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Would the real Thursday please stand up,
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This review is from: One of our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next) (Kindle Edition)I love this series. The Eyre Affair was something new, well written, funny and with an excellent plot. The series continued to hold my interest and to place Fforde as one of my favourite authors.
This book I found hard to get in to. The start seemed to be overrun with puns regarding the BookWorld, the characters within and the readers from RealWorld. The book centres around The Written Thursday Next, rather than the real one, and as weird as it sounds, the story felt as though it was struggling to keep to the standard that the real Thursday Next had us used to.
Then the story started getting interesting. I'm not sure what plot device was used, but all of a sudden I started really enjoying this book - as much as I had the previous five books. The ending here has left us with plenty of scope for a seventh book, something I hope we will get to see.
If you start reading this book and find you aren't enjoying it as much as the others - keep going. It is worth it.
I also really liked the following sentence from this book, so thought it worth a mention: "The trip back downriver was uneventful, and over in only twelve words."
Now go read it.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2013 19:23:43 GMT
Ms Louise Wilford says:
I agree that this is a book definitely worth sticking with. This episode in the Thursday Next series begins slowly and it's always slightly unnerving to suddenly find things have changed since the last book - the bookworld itself is transformed into a completely different sort of place, though it works well and is a clever device, and suddenly we're seeing the world from the viewpoint of a pseudo-Thursday Next, a version of our heroine who seemed (deliberately) slightly dull when she first appeared in a previous novel as a minor character. To have the New Age vegetarian yoga-practising health-food-loving Thursday Next from the 'Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco' actually taking centre stage and carrying the story on her shoulders is bound to be disorientating and even disappointing for readers, like myself, who were looking forward to yet another 'real' Thursday Next adventure. However, Fforde pulls it off magnificently, I think. After the first chapter, I found myself sucked in completely and thoroughly enjoying the tale. I even started warming to the faux Thursday. I felt a similar disorientation in previous books when, for instance, Thursday suddenly jumped from being a new mother in her thirties to a middle-aged woman with teenage children, and when spec ops was disbanded, and when Myecroft died....The point is that Fforde refuses to toe the line, thank goodness, and constantly reimagines his most famous creation in a way that is mind-bogglingly impressive, witty, interesting and clever. I can understand those readers who found this novel difficult to like, particularly at first, because the real Thursday only made a cameo appearance at the end, but personally I think this is one of the more intriguing and enjoyable books in the series and it has improved with each re-reading. I think Fforde's desire to do something different and unexpected is one of his greatest gifts as a writer.
I just wish he'd write the next episode of the 'Shades of Grey' series...
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