Those of you know know me are aware of my love for anything Jasper Fforde. It is with great disappointment that I report I really could have done without this latest installment in the Thursday Next series. Like all in the Thursday Next series, it was entertaining, but it wasn’t exciting. It didn’t reveal any exciting plot points. It didn’t help you like the characters any more or any less, and I am sincerely wondering why it was written at all. Perhaps one day Fforde will elaborate, but for now, on to my thoughts.
The narrative begins with the bookworld Thursday Next going about her bookword duties. For those who haven’t read the Thursday Next series, let me just say… you won’t understand. The descriptions of the bookworld are interesting as are the contrasts between the ‘real’ and ‘fictitious’ members in the Thursday series. Bookworld Thursday laments that she never made Jurisfiction and that there is no Landen written into the series, which is quite sad. Despite falling readership and disputes with other characters in the series about how Thursday should be read, Thursday manages to have a semi romance, begin training an understudy, and discover that the real Thursday is missing.
A missing Thursday is always bad news. As the written Thursday tries to find out what is happening, with the assistance of her robot butler, the reader is taken along hilariously through Fiction Island in hopes of avoiding an international incident involving Racy Novel… Fforde’s fans and bibliofiles everywhere will enjoy BookWorld and the many references to authors and novels throughout, but in the end, it did not feel like a book that belonged to the Thursday Next series. Rather some sort of spin off that didn’t really start anything new. Think of it as The Foundling in The Chronicles of Prydian Series.