Review: One of our Thursdays is Missing

One of our Thursdays is Missing
One of our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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2 Responses to Review: One of our Thursdays is Missing

  1. rocalisa says:

    I do like the Thursday Next books (although the first Nursery Crime one didn’t work for me and I didn’t read the others) but I’m not sure about one about written Thursday. I like real Thursday. And it’s all getting so twisted and meta I’m starting to struggle to keep up with it all. I’ll try to get my reading going nicely again before I consider taking ths one on.

    • Mel says:

      Definitely reread the others first. I don’t ever go into one of his books cold. There’s too much backstory now. It makes for a rich tapestry of a story but you have to be up-to-speed before you start. Especially with swiss cheese brains like ours 😦

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