Books by the Yard
“Making one’s home in an unpublished novel wasn’t without its compensations. All the boring day-to-day mundanities that we conduct in the real world get in the way of narrative flow and are thus generally avoided… no one ever needed to repeat themselves in case you didn’t hear, no one shared the same name, talked at the same time or had a word annoyingly ‘on the tip of their tongue.'”
– Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots, a Thursday Next novel
Today’s prompt from WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts is Call Me Ishmael – Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.
I estimate we have about 500 books in the house, and probably that many in crates out in the barn, but only about 30 of them are fiction. Most of the fiction I read is passed on as soon as I am done with it – most of the books we keep are nature guides and how-to books, recent, vintage, or positively ancient. Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books are the exception – there are seven in the series, and I have the print books, the Kindle versions, and even audio versions, and I reread one every year.
The Well of Lost Plots is the third book in the series, but it’s the one I started with, and is still my favorite. Thursday Next has the ability to actually jump into any literary universe and live there, as well as bring literary characters from one book world to another, and even into her own real world. But the characters are usually trying to break out of their accustomed roles, and the plots always twist. Add in time travel, mythical monsters, crossed genres, and corporate greed, and you have a rich, multi-layered novel that somehow stays centered and easy to follow.
Most of my favorite books are non-fiction, and they don’t have catchy opening lines! But they deserve mention too, so I have added a page of Recommended Books. Right now it is just my Top Twenty Textile Books, but in time I may add more categories. If you have suggestions, I would appreciate you leaving them on the page too! Thank you.