Lost in a Good Book is the second novel in the Thursday Next series authored by Jasper Fforde. If you didn’t read my review of the first installment then go read it first.
To recap: Thursday Next is the main character in these books and she is a literatec in the special operations network in 1985 England. Her job is to investigate literary criminals..i.e. someone who counterfeits authors.
I mentioned in the last review that these books are amazing. This one did not disappoint either. After defeating acheron hades, returning to the real world, and marrying her husband landon, Thursday begins an entirely new adventure this time MUCH further into the world of books. The first story only scratched the surface of what Fforde had in store for us.
In this book, Thursday is introduced to the great library, where all books that have ever been written and ever will be written are stored. This library exists entirely in the literary world and you have to ‘read-in’ to get there. A fun twist is the library is curated by the cat from alice in wonderland. I can’t even describe how rich the book is with plays on grammer, spelling, literary devices, literary references, and other fun things. Can you imagine having a conversation with someone through footnotes?* Fforde has so much fun with the written word it’s hard not to love these books.
Thursday becomes inducted into the Jurisfiction, which is a policing system of characters from books that make sure the literary world stays intact and follows the rules. Thursday is apprenticed to Miss Havishum of Great Expectations to show her the ropes. While trying to get her husband back, Thursday moves in and out of books and the real world, Dodges decreasing entropy, and struggles to keep reality straight.
I’m already halfway through the next book called ‘The Well of Lost Plots’ and it’s just as good as the last two. I highly encourage reading this series, you’ll never think of books the same way.
*It goes something like this.