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The Woman Who Died a Lot: Thursday Next Book 7 Hardcover – 12 Jul 2012
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Praise for Jasper Fforde (:)
'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)
Parallel-universe larks with surreal heroine Thursday Next, trying to get some down time in Swindon. Fat chance (Mail on Sunday Live Magazine)
More inspired lunacy in a truly funny read (Press Association)
'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)
Engaging lunacy (Sunday Telegraph)
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)
While indeed delightfully absurd, Fforde's genius is in making it all make a strange form of sense. Funny. Multi-layered, Enjoyable. Just go and read the damned thing! (Wordsmiff)
This is truly wacky, laugh-out-loud, literary-laced stuff. He is very clever. (The Bookseller on The Woman Who Died a Lot)
You won't be disappointed (Euro Crime)
Hugely funny and gloriously imaginative (Daily Express)
The seventh Thursday Next novel from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.See all Product description
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.