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Publisher Comments:

The eagerly awaited third installment in the outrageously inventive bestselling adventures of Thursday Next.

Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful 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 And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside?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. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it's up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force is the most exciting Thursday Next adventure yet.

Review:

"[A] delicious sequel....If this all sounds a bit confusing, it is — until the reader gets the hang of Fforde's intricate mix of parody, social satire and sheer gut-busting fantasy....[A] sheer joy." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[G]reat fun — especially for those with a literary turn of mind and a taste for offbeat comedy in the tradition of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, Norton Juster and Lewis Carroll." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"This is Fforde's most complex novel to date, filled with plots within plots within plots....It takes quite a while to figure out the main plot...but once you get the hang of his complex worlds, you are in for quite the literary ride." Rochelle O'Gorman, Hartford Courant

Review:

"The Well of Lost Plots reads nicely as a stand-alone and avoids the serious misstep of being a retread of its predecessors. Still, readers would be well-advised to start at the beginning of the series." Robin Vidimos, Denver Post

Review:

"Third course in a feast of hyperliterary alternate-reality thrillers may prove too rich for some stomachs....Like anchovies, Wagner, and Helmut Newton: will greatly appeal to people with unusual tastes — and befuddle everyone else." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"At times The Well of Lost Plots seems to tread water, but Fforde's inventiveness remains a bookworm's delight. The highlight: a page-turning murder attempt on Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] crowd-pleaser par excellence. It is to Mr. Fforde's credit that he deserves such an accolade and does not exploit it in any negative sense. Unquestionably, readers of the earlier [books] will find much here to re-ignite their ardor for his work." Joseph Milazzo, Dallas Morning News

Review:

"You don't need to have read either of Fforde's first two books...to keep up with much of the action in The Well of Lost Plots. But why wouldn't you?" Peggy McMullen, The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"[A] book that writers will read with sweaty recognition....You'd think Fforde would have run out of inside jokes about books, but there are one or two gems on almost every page." John Freeman, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"[A] busily plotted, shamelessly exciting and grandly absurd series....The Well of Lost Plots...demonstrates how alive and dynamic fiction can be, how a story can change from moment to moment, from one reading to another." Stephen M. Deusner, BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

Join Thursday Next as she encounters some of the greatest characters in literature and battles deadly villains who literally leap off the page. When it comes to sheer wit, literate fantasy, and effervescent originality, nobody can touch this new Ffordian tour de force, now in paperback.

Synopsis:

The third installment in Jasper Ffordeandrsquo;s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England

Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. 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 booksandmdash;like the one she has taken up residence inandmdash;are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and itandrsquo;s up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de forceand#160;will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursdayandrsquo;s zany investigations continue with Something Rotten. Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Ffordeandrsquo;s latest bestseller, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!

Synopsis:

Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful 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 booksandmdash;like the one she has taken up residence inandmdash;are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and itandrsquo;s up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force is the most exciting Thursday Next adventure yet.

Read Jasper Fforde's posts in the Penguin Blog

About the Author

Jasper Fforde, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, traded a varied career in the film industry to write and live in Wales.

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travelbug87, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by travelbug87)
You know how when you go to sleep, you think of a favorite book and create a fantasy that you're living in it with the characters? (Oh, that's just me?) Anyway, now you can do that between the pages with Thursday Next in the Bookworld. A most original series. Don't start it if you have anything else to do at all. Definitely don't start it if you can't get to the bookstore immediately after finishing one. Because you'll definitely crave the Next.
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Smegasis, January 7, 2010 (view all comments by Smegasis)
Through five books, this (currently) middle installment stands out as my favorite. Jasper Fforde has created the most unique fictional world I have ever come across. Perhaps I love this one the best because I read it at a time when everything I read and watched seemed to be recycled from another time when original ideas were actually valued, but I'm sure that even without that factor in it's corner, The Well of Lost Plots would still rank as one of the best books I've ever read because it's so one-of-a-kind. Even when there are plot points that seem completely overdone in every form of fictional entertainment, Fforde manages to do them in such a way that you don't really mind, and instead focus on trying to figure out how he's going to resolve everything. I would recommend this to anyone who loves reading and desperately wishes that the characters they read and love are real, in some way or another. Appreciation of British humor a plus.
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Kathleen B, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Kathleen B)
my favorite book of the decade. Endlessly inventive, will be adored by any book lover.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143034353
Author:
Fforde, Jasper
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Thursday Next Novels
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations on pages 377-379
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.38x6.02x.74 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 416 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143034353 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] delicious sequel....If this all sounds a bit confusing, it is — until the reader gets the hang of Fforde's intricate mix of parody, social satire and sheer gut-busting fantasy....[A] sheer joy."
"Review" by , "[G]reat fun — especially for those with a literary turn of mind and a taste for offbeat comedy in the tradition of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, Norton Juster and Lewis Carroll."
"Review" by , "This is Fforde's most complex novel to date, filled with plots within plots within plots....It takes quite a while to figure out the main plot...but once you get the hang of his complex worlds, you are in for quite the literary ride."
"Review" by , "The Well of Lost Plots reads nicely as a stand-alone and avoids the serious misstep of being a retread of its predecessors. Still, readers would be well-advised to start at the beginning of the series."
"Review" by , "Third course in a feast of hyperliterary alternate-reality thrillers may prove too rich for some stomachs....Like anchovies, Wagner, and Helmut Newton: will greatly appeal to people with unusual tastes — and befuddle everyone else."
"Review" by , "At times The Well of Lost Plots seems to tread water, but Fforde's inventiveness remains a bookworm's delight. The highlight: a page-turning murder attempt on Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "[A] crowd-pleaser par excellence. It is to Mr. Fforde's credit that he deserves such an accolade and does not exploit it in any negative sense. Unquestionably, readers of the earlier [books] will find much here to re-ignite their ardor for his work."
"Review" by , "You don't need to have read either of Fforde's first two books...to keep up with much of the action in The Well of Lost Plots. But why wouldn't you?"
"Review" by , "[A] book that writers will read with sweaty recognition....You'd think Fforde would have run out of inside jokes about books, but there are one or two gems on almost every page."
"Review" by , "[A] busily plotted, shamelessly exciting and grandly absurd series....The Well of Lost Plots...demonstrates how alive and dynamic fiction can be, how a story can change from moment to moment, from one reading to another."
"Synopsis" by , Join Thursday Next as she encounters some of the greatest characters in literature and battles deadly villains who literally leap off the page. When it comes to sheer wit, literate fantasy, and effervescent originality, nobody can touch this new Ffordian tour de force, now in paperback.
"Synopsis" by ,
The third installment in Jasper Ffordeandrsquo;s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England

Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. 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 booksandmdash;like the one she has taken up residence inandmdash;are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and itandrsquo;s up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de forceand#160;will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursdayandrsquo;s zany investigations continue with Something Rotten. Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Ffordeandrsquo;s latest bestseller, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!

"Synopsis" by ,
Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful 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 booksandmdash;like the one she has taken up residence inandmdash;are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and itandrsquo;s up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force is the most exciting Thursday Next adventure yet.

Read Jasper Fforde's posts in the Penguin Blog

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