The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

So this is Thursday Next numero tres. We last left our intrepid heroine pregnant and heading off into The Well of Lost Plots in Bookworld to hide out from Goliath (and Aornis Hades)  and try to have a nice, quiet pregnancy. And naturally, things never go as planned.
Thursday is thrust into being a JurisFiction agent just as Bookworld is about to announce it’s exciting new program, UltraWord, that is supposed to solve the big problem of zero original plots and take reading fiction to amazing new heights. There’s also a killer on the loose in Bookworld and it looks as if Thursday is next. Thursday has to learn the ins and outs of living in a fictional universe, deal with rage counseling sessions for the characters of Wuthering Heights, try to uncover what’s not quite right about UltraWord, try not to forget her nonexistant husband, and so much more. It’s action and plot-packed, baby.
I’m really enjoying this series, and I can’t wait to see where else it goes. Reading about Bookworld totally messes with my mind – even though I read a lot of fantasy, nothing makes my mind attempt to think abstract thoughts like this book. It’s brain exercise to imagine this whole world WITHIN books, to imagine literal seas of text and the idea of characters having their own lives as basically actors within a book that have the power to actually change their books (though it’s illegal). Like really… what if authors didn’t really create or write anything, it was all the characters in Bookworld controlling everything? Part of me is really curious and would really like to see someone attempt to put these books on the big screen. How do you show characters in book selling plot devices and jumping in and out of books? It’s madness, I tell you, madness.

Also, this week I had a Bookworld-esque dream. I dreamt I was driving down a really long road, and there was buildings on either side. (Oh, and my sister Heather and her husband Matt were in my car with me, I don’t know why.) And then the buildings went away and it was different books and bookshelves on either side of the road. Then the land on the side of the road turned into water, and there was just huge amounts of books, bookshelves, and other furniture floating in the water next to the road, and then all of the sudden I noticed the road just went right into the water and I was going too fast, and we almost drowned. And I woke up. Damn weird abstract dreams.
Anyways, I’m not making much sense here (bear with me, I’m typing this at 2 am on very little sleep), but overall this was a fun, enjoyable read. I love reading a novel that is about novels! I like Thursday, I loved seeing so much of Bookworld, and a whole bunch of favorite characters and books were sprinkled in. The only drawback is that one of my favorite characters is sadly one of the killer’s victims, and that sucks a ton. I’m already looking forward to the fourth book, Something Rotten.
Sarah Says: 4 stars



  1. This is my favorite of the Thursday Next series. I’m so glad you liked it. I’ve tried to picture the series being made into a movie but I can’t figure out how they’d do it. Madness indeed.


  2. This is one of my all-time favourite book series. It might even be my ultimate favourite! I think The Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten are the best, although I love them all.

    They make me want to read all the books they mention! 🙂


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