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A Thursday Next Novel

A-First Among SequelsFirst, Sherlock Holmes is killed. Next, Miss Marple. Then literary detective Thursday Next receives a death threat. A serial killer is on the loose in BookWorld! And that’s just one of many problems Thursday faces. Now, she’s mom to a slacker teenager who refuses to get out of bed. (Of course, he controls the fate of the world.) There’s also a sinister corporation turning works of literature into reality book shows. Can Thursday stop Pride and Prejudice from turning into a trashy show called The Bennets? Can she catch a book killer? Can she make her son take a shower?
Viking. 384 pages. $24.95. ISBN: 0670038717

Denver Post 4 of 5 Stars
"Arguably, what is most enjoyable about Jasper Fforde’s work is not its silliness—though there is plenty of that. It is admiring the skill that keeps all those silly balls in the air. And the newest chapter in the Thursday Next saga does something as highly improbable as the life of its heroine: It continues to surprise and entertain." Robin Vidimos

Newsday 4 of 5 Stars
"What captivates here is something that will appeal to any reader—and that’s the feeling that there’s something at stake in fiction, that characters created in books are every bit as real as the memory of a person. Of all the Thursday books, this one is by far the most busily plotted, but Fforde’s greatest gift is on display." John Freeman

Oregonian 4 of 5 Stars
"The pleasure in reading Fforde is immersing yourself into a satiric, literary world rich in characters, setting and language from your favorite books, made over in a wacky, campy way." Peggy McMullen

Philadelphia Inquirer 4 of 5 Stars
"It all sounds massively confusing, but the magic of Fforde’s writing is that it actually isn’t. With skill and a grin, he welcomes the reader into the crazed, madcap world that is Thursday’s, and suddenly it becomes easy, even irresistible, to accept time-travel paradoxes and jumps into and out of fiction." Elizabeth Fox

Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars
"Thursday Next: First Among Sequels is so jampacked with goofy jokes and shaggy plot lines that some readers may tire before the end. That would be a shame, since they’d miss the book’s exciting conclusion on the dangerous high seas of piratical swashbuckling." Adam Woog

Critical Summary

Set in a world where books are more fun than television, more serious than the CIA, and more important than proper diet and exercise, the Thursday Next novels continue to grow in popularity—which is a good sign. In the fifth novel of the series (after Something Rotten, 3.5 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2004), Jasper Fforde again shows off his delicious British wit (and occasionally heavy-handed use of puns) in another zany romp. If you’re already a fan, First Among Sequels is sure to thrill. If you’re new to the series, you might as well dive right in. Either way, you’ll soon have a new appreciation of Henry Longfellow.