Thursday Next, First Among Sequels

Thursday Next, First Among Sequels

Large Print - 2007
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Thursday Next grapples with a host of new problems in the BookWorld: a recalcitrant new apprentice, the death of Sherlock Holmes and the inexplicable departure of comedy from the once-hilarious Thomas Hardy novels. The Council of Genres is trying to broker a peace deal between certain antagonistic genres: Racy Novel has been placed between Ecclesiastical and Feminist, and they are all at each other's throats. Back in Swindon, the government is reporting a dangerously high stupidity surplus, the Stiltonista Cheese Mafia is causing trouble for Thursday and the literary detective scene isn't what it used to be. And Thursday shoulders the burden for the Acme carpet business, which is both a front for SpecOps and a real business for the underemployed force. At home, Thursday's idle sixteen-year-old son would rather sleep all day than follow his destiny as a member of the ChronoGuard, the force that regulates time travel. And when things get really bad, Thursday must once again have her wits about her as she travels to the very limits of acceptable narrative possibilities to rescue the reading experience from almost certain destruction.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007
Edition: Large print ed
Description: 607 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780786298433
078629843X
Branch Call Number: LP Ffor

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FindingJane Apr 27, 2015

People can get too clever for their own good; sadly, that is what happened in this installment in the Thursday Next series. In his efforts to involve his heroine with not one but two of her fictional incarnations, Mr. Fforde’s novel gets bogged down in fabricated technospeak, ludicrous political machinations and so many “real” world problems you wonder how his heroine is capable of handling them all. She has to deal with her non-paying job in Jurisfiction, training new cadets, dealing with the monopoly Goliath, her carpet-laying job that’s merely a front for her illegal cheese smuggling (which comes under suspicion when a new deadly cheese hits the market), a lazy, good-for-nothing, shiftless layabout of a son who is threatened with replacement by a shinier, more efficient working version of himself, keeping this all secret from her husband and, oh yeah, someone who’s trying to kill her—again.

Such a schedule would exhaust a living person. You wonder how in the world Ms. Next actually manages. It’s tiring merely to read any of this and you wonder why in hell she doesn’t delegate or snap at someone else to deal with some of these dilemmas for a change. There are also so many mysteries taking place here that it’s difficult to focus on any of them or decide which is more important. Should we wonder who is smuggling cheese so inimical to human life that a single half ounce will explode when dropped and create a massive crater? Perhaps we need to worry about who’s killing off the characters in books that have their own series (does Jurisfiction have a serial killer on its hands?). Then again, perhaps Thursday should try to get that mindworm out of her head (Aornis Hades strikes again.).

This book strives to bring too many things, characters and elements into it and it left this reader feeling dazed and confused.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

This book seemed to have a few too many strings to tie up, which left me a bit confused at times. The all got tied, but it was a little much to follow. It's cute and witty, as usual, though, and still made me smile.

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LazyNeko
Nov 10, 2011

Fourteen years later, Thursday Next still has Book World, Goliath, Hades, Chronoguard, apocalypse, and supernatural problems going on all at once. And now with extra doppelgangers! As usual, some of the plot threads get lost in the mess. There's still plenty of silliness, but it's way too self-referential, includes too much current pop culture, and worst of all, ends on a cliff-hanger. The series is showing serious wear.

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tocch101
Sep 18, 2011

I'm afraid I was a little confused at first, but that could be because this is the fourth book in the series. Otherwise, very compelling, especially to an avid reader who can laugh along with the sarcasm and ideas.

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LazyNeko
Nov 10, 2011

"No, a blank wall would be something. This is not a nothing but the Nothing, the Nothing by which all Somethings are defined."

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