09/26/2005 Entry: "Jasper Fforde's Well of Lost Plots & Something Rotten (Rebekah)"
The Well of Lost Plots
After considerable assurances, I read this third book in the series. I enjoyed it a lot, as expected, but only because I knew that Landon is rescued in Book 4. The world of fiction (Bookworld) is fun and creative. It's also borderline too random because Fforde gave me little sense that there were rules or structure to the world. I have to debate the series' writers-are-just-conduits idea though. ;-) What a heinous plot against reading and books that the bad guys hatch! Great commentary on censorship and "best intentions". It was perfect that the GP appeared to everyone as themselves.--Rebekah
I'm very glad I read this! Landon and Thursday live happily ever after, even though Thursday dies twice in the book (only once permanently - at the age of 110). Fforde handles time travel well, mostly by acknowledging that it's extremely confusing. There's a great winding up of the huge number of miscellaneous threads. The Cindi thread even had a happy-ish ending. It was very circular but fun to see Hamlet-the-person experiencing Hamlet-the-play, Hamlet-the-movie, and Hamlet-the-breakfast-cereal. (Oddly enough, I had just listened to the Reduced Shakespeare Company's crazy version of Hamlet which intermixed in my mind with this.) I wonder if the next Thursday Next book will be a Friday Next one! I have mixed feelings on the idea, since it could be fun but I really like her as a protagonist. I'm sure that there are many more stories left in Thursday.--Rebekah