Intrepid literary detective Thursday Next is back in the second installment of Jasper Fforde's one-of-a-kind series
The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Jasper Fforde’s magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next. When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of Jurisfiction—the police force inside books. She is apprenticed to the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens’s Great Expectations, who grudgingly shows Thursday the ropes. And she gains just enough skill to get herself in a real mess entering the pages of Poe’s “The Raven.” What she really wants is to get Landen back. But this latest mission is not without further complications. Along with jumping into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the 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.
Oh boy, where do I even start with this book. I loved it from the moment I picked it up and I have definitely found an author who I adore the work of, as much as Terry Pratchett.
This book was original, imaginative and just beyond fun. There were so many laugh out loud moments and ideas that just made you think they were crazy and yet they could happen, all at once and don't even get me started on all the made up words. *grins*
My only regret with this book is that I didn't read the Eyre Affair first but it is definitely the next book I wanting to buy and the third and fourth books in this series won't be far behind.
I have so many favourite moments in this book. It's one I will be reading again and again. As a booklover it was a bonus that the story was based so much on books and I adored how people could jump from one book into another (not to mention the character exchange program). The tongue in cheek humour is there through and through, a fine example is in the naming of many of the expendable agents, my favourite two being Lamb and Slorter.
I also checked out the authors website http://www.jasperfforde.com/ as well as the character website which can be found at www.thursdaynext.com where they have many extras and fun things for all lovers of Thursday Next.
This book also won the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Dilys Award in 2004.