One of Our Thursdays is Missing is the sixth book in the Thursday Next series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.
BookWorld is on the brink of a genre war. Literary detective Thursday Next is scheduled to attend peace talks with Speedy Muffler of Racy Novel but now she’s missing. Is something sinister afoot in BookWorld or has she just gone undercover? If there’s one person who knows how to find Thursday, it’s Thursday.
Thursday Next goes all meta; this instalment is not narrated by RealWorld Thursday but by BookWorld Thursday. It’s a bit slow to get into and it’s probably the weakest book of the series, but part of me wonders if this is intentional. Thursday is only an A8 character, who doesn’t have all that many readers any more (not after she replaced her sexy and violent predecessor). She’s not likely to be as convincing and captivating a character as the real Thursday, is she? And I do think the story improves as it goes on.
It’s still Jasper Fforde though so every page is entertaining even if the story isn’t perfect. If you just like reading about BookWorld, it’s still worth picking up. There’s plenty of poking fun at genre stereotypes and jokes for the grammar geeks. I did enjoy Sprockett, the robotic butler who would always be on hand to provide just the right cocktail for the occasion. Everyone needs a butler.
BookWorld has gone under a transformation too; once held in a library format, they have now been converted to a geographic model and Fiction now exists as an island. That means there’s a great map at the front of the book and if you look closely you can find such gems as MP Expenses among the genres.
Book Source: Purchased
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