One of Our Thursdays Is Missing: A Novel
by Jasper Fforde
Review by Paul Haggerty
Viking Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670022526
Date: 08 March 2011 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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The physical nature of the BookWorld has been remade. No longer are the books distinct little worldlets in a mysterious mist. Now the whole BookWorld is imprinted on the interior of a great sphere, with each genre being a separate island, grouped together by their similarities so that the more popular genres are continents with sub-genres being countries within, while other, less well-defined genres are scattered archipelagos. For the purposes of this book, this means that there's a whole new world to explore, and a lot of jokes to be made at literature's expense. It also makes it a bit easier for our new heroine to move around in a way that makes some sense to the reader.
It turns out that the Written Thursday is a lot like the real one, which some people are counting on, and some people are afraid of. She really wants to do what's expected of her … basically just close the case as unsolvable and let it all go away. It's a pity she just can't do that. There's something really foul going on, and the spirit of Thursday can not be denied.
Joining Thursday is Sprocket, her new robotic butler, Scarlett, a Thursday understudy for when the Written Thursday has to be a way from her book, Lorena, the dodo that plays Pickwick in the book, as well as the dodo from Alice in Wonderland. After all, there aren't that many dodos, so beggars can't be choosers. Rounding out the cast of characters is a host of normal BookWorld characters from Red Herring to Speedy Muffler to Emperor Zhark. With all the players on the field, Thursday is going to have a tough time figuring out what book crashed, why it crashed, why was it covered up, where is the Real Thursday Next, and why is Racy Novel getting ready to start a full-fledged war.
This is a novel that is going to send Thursday on a quest through a dozen genres, a brief side trip to the real world, and up the Metaphoric River … literally … before she can save that day and finally get to relax in a good book.