The Thursday Next Chroniclesby Jasper Fforde Published 01 Jan 1970
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Three funny and fantastical novels following the adventures of Swindon's favourite literary detective, Thursday Next: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK and THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS.
"The Thursday Next Chronicles" Reviews
Very imaginative, like nothing I've read before. The heroine drops into different literary works and has policing relationships with the characters.
Loved the whole concept of delving into books. Literally!
This contains the first 3 Thursday next books. The Eyre affair is brilliant. Thursday Next is a lowly Special Ops agent tracking down errors in literature, and her adventures with the evil Acheron Hades in and out of Jane Eyre form the basis of the story. Thursday is a delightful character, and has lots of interesting friends with fascinating jobs. The whole book is wildly imaginative, and great fun. It helps to have read some of the books that figure in the series, although it isn't essential. Lost in a Good Book continues the story. Thursday is now married, but being troubled by Acheron Hades sister, who is out for revenge. She learns to travel from one book to another and is taken on as an apprentice by Miss Havisham as a Jursfiction agent. The evil Goliath Corporation is still around to complicate matters. Sadly her husband has been eliminated by a corrupt time travelling agent, and she is now pregnant and battling to get him reinstated. In The well of Lost Plots, Thursday is now hiding out in an obscure crime novel, but her adventures continue apace as she perfects her book travelling skills, and finds her way round the enormous library where all the books are held and meets many of the characters who live there. There are still dastardly plots in the fictional world for her to thwart, so the excitement continues.
I love the way Jasper Fforde uses the english language! The action was fast paced and interesting. One problem for me was that I know next to nothing about Jane Austen, somehow she was skipped over in my school education, so many of the references were lost on me.
Thursday Next is a literary detective in Swindon in 1985, in a world similar but very different to our own. She teams up with various literary characters to thwart various evil plans. These are the first three of several books, which are clever and witty and great fun to read.
This series is wonderful. It is about a detective who investigates crimes in literary works so you meet up with great characters from classic novels in a new, fun way.