Sunday, October 30, 2011

Week 44: One of Our Thursdays is Missing

One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde

If you love books, but have never read Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, you have missed a wonderful treat. This is the sixth book, and is actually told from the point of view of the written Thursday Next, who stars in her own series of books. Written Thursday is a citizen of the BookWorld, and she's hunting for the real Thursday, who is missing. She's doing her best to do what the real Thursday would do, and wild adventure follows.

Quite a lot of this story is given over to world-building. Fforde must have had a whole lot of fun fleshing out the BookWorld, and he spends time showing it off. I know that's something of a no-no for fantasy writers, but it's so great that I think you should read the book just to enjoy all the amazing ideas he came up with. I had to stop about every other page and read a bit aloud to my husband, and I laughed a lot. Yay Thursday Next!


herdingcats said...

Sounds interesting. Is it best to start at the beginning of the series or does the book read fine on it's own?

Jean said...

You'll have to read the whole series, which is great. I don't think you could understand the book very well without having read the other ones first. Start with "The Eyre Affair"!