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Lost in a Good Book

(Thursday Next #2)

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Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published March 31st 2002)
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Miriam Copeland Well, the series is set in an alternate/parallel universe where the Crimean War is still going on, but in our universe, at the time this book is set, …moreWell, the series is set in an alternate/parallel universe where the Crimean War is still going on, but in our universe, at the time this book is set, the Crimean war would have been long over with. (October 1853 to February 1856)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
The idea of parallel universes, alternate timelines, uchronias,… is an often used trope, but in this constellation and with the interconnections and dependencies on and in the real book world and the not any more so just fictional second world, it gives the idea a whole new dimension.

It´s close to a literary and sociological experiment to integrate the worldview, mentality, history, of the time the novels were created and how they influenced the awareness about those times and how novels are mor
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James
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Jasper Fforde had a stroke of brilliance with the "Thursday Next" series of adventure books. Lost in a Good Book is the second release in the series and I've given it a very high 3 of 5 stars. As it's a very difficult book to truly wrap your head around, it couldn't get a 5 from me. When I compared it to the first one, The Eyre Affair, I had to give it a slightly lower rating just because I enjoyed the first one more. A few really cool things about these books:

1. Thursday
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Phrynne
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
This was a reread and I still loved it just as much as the first time around.

Pickwick the dodo gets so many mentions in the early books. The way she looks after her egg and makes "plock plock" noises is delightful. And of course this is the book where something happens to poor Landon. Disappointing because he is one of my favourite characters but still very typical of Fforde's clever, funny and crazy ideas.

Thursday is developing her skills at book jumping and we start to meet all the wonderful
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Megan Baxter
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the sheer inventiveness of Jasper Fforde's books, and in this series, the madcap way that he messes with literature, with both love and a childlike glee, and it makes me happy to have spent some time rereading this book.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
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Jim
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe only a 3.5 star, but it was another fun trip into such a strange world filled with literary references, slippery characters, murder, & mayhem. There's plenty of wry humor, puns, & ridiculous situations to make sure things don't get too serious. I'd call it a cozy mystery, except that belies just how fantastic the world is & there is no way the reader can figure out what is going to happen. I sometimes wonder if the author knows. He writes the way Mrs. Haversham (Yes, the lady from Great Ex ...more
Sandi
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fantasy, funny-stuff
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
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Kath ❅
I really, really liked this sequel! I liked the first book in this series but I thought this one was incredible. I felt like this one really drove home the bookish element to this series that the first one only touched on. Some of my favorite parts about this book was the book jumping, the conversations in the footnotes, all the bootstrap paradoxes, and this books funny self awareness. In the last book we got a glimpse of Thursdays power to jump into the events of any book, but it wasn't the mai ...more
BrokenTune
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
‘Bad boy!’ she added in a scolding tone. The Tasmanian tiger looked crestfallen, sat on its blanket by the Aga and stared down at its paws. ‘Rescue Thylacine,’ explained my mother. ‘Used to be a lab animal. He smoked forty a day until his escape. It’s costing me a fortune in nicotine patches. Isn’t it, DH-82?’

This is such a clever book and there ere are so many quotable passages, but the problem is that may favourite parts contain spoilers of either this book or of pretty much any classic work
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Lena
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Carmen
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Petra
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
September, 2020:
I listened to the audio of this book to refresh my memory before continuing with the series.
This is still a story that is a lot of fun to read. There are so many clever & interesting oddities in Thursday's world. It's fresh and very entertaining.
I enjoyed this story more than the first book (which I liked). I think it's because I got to know the characters more, they became more real. Their world was more familiar and the story was touching.
I look forward to continuing with Thu
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Ashley Marie
Much fun. Very puns. Wow.
Stephen
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. ...more
Carlos
good sequel. Got me interested into reading the series again. A little bit odd but endearing.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
✘✘ 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
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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
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Sarah F
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa Vegan
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stela
Not so deep as the first one, and I strongly disagree with "to be continued" finale, but funny nonetheless.

Here are some examples:

-improved expressions like to catch someone "inky-fingered" or to be "a paragraph late";

-candid official anouncements: “Attention, please. Passengers for the 11:04 DeepDrop to Sydney will be glad to know that the delay was due to too many excuses being created by the Gravitube’s Excuse Manufacturing Facility. Consequently we are happy to announce that since the exces
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Gail
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenny
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like The Eyre Affair better but only because it's slightly simpler. I love the allusions, but the plot has too many side plots going on. Sure, Fforde wraps them all up nicely, but it's a little convoluted for me.
That being said, I love continuing with these characters and this world. Thursday is a great narrator, and the allusions are fun. I really enjoy the concept of this series, and the way the story moves forward is interesting and slightly unexpected.
I recommend this book only to people
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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
Jan
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Claire
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent literary romp, I wish I could say yes as many times as Thursday when asked if I've read xxx. I also wish I could book hop. And be Miss Haversham's trainee. And go to THE library. And have a dodo. Plock plock! Much like reading Pratchett, you spend most of the time terribly amused which is no bad thing.
Christine PNW
I want to like this series more than I actually like this series, so I think this is it for me.
Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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;
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Judy
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Fforde began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1988, and spent eleven years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-man ...more

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Thursday Next (7 books)
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