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Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  36,204 ratings  ·  1,961 reviews
The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Jasper Fforde's magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next. When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of J ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published 2002)
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Apr 03, 2013 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: Alternative World Book Club Summer Series 2009 Thursday Next
Curses! About 40 pages from the end, I had to run out and get the next book in the Thursday Next series, "Well of Lost Plots." This book doesn't have an ending! Even worse, I got sucked up into it and had to keep going.

"Lost in a Good Book" is the sequel to "The Eyre Affair" starring spec ops officer Thursday Next. To say that Thursday's life is complicated is an understatement. I'm not going to get into the plot or characters of this book. To do so would spoil this book, the preceding book, an
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
This is one of those books that I wanted to like so much more than I did. Hell, it's one of those books that I feel like I should like more than I do. I mean, with the little literary cameos and the wry humor (and occasionally groan-inducing puns), with the jumping through books and really just the whole thing - it should be right up my alley. But it just doesn't work for me.

Part of it is that I feel it has a little bit of the Un Lun Dun problem - it seems more a showcase for all the nifty ideas
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves books
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
This is the 2nd book in the series, after THE EYRE AFFAIR. Read that first, or you might be a bit lost.

Thursday Next is now married to Landon. They are so in love. Both veterans of the Crimean War, they have put the past behind them and started a new future together.

Thursday is a Special Operative. She is a LiteraTec, someone who deals with stolen and forged books. But Thursday is also blessed with a rare special power - she can travel INTO books.

In this book she visits, among others, Sense and
Though I'm not generally a big fan of book series, the Thursday Next books are really growing on me. This second book picks up shortly after The Eyre Affair ended and follows Thursday as she again tangles with Goliath, tries to figure out why she is experiencing life-threatening coincidences, and begins to learn more about the fine art of book-jumping.

Though character development does not seem to be Fforde's priority and the bad guys in particular a little too thinly drawn, the underlying premi
3.0 to 3.5 stars. Not quite as enjoyable as Fforde's other novels (my favorite being The Big Over Easy) but still a good read. I really like the "world" of Thursday next and will certainly visit it again by reading the next book in the series.
A helluva lot of fun. I didn’t mean to read this book right now. Having been rather lukewarm about the first book in this series, I wasn’t sure whether to continue but some have said the series gets better. I thought I'd scan the first few pages and decide what to do.
Then, like Thursday Next, I fell into this book. It was clever, delightful; entertaining with lots of plot twists and turns, including an end-of-the-world scenario.
Miss Havisham is interesting. She’s assertive, in charge, smart and
Sequel to The Eyre Affair. Literary Detective Thursday Next is dealing with her sudden fame, pregnancy, the eradication of her husband from the timeline in order to force her to work for megacorp Goliath by going into books, the thing where someone is trying to kill her, her training as a Jurisfiction (hee) agent to ensure the integrity of books, and the impending end of the world.

Weird, fun, metafictional. Thursday slides in and out of books and her brand of reality, and there are some great li
La vita può diventare stressante se siete incinta e vi sradicano il marito, il mondo sta per trasformarsi in un ammasso di gelatina rosa e voi vi ritrovate di punto in bianco nel bel mezzo del Processo di Kafka a dovervi giustificare per aver cambiato il finale di Jane Eyre.
Tra l'altro il vostro avvocato per il processo comunica con voi tramite note a piè di pagina, il che non è comodissimo!
In situazioni del genere conviene sempre guardarsi le spalle e soprattutto controllare che il livello di e
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I read Lost in a Good Book when it was first published but decided to read the whole series again before burying myself in its last instalment, The Woman Who Died a Lot.

I was a bit disappointed after reading The Eyre Affair for the second time (it wasn't as enjoyable as I remembered it) so I wasn't sure what to expect from Lost in a Good Book. Still, I shouldn't have worried as this is such a great read!

The book is packed with wild, hilarious ideas : Thursday Next becomes an apprentice to Miss H
Skylar Burris
Although some of the novelty of Thursday Next's world has worn off by the time the reader reaches this sequel to The Eyre Affair, Fforde adds enough new treats to keep the book feeling almost as fresh as its prequel. The humour is as sharp as ever; indeed, Lost in a Good Book may be even funnier than Fforde's previous novel. The book is an easy read and is just fun. It narrates every bibliophile's childlike fantasy--the idea of being able to travel through books. There was one flaw in the work, ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Jan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Jan by: Can't remember.
If you like reading, you will love Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. Set in an alternative history of England (and the world in general), where 27 levels of Special-Ops monitor everything and the mega-corporation Goliath is waiting to take over the world, it follows Thursday's adventures as a Litra-Tech apprentice of Miss Havisham of Great Expectations fame.

If you like books, spies and England and fantasy, this is a must read. Be sure to read The Eyre Affair first.
Super fun for book geeks like me. Even if I am unfamiliar with some of the books and characters mentioned here, as in the first Thursday Next book, I had no problem laughing out loud on occassion and following the plot. Having read this after Christopher Moore's "You Suck!" it is interesting to note the different approaches to creating humorous situations. Moore relies rather heavily on teenage angst and sex jokes while Fforde borrows from the English tradition of word play, absurdism (is this e ...more
I'm in love with this series although I apear to be reading them out of order. This is the second in the series, and Thursday Next, who works as a Literary Dtective in Special Ops, has just her ground-breaking work in The Eyre Affair (she ended up changing the ending from Jane moving to India to Jane staying in England and marrying Mr. Rochester). Thursday is the talk of the town and Special Ops Public Relations wants her to do everything from television appearances (highly censored) to a possib ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Tracey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery readers may be frustrated, but general bibliophiles should have a rollicking good time
Shelves: audiobook, re-read
Previously read June 2004 - audiobook March 2012.

Checked out Lost in a Good Book after refreshing my memory of Thursday Next by re-reading The Eyre Affair. [later purchased this]

The second book starts with Thursday as a semi-newlywed, continuing her work with SpecOps 27, the Literary Detectives Division. In between giving unwilling interviews, being harassed by Goliath and determining whether a newly-discovered play really was by Shakespeare, she is introduced to the Department of Jursifiction;
Lisa Vegan
May 04, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: almost everyone I know who enjoys reading
While I didn’t feel quite the same extreme sense of glee about the final parts of the book as I did with the end the first book in the series (The Eyre Affair), the events toward the end of the book were, once again, exceedingly clever. And: I think that I enjoyed this book even more than the first one, which is saying a lot. I’m also thrilled because several people have told me that the next/third book in the series is their favorite so far; I believe that there are 5 now. I’m therefore very ea ...more
The second book in the Thursday Next series provides more literary fun for those who are into that kind of thing.

Thursday's exploits in Jane Eyre have made her a bit of a celebrity, which means she has to make regular appearances on TV. Not everybody likes her, though; a mysterious foe keeps trying to kill her, her husband of one month has been eradicated from history and if that weren't bad enough, her time-travelling father tells her Armageddon is at hand. So not only does Thursday have to ge
Sarah Finley
Lost in a Good Book - what a title. Would I have been in such a situation! Sadly, I was not, and I really hated this book to begin with. Half a star rating at best. In fact, the only reason I finished it was so that I could give it a bad review. By the end, I was able to stomach it, which isn't much for praise.

I haven't much patience with books that try to be clever, and this book is dripping with unsupportable pretentiousness. For a long time, I thought the main character was a man, for this m
Lost the Plot After One Good Book, more like.


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Charity Yoder
marked down to 2 1/2 stars .

Here's the the thing: this book wasn't bad. In fact, I found it pretty admirable. For a world where literature is paramount, it's actually pretty great. But a few things...

1. This plot was, for me, super slow. It was hard to get into. Sure it had its moments. But for the most part it was slow, except for maybe the last 40 pages or so. Not helped by...

2. The scientific mumbo jumbo. There's so much. Inventive? Well, yeah. But so hard to understand. Not helped by the f
Melissa Rudder
An antagonist named Mr. Schitt-Hause. A 108 year-old woman who can't die until she has discovered and read the ten most boring classics (and who debates about what they are--I was elated when she mentioned Spencer's Faerie Queen and indignant when she named Milton's Paradise Lost and Richardson's Pamela). A painting that is so minimalist that it's just a hook on a wall. Miss Havisham waiting until Pip leaves the room (and her scene ends) to put on trainers and begin teaching our protagonist, her ...more
This is the second in the Thursday Next series, not so much a detective mystery as an absurdist/alternative history/anglobibliophile/British dry humor series. I am particularly delighted by any work that has characters from different cosmologies, realities, and time periods interact, so although I think the plot continuity is mediocre here because the author is so busy being clever, I also admit he IS clever, and the book is more for getting you to giggle or pause and reflect every few pages tha ...more
For some reason I accepted this more willingly than I did the Eyre Affair, perhaps because I had been primed for the silliness already. There were some really clever touches, like the footnotes, and The Trial, and the opening paragraphs of the chapter that went all Dracula-ish. Those managed to redeem it from the Xanth-like punning.
At the same time, I keep feeling like the author has no filter. Everything is in here. Was the chapter where she moonlighted with Stoker necessary? How is it possibl
Sep 28, 2008 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of literary allusion and time travel
Shelves: fiction
Well, as far as I know, this is the first time I've jumped into a series in its second book, and I can't help but think that this hurt me a little. I wasn't aware the extent to which Fforde's world is in an alternate reality, and I'm sure there are several nuances that would have seemed less "hinky" had I allowed him to bring me in at his own pace. The subtleties of SpecOps and the proliferation of self-allusion made book 2 a place that I was slow to warm up to. However, as fellow readers sugges ...more
This is a great book and deals with a lot of fiction and metafiction issues skillfully without degenerating into a fourth-wall-breaking wankfest. I highly recommend it for light reading, although it deals with a bunch of theoretically complex issues, it doesn't deal with their complexity, and instead builds itself on the model of a suspense novel.

Fforde's skill at writing makes this a real page-turner.

The only issue with the book is that some of the wordplay is tied to the author's native non-rh
Pixie Dust
After The Eyre Affair, I wondered if Fforde would be able to sustain the incredible hula hoops of the Thursday Next series once the premise of book-jumping was no longer novel. Amazingly, he did manage to inject just enough new ideas to further develop and sustain interest in an already established conceit in his sequel. I was particularly taken by the ingenuous use of footnotes as a means of inter-textual communication between fictional characters, and the scientific discovery that entropy caus ...more
Jasper Fforde uses sci-fi/fantasy in an unusual way - if you generally don`t enjoy all that "crazy futuristic stuff" or "elves and wizards" stories but are still willing to give something not-entirely-realistic a try, you may enjoy his writing. The pacing tends to be rapid, and there`s enough of everyday reality that those who aren`t hardboiled fantasy fans will be able to hold their own without too much trouble - in most cases.

In this second Thursday Next book, things go from finally being Pret
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Fforde has done it again! As in the Eyre Affair, the book is packed with literary references and wild, hilarious ideas : Thursday Next becomes an apprentice to Miss Havisham (from "Great Expectations" and incidentally a mad driver) in order to become a Jurisfiction Prose Resource Operative (agents whose job is to maintain the integrity of popular fiction), she is prosecuted in Kafka's "The Trial", someone tries to kill her through coincidences, there are grammasites that live inside books and fe ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Gail rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
A small disappointment after "The Eyre Affair". The hook or gimmick, that of an alternative reality where literature has a huge impact on humans' lives, apparently only holds up for one novel. I thought the first book was cute, innovative, and funny. Here the jokes became worn, the hook repetetive, and the characters just boxy and one-noted.
The plot, which apparently is going to go on a la Harry Potter, involves Thursday trying to rescue her loved ones and herself. Just not very good, I'm afrai
I wasn't much for some bits of the ending, but so far so good. Still very entertaining. Still wanting to read more. Now if only my library wasn't revamping their computer systems so I could see if The Well of Lost Plots was available.
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Jasper Fforde is a novelist living in Wales. He is the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England, whose signature used to appear on sterling banknotes, and is cousin of Desmond Fforde, married to author Katie Fforde. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.

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Other Books in the Series

Thursday Next (8 books)
  • The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
  • The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
  • Something Rotten (Thursday Next, #4)
  • First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
  • One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)
  • Dark Reading Matter (Thursday Next, #8)
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