Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing is the sixth book in the Thursday Next series. I’ve read all six books and after the first in the series, this one is my favorite. The series had a little dip in the middle but even the ‘worst’ in the series was still a good fun read. I will say, in my opinion, that this should not be the first Thursday book you pick up to read. While I think it’s OK as a stand alone novel, to truly enjoy the book you need to have read at least two of the previous five books; so much happens in the previous books that a new reader will likely be lost. Though if you’re going that far why not read all five?

Jasper does a great job at humor, writes a pretty good mystery and tells a compelling story. A word of warning: quite a bit of the humor is meta humor, which Jasper only occasionally points out to the reader (kind of like saying “See how I did that? Now can you find any more?”). I find it fun just to look for his play on words.

We start with Thursday, but we’re not really sure which Thursday. It soon becomes apparent we’re supposedly following the written one. She’s an agent of JAID (the Jurisfiction Accident Investigation Department) and is sent to investigate the litter strewn around Conspiracy (the genre) from a book that dissolved while traveling overhead. Commander Red Herring would like Thursday to come to a quick and obvious conclusion to her investigation. On her way she runs into a stranger who says ‘One of our Thursdays is Missing’ shortly after which she saves Sprockett from a mob. Sprockett becomes her willing butler and side kick. Sprockett is a cogman, a clockwork android, and a butler by trade who can make a mean martini in no time flat (as long as you keep him wound). Things just keep getting weirder and weirder.

Thursday’s missing and she’s supposed to head the peace talks with Racy Novel (another genre). The Men in Plaid seem to be chasing our Thursday around, her man Whitby is having problems with his back story, and the cast of her book is getting mutinous between the story changes and her constant absences, leaving her understudy to do her job. All in all it’s another royal mess in BookWorld and it’s up to the written Thursday to try to fill some big shoes.

Rating: 4/5

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

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