Book Review: One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

Author: Jasper Fforde
Title: One of Our Thursdays is Missing
Publication Info: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022526

Previously Read by Same Author:

  • The Eyre Affair
  • Lost in a Good Book
  • The Well of Lost Plots
  • Something Rotten
  • The Big Over Easy
  • First Among Sequels
  • The Fourth Bear

Summary/Review: This is the sixth book in the Thursday Next series, one of the most imaginative and entertaining book series I’ve read.  This book took me some time to warm up to though.  It’s set in the BookWorld with the written version of Thursday Next as the protagonist and narrator with the conceit that they are something like actors performing the book each time someone reads.  One of my favorite aspects of the Thursday Next series is Fforde’s alternate universe Swindon, England so the narrative set almost entirely in the BookWorld is a bit of a disappointment (my least favorite book in the series The Well of Lost Plots is also set entirely in the BookWorld).  Yet Fforde is masterful in developing the fictional version of the fictional Thursday as a similar yet different character.  I was totally won over by written Thursday’s automaton sidekick Sprocket.  In the end, this book is a masterful job by Fforde to keep the series alive with the requisite creativity and fun.

Favorite Passages:

“Not many people traveled to the RealWorld, and those who did generally noted two things: one, that it was hysterically funny and hideously tragic in almost equal measure, and two, that there were far more domestic cats than baobabs, when it should probably be the other way round.”

“All three were experts, and all three had conflicting views.  I was reminded of Clarke’s Second Law of Egodynamics: ‘For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert.'” – p. 159

“Literature is claimed to be a mirror of the world but the Outlanders are fooling themselves.  The BookWorld is as orderly as people in the RealWorld hope their own world to be — it isn’t a mirror, it’s an aspiration.” – p. 359

Rating: ****

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