Saturday 13 April 2013

Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next # 2) by Jasper Fforde - Book Review

Title: Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next # 2)
Author: Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 2004 (2002)
Pages: 399
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary / Humour  
Source: Xmas Gift

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If resourceful, fearless literary detective Thursday Next thought she could avoid the spotlight after her heroic escapades in the pages of Jane Eyre, she was sorely mistaken.

Her adventures as a renowned Special Operative in literary detection have left Thursday Next yearning for a rest. But when the love of her life is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must bite the bullet and moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative in the secret world of Jurisfiction, the police force inside the books. There she is apprenticed to Miss Havisham, the famous man-hater from Dicken's
Great Expectations, who teaches her to book-jump like a pro. If she retrieves a supposedly vanquished enemy from the pages of Poe's "The Raven," she thinks Goliath might return her lost love, Landen. But her latest mission is endlessly complicated. Not only are there side trips into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Having enjoyed book one in the Thursday Next series, I was keen to see what Fforde would come up with in this next instalment. Happy to say, I was not disappointed. Lost in a Good Book is every bit as funny as The Eyre Affair. I took this one to work to read and it was a struggle having to wait until lunchtime each day to pick it up again.

Great humour, a intriguing and captivating plot, wonderful new characters and old favourites and all in all a delightful read. As a keen reader, I naturally love all the references to other texts and authors and this book kept a permanent smile plastered on my face from start to finish.

1 comment:

  1. I love this series, although I have an ARC of the last one, and I haven't been able to read the one before yet. Probably because it had been so long since I'd read the series that I couldn't remember it.