Kyrie, January 9, 2013 (view all comments by Kyrie)
Jasper Fforde is a man who crafts not only a book, but an entirely new universe when he creates fiction. While the world depicted in this book, is not ours, it is still as vibrant. During a discussion with my brother about the book we tried explaining the plot to a group over dinner, but we couldn't quite decide which was the main plotline. Was it God deciding to smite Swindon? Was it Friday becoming a murderer? No, rather it was Thursday getting a job as a librarian and biting off more than she anticipated.
But as the way things go around Thursday, they often fall into a pathway seemingly to destruction. The question is, do they make it all the way there? Guess you'll have to read it then.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Fforde (One of Our Thursdays is Missing) continues to show that his forte is absurdist humor in his seventh crime thriller starring Thursday Next, a member of the Literary Detectives division of Special Operations in an alternate-universe Britain. This time, it's 2004, and Next is about to have a crowded week, even by her standards. As she puts it, it 'began with a trip into Swindon in order to find myself a job and ended with a pillar of cleansing fire descending from the heavens, a rethink on the Wessex Library Service operating budget, and my son shooting Gavin Watkins dead.' Meanwhile, Britain is attempting to manage a stupidity surplus: 'he nation's stupidity — usually discharged on a harmless drip feed of minor bungling — had now risen far beyond the capacity of the nation to dispose of it in a safe and sensible fashion.' Toast has become the newest fad food, spawning a popular chain of topless toast bars known as Tooters. Such details help flesh out this endearingly-bizarre fantasy world limited only by Fforde's impressive imagination. Agent: Will Francis, Janklow & Nesbit U.K. (Oct. 2)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by The New York Times,
"It's easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly."
by The Denver Post,
"Impressive, and arguably Fforde's best work to date."
by Booklist (starred review),
"As always, Fforde makes this wacky world perfectly plausible, elucidating Ffordian physics with just the right ratio of pseudoscientific jargon to punch lines. It's a dazzling, heady brew of high concept and low humor, absurd antics with a tea-and-toast sensibility that will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse alike. Fforde is ffantastic!"
by Library Journal (Starred review),
"Strap in and hang on tight....Another winner for fans and lovers of sf, time travel, puns, allusions, and all sorts of literary hijinks."
by Shelf Awareness,
"Jasper Fforde fans, rejoice! The Woman Who Died a Lot, the seventh installment in his Thursday Next series, delivers all the imagination, complexity and laughs we've come to expect from Fforde and his book-hopping, butt-kicking heroine. The Woman Who Died a Lot brings together the charming lunacy and intricate plotting that have enthralled Fforde's readers over the years."
by The Cleveland Plain Dealer,
"In Misery, Stephen King compares the euphoric feeling writers experience in creative bursts to 'falling into a hole filled with bright light.' Avid readers also know that feeling: A good story temporarily erases the world. British novelist Jasper Fforde has expanded on King's simile in a wonderful seven-book series of novels featuring Thursday Next. Enormously knowledgeable about literary history, Fforde scatters nuggets for nerdy readers like me. By the end, all of Fforde's myriad particles of plot, accelerated by his immense skill and narrative sense, collide, producing pyrotechnics and a passel of new particles to propel his next tale. I love the Thursday Next books, and when a new one appears, I don't fall but leap into this bibliophile's Wonderland."
by New York Journal of Books,
"This is the proverbial madcap lighthearted romp, full of hijinks, parody, and puns. Jasper Fforde does it well. It's safe to say that if you enjoy that particularly British, Douglas Adams-style absurd delivery of wry observations, you'll get a kick out of this one."
by The Seattle Times,
"The Welsh writer Jasper Fforde's wildly inventive books defy easy description — more accurately, they mercilessly mock the concept of easy description. Are they mysteries? Outrageous parodies of literary classics? Science fiction? Absurdist humor? Gleeful mashups of all the above?" [The Woman Who Died a Lot is] still big, big fun, with enough in-jokes to keep anyone snickering for a long time — especially English Lit geeks."
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