One of Our Thursdays is Missing

As the latest in one of my favourite series I couldn’t wait to read this one. It did not disappoint. The pace was great, lots of twists, turns and of course, funny moments. The real Thursday is missing and the fictional Thursday is called in to help, well, sort of, she’s actually given a hopeless task which they don’t expect her to complete as she’s not nearly as good as the real Thursday. She makes a point of trying to be the written Thursday as the real Thursday would have her, but no-one is reading her and as the read rates drop the calls for a re-interpretation of the way that she is ‘read’ are on. Most readers seemed to prefer the Thursday with more sex and violence.

One of Our Thursdays is Missing

So, Thursday (fictional) has to make some decisions, about how she plays Thursday, whether or not to go on a date with a nun and puppy killer, and how to solve the puzzle of the giant book that has just dropped from the sky with no ISBN numbers. She then has to do the improbable and rescue the real Thursday after sneaking in a quick visit to the real world where she has to deal with awful things like movement and gravity and having a crush on Landen.

If this sounds too confusing you really need to start the series at the beginning with ‘The Eyre Affair’. If you have read the others you will love this one. The literary jokes fly thick and fast and the language is clever and amusing. The final twist was plausible (well, if you can believe that there is a whole world within fiction and the whole idea of reading as a kind of acting) and it was nice that we got a different heroine this time – even if she was a fictional version of the real, albeit fictional! one.

Great fun.

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Still ducking and weaving

Now two thirds of the way through Weaveworld and so glad that I decided to re-read it. Susannah, Mimi’s daughter, and keeper of the carpet in which the Fugue is woven, is still on the run from Shadwell, Immacolata and now Hobart, the rabid policeman. She has reconnected with Cal after Jerichau has been taken and is trying to find a place to hide the carpet, not an easy thing to carry with you when you are on the run.

The tension has been constant and the imagination behind the rendering of the world is simply awe inspiring. Little wonder that Clive Barker is seen as the master of this (sub) genre.

Highly recommended for lovers of speculative fiction, fantasy and even horror.