The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

About the book

Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled ‘Caversham Heights’. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday’s memory, and Miss Havisham – when not sewing up plot-holes in ‘Mill on the Floss’ – is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409. But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is ‘accidentally’ eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it …With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, ‘The Well of Lost Plots’ is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them – and why there is no singular for ‘scampi’.

Reviewed by Cowplain Reading Group:

As a group it was felt that the previous books in the series needed to have been read to fully understand it. There were mixed opinions. It encouraged some to want to read the others, although a few did not finish.

Star rating: **

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3 thoughts on “The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde”

  1. Review by North Hayling Reading Group:
    Promoted more discussion within the group than any other book so far. We were disappointed at the lack of storyline, but enjoyed lots of the literary allusions and clever devices.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by North Hayling Reading Group:
    Promoted more discussion within the group than any other book so far. We were disappointed at the lack of storyline, but enjoyed lots of the literary allusions and clever devices.
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by In-Sync Club Reading Group:
    Out of 14 members, only 3 had finished it, only one enjoying it! The others had found it impossible to read – too silly and surreal. Some felt excluded by the literary allusions; some found some passages amusing but then it would go off beyond what was comprehensible into realms beyond fantasy into utter pretentiousness!
    Star rating: *

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