While looking for something completely different on Jasper Fforde’s website, I came across the news that book seven of Thursday Next’s adventures in the BookWorld is due out in July, somewhere between the 9th and the 20th. Wow, a new one already! The previous one was released only about a year ago!
Americans will have to wait until 2 October, which is accompanied by a book tour. There’s one due in July here in the UK, but there’s no info yet.
So, what about the new book? It’s called The Woman Who Died a Lot, and is described thusly (cheekily nicked off Mr. Fforde’s ffantasmagorical website in the interests of publicity):
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The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is at a low point in her life: she is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following a near fatal assassination attempt. She is yet to walk without a stick, has double vision more often than she doesn’t, and limited mobility in her left arm. She returns home to Swindon and her family: To her ever-supportive husband Landen, her children, assorted strange relations and former work colleagues.
A time, then, for relaxation, recuperation, and rest. A time to avoid stress, take it easy, sit down, meet old friends and do very little.
If only life were that simple.
Thursday’s son Friday is feeling functionless now the Time Engines have been shut down, and the glittering career he was to have in the Time Travelling elite of the Chronoguard is relegated to a hazy might-have been. Complications arise with a message from the Federated Union of Timeworkers, and a glimpse of how his life might turn out now – and he doesn’t like what he sees.
Thursday’s daughter Tuesday is a precocious genius of only fifteen with an immeasurably high IQ. She is having trouble perfecting the anti-smote shield needed to protect Swindon from the wrath of an angry Deity, eager to cleanse the city of all sin in a week’s time. Eager to triumph if she fails, Smote Solutions, Inc, have another plan to draw the smoting from the city, and it’s not ethically sound.
Thursday’s non-existent daughter Jenny remains in Thursday’s head as a mindworm, and only the person who put her there, the memory-bending Mnemonomorph Aornis Hades, can get rid of her. The only problem is, Aornis remains at large, and given her powers to alter people’s memories, may remain so indefinitely. But the ever-resourceful Landen is not yet out of ideas.
Trouble too at Goliath, where the manufacture of synthetic humans seem to have advanced considerably, and Thursday and Landen need to be on the constant lookout for synthetic Thursdays replacing the real one, a technique that seems to be growing in complexity, and frequency. But it’s not just for fun. Goliath, as usual, have a nefarious plan brewing.
If you thought dealing with the Bookworld could be hard, wait until you see what it takes to be a mother.
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Oooooh, I can’t wait!