First Among Sequels is the fifth book in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. First Among Sequels starts off fourteen years after the conclusion of Something Rotten. Thursday and Landen are married with three kids. Most of Spec Ops has been shut down, Thursday is supposedly now working for a flooring company she started with some of her ex-Spec Ops friends. She is also not supposed to be working for Jurisfiction. However, it isn’t surprising that Thursday needs a little more excitement than just installing carpets.
Thursday is still working in the Bookworld at Jurisfiction. She has been given a recruit to train, and it just happens to be Thursday5, the Thursday Next character from The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco. It is a little disorienting for Thursday to be running around Bookworld with a copy of herself. Thursday5 isn’t doing that well as a recruit, she’s a little too new age for the real Thursday. Thursday also gets stuck with Thursday1-4, from the first four Thursday Next books. The first books were full of gratuitous sex and violence, and Thursday1-4 was too quick to shoot first and ask questions later.
Bookworld isn’t the only thing giving Thursday trouble. She also has trouble on the homefront in the form of Friday, her teenage son. He was supposed to join the Chrono Guard three years before this book takes place, but he is refusing to join. Now the Chrono Guard is trying to set things right, even if it means replacing Friday with the Friday that might have been. Thursday and Landen want to keep their current Friday, thank you very much.
There is also cheese smuggling, demon fighting, and a visit to Aornis Hades in her time loop prison. This was a fun entry to the series, there was a nice balance between the real world and the book world. I think it was probably my favorite since The Eyre Affair. It has cameos by characters from other books. This one has much less of the literary references that make me feel I haven’t read enough. It’s just a lot of fun, and a lot of action.
I’m going to give Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde, 1 bookmark.
I’ve already started into the newest release, One of Our Thursdays is Missing.