Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots
A Thursday Next Novel
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.
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.
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"...Failure concentrates the mind wonderfully. If you don't make mistakes, you're not trying hard enough."
"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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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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