One of our Thursdays is Missing: Thursday Next Book 6 Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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'Fforde's books are more than just an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terrible mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of Dickens or Pratchett' (Independent)
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)
Thursday Next returns in her sixth inventive, funny and fantastical adventure - a Number One bestseller.See all Product Description
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The problem is that the hero of this book is not the 'real' Thursday but her BookWorld version, whom we met in First Among Sequels. She's a pale shadow of the 'real' Thursday; okay, she learns a lot in the course of the novel, but she still lacks oomph.
There's some good stuff: Thursday's robot sidekick-cum-butler, Sprocket, is a classic fforde character and there are a few good jokes (Deal Or No Deal is a popular woodworking programme) but it doesn't stop many chapters from being frankly dull, something I never imagined fforde capable of.
The series is in danger of disappearing up its own tricksiness. Fforde proved in Shades Of Grey that has lost none of his eccentric brilliance, so perhaps it's time to call an end to Thursday's adventures and concentrate on Eddie & Jane.
The map at the beginning and end of the book made me worry that Fforde had gone all Lord Of The Rings and would be dwelling on long-winded geography, but actually it's a neat set-up for BookWorld 2.0, where different genres of book are now neighbours, and some genres are threatening all-out war... It's a premise that's good for a whole book-full of clever genre twists, puns, and other wordplay, and it's one of the most densely packed Fforde books to date for that kind of thing- which is a very long-winded way of saying, this book is very funny.
I'm surprised other reviwers, who are clearly also Fforde fans, have been so down on "One Of Our Thursdays...". After I had felt that the previous Thursday Next novel was beginning to offer diminishing returns, this is a really exciting new lease of life for the series. I ended up reading it in one day, putting it down only when absolutely necessary.
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.
I realise that by book 6, Mr Fforde might be trying to keep the franchise fresh, but for me it just doesn't work. And I couldn't really tell you why. There is plenty of clever word play and skilful and inventive concepts (as always), but overall the book seems really dull. Not a word I could have ever imagined myself using to describe a Thursday Next book.
I suppose because it focuses on the fictional Thursday Next who is searching for the real Thursday Next, I don't really care what happens. I love the real Thursday, the fact that she is missing is slightly concerning, but as all the books are in a first person narrative then you have to care about the narrator. And I don't! I don't care enough about the fictional Thursday to find out where the real Thursday has gone, or how her fictional counterpart rescues her. So if I never finish this book, I'll never know. Which is quite sad after the hours I've invested in this series.
I can't imagine that anyone new to this series would start at book 6, and if you're a lover of the franchise then you'll probably want to give this book a go anyway. All I would say then is don't make this the only book you take on holiday with you.
Having said that having written Thursday speaking made a big difference which somewhat slowed down the plot I did like the new Thursday. She was much more pondering and less action focussed than Thursday and it felt like she was discovering things along with the reader rather than leaving them puzzling. I suppose that could be a bad thing but at points she left little tantalising details which suggested that she knew more, I liked that because it made her seem more like a written person, like she was trying to make a narrative, and it kept me interested to find out what she knew.
There were a lot of things I did love about this book. I loved how where before there had been references to novels ow there were references to writing, I especially liked when the characters got lost because of lack of references to who was speaking! I loved written Thursday, she was like a softer version of real Thursday and it was nice to have a little change, even if it meant the book was more pondering.Read more ›
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Jasper Fforde maintains his usual high standard in the continuing 'Thursday Next' saga. New readers, do not start here, go back to the beginning with 'The Eyre Affair',and enjoy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another thoroughly enjoyable Thursday Next romp, full of twists, turns, surprises and delightfully quirky characters. Loved it!Published 3 months ago by S WILLIAMS
The story continues with another brilliant book from a brilliant author. As imaginative, amusing and clever as everPublished 5 months ago by Pete in UK
The story was a little different as the viewpoint was from Thursday Next's book version and the Inner world of books had been moved.Published 11 months ago by A. Dale