Lost in a Good Book

by Jasper Fforde | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0340733578 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CdnBlueRose of Lynden, Washington USA on 5/17/2006
Buy from one of these Booksellers:
Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT | Bol.com
5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-In an alternate 1980s England, woolly mammoths migrate through the countryside, Tunbridge Wells has been given to Imperial Russia as Crimean War reparation, and the prevailing culture is based on literature. Due to her adventures in The Eyre Affair (Viking, 2002), newly married Thursday Next has become a media darling, but when an unknown work by Shakespeare surfaces, she is happy to be back to work. However, the megacorporation Goliath hasn't finished bedeviling her: Thursday's husband has been "time-slipped" and exists only in her memory. Further complicating matters, her Uncle Mycroft gives her an entroposcope-a jar of lentils and rice-revealing that the chaos in her life is rapidly escalating. So once again, Thursday jumps into a surreal literary world. This time, she has joined the "Jurisfiction" division and is paired with Charles Dickens's Miss Havesham, who has a penchant for leather jackets and driving recklessly. Absurd and amusing scenes take readers through discussions on theoretical physics, geometry, literature, art, and philosophy. Fforde not only tilts at ideological and insipid corporate windmills and human foibles, but can also make the naming of minor characters hilarious, as in the two unfortunate members of the dangerous SO-5 division, Phodder and Kannon. Reading this novel is like being at a fabulous party of phenomenally funny and wickedly profound guests. Teens will delight in the satire and wit.


Journal Entry 2 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Friday, May 26, 2006
Sending to caligula03 as part of the My Favorite Relay Reverse Wishlist.... ENJOY the book!

Journal Entry 3 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Book is here. Thank you.

Journal Entry 4 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Sunday, June 11, 2006
TBR and offering it to Potok-fan as a reverse relay.


Journal Entry 5 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The second book in the series is a big improvement over the first. The plot focuses more on Thursday Next and less on her whacky co-workers and the crazy version of 1985 in which they all live. There are still a few annoyances like the characters' stupid names. I realize it's a literary tradition that includes Dickens but Fforde's choice of names are just ham-fisted.

Journal Entry 6 by caligula03 at on Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (8/16/2006 UTC) at



Mailing to Potok-fan to complete a relay offer.

Journal Entry 7 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Friday, October 13, 2006
Thanks! Arrived in the post today.

Journal Entry 8 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, September 22, 2007
Just finished. Mr Potok keeps misquoting the blurb and calling this my "stupid book for smart people". Still, I enjoyed it! But I agree with caligula that the characters' names get irritating fast. And when their names are homophonous with swear words it actually really disturbs me.

Aside from that, though, it was a fun read. I'm not quite as well-read as the ideal reader for this book, but I'd recently listened to an audio version of Great Expectations, which helped a lot. (And I loved this take on Miss Haversham.) (And the "plok-plok" noise of the dodo.) (And Thursday's great idea / risk-taking in Japan.)

I think I'll take this along to our local BC meeting this week and see if anyone there would like to read this next.

Here are links to Fforde's first book, The Eyre Affair, and this one's sequel, The Well of Lost Plots. photo from BBC, 2005: Writer Jasper Fforde, who bases his Thursday Next books in Swindon, appeared at the launch of the first ever Jasper Fforde Ffestival in Swindon in his creation's car...

Journal Entry 9 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I took this to the Turku BC meeting, and tempted Sobergirl with it... and THEN convinced her to let me count it as a book I'd donated to the bookbox and she'd taken out. Cheeky! Thanks so much, Sobergirl!

Link: Giz's Shiny Bookbox.

Journal Entry 10 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sort of took this out of the bookbox at tonight's BC miitti at Kerttu.
Thanks Potok-fan!
I've got "The Eyre Affair" in my TBR pile.
Will get to it soonish. Am going through a Michael Palin-phase now. Fascinating travel tales!
Thanks for a great miitti btw!

Journal Entry 11 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, May 25, 2008
I read The Eyre Affair some time ago and quite enjoyed it.
This one, on the other hand, I couldn't get a grip on at all. Dunno.. Maybe too surrealistic after all?

This book will be released at Olohuone in the beginning of June.

Released 11 yrs ago (6/6/2008 UTC) at Olohuone 306,4 km2 in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland



Olohuone 306,4 km2 Friday 6th June 2008

Journal Entry 13 by Icarusm on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It arrived to the customs post office at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport with the incoming mail. Apparently someone in Finland dropped it in a mailbox or something. My co-worker put it aside, not sure what to do with it, and that's when I realised it was a bookcrossing book. I plan to release it immediately since it's a sequel and I haven't read the first part.


Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.