This book is such entertainment. I loved it. I’m not going to try and explain much beyond the basic premise; Thursday Next is a SpecialOps Literatec in a world we could have had if certain historical events had turned out differently, except with some added surrealistic touches, like time travel and the ability to enter books. Thursday naturally gets herself involved against the main villain and chaos ensues as they frantically try to ensure that literary classics remain the same and aren’t corrupted. The book stands alone, but it is part of a series featuring Thursday Next.
The literary allusions, the humor, the names, the fun of seeing alternate history, and the excitement of entering into one of my favorite books were all major attractions for me. I’ve seen people complain about Fforde’s writing; I found it on the light side but certainly readable. This book isn’t meant to be anything but entertainment, and it does a great job at that. I’d call it a must for readers who love classics and are up for some lighter reading. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.