09 March 2011

Will the real Thursday Next please step forward?

One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next #6)* by Jasper Fforde.

There is Unrest in Bookworld. Thursday Next is needed to help prevent a Genre War, but s0he can't be found. Assuming she's returned to the Realworld, the Council of Genres calls in the written Thursday Next, who is living quietly in Speculative fiction, trying to keep from being remaindered.

Fforde's latest entry in Thursday's madcap adventures is, like the earlier ones, witty and filled with wonderful wordplay.

My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don't mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase that the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to arrest time to an ultraslow trickle ...
(p. 16)

It's a fun book to read, dizzifyingly silly, but difficult to describe without giving away a lot of the plot. It's best to be wide awake when reading, otherwise grave confusion may set in.

*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.

I have two hardcover copies of ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING to give away. Please leave a comment telling me why you like Thursday Next (don't forget to include contact information) by midnight, Friday March 11. Due to shipping costs, entries from US and Canada only, please!


  1. Anonymous9:32 AM

    It's hard to keep this short, but I'll try. I love the way the books look at literature sideways, and Thursday's adventures are such fun to read about. I don't think I'd do so well in her place (fun as it might seem at first to enter a book).

    Sandra at Cornell
    (I'll watch the blog for winners and give you contact info then; I'd rather not put it here for the world to see!)

  2. Along the same lines as anonymous - how cold anyone who loves books and literature, mysteries and a little fantasy not adore Thursday and her adventures. These are fun books.

    pennyt at hotmail com

  3. I must admit I have not read any of this series so would love to get a copy as I have seen such high reviews. Thanks

    MJ Frederickson
    1102 Esteppe Rd
    Front Royal, VA 22630

  4. Monica12:08 PM

    Just so you know I read your blog, I also like a good mystery.

  5. I haven't read any of the series either, but something described as "dizzifyingly silly" sounds like a fun read.

    gkw9000 at gmail.com

  6. I love Thursday because she survives and thrives in a world of chaos, by using books, plots and characters to get her through, and she does it with grace, style and humor. What's not to love!

    deb_lacy at yahoo dot com

  7. It sounds like fun. Do I need a more complicated reason? I'm trying to write some fantasy myself and I would like to read something well written

  8. I haven't read any of these books, but just from your description they sound like they would be fun to read. I really enjoy an author that can take a turn of phrase and make delightful reading out of it. Mysteries are the primary genre that I read, although I don't recall ever turning a book away if it needed a good home!

    Lisa Richardson, DL'er

  9. Who wouldn't love Thursday next?

    She has a pet Dodo.
    She can travel through time.
    She is a Special Operative in literary detection.
    She catches bad guys.
    She's a tough cookie.

    I'd love to read her new adventure....Looseends AT snet DOT net

  10. The Thursday Next books have always struck me as literary alternative universe fiction as written by Luna Lovegood. Just when you think you have an idea of what's going on, something comes in from such a far left field that light bends in on itself. Sort of Einsteinian, when you think about it.

    I love them.

  11. Carolyn J. Rose had trouble posting her comment, so she asked me to post it for her:
    I love the Thursday Next series. The Footnoter Phone was a stroke of genius.
    The combinations of names are hilarious.

    A few years ago Jasper Fforde came to read in Portland and a friend sent me
    a filmy pair of undies (brand new) to toss on the stage. Fortunately for
    him, I had to teach a class that night and couldn't attend.

    Carolyn J. Rose
    Mystery Writer

  12. Carol1:03 PM

    The combination of high literature, real life, and mystery/adventure is genius. Thursday is next to none, and her family and cohorts terrific companions. I was afraid the series had ended. But no! Wahoooo!

    Catifitically, Carol

  13. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Who could resist litterature jokes, cheese smuggling, dodo cloning, and all the puns you can eat?

    wendlandj at yahoo.com


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