The seventh book in the phenomenally successful Thursday Next series by Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.
'Fans of the late Douglas Adams, or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' - Herald
The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple.
Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist. And that's not all.
With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances, and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy . . .
Fforde (One of Our Thursdays is Missing) continues to show that his forte is absurdist humor in his seventh crime thriller starring Thursday Next, a member of the Literary Detectives division of Special Operations in an alternate-universe Britain. This time, it s 2004, and Next is about to have a crowded week, even by her standards. As she puts it, it began with a trip into Swindon in order to find myself a job and ended with a pillar of cleansing fire descending from the heavens, a rethink on the Wessex Library Service operating budget, and my son shooting Gavin Watkins dead. Meanwhile, Britain is attempting to manage a stupidity surplus: he nation s stupidity usually discharged on a harmless drip feed of minor bungling had now risen far beyond the capacity of the nation to dispose of it in a safe and sensible fashion. Toast has become the newest fad food, spawning a popular chain of topless toast bars known as Tooters. Such details help flesh out this endearingly-bizarre fantasy world limited only by Fforde s impressive imagination.
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A highlight of the Thursday Next series
All the ingredients for a great CGI movie, come on Pixar, let"s see the smithing of Swindon in 3D.
I wait anxiously with baited breath for the next instalment. Very clever and very funny! Can't recommend Jasper Fforde highly enough!