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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-07 05:41
Subject: [books] A review of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
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Back at the beginning of the year, I was given the privilege of reading an advanced uncorrected proof of Jasper Fforde's One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Viking, March, 2011). It's the sixth book in his Thursday Next series, which began with The Eyre Affair.

The Eyre Affair was freaking brilliant. Metafiction about fiction, metalanguage about language. I was astounded by it. By about the third book in the series, I felt a bit as if Fforde was playing the same notes over and over, and I grew bored with it.

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing decidedly rescues Fforde from sequel-itis. In effect what he has done is go over the top of his previous over-the-top-ness. The written Thursday is standing in for the real Thursday, or perhaps she is not. The relationship between the Bookworld and the Realworld is more complicated than ever. This book's internal self awareness makes confetti of the fourth wall, and to some degree, the other three walls as well.

It's a wild ride, and a great deal of fun. Boring it is not. I'd strongly recommend some previous Fforde before you crack this one.

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User: shsilver
Date: 2011-06-07 13:05 (UTC)
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Agreed. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing is a distinct improvement over some of his other recent work, both in the series and outside of it.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-06-07 15:20 (UTC)
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I laughed so much when reading it that the marquis threatened to kick me out of bed. Huge fun and very very sly.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2011-06-07 17:30 (UTC)
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I'm so happy to hear this. I loved The Eyre Affair (even despite a slight undertone of "aren't I a clever bear?" that ran through it) but the sequels the balance of "aren't I clever" to meta-fun tipped the wrong way, with very little payoff. So now I will have to find One of Our Thursdays, because really, that first one was so much fun.
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User: alumiere
Date: 2011-06-07 20:28 (UTC)
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I'm so glad to see he's gotten out of the rut he was in; I was getting bored with Thursday even though I loved the first book to death. I guess I'll add it to my list of things to pick up once I have a slate or nook (I'm trying not to buy any books until then - it's become really hard to read the printed page).
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