Imagine somebody could enter your favourite book and change the story or worse kill your favourite character? Acheron Hades, a master criminal, is going to do just that in an alternative universe in 1985. It is not any book-but the one and only Jane Eyre. Will Thursday Next, literatec detective, stop Hades. Will she save Jane Eyre?
Thursday Next, a literary detective, is recruited by SpecOps to find Hades. Next is the only person for the job. Hades has stolen the manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and killed a minor character in the story, who has disappeared from the pages of all books. This is just the preliminary. He is going to do worse-kidnap Jane Eyre. Will Thursday Next stop him and save Jane Eyre?
There were some laugh out loud humour like the reference to Millon De Floss. The discussion about who really Shakespeare is, who wrote his works is interesting. I like the time travel bit. The kidnap of Jane Eyre does not happen until the last third of the book. P G Wodehouse and black humour sits well with me when compared to this kind of humour. There were some really nice moments reminding me of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Fforde does play a master stroke in the end. But that's just it. Good though it was, it was a slow read for me. I just have a feeling that if there is a movie based on this book, I would enjoy it more.