Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Woman Who Died A Lot is the seventh book in the Thursday Next series. For those who haven’t read any of the previous books, I would recommend starting with one earlier in the series. The series does build on previous books and I think the last four at least are very dependent on previous installments.

Thursday is still recovering from the almost successful attempt on her life in the last book. She still walks with a cane and she’s addicted to her patch painkillers. She’s bored, and wants to get back to work, even though she doesn’t really need to.

Thursday is offered a job, and though it isn’t what she expects, she is well suited for it. Jack Schitt is also back and causing plenty of mischief once again. It seems to be related to some ‘Day Player’ activity.

Thursday’s been trying to find Aornis, the mnemonomorph (which means she can affect people’s memories, either wipe them or put in fake ones), since no one knows where she went after she was to be transferred from TJ Maxx. There are plenty of hints on where she’s hiding.

Tuesday (Thursday’s daughter) is desperately trying to complete the anti-smite shield, since the almighty has scheduled a smiting at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Swinden. Goliath Corp has offered an alternative plan to the smite shield, for a hefty fee of course. And like most major Goliath endeavors it is unethical, but will likely be very effective. When Thursday finds out what it really is, she finds herself torn between sticking it to Goliath once again or letting them actually be successful.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Woman Who Died A Lot; it wasn’t my favorite of the series but it was definitely high on the list. Though, to be honest, I felt most of them were pretty good books. They are all humorous and Fforde especially loves his meta humor which is right up my alley. The book world makes appearances in all the novels but since the last book was almost entirely in the book world, he seems to have left it almost entirely out of this one. Great book, excellent series, lots of fun.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Viking Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.