One of Our Thursdays is Missing
Thursday Next, Book 6
Brace yourselves, this is a long intro from the dust jacket (the story of Thursday Next is so twisty and turny that it’s better to let the publisher explain!): “It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister?
“But all is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, who is attempting to keep her own small four-book series both respectful to her illustrious namesake and far from the grim specter of being remaindered.
“Despite her desire to stay out of the spotlight, written Thursday is asked by Jurisfiction to investigate a novel that has suffered an in-read breakup and deposited a narrative debris field halfway across the BookWorld. It’s not quite so straightforward: Someone has ground the ISBN numbers from the wreckage, and all of a sudden the mysterious Men in Plaid want her dead.
“As the hunt for answers takes her from the Council of Genres to Fan Fiction and from Comedy to Vanity publishing, written Thursday realizes that real Thursday had been investigating a plot fiendish enough to be killed for. But who is responsible? Only a trip up the mighty Metaphoric River and a visit to the hideously frightening RealWorld can provide the answers.
“With her clockwork butler, Sprockett, and her Designated Love Interest, Whitby Jett, Thursday has to come to grips with her inability to live up to her namesake’s talent and prove to herself to the one person she respects more than anyone else: the real her….”
Throughout the book, Thursday wonders if she is the real Thursday or the written one and it makes the reader wonder the same. And, as its been several years since I’d read the book, I had forgotten as well. The book takes the reader deep into BookWorld where clowns are soldiers, mimes are assassins, and the Men in Plain actually wear tartan suits, drive Buick Roadmasters and are the Secret Police who keep the citizenry of BookWorld under control. There’s lots of twists and turns along the way – the reader has to pay attention, or they will be completely lost. But the story is worth it and I’m always up for another Thursday Next novel!
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws because as much as I like the written Thursday, I do prefer the real one. Or, is it the other way around? Hmm…