It's practically impossible to explain the Thursday Next series to anyone. Believe me, I tried to explain it to my husband. I ended up telling him, "It's like Monty Python where all the characters seem to know what's going on. You don't but it's funny anyway." Yeah, it's like that.
Thursday works underground as a Literary Detective. Her latest assignment is to break in a couple of new recruits: Thursday 1-4 from the poorly written Thursday Next series (the one with all the sex and violence) and Thursday 5 from The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco (the touchy feely one). Thursday finds working with her alter egos to be more than she can handle. In the real world, Thursday must convince her lazy son Friday to join the ChronoGuard before time rolls up on us, all while battling demons and laying carpet.
Right. Don't think too hard about it. Just have fun.
I've only read The Eyre Affair so I was a bit lost at first. It didn't take long until I was immersed in First Among Sequels. Some authors can take an interesting idea and make a huge mess and disappoint the reader. Jasper Fforde is not one of them. The idea that books are living things and need to be maintained is already a good one. Add a gutsy heroine and a lot of imagination and the idea becomes a great one. Fforde understands bookworms. Book humour is sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed every page of First Among Sequels and can't wait for Thursday to continue her adventures. I'm going to hunt down the other books and read them before that though!