Hodder and Stoughton, h/b, Â£16.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
The latest in Ffordeâ€™s pun-filled, chock-full-of-literary-humour Thursday Next series, The Woman Who Died a Lot carries on where the others left off.
It begins with Thursday Next living a life of semi-disabled semi-retirement after an almost successful assassination attempt â€“ struggling to walk, with limited use of an arm and regular double vision. Swindon faces the threat of a pillar of cleansing fire coming from a vengeful God who has helpfully given a time and date for said pillar of fire to arrive, and her son has been informed that he will soon kill somebody and spend the next 30-odd years in jail before dying soon after he is freed. Lifeâ€™s not looking too good for Thursday…
As always, Fforde delivers a winner â€“ immensely entertaining and easy to read. The characters are well rounded, and the dialogue snappy, amusing and filled with the usual plays on words and general silliness. Thursdayâ€™s efforts to thwart the Goliath Corporationâ€™s evil plans, ensure her genius daughter lives a normal teenage life and figure out just what the Dark Reading Matter actually is keep the reader entertained from start to finish. If youâ€™ve not experienced Ffordeâ€™s unique humour before, then check the Thursday Next series out.