Book Review: One of Our Thursdays is Missing

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One of Our Thursdays is Missing One of Our Thursdays is Missing by
Series: Thursday Next #6
Published by in 2011
Pages: 362

Jasper Fforde's exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.

The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.

My Review:

I have anxiously been awaiting this book ever since I finished TN5 First Among Sequels. Of course, I had to wait quite a while, so that Shade of Grey could come out first, so I was really excited when I saw my library had the book on pre-order – I was first in line on that wait list!

Unfortunately, it had been so long since I read First Among Sequels, that I couldn’t quite remember what happened to make me so excited. I like to re-read the most recent novel before starting the new one any time I have a series like this that is still publishing, just to remind myself what happened, but I just didn’t have time this time, and now I wish that I had. Probably because of this, and because of the insane amount of work I’ve been doing for my project recently, I had a really slow time reading this. It’s not that the story was bad or anything, in fact I found it very interesting. But I just didn’t get that “I cannot put this down even though it’s 5 am and I have to be up again at 7″ feeling like I did for the first 5 books.

The premise of the book is interesting enough – the real Thursday has gone missing and the written Thursday decides it’s her job to find the real one. Shenanigans ensue and when you get to the end, some part of you will probably be going “wait… what happened there?” I certainly didn’t see the ending coming. 

I also thought his characterization of the written Thursday was very well done. Though she had some doubt, I knew all along that she wasn’t the real Thursday, because she didn’t feel like the real Thursday. Real Thursday would have had to undergo some serious hypnosis to make her act so very different from the Thursday I know and love. A part of me wonders if that’s why I had such trouble getting interested in the book – I wanted another book about the real Thursday, and written Thursday just doesn’t read the same.
In the end, I’d give it 3 of 5 stars, just because I had some trouble with it. I still loved it, mind. I’m just not as much a fan as I was of the beginning.

Book Review: Shades of Grey

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Shades of Grey Shades of Grey by
Series: Shades of Grey #1
Published by in 2009
Pages: 400

As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see. Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loyal drone of the Collective. With his better-than-average red perception, he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect. For Eddie, life looks colorful. Life looks good. But everything changes when he moves with his father, a respected swatchman, to East Carmine. There, he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect, rigidly controlled...


Finally I can give a review that’s not just listing good things! I feel like I’ve been a broken record, just finding the good stuff in the books I read.

Before I get into the stuff I didn’t like, let me just say that Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors. I love both his Thursday Next series and Nursery Crime series. When I heard he was writing a new novel I was really excited. Besides, the premise sounds so interesting! A dystopia based on what colors you can see? Isn’t that clever? My main problem with the novel wasn’t that it didn’t live up to my expectations – it was that it left me confused. I spent nearly the first half of the book trying to figure out what was going on, and the second half trying to catch up on everything I managed to miss while trying to figure out the first half. I didn’t like that. With someone as clever as Fforde writing, I expect some deeper meaning. Even the fluffy satires that he usually writes are written for more than just entertainment. This time I spent so much time just sorting through the plot points and rules and regulations of the colourtocracy that I never managed to even scratch that surface.

That said, I think the novel really is quite clever. Once I began to understand the colourtocracy and all its seemingly arbitrary rules, I was amazed. The mind that created this society must be absolutely genius. I would love to just meet Fforde once and sit down and have a conversation with him. I’m sure it would be fascinating. And you can tell this wasn’t just a “oh wouldn’t this be cool!” kind of idea. He must have sat for hours just working out the details.

I think in the end, the jury is still out on whether or not I like the book. I’d like to read it again. I think a second reading will give me a different perspective, and perhaps a different opinion. But for now, I’ll say if you decide to read this book, prepare to be confused.

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