Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fforde-a-Thon Book 5: Thursday Next in First Among Sequels

Thursday Next in First Among Sequels is easily my least favorite in the series. It feels "phoned in" in a way. There's a lot of recapping and repeating that becomes even more evident while reading the books all in a row. The plot doesn't even pick up until the middle of the novel. Luckily, the start of the sixth book is quite good so far so it seems that Fforde will redeem himself in One of Our Thursdays is Missing.

First Among Sequels focuses on Thursday's interactions with two of her fictional selves -- one that was "unauthorized" and is super violent and slutty and then the one she has written to correct that but who turns out to be a bit too new agey and meek.

If someone wrote a fictional account of your life, what traits would they exaggerate to draw in readers? I'm not sure I want to answer this question myself! I hope the author would decide to take me from average honors student to super genius. Maybe my time cleaning fish tanks at the Seattle Aquarium could be turned into an awesome, death-defying animal rescue plot line. I just wouldn't want my introvertedness magnified into full-blown agoraphobia or something!

Off to find a missing Thursday,


  1. Must admit, this isn't my favourite book in the series, either (though the title is after a Jeffrey Archer novel, which doesn't bode well :) )

    What traits of mine would be exaggerated? I dread to think!

  2. I don't think I want to answer that question either!! Too incriminating!

  3. Tracy - So it was doomed from the start? ;)

    Jenners - I have some ideas of what my life could be turned into fictionally and it's not the sort of book that I read! I'll have to try and incorporate more time travel and magic into my life or something.

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  5. Oops, typos!

    So it seems, Kristen!

    I'll have to try and incorporate more time travel and magic into my life or something
    We could all do with a little magic in our lives (though I think I'll give time travel a miss - too paradoxical :))

  6. Tracy - Time travel IS a bit scary! It never goes quite right, does it?