At number ten on this week’s New York Times Bestseller list, Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde sounded like the kind of book our readers would enjoy. The only problem is that it is fifth in a series. The only solution to that is to backtrack and start at the beginning. First came The Eyre Affair, followed by Lost in a Good Book, both of which are currently only available in paperback.
"A delightful first book…has the surrealism and satire of Douglas Adams, the nonsense and wordplay of Lewis Carroll, and the descriptive detail of Connie Willis. What sets Fforde's work apart, however, is its winsome heroine. This is a highly entertaining mystery with social satire, time travel, fantasy, science fiction, and romance thrown in to the well-written mix." Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc
"[Thursday Next is] part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, and part Dirty Harry." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.
“Reading this novel is like being at a fabulous party of phenomenally funny and wickedly profound guests.” Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Beloved for his prodigious imagination, his satirical gifts, his literate humor, and sheer silliness, Jasper Fforde has delighted book lovers since Thursday Next first appeared in The Eyre Affair, a genre send-up hailed as an instant classic. Packed with word play, bizarre and entertaining subplots, and old-fashioned suspense, Thursday’s return[Thursday Next: First Among Sequels] is sure to be celebrated by Jasper’s fanatical fans and the critics who have loved him since the beginning.” –Amazon.com
If the first two prove as entertaining and popular as promised, look for the rest of the series to land on our shelves soon!