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.
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"Fforde's diabolical meshing of insight and humor makes a 'mimefield' both frightening and funny, while the reader must traverse a volume that's a minefield of unexpected and amusing twists." - Publishers Weekly
"More metafiction fun from the best-selling Fforde - maybe not the easiest place to join the series, but a must-read for fans." - Library Journal
"Your appreciation of Fforde will depend solely on your tolerance for self-conscious, and occasionally slick, literary cleverness." - Kirkus Reviews
"Fforde's books are more than just an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted...They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of Dickens or Pratchett." - Independent (UK)
"A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb." - Daily Mail (UK)
"Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure." - Sunday Telegraph (UK)
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Jasper Fforde was born in London on January 11, 1961. His father was a prominent economist, while his mother did charity work and was a passionate reader. Fforde and his four siblings were raised in London and Wales. At the age of twelve Fforde was sent to Dartington Hall School, a progressive coeducational boarding school near Totnes, Devon, which he attended until his graduation in 1979.
As a child, he shared his mother's love of reading, and by the age of eleven, had become quite interested in film and television. While the young Fforde liked to watch Monty Python, he was particularly influenced by a commercial he saw for milk starring actor Roger Moore. It showed what happened behind the scenes on a production set, and this commercial inspired Fforde's aspirations as a movie ...
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