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One of our Thursdays is missing [a novel] (edição 2011)

por Jasper Fforde

Séries: Thursday Next (6)

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It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister?
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Título:One of our Thursdays is missing [a novel]
Autores:Jasper Fforde
Informação:Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2011.
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If you happen to be a book nerd who likes fantasy, mystery, satire and a healthy dose of metafiction, the Thursday Next series will be right up your alley. It quickly became one of my favorite series after I read the first five books in a mad rush over the last year. However, after finishing the sixth installment, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, I’m unsure how I feel about the future of the Thursday Next books.

On one hand, One of Our Thursdays is Missing is a reboot with a different viewpoint character, but on the other hand it’s also the most self-referential of the entire series so far, and probably the worst possible place to jump into the series as a whole. Also, because it’s a Jasper Fforde book, telling you that there is a new viewpoint character is a huge oversimplification.

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it’s about Thursday Next, a police detective in an alternate universe who is able to leap into fiction and uses her powers to solve mysteries both in the “RealWorld” and the “BookWorld”. That’s only scratching the surface, however; Fforde overstuffs the books with an insane number of alternate-world details and odd little touches. It makes the books almost impossible to accurately summarize.

The short version is that Thursday’s adventures were novelized by ghost writers in her world. What this means is that there is a “real” Thursday and a “fictional” Thursday. The fictional Thursday is sort of a cross between an actor and a clone of the real Thursday. Fictional Thursday only has to perform when someone in the RealWorld is reading one of her books. However, readership numbers are dropping and she finds herself with too much free time on her hands. When she hears rumors that the real Thursday may have disappeared, fictional Thursday begins a surreptitious investigation, and almost immediately finds herself in over her head.

Much like her RealWorld counterpart, fictional Thursday is driven to solve this mystery at all costs. However, she isn’t exactly like the real version; in the book series, her husband, Landen, was killed off in the first book to “raise the stakes”, and she finds herself envious of the real Thursday’s family. She also doesn’t consider herself quite as talented a detective, especially since she flunked her entrance exam for the BookWorld police force.

The overall portrayal of fictional Thursday is my main problem with this book. When we were initially introduced to this fictional version of Thursday in the fifth book, she was portrayed as a hippie do-gooder who is too much of a pacifist for proper police work. However, in this book she mostly just behaves like a less confident version of the real Thursday. She tells us that she would probably solve problems by hugging everyone, but it felt like I never really saw the differences in her personality in action. Mostly she just seemed like a diminished version of the real thing. Fforde takes away a lot of the real Thursday’s defining characteristics and doesn’t give us anything truly compelling in their stead.

Also, a word of warning: Fforde really likes to throw in little metafictional jokes. Some of the stuff in this book relies on a fairly thorough knowledge of previous events in the series. It was definitely a huge help that I’d read all of the books in short succession. I’m not sure I would have caught all of the little details that Fforde throws in otherwise. However, even with all of that knowledge, I was occasionally a bit confused by events, and wondered if Fforde knew what he was doing. My best advice is just to try to relax and enjoy the ride.

Ultimately, I have to say that this is my least favorite of the Thursday Next books. A lot of what I love about Fforde’s books is present – his incisive touch for satire, madcap plotting, and crackpot world-building – but it just didn’t have the same heart as the previous installments. I never really warmed up to the fictional Thursday Next as a protagonist. In my opinion, she doesn’t rise above her status as a stand-in for the real deal.

As for the future of the series, I’m not quite sure where it will go from here. The first four books are a sort of loose quartet, and when I finished the fifth it seemed likely that he was setting up another trilogy or quartet. Instead, Fforde made a complete left turn and gave us this book, which doesn’t really follow up on the fifth book and mostly ends up being a bit of a standalone story and/or narrative cul-de-sac. My hope is that Fforde has further adventures planned for the real Thursday Next, or that he at least does more to make the fictional Thursday’s perspective distinct if she returns in future volumes. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
> It was painfully difficult for her, and if Sheridan had known the misery that using acyrologia in a comedic situation would bring, he would possibly have thought butter of it. “Come hander hair-in culled!” she said again in an exasperated tone, sweating profusely and starting to shake with the effort. “Commander Herring called?” I said, suddenly getting it.

> I moved quietly to the French windows and stepped out into the garden to release the Lost Positives that the Lady of Shalott had given me. She had a soft spot for the orphaned prefixless words and thought they had more chance to thrive in Fiction than in Poetry. I let the defatigable scamps out of their box. They were kempt and sheveled but their behavior was peccable if not mildly gruntled. They started acting petuously and ran around in circles in a very toward manner. ( )
  breic | Feb 9, 2021 |
Incredibly creative. At times it reminded me of Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead" because the main character is the written version of Thursday Next who lives in the fantasy world called Bookworld where she is "bound" by the story that describes her. With great detail, the author describes this world in which each genre is a separate island. Thursday lives in the "Speculative Fantasy" section of Fiction Island. Bookworld is a sphere where taxicabs travel like spaceships from island to island. Thursday knows there is a Realworld where Thursday Next is a real character. The real Thursday Next is able to travel between Realworld and Bookworld and she has disappeared. Bookworld is described in amazing, creative detail. ( )
  CarolBurrows | Dec 23, 2020 |
The only person who can stop the war of words between the genres defending into all out war is Thursday Next, but with one week to go before the crucial peace talks, she vanishes. No one know where she is, back in the real world, or stuck some where in Bookworld or the victim of some far more sinister.

Stepping into the breach is her literary version now eager to prove that she is worthy to carry the name and reputation forward. But as she picks up the trail, with her robotic assistant Sprockett, she uncovers a threat far more fiendish than a missing person. Staying one step ahead of the Men in Plaid even her existence is now perilous!

Peppered again with literary references Fforde has managed to turn this series into a thriller and a mystery. There is plenty of parody here too, with humorous pokes at the vanity publishing industry and ghost writers. Was fairly easy to read, but I felt the plot wasn't as strong as the previous book, with all being revealed right at the end as almost an afterthought. More of a 2.5 rating. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Preceded by The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, [*The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco,] First among Sequels. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
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Even those new to the Nextian universe must admire the audacity of the world Fforde has created, with its Steampunk-influenced contraptions, double entendre literary landmarks and skewering of the publishing industry, even the popularity of "the ghostwriter's" books. Ironically, this abundance of material may also make this latest installment, remade world notwithstanding, a bit bewildering for those new to the series.
adicionada por circeus | editarLos Angeles Times, Paula L. Woods (Mar 24, 2011)
 
There is no denying Fforde’s supersized imagination, linguistic agility and love of books, Books, BOOKS. One of Our Thursdays is Missing is crowded with both classical references (he tweaks Russian literature for its of clusters of impossible to distinguish names) and bestseller citings (Shreve Plaza and Picoult Junction are suggestively close). Dickens and the great, deleted Samuel Pepys; Hemingway and FitzGerald; Ludlum and Grisham; Lord of the Rings and I, Robot — no era or genre or style of books gets left out.
adicionada por circeus | editarChicago Sun-Times, Lloyd Sachs (Mar 10, 2011)
 
Read the earlier books, then read One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing. It is pure, inspired lunacy and the funniest book you will see this year.
adicionada por circeus | editarDaily Express, William Hartston (Mar 4, 2011)
 
With places like Our Blessed Lady of the Lobster, a designated love interest and diabolical wordplays, puns and hilarious illustrations including one captioned “Don’t anyone move…I think we’ve driven into a mimefield” complete with a license plate reading ISBN, this madcap tale delivers great good fun.
adicionada por circeus | editarMonsters and Critics, Sandy Amazeen (Feb 27, 2011)
 

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