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We know that she is getting older, and that there is at least one more after this one, Dark Reading Matter. Does anyone else think it might be getting near the end of the series? I feel like Thursday could be getting near her death bed, and not be coming back.
Thursday Next may well be heading towards the retirement home to take up her role as her own gran but does that mean the Nextian adventures are over?
With Friday and Colonel Next both ChronoGuards does this not leave the series open to endless sequels/prequels. Not forgetting Mycroft's ability to invent reality bending gadgets, Polly Next (who makes Carol Vorderman look innumerate) and the fact that there will still be fictional Thursday(s) living in BookWorld.
I think that without an apocalyptic finale the series will be left open for further speculation on possible books. Clever stuff Jasper.
My first impression was that instead of opening up numerous new leads for potential storylines in later books, like earlier TN books did, this one was closing a lot of lines.
<hidden spoiler> Two dead arch-enemies in one go, a worthy successor found, an imaginary friend laid to rest, all that is remaining is recovering Pickwick from the Dark Reading Matter... </spoiler>
Unless Jasper suprises us with a dazzling display of new ideas (and we know he can do it), I see only one more TN story coming.
And yes, I am also waiting much more impatiently for a second part of SoG.
Oh don't get me wrong PrinzHilde, I can see the whole Thursday vs. Goliath story line is coming to a conclusion and the tying off of loose threads but...
What I ment was there is still, within the story, a chance of further adventures. Son/daughter of Thursday. Plus the time travel aspect. Mr. Fforde might fancy a new conservatory in a few years time and there is still an opening to revisit the series.
And yes, more SofG.
Did Shades of Grey remind anyone else of War of the Flowers by Tad Williams?