The Well Of Lost Plots

A novel by Jasper Fforde, eligible for the 2003-4 OUSFG Award.

"Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plotholes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409. But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is 'accidentally' eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it...With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, 'The Well of Lost Plots' is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'.

I disliked The Eyre Affair quite intensely, so I haven't read this. -- NH

Tiny Jo: I quite enjoyed The Eyre Affair but it was a one book idea. The more Fforde stretches the idea of getting inside your books, the less sense it makes and the more irritating that becomes. I would say this is not really worth reading unless you're a completist.

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