One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde
Jasper Fforde’s exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.
The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.
Once again New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde has a field day gleefully blending satire, romance, and thriller with literary allusions galore in a fantastic adventure through the landscape of a frisky and fertile imagination. Fans will rejoice that their favorite character in the Fforde universe is back.
The BookWorld has been built, there is a ban on travel between OutWorld and Bookworld, and there is a war brewing between many of the genres of Bookworld,many of whom are taking affront to RacyNovel’s attempts to expand and encroach into WomFiction and Romance.
There are several prophetic moments in this, especially around the RacyNovel and (since the publication of this book), the popularity of softporn (such as 50 Shades of Grey) in the real world.
In all this Written Thursday – whom we met in the previous book as a Jurisfiction reject being mentored by the real Thursday Next – is narrating the book in the 1st person. She begins to realise that Real Thursday Next is missing and starts to investigate, thereby alienating a lot of people, and getting herself into trouble.
Not for those who have not read a Next book before. The story in itself is standalone, but the whole structure of the book and who the characters are would be difficult for a new reader to pick up with this book. I wouldn’t say it was the strongest book in the series, though fair play to Fforde for trying to open up the way the story is written in an attempt to keep the series moving forward