Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Book Review: "First Among Sequels"

NB: I am now fully immersed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so just about everything else is in suspended animation until I finish that (hopefully sometime tonight). It's easier to blog at work than read at work, however, so I thought I'd try to get at least one short review out today.

First Among Sequels, the fifth installment of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, debuted last week, and as his fans have come to expect, it's another winner. Thursday's up to her usual antics: fighting book-crime, dealing in black-market cheese, trying to prevent the arrival of the end of time, and, well, dealing with intransigent teenagers.

Fforde fills this book with the usual (and hilarious) scads of literary puns and allusions, and the constant action moves it along very quickly. A few too many of the plot elements were left hanging for my liking, but hopefully that means the next book will arrive in fairly short order. It's always a delight to escape into BookWorld for a while.

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