In which the supply of metaphor is desperately low and may spark a genre war, especially if those pesky e-books keep at it!
Title: One of Our Thursdays is Missing
Author: Jasper Fforde
Disclaimer for the uninitiated: What you are about to read is a review of the sixth book in a long-running series. Be warned that reading this review will probably lead to severe confusion and potential psychotic babbling without first having read the previous five volumes. If uninitiated, please direct your attention to The Eyre Affair and prepare to enter the world behind the written word. Highly recommended for all book lovers, very comedic, but may contain dodo birds.
What it’s about: She’s baaack! Or is she? My favorite literary detective returns (sort-of) for the sixth installment in the Thursday Next series, and fittingly the sixth book I’ve read this year! I had the privilege (nay, honor) of attending a reading and book signing at Barnes and Noble in New York and am happy to report that Mr. Fforde is as charming and amusing in person as he is on paper. Jasper (I hope he doesn’t mind the liberty!) explained his jumping off point for this book: He had already explored the terrors and challenges of a real person entering the Book World, so he wanted to flip the script and tackle how a book person might feel in the real world. What better way than with a slight shift of focus? The real Thursday is missing, so our book is narrated by the written Thursday.
If you’ve read First Among Sequels (and really if you haven’t, what are you doing with your life? Get thee to a bookstore!), you’ll know that the written Thursday is a bit of a hippie, but also a softer, warmer Thursday and ostensibly the Thursday Thursday wishes she could be. The shift in narrators was actually a welcome change and is the reason I’m dubbing this my favorite Thursday yet! (more…)