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The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 7 | [Jasper Fforde]

The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 7

Jasper Fforde's delightfully zany Thursday Next series shows no signs of slowing down with its seventh entry, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Despite being semihappily semi-retired from SpecOps, Thursday accepts the head librarian position at the Swindon library. But soon threats from a supreme Deity, a mnemonomorph, and the nefarious Goliath corporation press Thursday back into active duty.
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Jasper Fforde's delightfully zany Thursday Next series shows no signs of slowing down with its seventh entry, The Woman Who Died a Lot.

Despite being semihappily semi-retired from SpecOps, Thursday accepts the head librarian position at the Swindon library. But soon threats from a supreme Deity, a mnemonomorph, and the nefarious Goliath corporation press Thursday back into active duty.

©2012 Jasper Fforde (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Mle Woodland Hills, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Mle Woodland Hills, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

    peace

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    "Always a good read..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman Who Died a Lot the most enjoyable?

    I really like the narrator, it's so important that the narrator does a good job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Thursday Next of course. She's a great detective.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    She does all the voices very well. They're all quite different.


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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "We'll always remember Jenny"

    Fforde's interests as an author continue to take him in a different direction than some of his fans would perhaps desire. The focus on the book world, which made the first 5 books so memorable, is abandoned here for a closer examination of other parts of his quirky parallel universe. It's still wildly entertaining, and certainly moreso than book 6.

    One constant thread through all Fforde's work is an interest in social satire. Beyond that it gets increasingly hard to classify his books as belonging to any particular genre. His inventiveness knows no bounds. It's somewhat interesting then to see that he's allowing Thursday Next to age and bear the consequences of all the injuries she's suffered over the years. It sort of puts a limit on how many books there can be within her fictional lifetime, unlike other protagonists who seem immune to the passage of time.

    Fans of Fforde are already keenly aware that book 8 will be about the Dark Reading Matter. This book and the preceding one have done their part to telegraph the inevitability of that exploration. This book in particular does a fine job of setting up how that mysterious place might be approached. I only hope that after all his puttering around with exploring different ideas, that he comes up with a worthy story arc for his next dive into the Book World (and yes, that pun is intended).

    Oh, and about Jenny, I... wait, I forgot. I'm sure it will come back to me in a moment.

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    TBear Stoughton, WI 11-26-12
    TBear Stoughton, WI 11-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    What did you love best about The Woman Who Died a Lot?

    You didn't have to have been familiar with the previous Jasper Fforde novels to understand most of the ideas behind this one.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jasper Fforde? Why or why not?

    I have heard them ALL...from Thursday Next, through to all the others. I recommend them all, but I think you need to have listened to some of the earlier ones to know the underpinnings of the later ones (even when they are on different "tracks"").


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    Robin A. Gower Point Pleasant, NJ USA 11-12-12
    Robin A. Gower Point Pleasant, NJ USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2005

    Robin

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    "Inspired silliness"
    Would you listen to The Woman Who Died a Lot again? Why?

    Sure -- on a rainy day while knitting or doing a puzzle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny -- who doesn't exist. But Fforde has done a great job here with Landon, formerly a stick character.


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emily Gray IS Thursday Next. She makes Fforde's absurd and increasingly complex world plausible.


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    Wayne Matthews, NC, United States 04-15-13
    Wayne Matthews, NC, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I do not listen to zombie books!"

    My taste in books excludes the supernatural. Many people like this stuff, but I am not one of them. I should have read the reviews more carefully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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