The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde is the third book in the Thursday Next series. I chose to take it with me on my trip because I wanted something light and easy to read, something I could enjoy while escaping the depth of my own emotions. Which may be why I didn’t especially like this novel.
In this third book of the series, Thursday Next is hiding in a book while being trained by Mrs Havisham to serve in Jurisfiction which is possibly a dangerous thing because other characters are being killed off. Although Thursday does go in and out of some classic novels—Wuthering Heights and Sense and Sensibility, in particular—but she is hiding in an unpublished novel which may be part of the reason why I wasn’t blown away by this novel.
My favorite part of the book were the footnotes in which the story of Anna Karenina is told through two gossiping women and Thursday Next’s pet dodo Pickwick and her grandmother who visits Thursday to ensure her safety. But these small elements were not enough and I felt that this novel was weaker than the previous two. However, I admit that part of my disappointment could just as easily be blamed on my feeling sad about Romanov and not quite so casually amused. I plan on reading the fourth book and even anticipate enjoying it as much as I did the first two books.