Lost in a Good Book, Paperback

Lost in a Good Book Paperback

Part of the Thursday Next series

4 out of 5 (13 ratings)


Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep.

It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old.

Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard?

Is that possible? Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination.

Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan.

But whose? and why?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, B Format
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340733578



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My absolute favourite of the series - I actually read it first, which I think somehow added to the strangeness of getting into Thursday's realm. Brilliant.

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Fun story. Good follow-up to the first book, although there's less novelty appeal now that I'm familiarized with Thursday Next's world.I realized recently that Jasper Fforde isn't actually that great of a writer. His stories, settings and characters are interesting and the Thursday Next books have been page-turners thus far, but he lacks the certain literary oomph that the greats have. It leaves me a bit unsatisfied at the end. Of course, this is probably because I've been reading some very 'heavy' and masterfully-written novels lately. I need to re-lower my standards.

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As said by someone else - very inventive and great word play. I love the constant stream of in-jokes about literature.But this is not a stand alone book - it is part of a journey from the first in the series (which was very good) and whatever comes next.The plot simply takes Thursday from one place to another - oh, and 'Saves the World' on the way.I did enjoy it but felt cheated of plot.

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Books change. Little details shift from reading to reading. Sometimes whole scenes are missing, or characters aren't quite the same. Sometimes the changes are downright weird. I <i>absolutely swear</i> that this book had illustrations the first time I flipped through it. Now? Nada.Cue the Twilight Zone music.We've all noticed little discrepancies in our favourite, reread books, and I'm sure that most of us have written them off as memory lapses. Jasper Fforde has a better solution. The characters in books are sentient, and they're capable of getting into all sorts of mischief.In this second installment of the Thurday Next series, Thursday finds herself involved with Jurisfiction, the organization that polices all these fictional people and keeps their books running smoothly. It's a fantastic idea, and one that Fforde pulls off well. No matter how far-fetched the situations are, he writes them with such conviction that the reader can't help but suspend her disbelief and just accept whatever's going on. The result is something really, really clever. If you enjoyed <i>The Eyre Affair</i>, it's exactly the follow-up you want.Fforde continues to flesh out the world this time around. We learn a little more about the political situation, see some more examples of extinct species that have been brought back, and get a glimpse of the seedier side of this alternate UK. It's all extremely entertaining, and most of it is bloody hilarious. I had a blast with it.My one complaint with the book is that it does sometimes feel like a series of vignettes rather than a unified whole. Everything comes together in the end, but there are times when it gets kind of episodic. I also felt like Thursday's main objectives got a bit lost in the shuffle, what with all the excitement surrounding her introduction to Jurisfiction.Still, this was a great book and one that I enjoyed very much. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed <i>The Eyre Affair</i> and wants to see what Thursday gets up to next. Make sure you've got <i>The Well of Lost Plots</i> on hand, though, as there are plenty of unanswered questions.

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Another enjoyable read from Jasper Fforde. There are certain parts of this book that I adore, such as fictional characters having a life outside their books. For instance, Miss Haversham is a speed freak, always battling Toad for the speed record. Highly recommended.

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