29 March 2011

Today's Read & Giveaway: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 "teaser" sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.

We walked up the drive and across the drawbridge into the courtyard. Notices were posted everywhere that contained useful directions such as THIS WAY TO THE DENOUEMENT or NO BOOTS TO BE WORN IN THE BACKSTORY and even DO NOT FEED THE AMBIGUITY. The contractors were making last-minute adjustments. Six were arranging the clouds, two were wiring the punctuation to the main distribution board, three were trying to round up a glottal stop that wasn't meant to be there, and two others had just slit a barrage balloon full of atmosphere. The ambiance escaped like a swarm of tiny midges and settled upon the fabric of the book, adding texture and style.

"Hello!" I said to the cast, who were standing around looking bewildered, their heads stuffed unrealistically full of Best Newcomer prizes and a permanent place in every reader's heart. They were about to be published and read for the first time. They would be confused, apprehensive and in need of guidance. I was so glad I wasn't them.

"My name's Thursday Next, and I just dropped in to welcome you to the neighborhood." (pages 30–31)
—From One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde (Penguin / Viking, 2011)

I love the idea of BookWorld, and it's fun to think about what all our favorite characters are doing when we're not reading their books. Fforde's Thursday Next series gives us a hint of what really goes on between the lines and pages of our beloved novels.

In celebration of the release month of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, the publisher has generously given me an extra finished hardcover copy of the novel to offer to one of my readers. This giveaway is open internationally, and all you have to do to be entered in the drawing is fill out the form. I'll pick one winner via random number generator on April 10. After I notify the winner, all personal data will be deleted from my computer.

You might recall that I spotlighted this fun mystery as a don't-miss read for March, and I want to thank Viking (an imprint of Penguin USA) for sponsoring this giveaway.


Marg 3/29/11, 5:39 AM  

I do love the Thursday Next books! Can't wait to get to this one.

Here's my teaser for this week.

Anonymous,  3/29/11, 5:45 AM  

Very nice giveaway! Thanks. I've read the first book and enjoyed it a lot.

Rena Rossner 3/29/11, 6:43 AM  

I totally LOVE Jasper Fforde and have read all of his other books except for this one! Soo excited to read it!

Jenn's Bookshelves 3/29/11, 8:46 AM  

Thanks for the great giveaway! I love this series!

bermudaonion 3/29/11, 8:58 AM  

A friend of mine adores this series and told me I had to read one of the books. I didn't love it as much as she did.

Laurel-Rain Snow 3/29/11, 9:02 AM  

I haven't read any of these books, but I love the teaser...it sounds like something I'd enjoy.


Jenny Q 3/29/11, 9:12 AM  

Great teaser! I've been wanting to read the first book in this series forever! They sound so smart and different. Thanks for visiting my teaser today :)

Martha@Hey, I want to read that 3/29/11, 9:57 AM  

My daughter's boyfriend got me started on these books. They're really fun. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Zibilee 3/29/11, 10:38 AM  

Beth! This is a super awesome giveaway, and I thank you so much for hosting it! I love these books and am planning on reading this soon. Fforde is a favorite of mine, and the Thursday Next books are always so fun and involving. I hope that you enjoy this book!

Anonymous,  3/29/11, 10:47 AM  

I adore Jasper Fforde: I don't think I've ever laughed so much as I did at The Well of Lost Plots, from Heathcliff being cross at losing the Most Troubled Romantic Lead Award to Hamlet for the 35th year running, to the Anger Management sessions for the cast of Wuthering Heights, and Mrs Tiggywinkle as super-cop. What a great giveaway!

Anonymous,  3/29/11, 10:58 AM  

Meant to say, I came here via your feed at The Word Cloud, and I'm glad I did. Great blog - I'll be back!

Margot 3/29/11, 11:18 AM  

The teaser is, well, a great tease. I'm not familiar with the series but it sounds very good.

Thanks for visiting our new group blog: Quirky Girls Read

Jennifer 3/29/11, 12:09 PM  

Excellent teaser and I entered the giveaway, thanks!

Calico Crazy 3/29/11, 12:36 PM  

Great teaser, great giveaway. Thanks for visiting Calico Contemplations.

Heather 3/29/11, 12:56 PM  

Have never read this author, but sounds like an interesting world between those covers. My teaser: The Frog Prince

Dorte H 3/29/11, 1:38 PM  

Lovely with an international give-away! Thank you.

Melissa (Avid Reader) 3/29/11, 2:28 PM  

Oh how I love Thursday (and everything else Jasper has written). Thank you for the giveaway. I've been eagerly anticipating this book!

Aisle B 3/29/11, 4:47 PM  

Going to look up this book next. This is completely new to me so I'll have to investigate. Thanks for opening up the reading world a little more :)

Sophia Chang 3/29/11, 5:13 PM  

haha what an adorable concept! Thanks for coming by :)

Heather 3/29/11, 6:33 PM  

I bought the first, read it and then gave it to my sister. I then bought her the rest in the series, but since it was a gift I couldn't read them first. I really must check back with her and if she's read them, then it's my turn.

Jenners 3/29/11, 9:10 PM  

Having just read (and reviewed) my first Jasper Fforde, I must enter this! And now I must start this series! Excellent teaser!

Shelley Munro 3/29/11, 11:14 PM  

I've never read Jasper Fforde. This books sounds like a hoot. Great teaser. Thanks for visiting my teaser.

Robin M 3/31/11, 10:02 PM  

I haven't read any of his books yet. Off to check him out on amazon. Thanks. :)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 4/2/11, 8:01 AM  

Hmm, is this metafiction? I haven't had the greatest experience with meta (have read two, and decided it's not for me), but if we're only peeking in (and not being actively drawn in), I might enjoy this ...

Chinoiseries 4/9/11, 3:59 PM  

I can't believe I missed this the first time round o__O Totally on my to-read list, LOVE his Thursday Next-series :D

Beth Lowe 4/9/11, 5:18 PM  

Sounds really fun! Thank you so much!

Anne,  4/10/11, 9:16 PM  

I've read and loved all the books he's released in the US (and wish I could get my hands on the ones he hasn't). I have heard this one is a bit of a departure from the other Nextian books but I still am looking forward to reading it.

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