Lost in a Good Book

Lost in a Good Book

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The second installment in Jasper Fforde's New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with New York Times bestselling author 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 the BookWorld. 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. It's another genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment for fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursday's zany investigations continue with The Well of Lost Plots. Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Fforde's latest bestseller, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142004030
  • 9780142004036
  • 139,331

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[A]n analogue of Harry Potter just for, adults effortlessly readable and unashamedly escapist . [A]n immensely enjoy able, almost compulsive experience. The New York Times Book Review Fforde [has a] head-spinning narrative agility. His novel is satire, fantasy, literary criticism, thriller, whodunit, game, puzzle, joke, postmodern prank and tilt-a-whirl. Okay, maybe Lost in a Good Book is a creature with more than the usual number of feet. But it s exceptionally light on all of them [Fforde] is irrepressible good company The Washington Post Enchanting a tale to savor. Harry Potter fans outgrowing Hogwarts should dive in. People Lost [ in a Good Book] is even more richly crammed with jokes, ideas and action. Brainier silliness is hard to find. A-. Entertainment Weekly Car chases, missing husbands, evil villains, a plucky heroine, and the Cheshire Cat. Jasper Fforde s latest is mystery at its most fun with a sci-fi twist. Marie Claire A joyful read, full of puns, allusions, and sheer fun. Highly recommended. Library Journal Time flies and leaps and zigzags while reading this wickedly funny and clever fantasy. Would-be wordsmiths and mystery fans will find the surreal genre-buster irresistible. Publishers Weekly Just what the doctor ordered now, in a world under the shadow of war, at the tail end of a long, cold winter Lost in a Good Book resembles whipped cream as sweet and light as the promise of spring. Salon.com Entertainingly surreal. Perhaps even more clever than its predecessor [The Eyre Affair], the new story offers a plot stuffed with enough coincidences and characters to make Dickens proud. Orlando Sentinel The book-jumping high jinks continue in Fforde s equally whimsical Lost in a Good Book its mix of surrealism, satire and adventure proves to be totally absorbing. Time Out New York Fforde s wicked sense of humor and wide-ranging intelligence make every page a joy. The New Orleans Times-Picayune Fforde packs Lost in a Good Book to the rafters with sophisticated literary allusions, numerous interweaving subplots and wildly imaginative details. It s obvious from the way he leaves things that Fforde has many more adventures in mind for his heroine; and with so many classics to choose from, Thursday will certainly have plenty of allies on her side. The Seattle Times "show more

About Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling series of Thursday Next novels, which includes Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, and The Woman Who Died A Lot. The series has more than one million copies (and counting) in print. He is also the author of The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear of the Nursery Crime series, Shades of Grey, and books for young readers, including The Last Dragonslayer. Visit jasperfforde.com.show more

Table of contents

Lost in a Good Book1. The Adrian Lush Show 2. The Speical Operations Network 3. Cardenio Unbound 4. Five Coincidences, Seven Irma Cohens and One Confused Neanderthal 5. Vanishing Hitchhikers 4a. Five Coincidences, Seven Irma Cohens and One Confused Thursday Next 6. Family 7. White Horse, Uffington, Picnics, for the Use of 8. Mr. Stiggins and SO-1 9. The More Things Stay the Same 10. A Lack of Differences 11. Granny Next 12. At Home with My Memories 13. Mount Pleasant 14. The Gravitube™ 15. Curiouser & Curiouser in Osaka 16. Interview with the Cat 17. Miss Havisham 18. The Trial of Fräulein N 19. Bargain Books 20. Yorrick Kaine 21. Les Artes Modernes de Swindon '85 22. Travels with My Father 23. Fun with Spike 24. Performance-Related Pay, Miles Hawke & Norland Park 25. Roll Call at Jurisfiction 26. Assignment One: Bloophole Filled in Great Expectations 27. Landen and Joffy Again 28. "The Raven" 29. Rescued 30. Cardenio Rebound 31. Dream Topping 32. The End of Life As We Know It 33. The Dawn of Life as We Know It 34. The Well of Lost Plotsshow more

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40,963 ratings
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4 44% (18,015)
3 17% (7,025)
2 2% (873)
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