The Well of Lost Plots is the third book in the Thursday Next series written by Jasper Fforde. I’ve reviewed the previous two books, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book so check those out to see what I thought.
If you’ve read those posts then you’ll see that I am quite impressed. Fforde has done something very original with this series and I highly recommend the whole series.
A quick recap: Thursday Next is a SpecOps agent in swindon england in the year 1985. She lives in a fictional england where she is a literatec , or a person who hunts down literary perpetrators. What’s really original about these novels is that the lines between the book world and the real world are not firm. Thursday is able to cross over INTO novels and be IN the story.
In this installment, Fforde has really delved into his BookWorld. This is the world of books wherein all characters from all novels ever written reside. Thursday has taken leave from her real life in swindon to live in the book world while she is pregnant with her kid, and figures out how to deal with her husband, Landen being eradicated. She becomes a trainee Jurisfiction agent, basically the policing body within the bookworld. These are the people who keep the characters following the rules.
A lot happens in this one and it would be impossible to describe it here. The basic plot is that Thursday must battle the younger sister of Achron Hades, her nemesis from the first novel. The sister, Aornis, is a mneumonomorph, meaning she is able to erase the memory of her victims.
Thursday also becomes acquainted with the Great Library, a HUGE library that holds every piece of literature ever written. The library is curated by the Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and has 26 floors, one for each letter of the alphabet (author last name). She also learns about the well of lost plots, another 26 floors below the great library where books that were written but never completed are stored. The underbelly of the great library.
Thursday goes in and out of MANY stories, meets many characters, and thwarts evil. Fforde’s quirky and quick witted style of writing does not disappoint, and you’ll be happily surprised with all the fun things he does with the written word.
I HIGHLY recommend.
I have it on good authority that the fourth book is the best in the series (of 5 at the moment). So I’m on to read that one now.