The Woman Who Died A Lot
Thursday Next, Book 7
From the dust jacket, “The BookWorld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. When Thursday’s former SpecOps division is reinstated, she assumes she’s the obvious choice to lead the Literary Detectives. But our banged-up heroine is no spring chicken, and her old boss has a cushier job in mind for her: chief librarian of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat at Fatso’s Drink Not Included Library.
“But where Thursday goes, trouble follows, and pretty soon impressively engineered synthetic Thursdays called Day Players are not only waking up in the stacks, they’re downloading her very consciousness.
“In the meantime, the Next children face their own career hiccups. A little glitch in human history has forced the shutdown of the time engines, making Friday a might-have-been whose bright future in the ChronoGuard has been replaced by a murderous one; Tuesday is unlikely to finish the Anti-Smith Shield in time to thwart and angry deity’s destruction of downtown Swindon; and Thursday’s third child, Jenny, still doesn’t exist, despite the memories that keep surfacing – and not just for Thursday.
“As our chief librarian stares down 100 percent budget cuts, the ever-evil Jack Schitt’s inexplicable interest in worthless thirteenth-century codices, and a love affair with painkiller patches, one thing is clear: Thursday’s convalescence is going to be anything but restful.”
With this book, the good news is that Thursday spends all of her time in the real world (real for her) and even with all the crazy twists and turns about the mindworm jumping from person to person, Thursday dying every other day (synthetic Thursdays) and an angry god about to take his wrath out on Swindon (it was rather nice he forewarned them) this was a good read with lots of action and mystery. The bad news is that Thursday doesn’t go into the BookWorld so I miss that bit of insanity; also, it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and no follow-up book has been published yet! Come on, Jasper Fforde! It’s been 6 years! Where’s the book you promised at the end of this one?
Rating: 5 out of 5 paws because it’s a – great book – lots of fun, as usual the whole time thing flew over my head but I can put up with it when Thursday Next’s in the middle of it!