06 November 2012

Today's Read & Giveaway: The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde

What's a retired SpecOps enforcement officer to do when called back to active duty? Thursday Next is expecting to be head of the Literary Detectives but instead ends up as chief librarian of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat at Fatso's Drink Not Included Library. Besides adjusting to the new job and recuperating from an assassination attempt (not to mention remembering the name of that library), Thursday is also worrying about her kids—the two she knows about and the one who, for now anyway, exists only in her memory.
Everything comes to an end. A good bottle of wine, a summer's day, a long-running sitcom, one's life, and eventually our species. The question for many of us is not that everything will come to an end but when. And can we do anything vaguely useful until it does?

In the case of a good bottle of wine, probably not much—although the very act of consumption might make one believe otherwise. A well-lazed summer's day should not expect too much of itself either, and sitcoms never die. They simply move to a zombielike existence in rerun heaven. Of the remaining two—the end of one's life and that of our species—regular subscribers to my exploits will recall that I had seen myself die a few years back, and given my past record, it was probable that much useful work would be done between then and now. As to the end of our species, the possibility of annihilation was quite real, well documented, and went by the unimaginative title of Astroid HR-6984. (p. 1)
The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde (Penguin USA / Viking, 2012)

The Giveaway: Thanks to the generous marketing team at Viking, I have a hardcover finished copy of Jasper Fforde's The Woman Who Died a Lot, the latest Thursday Next novel, to give away to one of my readers. Because I'm doing the mailing myself, this giveaway is open internationally. To enter for a chance to win, just fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner on November 13 using a random number generator. All personal information will be deleted once a winner is confirmed. Good luck!


Angela 11/6/12, 5:52 AM  

Interesting! How does she die?


hmpotts724 11/6/12, 7:55 AM  

I'm intrigued. Great teaser! Here's ours: http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=11342

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 11/6/12, 8:11 AM  

Oh, wow, I loved that intro! I have never read this author, but I'm in!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Daryl 11/6/12, 8:13 AM  

now of course i must go seek out the first book in this series .. thanks!

Jenners 11/6/12, 9:05 AM  

I need to try this whole Thursday Next series … best to start at the beginning though. I know the fans of this series have been loving this book.

caite 11/6/12, 9:26 AM  

Interesting name for that character...and that library...lol

Joanna 11/6/12, 9:54 AM  

I LOVE this series! In fact, I was thinking the other day that I should re-read it, I'm sure I have forgotten all the detail by now.

Zibilee 11/6/12, 9:55 AM  

I LOVE these books, though I haven't yet read the last one in the series. It sounds like Fforde is in top form again, and I am glad that you are reading this one. I so hope that I can get to it soon!

Tea norman 11/6/12, 10:01 AM  

Your blog is just amazing, wonderfully amazing. Luv it!

Julie P. 11/6/12, 10:47 AM  

I'm wondering if I shouldn't read a book in this series! They sound fantastic.

Alice Audrey 11/6/12, 12:20 PM  

This one looks intriguing. You had me at Astroid HR-6984. (p. 1)

Heather 11/6/12, 12:48 PM  

An intriguing teaser! I've heard a lot about this series, but have not yet tried it myself. My teaser: Haven by Kay Hooper

Nise' 11/6/12, 1:09 PM  

My mom has been telling me I need to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tribute Books Mama 11/6/12, 1:37 PM  

Thanks! for the give-a-way.

Melissa (Avid Reader) 11/6/12, 8:38 PM  

This is an awesome giveaway! I adore Fforde, especially the Thursday series.

Lizzy 11/6/12, 10:45 PM  

I love the title of this one! I'll have to consider this the next time I'm in the mood for a mystery. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Kristi 11/7/12, 10:38 AM  

I've read the first in the series, and am part-way through the second. I love this series.

Susan Audrey 11/12/12, 11:52 AM  

Fascinating premise! And Fforde is a genius.

Pierce 11/12/12, 6:15 PM  

I love finding series of books like this. It's now on the to-read list.

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