Lost in a Good Book

I finished reading the second book in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, Lost in a Good Book, in the early part of February, but I haven’t had a chance to review it until now.

In this book, Thursday is dealing with her newfound fame after her adventures in The Eyre Affair.  She is newly married to Landen Parke-Laine.  Potentially spoilery detail ahead.  You were warned.

Landen is eradicated by the “benevolent” folks at Goliath in order to force Thursday to help them retrieve their agent, Jack Schitt, from the pages of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”  In order to learn how to jump into books, Thursday is apprenticed to none other than Miss Havisham herself, who is a delightful character in the hands of Fforde.

Generally speaking, I liked this book even better than the first and am enjoying the third, The Well of Lost Plots even more than the previous two.  If you are a book nerd, do yourself a favor and check out this series.  The allusions and wordplay will make it worth your while alone, but aside from that, the storyline itself is engaging.