One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

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One of our Thursdays Is Missing
One of Our Thursdays is Missing cover.jpg
Author Jasper Fforde
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Thursday Next
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date
February 2011
Pages 384
ISBN 978-0-670-02252-6
Preceded by First Among Sequels
Followed by The Woman Who Died a Lot

One of our Thursdays is Missing is the sixth Thursday Next book, by the British author Jasper Fforde. It was published in February 2011 in the UK and was published in March in the United States.[1] The title is a reference to the 1942 war film One of Our Aircraft Is Missing.[2]

Plot[edit]

Literature detective Thursday Next, who has the ability to travel between the RealWorld and the BookWorld, disappears before stopping a genre war. Her BookWorld counterpart, Thursday Next, receives a call from the BookWorld Policing Agency because an unknown book narrative is falling from above. The written Thursday Next and Sprockett, a mechanical butler, attempt to discover the reason for the falling narrative and find the RealWorld Thursday Next, while The Men in Plaid try to stop them.

Themes[edit]

The book has references to classic literature including works from Russia and bestsellers such as works by Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys.[3] The author has stated that Alice in Wonderland is an inspiration although Lloyd Sachs of Chicago Sun-Times said that "he doesn’t write very convincingly or naturally from a female point of view."[3] There are parodies, jokes, and his views about books. Popularity of books by ghost writers and the publishing industry is also part of the book and the fictional universe.[4]

Reception[edit]

A Daily Express review said that the other books should be read first and that the novel "is pure, inspired lunacy and the funniest book you will see this year."[5] Sandy Amazeen of Monsters and Critics said that "Newcomers to the series should start with one of the earlier titles while fans will revel in Fforde's fiendishly twisted literary world."[6] Matthew Seamons of Deseret News said that "if you do decide to start at the newest book, "One of our Thursdays is Missing" is definitely worth your time and your dime." [7] Paula L. Woods of the Los Angeles Times said that "it's better to suspend belief" and enjoy the fun of the novel.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jasper Fforde. "One of our Thursdays Is Missing". Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jasper Fforde. "Special Features (Potential Spoilers)". Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Lloyd Sachs March (March 10, 2011). "Review: ‘One of Our Thursdays is Missing’ by Jasper Fforde". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Paula L. Woords (March 24, 2011). "Book review: 'One of Our Thursdays Is Missing' by Jasper Fforde". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ William Hartston (March 4, 2011). "Review: One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde". Daily Express. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Sandy Amazeen (February 27, 2011). "Book Review: One of Our Thursdays is Missing". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Matthew Seamons (April 16, 2011). "Book Review: 'One of our Thursdays is Missing'". Deseret News. Retrieved November 28, 2011.