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The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 3 | [Jasper Fforde]

The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 3

After two rollicking adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage.
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Publisher's Summary

Jasper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment.

After two rollicking New York Times best-selling adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside?

But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it’s up to Thursday to save the day.

A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force is the most exciting Thursday Next adventure yet.

©2004 Jasper Fforde (P)2012 Penguin

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    MissSusie66 06-05-12
    MissSusie66 06-05-12 Member Since 2010

    MissSusie

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    "All in all a fun book"

    Emily Gray’s narration as always is great she gives each and every character its own unique voice and quality. I am so glad the rest are available with this narrator on audible. Between this series and Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series Emily has become one of my favorite narrators.

    This one was a bit different in that it seemed to end many different times but then didn’t. Loved the ultraword storyline, a book can only be read 3 times; it cracked me up as such a jab at the e-book publishing world. But considering this was written in 2003 it made me wonder does Fforde have ESP?

    It is also a hard book to review because there are a lot of plots going on at the same time. But I guess we are in the well of lost plots so Fforde had to mash as many in as he could, but it was almost too much. As I said the book felt like it ended a couple times when actually it kept going so this threw off the rhythm of my enjoyment. I still loved all the literary references and the writing still makes me laugh but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the previous books. I did enjoy the addition of the generic characters they are the people in books you just see once, the person passing on the street the shopkeeper and such, kind of like extra’s in TV shows that can be changed into whatever character is needed for the next book that comes along. And I think Lola & Ronald and Grandma Next were my favorite characters in this one.

    What I do love about this series is all the literary references and this had them shooting left and right and I still feel that you need to have at least some knowledge of the classic (even if it’s from PBS Masterpiece Theater) which is how I knew Miss Havisham as I just watched Great Expectations last week. Because I’ve honestly only read a few Dickens novels but have been meaning to read more (really I have).

    All in all this is a fun book and I will continue on with this series.

    3 1/2 Stars

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Sullivan Chicago, il, United States 12-19-12
    P. Sullivan Chicago, il, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun and Adventure in Book World"
    What made the experience of listening to The Well of Lost Plots the most enjoyable?

    Like all the Thursday Next books, the Well of Lost Plots is filled with humor, absurdity , intelligence, literary puns and literary references that are profoundly entertaining to anyone who loves books, words, and reading. The social commentary disguised as humor is brilliant.

    I highly recommend this and all the Thursday Next books.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Emily Gray brings a great deal of wit to her performance and gives life to a broad range of crazy characters. Her voice is lovely as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel SPARTA, TENNESSEE, United States 03-07-14
    Rachel SPARTA, TENNESSEE, United States 03-07-14
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    "Love this book"
    What did you love best about The Well of Lost Plots?

    The whole storyline is fantastic. I loved the had had, that that conversation. It was a joy to listen too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Well of Lost Plots?

    The death of Miss Haversham.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    I loved the way she pronounces things and that she uses tone to relay emotions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Adventures in Jurisfiction


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steph United States 12-23-13
    Steph United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I want to be a jurisfiction agent"

    Jasper Fforde does not disappoint with this novel. It is fun and fully immerses us in the book world. Emily Gray does a great job with the narration. She has a diverse set of voices and believe me with the number of characters in this book this was no easy task.

    Our Ms. Next becomes a Jurisfiction agent in the Well of Lost Plots. This is a purely fictional world filled with Ms. Havisham, The Cheshire Cat, Heathcliff, etc. You also have a vast number of characters from books that have not been published and generics. You'll have to read the book to truely understand how enjoyable the generics are. Ms. Next is still trying to get Landon back and is in hiding - that is why she is in the Well of Lost Plots.

    Enjoy this book. It is science fiction but focuses on a many literary concepts such as the idea that there are no more original thoughts/plots and characters are just recycled versions of other characters so you can hire on multiple Heathcliffs, Merlins, and so on. It is delicious for any book lover.

    Emily Gray, as mentioned above did a great job. I bring attention to this because I was critical of her performance in the previous Next Novel. She did not handle male characters well previously. She overcame this issue. Landon was a miniscule part of this book but there were many male characters and she did a fabulous job. If you are on the fence because the narration of the last book left you disappointed don't worry. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 01-14-13
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "even bookworld gets lost in bureaucracy"

    I love this series because I love being immersed in bookworld and Thursdays life. I love the little nods to classic literature. It reminds me of sitting in the stacks in the library and getting "lost in a good book" It was about Thurdays early days in jurifiction and how she had to help struggling books so they don't get irradicated. and how she has to deal with a lot of red tape. it is cute.The only criticism I have on this particular one is that the plot came to resolution and then went into another little plot and then another,. Kind of like sometimes in the movies the movie ends but then they add-on more. It is not necessary because the book is a series so you can tell these stories in the next book. But then. maybe that was purposeful because it is after all A Well of Lost Plots.

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    James Frederick, MD, United States 11-24-12
    James Frederick, MD, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Should Have Stayed Lost"

    Thursday novels are one of my likes. I missed this one, but found it with the new series feature. Thought it would be like the rest. It is (spoiler?) about plots that are in the library basement waiting to get written into novels. That is where this plot should have stayed as far as I am concerned. As much as I like Thursday it was a chore to keep listening. It gets high ratings, but I found it jumbled overall. Only made it one third in, and gave up. Earlier and later ones in the series are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lakejewel orlando, FL, United States 08-29-12
    Lakejewel orlando, FL, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "just a mashed up mess"

    The first 2 books were great but this one is full of distractions and too many characters. What is the deal with the generics calling each other names and cursing? This book feels like the author raked all the characters from stories he loves into his left over plot ideas making big mess that no editor bothered to sort it. Then the narrator tries to do different voices for the various characters but most are just squeaky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EOD Charlottesville, MA 07-30-12
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    Would you recommend The Well of Lost Plots to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think if you are a huge fan of the Thursday Next series, you'll like this book. While there is plenty of exposition to catch you up if you hadn't read the previous books, I can't imagine caring much about Thursday or this story if I hadn't just read the previous installment. There are plenty of literary and grammatical jokes for the book nerd, but I was a bit let down by the story itself. Just not as intrigueing as previous Fforde novels.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Emily Gray reads well and is a great voice for Thursday. Unfortunately there are a lot of characters and voices to keep up with in this book, and she doesn't always pull that off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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