Thursday, December 13, 2012

Punny parody literary fiction dedicated to librarians? Count me in!

I will say up front that Japser Fforde is one of my favorite authors ever. He is funny, geeky, a fan of literature, and can churn out wry observations and puns faster than James Patterson can release books. If you enjoy the humor of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, Fforde is an author you might want to look into. The Woman who Died A Lot is the latest novel in the Thursday Next series and it doesn't disappoint in the least.

Thursday Next lives in a world where literature is king, the library has its own military force that conducts morning raids to retrieve overdue materials (hmm, that's an idea...), and pet dodos are all the rage. She used to regularly travel to the book world where she worked for Jurisfiction, but has recently been forced into semi-retirement after an assassination attempt left her crippled. However, life is never uneventful for the Next family. Thursday must find out why her consciousness keeps getting downloaded into synthetic bodies. Her 16 year old genius daughter, Tuesday, is trying to figure out how to stop a smiting that will destroy a good chunk of her home town. And her son, Friday, must figure out why he is going to kill a snotty teenager as foretold in a letter he received from his future self. You know, all in the average day for a Next.

If this kind of silly alternative history meets light science fiction/fantasy appeals to you and you are not already a fan of Thursday Next, I recommend checking out the first novel in the series, The Eyre Affair, or the first book in the Nursery Crime series, The Big Over Easy, which is just as fun.

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