Next in Text

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, by Jasper Fforde – The sixth book in the Thursday Next series was a good read, but I can’t help but wonder if Fforde has started to find his own invented universe too complicated. I kind of feared that he was biting off more than he could chew by introducing both an alternate Earth AND a world within books, but he usually balanced it out all right. Here, though, there are signs of his wanting to simplify some things. Most notably, the BookWorld itself, which was initially a place where each book contains its own world, has now been changed into a world with an actual geography. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for this other than being more conducive to the plot. Also, it appears that Fforde has stopped bothering to explain how the Goliath Corporation keeps bouncing back after being thoroughly trounced, so they’re kind of just there this time around. Anyway, our heroine this time is a written version of Thursday, who’s trying to find out what happened to the real one, and uncover a plot involving the BookWorld Senate and the leader of Racy Novel. Colonel Bradshaw and Emperor Zhark return, and there’s a clever new character in Sprockett, the written Thursday’s robotic butler. Although some of Fforde’s changes for this book were a bit confusing, it was an enjoyable story.

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