If you haven’t yet read a Jasper Fforde book, I honestly don’t know what to do with you. The man has a wit and way with words that is matched by few. There’s so many layers, and so many hidden jokes and meaning to his work that you have to read them not once, not twice, but several times to truly capture his work. And even then, you should probably go back and read them again, because I can almost guarantee you’ve missed something.
Fforde’s most famous work is the Thursday Next series, about a woman who lives in an alternate version of our world where the Crimean War has only just ended, and Wales is a Socialist Republic. Oh, and books are real. As in, she can jump in and out of them to save Jane Eyre’s life, or stop Pride & Prejudice from being destroyed by a reality TV show competition.
The 7th novel in the Thursday Next series, The Woman Who Died A Lot is set to hit US bookstores (yes, there are still some actual stores left in the US . . . good luck finding them) on October 2nd, along with the long awaited publication of Fforde’s first youth novel, The Last Dragonslayer (which the UK has had for over two years already). To promote the books Fforde will be doing a US book tour. Dates for the tour are still being settled, and you can keep up to date with tour developments at Fforde’s Appearances page on his site.
The Woman Who Died A Lot: The newest tour de force starring Thursday Next in the New York Times bestselling series The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. But Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday’s trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity’s promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday’s third child, Jenny, who doesn’t exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday’s convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family’s oddest.
The Last Dragonslayer: In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer–and Big Magic.
If you’d like to start your journey into the world of Jasper Fforde, or need to pick up some pieces you might be missing, check out the Jasper Fforde page on Amazon. And if you need any info on where to start, or just want to express your joy at Jasper Fforde’s work, you can do in the comments below!