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One of Our Thursdays Is Missing: A Novel    by Jasper Fforde order for
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
by Jasper Fforde
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Viking, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Enter the wonderfully imaginative labyrinth of Jasper Fforde's latest adventure, and immerse yourself in a brilliantly realized fantastic tale in which satire, romance, mystery, and thriller are served up in the form of an addicted bibliophile's hallucinogenic pipe-dream.

When you arrive in Bookworld - an imaginary island where the different literary genres are on the brink of civil war - you discover that the infamous literary detective Thursday Next is missing. If disaster is to be averted among all the hardcovers and paperbacks, a different sleuth - the written Thursday - must search for answers to the real Thursday's mysterious disappearance.

With plenty of strange clues and red herrings - both of the real and imagined varieties - all that happens in written Thursday's world is rather hard to describe without revealing too much of the bizarre plot. It is sufficient to say that a fun-filled tsunami of literary allusions, figurative language, incredible characters, outrageous puns, and other word-games will sweep you away in this erudite entertainment. Anyone who loves the world of books should thoroughly enjoy One of Our Thursdays Is Missing.

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