Book Review: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

first amongst sequels #thursdaynextIt’s been fourteen years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult sixteen year old. However, Thursday’s got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed at the Reichenbach Falls and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what’s going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld. And that’s not all–The Goliath Corporation is trying to deregulate book travel. Naturally, Thursday must travel to the outer limits of acceptable narrative possibilities to triumph against increasing odds.

Part of my “catching up with series” month-or-two, again, this book was originally marked down as “read” but I cant remember it, so probably haven’t.

Fifth in the Thursday Next books and Thursday is having to cope with not being a LiteraryAgent (whilst she is really), having 3 children (including one with an existence problem in that she doesn’t actually exist), multiple versions of herself running around BookWorld (none of whom she actually likes), and trying to sort out various issues in and out of BookWorld.

Another great Next book, stepping out of the quadriology of the first four books, and giving the series a suitable jumping off point for the next set of books in the series (with the concept of multiple Thursdays in the same story line). Not for those who have not read a Thursday Next book before, it can take a while to get used to the multiverse world of Thursday.


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