I only read one book in March. March was a rough month, even with a week off from law school for spring break in the middle of it. Still, even with finishing only one book this month I am still on pace to read more this year than I have the last two.
The Woman Who Died A Lot
The one book I managed to finish in March was a reread of one of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books. The last Thursday Next book. I didn’t forget how incredibly inventive Fforde is, especially in this series but also always, but I did manage to forget nearly the entire plot. That is unusual for me. Generally, once I start a reread the detail start to come pretty fast. I might forget details or even whole characters, but as soon as I start with the book it is all there. Here, it was like reading it all again for the first time. I remembered that Thursday was old in this book, and I remembered a few other details, but I didn’t even remember the conceit that got the book its title.
This book is called “The Woman Who Died A Lot” to reference the fact that Thursday keeps getting replaced with synthetic duplicates for reasons that are not clear at first. Her mind is somehow transferred into this fake version of her. Unfortunately, these fakes are only designed to live for about a day. When they die, she returns to her body. The contrast here is that current Thursday is both getting old and injured. So she can only really fight back against the evil Goliath Corporation when she is a duplicate. Over the course of the book, she dies a lot.
I have long since accepted that Jasper Fforde is my favorite author. I think I accepted that as he went a half decade without publishing a book. Rereading this book, a perfectly fine but apparently forgettable entry in his signature series reminded me why he is my favorite and reinforced his position. I am ready for whatever he has next, and until then I guess I’ll reread what I’ve already got.