This is the sixth book in a long and complicated series that takes books and reading and obliterates the fourth wall. I do warn the new reader, do not attempt to read this book without first having the previous books in the series, it would be far too confusing with the sheer alienness of the world Fforde has created and the characters he has populated that world with.
While I enjoyed this romp, I did waste a lot of time in the beginning of the book impatiently waiting for the “real” Thursday Next to appear instead of taking this novel for what it was – a story centred around the written Thursday Next.
Once I adjusted my mind-set, I adored the book. I love Mr Fforde’s unique writing style for this series (and the related Nursery Crime Division) and I do avidly wait for each installment. I don’t consider this the best effort in the series, but I like him because he is a unique writer and I applaud his bold move to have this book narrated by the written Thursday Next and the fun he had with the meta of the written Thursday being fully aware of her limitations as a literary character in terms of plot knowledge, falling for red herrings etc.
If you love the Thursday Next series, this is a must read.