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09 February 2007

The Thursday Next Series

Thursday Next is a Literary Detective in Jursifiction. In the first book, The Eyre Affair, she must go into the original manuscript of Jane Eyre to save Jane from an evil villian who has kidnapped her. If Thursday is not sucessful, all exsisting copies of the book Jane Eyre will be changed to match the new story taking place in the orginal. Sounds confusing here, but Jasper Fforde is a master at explaining the world of Thursday Next. One that is similar enough to our world that it is easy to follow, but with some very obvious differences. For example, Thursday has a pet Dodo bird cloned out of old DNA and Wales is a Socialist Republic. It is a world where they take literature seriously.

I would recommend his stories to anyone who likes books. He is bloody mad, but in a good way. (Pay attention to details, all of his books in this and the Nursery Crimes series play off of each other.)
Fforde, Jasper. (2003). The Eyre affair. New York: Penguin.
Fforde, Jasper. (2004). Lost in a good book. New York: Penguin.
Fforde, Jasper. (2004). Well of lost plots. New York: Penguin.
Fforde, Jasper. (2005). Something rotten. New York: Penguin.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Thursday Next books are grand fun! I doubt there are many British literary allusions Jasper Fforde misses. By the time you put it down, your side will be aching from all the laughter.

09 February, 2007 16:12  

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