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We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. The complete review ‘s Review:. The Woman who Died a Lot is rather more grounded than previous Thursday Next novels — there’s nary a foray into the alter-reality of BookWorld, and even the time-traveling ChronoGuard which Ffodde son, Friday, would have become a leading member of has been disbanded meaning there’s no real time-travel — beyond a short period in a zone where time moves at fford slightly different pace.
Yes, there have been some interesting advances into the possibility of advancing into the great beyond that is the Dark Reading Matter — hitherto unexplorable — and the Almighty himself yes, it’s a ‘he’ is shaking things up by showing himself again and threatening to smite the odd place every now and then — including, unfortunately, Swindon, where Thursday and her family live — but on the whole everything is rather more down to earth than usual.
The Woman who Died a Lot is a week-in-the-life novel — but it’s certainly an action-packed and suspense-filled week. God has vowed to smite Swindon by the end of the week, so there’s that to get ready for — which includes Thursday’s brilliant teenage daughter, Tuesday, trying to come up with a counter-measure even as Thursday insists she also go to school and have a vaguely normal adolescenceas well as the evil super-powerful mega-corporation Goliath offering — for a tidy price — to guarantee smite-avoidance though it’s a horrific plan they have in mind to make that happen.
Thursday’s other child, the older Friday, has gotten a missive from the future giving him, in summary form, an account of his future as it would have been in the ChronoGuard, and now his future without it; unfortunately, the one he’s destined to live is rather bleak, and involves him perpetrating an awful deed before the week is out though with the time and exact nature of the deed conveniently precisely spelled out.
That has its own peculiar demands not all of which Thursday is ideally suited to handle but then Thursday has so much else to deal with that it’s just one more thing on her plate. ffprde
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Throw in a mindworm that convinces her she has a third child, Jenny, who is really just a figment of her imagination — and then have that mindworm move from family-member to family-member — and toss in the occasional amazingly realistic at least for a short period of time Thursday-simulacra Narrated by Thursday, part of the appeal of The Woman who Died a Lot is her philosophical take even in the direst circumstances. With her own mind not always in her own control — there’s that mindworm, there are those simulacra in which her mind suddenly finds itself inhabiting an imitation-form of herselfand there are those helpful drug-patches to ease the physical pain which also affect her mind especially those patches purchased on the street — and physically still somewhat hobbled by her injuries, Thursday has some difficulty in juggling all the things she has to juggle.
But she deals with them, one after another and all together there’s a variety of overlapnot letting herself be thrown too far off track by the various distractions and catastrophes along the way, whether it’s the aggressive nun who is still mad at her for stealing Landon Thursday’s husband away from her to Goliath-man and longtime nemesis Jack Schitt’s mysterious meddling. There’s some nice library-love — from the budget when it’s available to Thursday’s corporate car, bulletproof because patrons take their book-borrowing privileges seriously, and: Fforde is good with invention regardless of what the premise though pulling in God for duty reeks a bit of desperationbut it’s in the depths of BookWorld that he’s at his best.
Not surprisingly, one of the best exchanges is a nostalgic one as Thursday recalls her BookWorld-days: Does it matter anyway?
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