Viking, Aug 2004, 24.95, 385 pp.
After two years in the Well as the head of Jurisfiction, Thursday Next decides to go home although she will miss some of her compatriots. She travels to Swindon with her son Friday and that indecisive fickle Hamlet, who is unable to decide or not to decide.
While Hamlet tries to understand the real world better so that he can improve his decision process in the Shakespearean realm, Thursday learns that the Goliath Corporation, who deleted her spouse Landon, have begun a faith based system. They believe she is the Chosen One and plan to choose her whether she wants to or not. Meanwhile outlaw Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine tries to become dictator. Only Thursday can clean up these messy subplots, but she is not sure what chapter or verse will follow. As President-for-life Formby is missing and the world will end in a whimper if the Swindon Mallets fail to win the croquet Superbowl, all she seeks is good childcare.
A usual with a Thursday Next novel, literary giants are shredded and “exposed” as Jasper Fforde takes characters like Hamlet with his foibles and places him in the real world. The latest adventures are wild, over the edge, and very amusing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner