Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel)

by Jasper Fforde | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0670031909 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Zmrzlina of Abington, Massachusetts USA on 4/6/2003
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13 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Zmrzlina from Abington, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, April 06, 2003
I have "Eyre Affair," the first of Fforde's time-travel/mystery/historical fiction. This one won't be released until the summer.

Journal Entry 2 by Zmrzlina from Abington, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, April 10, 2003
Will be sending this out on a circle before I read it. Flight list is below.

fflloorr in Portugal
Gyd in Spain
Elina in Finland
Note change in list! Cestmoi got the book as a RABCK :-)
djf1968 in USA
alsomama in USA
softdrink in USA

And then back to me :-)

Journal Entry 3 by fflloorr from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, April 28, 2003
Got this book today. I'm just finishing reading "The Eyre Affair" and then I'll start this one.
Thanks zmrzlina for organizing this bookring.

Journal Entry 4 by fflloorr from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, May 14, 2003
It's imperative that you read "The Eyre affair", since this book is its sequel.
In this book we continue to follow Thursday Next adventures. Here she learns to jump into and out of books, so we meet a lot of fictional people, like Miss Havisham from "Great Expectations".
It's difficult to write a review of the book without giving away how the stories the goes, so my advice is Read It! This one is not as good as "The Eyre affair" but you can still enjoy yourself a lot.
Thanks Zmrzlina for organizing this ring!

Journal Entry 5 by Gyd from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, May 21, 2003
I got it!! I'm still reading 'The Eyre Affair' (only a few pages left) so I can say it's arrived at the right time.
Thanks Zmrzlina, thanks Fflloor :0)

Journal Entry 6 by Gyd from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Entertaining. But I thought I'd like it a lot more and would be hooked from the start . I'm sure it's just me, I'm a bit dispersed lately so I'll give it another try when I manage to to take control over that huge TBR pile...
Thursday Next's next stop(couldn't resist!;0)) will be at Elina's home in Suomi/Finland. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by Elina from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, June 18, 2003
I got this book today in the mail. Thank you Gyd and a big thank you for the cool bookmark. :) This will go on top of my tbr pile.

Journal Entry 8 by Elina from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, July 16, 2003
This wasn't as good as I expected after reading The Eyre Affair, though this was an enjoyable read. I had some troublr to get in to the book in the beginning, but once I got reading i finished it rather quickly. I've had this book for way too long so I'll mail it tomorrow to djf1968. Thank you Zmrzlina for organizing this ring and inviting me to join. :)

Journal Entry 9 by djf1968 from San Ramon, California USA on Wednesday, August 20, 2003
I just got this in the mail from Elina as part of a book ring... I'm a little confused -- mojosmom is above me on the reading list. Did she asked to be skipped?

At any rate, I've got one ring book ahead of this in the queue and then I'll be back with my thoughts. I enjoyed The Eyre Affair and am curious about the further adventures of Thursday Next.

Journal Entry 10 by djf1968 from San Ramon, California USA on Monday, September 22, 2003
I agree with those who've come before me... I'm not finding this as engaging as The Eyre Affair... probably because some of the novelty has worn off. I'm only 100 pages in though ... so perhaps I haven't given it enough time to engage me. Regardless, it's a quick read, so I should have it finished and off to alsomama by early next week.

Journal Entry 11 by OSO-189982 on Friday, November 21, 2003
Received in yesterday's mail...plan to start reading it as soon as I finish The Little Friend.

Journal Entry 12 by OSO-189982 on Friday, November 28, 2003
I really enjoyed the parts about Jurisfiction...the Jurisfiction characters and their adventures and the Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat's Guide to the Great Library. But when Thursday was back in reality (somehow, that word doesn't quite fit), the book fell a little flat. And I have issues with Landen...for someone so central to the plot, his character development needs some work! It's hard to miss someone you don't know.
Thanks for organizing the bookring, zmrzlina! Is the book going home to you now?

Journal Entry 13 by Zmrzlina from Abington, Massachusetts USA on Monday, December 01, 2003
Seems many of my rings are returning home all at once! I will have to get going and read them so they can be released into the wild. Thank you all for participating!

Journal Entry 14 by Zmrzlina from Abington, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, December 17, 2003
It is back home! Now I just have to read it so I can send it back out again. Thank you all for participating!

I am not sure I will read this, but I am going to try. I wasn't all that happy with The Eyre Affair, found it a bit too crowded by an attempt to touch on many genres.

This is promised to schmetterling.

Journal Entry 15 by Zmrzlina from Abington, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, March 03, 2004
I am enjoying this sequel so much more than the original! I still despise the cutesy names, and I am frustrated by the author's "throw in the kitchen sink" approach to writing that leads to vampires sharing pages with Dickens' Miss Haversham, but it happens less in this book than it did in the first. Fforde is at his best when bring books to life and making it all seem plausible.

I am not quite finished so I will post a final entry before sending this off, but I am so glad I didn't pass on reading it because of being a bit disappointed with The Eyre Affair. Looking forward to the next Next.

Journal Entry 16 by Zmrzlina from Abington, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, March 13, 2004
I still say the cutesy names and the silly vampire subplot are unneeded, but this story is much, much better than the original. It is mostly a smart, fun, read that involves lots of literary history. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

Journal Entry 17 by schmetterling from Durham, North Carolina USA on Sunday, March 14, 2004
Hey! This one looks good; thanks, Zmrzlina! (The ratings box printed on one of the first few pages has already got me intrigued.)

Journal Entry 18 by schmetterling from Durham, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004
I had a great time reading this book; not too challenging but with enough twists to keep things moving. It's not the greatest novel ever written, but quite obviously it's not supposed to be. It does make being a book dork feel more fun, though. :)

1-2-05: Going to Sidney1220 via BookRelay!

Journal Entry 19 by Sidney1220 from McLean, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 22, 2005
Picked up this book from the post office today. I've been wanting to read this for a while now and I finally get to. Will get to it as soon as possible.


Offered on North American Reverse Wishlist Relay. Promised to Dusties.

Journal Entry 20 by Sidney1220 from McLean, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 06, 2005
I enjoyed this book the best when books take center stage (Jurisfiction, the Cheshire cat, etc.). Sadly, the author chose to spend most of the book on the convoluted revenge plot against Thursday, a thread I found less than interesting. With too much that is going on, the plot just seems to go around in circles. The characterization could also use some work, as sometimes it's hard for me to remember that Thursday is a woman given her mannerisms and actions.


Will place in the mailbox on my way to work.

Journal Entry 21 by Dusties from Pompey, New York USA on Thursday, February 24, 2005
It's arrived, safe and sound! Thanks! Reserved for RI.

Journal Entry 22 by Ri from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Friday, April 08, 2005
This arrived today from Dusties as part of a bookrelay. Thanks so much!

Journal Entry 23 by Ri from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, December 19, 2005
Well this certainly is a well traveled book! Like so many others, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as The Eyre Affair, but still found it quite a fun read. I especially enjoyed Miss Havisham as she is one of my fondest memories of high school English class. I've often dreamt of dressing up as her for Halloween! Once again I am amused by all the funny names of characters. Yes, it can get a little old, but it still delighted me when they were particularly clever.

I really enjoy the way that Fforde's mind works so laterally and is not bound at all by the constraints of linear time! I look forward to reading The Well of Lost Plots!

Journal Entry 24 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Saturday, January 07, 2006
This made it here yesterday. I've got The Eyre Affair in mt tbr and was delighted to find its sequel offered on the relays.

Hope to get to them soon.

Journal Entry 25 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Friday, February 03, 2006
This was fantastic. The pace of the story was much faster than thefirst book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

I'm going to be sending this to aceofhearts allong with The Eyre Affair as part of the YBS#11

Journal Entry 26 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Friday, February 24, 2006
This is on it's journey to aceofhearts in a box with The Eyre Affair as of this morning.

Journal Entry 27 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, March 06, 2006
received from Nimrodiel as part of a swap

Journal Entry 28 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 24, 2012
Thursday Next is happily married and pregnant. But her husband and love of her life, Landen is eradicated by Goliath Corporation to blackmail Thursday into retrieving one of their employees she put in Poe's The Raven.

At the same time Thursday's father has come to warn her of the end of the world. The world will be consumed by pink goo.

Thursday learns all about book jumping from Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.
Anyways she now has to save the world and Landen.

Unlike a lot of other readers I enjoyed this book more than the first, "Eyre Affair". I think I was more receptive to Fforde's puns, witticisms, etc. The only negative is I wish there was more character development.

Journal Entry 29 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 29, 2012
Reading this one now!

Journal Entry 30 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, October 07, 2012
Thursday Next, the literary detective, is back in her second novel investigating literary crimes. Her Special Ops team is investigating a possible never-before-found play by Shakespeare. While investigating its legitimacy, Next gets another visit from mega-corporation Goliath. If Next doesn't help them get their ex-CEO out of The Raven, they are going to eradicate Next's husband.

Next eventually finds a group that can jump in and out of books as they please called Jurisfiction. She is apprenticed to Miss Havisham from Great Expectations to teach her the ropes. Once again, there's a heck of a lot for Next to solve, accomplish, and do in this novel.

You definitely need to have read the first book to understand this one! I read this book right after the first one and enjoyed them both equally. This book seemed a little less crammed than the first novel and I enjoyed the ending quite a bit more. This book is charming and a fun read.

Journal Entry 31 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 08, 2012
This book is back with me :)

Journal Entry 32 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, January 11, 2014
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books.

I will be releasing this in my mom's memory.

Journal Entry 33 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (8/20/2017 UTC) at Mississauga, Ontario Canada


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