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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Well of Lost Plots

Fforde, Jasper (2003) The Well of Lost Plots.  London:  Hodder and Stoughton.

Okay, so I have said it before, the books in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series are not really ideal for high school students -- they are too clever.  Fforde has too many literary references.  Even the most well-read high school student you know won't have had enough time to have read everything that Fforde refers to.  Still, they will catch a lot of it, that the story is funny and fast-paced. 
     This particular book follows Thursday Nest, who is a literary detective who works for JurisFiction and tries to straighten out justice issues inside of books as she fights the Goliath Corporation which has gone back in time and removed her husband -- so that he now exists only in her mind.  She is also up against the new upgrade to the bookreading system that Goliath is on the verge of loading into the system.  Thursday suspects there is something peculiar about the new system.
     This is a brilliant novel about the dangers of giving control of your entire literary connection to a corporation.  The new system sounds an awful lot like an e-reader.  I don't know whether your students will like it, but if you are a voracious reader and have a sense of humor (if for example you enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), I guarantee you'll love this book.

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