First Among Sequels
Thursday Next: Book 5
From the dust jacket, “Fourteen years after she pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop (Something Rotten), Thursday Next is grappling with a host of new problems in the BookWorld: a recalcitrant new apprentice, the death of Sherlock Holmes and the inexplicable departure of comedy from the once-hilarious Thomas Hardy novels. The Council of Genres is trying to broker a peace deal between certain antagonistic genres: Racy Novel has been recklessly placed between Ecclesiastical and Feminist, and they are all at each other’s throats.
“Back in Swindon, the government is reporting a dangerously high stupidity surplus, the Stilonista Cheese Mafia is causing trouble for Thursday and the literary detective scene isn’t what it used to be. And Thursday shoulders the burden for the Acme carpet business, which is both a front for SpecOps and a real business for the underemployed force.
“At home, Thursday’s idle sixteen-year-old son would rather sleep all day than follow his destiny as a member of the ChronoGuard, the force that regulates time travel, and save the world from imminent destruction. And when things get really bad—reality book shows look set to transplant realty TV shows, and Goliath invents a transfictional tourist bus—Thursday must once again have her wits about her as she travels to the very limits of acceptable narrative possibilities to rescue the reading experience from almost certain destruction. She captains the ship Moral Dilemma, fends off vicious Mrs. Danvers clones, dispenses with a so-so Thursday Next novel called The Samuel Pepys Fiasco and faces down her most vicious enemy yet: herself.”
Another Thursday Next novel! This one I didn’t enjoy as much as the first four. Don’t get me wrong – I still love the series but, in after writing 4 other standout books, all authors are allowed one of lesser quality! The main thing wrong with this one is that the author has his character spending a lot of time explaining who BookWorld works – where books are built, and how; how the story is transmitted to the reader via the Imaginotransference Storycode Engine. Even after reading how everything works, it still doesn’t make logical sense so why spend all that time explaining. As a reader it is my job just accept what the author is saying and enjoy it. I didn’t pick up the book to be taught a lesson in how a book is formed in my imagination as I read it! But, once the story got going it was really good and fast paced and ended in a smashing cliffhanger! I can’t wait to start the next in the series!!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because of all the boring bits in the beginning in an otherwise 5-paw novel!