Book Review: The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Author: Jasper Fforde
TitleThe Well of Lost Plots
Narrator: Emily Gray
Publication Info: Penguin Audio (2012)

Other Books Read by Same AuthorThe Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good BookShades of GrayThe Last DragonslayerThe Song of the QuarkbeastOne of Our Thursdays is Missing, and The Eye of Zoltar.

I’m revisiting the Thursday Next series and struck by how Fforde can keep at least five plots going simultaneously, interweaving them, and somehow bringing them all together at the end.  First there’s Thursday’s apprenticeship with Miss Havisham at Jurisfiction and getting caught up in the Ultraword conspiracy.  Then there’s Aornis Hades’ memory worm, and Granny Next’s efforts to help Thursday remember Landen.  Then there’s the plot within the book Caversham Heights where Thursday gradually reshapes a derivative detective novel into the setting for Fforde’s Nursery Crime novels. And then there’s the the hysterical evolution of the generic characters Lola and Randolph. There are no plots lost here.  I was delighted to read this book again (in Emily Gray’s voice) and surprised to look back at my original review when I didn’t think too highly of this installment in the series.

Rating: ****


For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.

#watch #adventword

“You better watch out…”

“1,2,3! Eyes on me!”

“If you see something, say something.”

The eyes of Dr. T.J Eckleburg.

“All along the watchtower/Princes kept their view.”

“Alwaaaaaays watching…”

Is it just me or is there something ominous about the word “watch” especially in the context of meditating on Advent. There’s an undertone of the surveillance state to this season. Someone’s watching – God, Santa, the cookies on your account.

Perhaps it’s a time to be the watcher, to focus your attention on what’s most important.

Keep your eyes on the prize.