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Offline Big Blonde

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Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« on: July 28, 2007, 07:44:06 AM »
Wondering if anyone has heard of this series and author. Jasper Fforde (yes there are two f's, he's Welsh), has this really cool series about this literary detective named Thursday Next who protects books from being harmed. The books are set in England in this alternative history where it's 1988 and the Crimean War is still going on. I really like the books because Fforde likes to throw in a lot of cool literary references for any and all of us English nerds. Thursday fought in the Crimean War in a unit called the Light Brigade (Charge of the Light Brigade is this really famous poem about the Crimean War by Lord Tennyson).

There's a lot more stuff like that, plus Thursday also has the ability to jump into the books and talk with the fictional characters. The first book in the series is called the Eyre Affair and it really deals with Jane Eyre and all it's characters. I'm reading the fifth book in the series right now and it's just as good as all the others. I highly recommend the series and am hoping that someone else here has read/heard of them.
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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007, 08:10:24 AM »
Heard of but never read.

I'll go look them up.


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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007, 08:14:29 AM »
Yeah, I've read 'em all.  I think they're great.  I really like the setting, where movies never really caught on and theatre and books are still the dominant form of entertainment.  People attend MacBeth like they would the Rocky Horror Picture Show, joining in with the play and sometimes even taking roles because everyone knows it verbatim.


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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007, 08:25:50 AM »
I love this series! I got to meet Mr. Fforde (briefly, of course) at a reading and book-signing the other night. You should have seen the line -- apparently he has TONS of fans. The bookstore even sold out of his new book before I got there!!
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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2007, 05:00:26 PM »
I just finished First Among Sequels and quite enjoyed it. It took me awhile to start the series, as I don't really like Jane Eyre, or any of the Bronte's, etc. But they're really a ton of fun. FForde would probably be happy to know that he got me reading Dickens again with the Great Expectations bits.

And a teaser- a certain HP may show up in the latest book...


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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007, 08:21:46 PM »
I loved the first two books in this series! My fave part was the fact that there were, like, over 400 different John Miltons! Being a geeky English grad student it was def a treat for me to read (and a possible drinking game). I didn't like the third book actually, i just got really bored with the series, but i might go back to it. I am not a huge fan of series books.
btw: what is the fifth book? I thought there were only four books and the big over easy was a new series.


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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007, 08:29:59 AM »
The series thus far:
The Eyre Affair
Lost in a Good Book
The Well of Lost Plots
Something Rotten
First Among Sequels


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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007, 12:47:18 PM »
yea, i just saw first among sequels at the book store.


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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008, 09:06:14 PM »
Thurday Next is EVERYTHING. @__@

Anyone else interested in the book world logic and economics and the presence of duplicate generics to the extent that they might interact with, explain, or affect the notion of fanfiction? Is the average Harry Potter fanfic a horrible crash between bad dialogue and out of characterness because it's staffed with nothing but class D generics in Harry and Draco wigs?
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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2008, 07:06:48 PM »
I read the first book a few years back and enjoyed it, but never got around to reading the rest. Mabye I'll pick up the next one next time I go to the book store.
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Re: Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2008, 10:11:50 AM »
Is the average Harry Potter fanfic a horrible crash between bad dialogue and out of characterness because it's staffed with nothing but class D generics in Harry and Draco wigs?

You just might have something there!
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