde can do with Thursday Next, erm, next...much as I love her, perhaps it's time to bring the series to a close? Interested to hear what other Fforde lovers think?