Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots

A Thursday Next Novel

Fforde, Jasper

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots
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Penguin Putnam
Jasper Fforde has done it again in this absolutely brilliant feat of literary showmanship. Join Thursday Next as she encounters some of the greatest characters in literature and battles deadly villians who literally leap off the page. When it comes to sheer wit, literate fantasy, and effervescent originality, nobody can touch this new Ffordian tour de force.
-Lost in a Good Book appeared on The New York Times extended bestseller list and was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
-The Eyre Affair was a New York Times bestseller and a Book Sense 76 Pick
-Penguin will publish Lost in a Good Book simultaneously
-The fourth book in the series is forthcoming from Viking


Baker & Taylor
Exhausted by her hectic stint as Miss Havisham's apprentice at Jurisfiction, Thursday Next, a Special Operative in literary detection, is delighted by a supposed respite in the Character Exchange Program in the Well of Lost Plots, a place filled with linguistic chaos, lousy books, plot devices, grammasites, and a murderer. 60,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. After two rollicking adventures through the Western literary canon, Britain's Prose Resource Operative was literally and literaturally at her wit's end - not to mention pregnant. So what could be more welcome than a restful stint in the Character Exchange Program down in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots?
But a vacation remains elusive. In no time, Thursday discovers that the Well of Lost Plots is a veritable linguistic free-for-all where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market and lousy books (like the one she has taken up residence in) are scrapped for salvage. To top it off, a murderer is stalking Jurisfiction personnel and nobody is safe, least of all Thursday herself.
Once again, it's up to the ever-resourceful gal detective to track down the killer, save her pulp novel-slash-temporary abode from being chucked into the Text Sea, and get back to her "real" life with her body (and memory, if it's not too much to ask) intact.

Baker
& Taylor

Exhausted by her stint as Miss Havisham's apprentice at Jurisfiction, Thursday Next is delighted by a respite in the Character Exchange Program in the Well of Lost Plots, a place filled with linguistic chaos, lousy books, and a murderer.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 0670032891
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY F
Characteristics: xv, 375 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Alternate Title: Well of lost plots

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Dec 20, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fforde's plot devices are wearing a bit thin, and "Lost Plots" really has virtually no plot. But I plan to keep reading the series, just for the fairly regular bursts of comic genius in his wordplay and inventive scenes.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another delightful turn in the series, Fforde deftly creates a fantastic world that is an absolute delight. While at some points it did feel as though the plot were meandering a bit and Fforde was simply showing off his fantasy world, it's a great world to show off and I didn't really mind. Of course, the plot also builds to an impressive crescendo that rattles on to a satisfying conclusion.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

If this were a tv series, this book would be considered a filler episode. If you're looking for any resolution to the unfinished plots that started in book 2, you're out of luck. Most everything takes place in the Book World. On the upside, it's quite entertaining filler.

Jul 20, 2012
  • meldaravaniel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I haven't found anything wrong with this series yet. It's funny and engaging, good for literary snobs (looking for a break from 'literature', maybe). Fforde's books make me quite happy.

May 02, 2012
  • tocch101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Still loving this series. I hope there is more to come!

May 05, 2009
  • gearhead rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

just read it, you will like

Jul 21, 2008
  • lindeeana rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is book 3 of the Thursday Next series.

Jul 09, 2004
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thursday Next is back! In the third outing, Fforde has provided us with a deeper glimse into a world filled with books and book lovers. This time, Thursday is hiding out in the Well of Lost Plots (WOLP) in order to finish her apprenticeship with Miss Havisham. The usual hilarious mayhem is woven in tightly with a nefarious villain, and a few murders. There is also a foray into Wuthering Heights for some much needed counselling in anger management, training on how to feed the Minotaur, and the championing of the striking Nursery Characters. Fforde''s book world is so real you will be wishing you could live there permanently, maybe even winning the coveted Bookie prize for most avid reader!

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"...Failure concentrates the mind wonderfully. If you don't make mistakes, you're not trying hard enough."

Mar 26, 2008
  • cjmpe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Who is the star of this novel? Who do the readers expect to see when they pick up this book? Me. Who has won "Most Troubled Romantic Lead" a the BookWorld Awards seventy-seven times in a row? Me. All me. Without me, (Wuthering) Heights is a tediously overlong provincial potboiler of insignificant interest. " - Heathcliff on his role in the book, during a rage councelling session

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Mar 26, 2008
  • cjmpe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Thursday Next (who's from an alternate version of our world) is hiding out in Bookworld in a pulp novel called Caversham Heights, where she's training to become a Jurisfiction Agent. The introduction of a new book system called UltraWord(TM) is nearing; it should spell the end of misspellings and the need to attribute speech to characters, among other things. But could it also be the reason why someone is bumping off Jurisfiction agents? At the same time, Thursday's old nemesis, Aornis is eating away at her memories.

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