Available in the UK from 21st Feb 2011
Available in the USA from 8th March 2011
Welcome to my Oootim subindex page, which contains a few bits and bobs regarding the sixth in the Thursday Next series, 'One of our Thursdays is Missing'. We call it either 'TN-6' or Oootim, but it doesn't much matter.
I'm sorry to say that I have been busy on Dragonslayer-2 these last couple of months - as you may or may not know I'm writing two books a year at the moment, which makes website improvements for TN-6 a trifle lean I'm afraid - sorry!
But we've manage to cobble together a few bits and bobs. Firstly, there is a SLEUTHING COMPETITION to win a representative two millionth copy of my book. The sleuthing competition is similar to the one we did for the launch of SHADES OF GREY. There are also a few thoughts gathered together in our TN6 SPECIAL FEATURES .
If you want to come and listen to me ramble on about the books and perhaps get a signed copy, I'm on tour in the UK and US and Canada (a bit) from the 21st Feb 2011 to the 21st March. You can find out where and when by going to my APPEARANCES page. I will be attempting some sort of a TOUR BLOG like the one we did in 2010 and if you are TWITTER inclined, you could sign up to that too.
The new improved Bookworld utilises modern traffic signage
One of the major changes that I have made in the series is with a remaking of the BookWorld. Here's an extract from the end of the first chapter to give you an idea of what it's all about, and if you want to see how Fiction Island actually looks, you can either consult the map in your copy, or get a sneak preview by looking at the map here.
NEW NEW NEW!! If you want a big poster-sized image, download it here and get your local copy shop to print it out. Please note that this image remains the copyright of Jasper Fforde and it is a condition of downloading that the image is not altered in any way. To download, click HERE
BUY THE BOOKS
You can order the book online in the UK by visiting UK WATERSTONES OR UK AMAZON or UK BOOK DEPOSITORY, and either visit USA BARNES AND NOBLE OR USA AMAZON if you want to buy them in the States. Alternatively, you could reject the major players in the bookselling buisness and visit my BUY THE BOOK section to find other retailers. Your choice, and the above links are all clear links - we don't do on-click sales here at Fforde Towers.
Signed copies of TN-6 will be available at GOLIATH MERCHANDISING on or around the beginning of July.
What else? There will be (I hope) the usual strictly random giveaway postcards which you can peruse by clicking on the following: POSTCARD 1, POSTCARD 2, POSTCARD 3, POSTCARD 4, POSTCARD 5, POSTCARD 6, POSTCARD 7, POSTCARD 8 and there is also the habitual BOOKSTAMP which I will try and append to every dedicated copy of TN-6.
So what's it all about?
Good question. Below is the official blurb, but it's about a lot more than that. A longer explanation is available in book form at all good booksellers. I hope you won't be disappointed.
Ready to take on the bookworld, one lentil bake at a time
It is a time of unrest in the Bookworld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the Peace Talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the Realworld or is this something more sinister?
But all is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of Speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, who is attempting to keep her own small four-book series both respectful to her illustrious namesake and far from the grim spectre of being remaindered.
Despite her desire to stay away from the spotlight, written Thursday is asked by Jurisfiction to investigate a novel that has suffered an in-read breakup and deposited a narrative debris-field halfway across the Bookworld. It's not quite so straightforward: Someone has ground the ISBN numbers from the wreckage, and all of a sudden the mysterious Men in Plaid want her dead.
As the hunt for answers takes her from the Council of Genres to Fan-Fiction and from Comedy to Vanity publishing, written Thursday realises that Real Thursday had been investigating a plot fiendish enough to be killed for. But who is responsible? Only a trip up the Mighty Metaphoric river and a visit to the hideously frightening Realworld can provide the answers.
With her clockwork butler Sprockett and her Designated Love Interest Whitby Jett, Thursday has to get to grips with her inability to match up to her Namesake's talent, and prove herself to the one person she respects more than anyone else: The real her...