Saturday, July 21, 2007

Books now read in ’07: 74
Title: First Among Sequels
Author: Jasper Fforde
Genre: Fiction
Date Completed: 7-20
Pages: 395

In order to reverse a precipitous decline in reading rates, the governing council of BookWorld makes Pride and Prejudice into a reality television show. Once a week one of the Bennet sisters will be voted off the show and, as viewers “rewrite” the novel, the venerable classic will cease to exist as we know it.

This is only one of the nefarious schemes confronting Thursday Next in her triumphant return in First Among Sequels. The ChronoGuard is tinkering with the time stream, the Goliath Corporation is suspiciously friendly, Thursday’s illegally selling cheese, the government’s stupidity surplus is dangerously high, her deceased uncle returns as a ghost – he has something to tell her but can’t remember what, someone’s trying to kill Thursday and she has not one, but two, Thursday Next clones yearning to be Jurisfiction agents.

Thursday has been noticeably absent for two books as author Jasper Fforde introduced detective Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crimes Division and took a new look at the death of Humpty Dumpty and the relationship between Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

It's a welcome return. Since her first appearance in The Eyre Affair Thursday, and Fforde, have promised a thoroughly entertaining and humorous adventure in BookWorld. Neither Next nor Fforde disappoint in this action-packed fifth book in the series. It’s a delightful, delicious romp.

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