Plot summary[ edit ] Apprentice Jurisfiction agent and SpecOps operative Thursday Next is taking a vacation inside Caversham Heights, a never-published detective novel inside the titular Well of Lost Plots, while waiting for her child to be born. Since Thursday is an "Outlander", a "real" person rather than a fictional character, Spratt hopes that she will help them appeal to the Council of Genres to prevent the disassembling of Caversham Heights, a fate inevitable for books which languish unpublished in the real world. UltraWord is touted at a Jurisfiction meeting as the greatest advance "since the invention of movable type " because it creates a thirty-two plot story system and allows the reader to control the story. Thursday slowly loses her memory of Landen, though Gran Next remains with her and keeps her from forgetting him completely. In doing so, she also battles Aornis Hades , the villainess , who nearly converted the world to Dream Topping in Lost in a Good Book , who is present in her memory as a mindworm.
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Shelves: science-fantasy , audiobook , humor-and-satire , fforde-pickup , , books-about-books , love-those-words , comfort-food 5. I liked this book so much that when I finished it I had to really wonder whether I should go back and re-read the first two books in the series which I have 4 stars and 3 stars respectively. The writing was absolutely superb, the plot was engaging and very original and the literary references hysterical.
I found myself more than once jumping to Wikipedia to find out from which book a particular character or reference originated. A few fun examples 1 a rage counseling 5. In a world of cookie cutter fantasy and science fiction, Jasper Fforde has created something that is truly original.
I had an odd reaction to the two previous Thursday Next novels, a curious mixture of subtle enjoyment and distinct annoyance. The enjoyment came from the fact that Im a man who loves books and they were distinctly literary reads. But there was also a huge amount of quirkiness never a quality I particularly like and an arch oh-isnt-this-soooo-clever! There were points in the previous books where In which my irritation at this series reaches a boiling point.
There were points in the previous books where I laughed, but also points when I wanted to hurl my copy hard into the nearest brick wall. One of the most irritating things is how lazy it all seems. You have to hand Fforde bouquets for his inventiveness, but the clever jokes and ideas he comes up with are never developed into anything else. There are numerous instances of sketches revealing their points in the first few lines, but staying on for page after page and hammering those points to death.
They are pointless, silly and not even half as funny as they would like to be. And yet within this superficial silliness, Fforde actually asks us to care. But how can one really care when the Miss Haversham of this book finds herself in jeopardy?
Though perhaps the most irritating thing of all is that throughout this book there seems to be a smug belief that this one of the cleverest and funniest novels anyone could ever read. The witty allusions, the literary knowledge and the endless, endless puns — you can almost hear the author slapping his back in congratulations at his own brilliance.
Unfortunately this reader just found the whole thing incredibly tedious, and so even though the series goes on from here, I have now disembarked.
The Well of Lost Plots
After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful BookWorld literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage. About The Well of Lost Plots asper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment.