Every now and then I come across a book that I just can’t put down, even rarer is when I get an entire series that I can’t stop reading, but this is what Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books have done to me. For years people have been trying to get me to read them, and the other day finally I started One of Our Thursdays is Missing his newest in the series which just happened to be lying around the house. After finishing that I was hooked and I went to the library to get the rest. Which from that point onward all I did was read Mr. Fforde until there wasn’t a Fforde book left.
The books are great fun, and despite being incredibly light and quick to read they’re also insanely clever. Much of the series is spent with the main character Thursday Next hopping in and out of books in order to police them by making sure the stories of fiction run smoothly. The series is full of puns, wordplay, jokes on grammar and jokes about classical literature. This of course means these books are not for everyone, if you don’t enjoy wordplay and aren’t reasonably well read most of the jokes will fall flat. If you do enjoy those things though, you are doing yourself a gross disservice by not reading Mr. Fforde.