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Thursday Next

By Jasper Fforde

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: Six b/w
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 April 2005
Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard. It's not going to be easy. Thursday's former colleagues at the department of Literary Detectives want her to investigate a spate of cloned Shakespeares, the Goliath Corporation are planning to switch to a new Faith based corporate management system and the Neanderthals feel she might be the Chosen One who will lead them to genetic self-determination. With help from Hamlet, her uncle and time-travelling father, Thursday faces the toughest adventure of her career. Where is the missing President-for-life George Formby? Why is it imperative for the Swindon Mallets to win the World Croquet League final? And why is it so difficult to find reliable childcare?

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and sucking the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

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The Number One bestseller and the fourth Thursday Next adventure - 'Don't ask. Just read it'.

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Adult/High School-This fourth book in the series continues the English detective's quest to protect her child, regain her husband, and save the world (not necessarily in that order). She decides that it's time to leave Jurisfiction and return to the real world of the Outland to resume her life. Taking her son and her pet dodoes, Thursday discovers that her actions in real life are possibly even weirder than they were in the realm of literature and certainly of more consequence. Fforde continues to pitch high, wide, and fast: only he could turn croquet into an extreme (and hilarious) sport with the fate of the world hanging on the outcome of the game. Particularly appropriate in this American presidential election year is the political debate show "Evade the Questions Time" where politicians score points for most successfully avoiding answering questions. Rotten is the concluding volume of this series and many of the subplots and characters from the first three titles reappear, floating through the space-time fiction-fantasy continuum. It succeeds in wrapping up in a most gratifying way. As Oscar Wilde's Miss Prism would say, "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means." The Robertses' illustrations and mock advertisements echo the irreverent humor. Warning: Reaching the end of Rotten may cause readers to want to start again with The Eyre Affair (Viking, 2002) and ride the manic, maniacal merry-go-round of the Nextian world again.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

'Don't ask. Just read it. Fforde is a true original.' -- Sunday Express 'Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously' -- Terry Pratchett on The Eyre Affair 'Jasper Fforde's imagination is a literary volcano in full spate ... SOMETHING ROTTEN is arguably Fforde's best book yet ... Fforde has a knack of creating memorable characters whom the reader greets like long-lost friends ... Buy it; chuckles guaranteed.' -- Independent 'Jasper Fforde has gone where no fictioneer has gone before. Millions of readers now follow ... Thank you, Jasper' -- Guardian 'The best yet, which is quite remarkable considering how good the others were.' -- Sunday Express 'The complexity of the plotting is le Carre-like in its ingenuity; the back-story detailing is Dickensian both in its vividness and in its depth; Umberto Eco would recognise an erudition that challenges his own (and far surpasses that of the hugely-overrated Dan Brown), and Orwell would have been proud of the persuasiveness of the depictions of the evil influence of multinational conglomerates, as exemplified by the Goliath Corporation, and of the inescapable misery and squalor of totalitarian communism as evinced by the Socialist Republic of Wales (national motto: "Not Always Raining"). One has to consider Jasper Fforde in the context of his predecessors in surreal comic fantasy - Lewis Carroll, Thorne Smith, the Goons, the Monty Python team, Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin, Terry Pratchett and the rest - and in many ways he not only matches their genius, but actually transcends it.' -- War Correspondent - the Journal of the Crimean War Research Society

What's Thursday doing next? Challenging a renegade fictioneer-and looking for a babysitter. A five-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Welsh writer Fforde's fourth entry in the zany, hypercreative Thursday Next detective series revisits the "Literary Detective" as she retreats to her hometown of Swindon, England, retiring from the tedious job (as Head of Jurisfiction) she held in Fforde's previous novel, The Well of Lost Plots. Joined by her two-year-old son, Friday, pet dodos Pickwick and Alan, and Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, Thursday realizes that there's someone missing: her husband, Landen, previously "eradicated" by the Goliath Corporation, a ruthless bio-tech conglomerate corporation. She wants Landen back. Aided by her father, she is reinstated into her old employ, the Special Operations Network, and begins investigating the machinations of power-hungry Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the mysterious disappearance of England's president. The fate of the world rests on the outcome of a major croquet tournament, with Thursday pinch-hitting on a lethal playing field as Landen is finally returned to reality (only to fade out again). More than a little wacky, the novel is packed with screwball details as characters get "written" in and out of the story, hybridized creatures stalk malls and Shakespeare clones start popping up everywhere. With humorous illustrations and curious footnotes sprinkled throughout, Fforde's latest will have hardcore fans roaring-but those new to the series might want to tackle the convoluted mayhem from the very beginning. Agent, Eric Simonoff. 5-city author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780340825952
ISBN: 0340825952
Publisher: Hodder Paperback
Dimensions: 20.2 x 15.7 x 2.7 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

This is the fourth book in the Fforde's series about Thursday Next, a literary detective. The books are set in an alternative universe, where history is somewhat different, and the boundaries between fiction and reality merge. Fforde's world is surreal but once you delve in it takes on its own life, leaving you chuckling away. There's word play, clever manipulation and reorganisation of reality, and allusions to all sorts of classics and literary concerns. It's an intelligent read, but also requires some flexibility in the mind of the reader to accept all sorts of ridiculous ideas (which have a strange logic of their own). Once you do so, then you're hooked!

The plot takes you through the fiction world and the "real world" as Thursday tries to maintain law and order.

Many of the premises, characters and in-jokes have developed from earlier books, so any reader is best advised to start with the first in the series: The Eyre Affair.

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5 of 5 Stars! '

As usual Jasper Fforde has done it again. This is a great book.

 
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