One: The loneliest number?

The number 1 (one) makes me think of lots of books or characters in books. Bridget Jones (singletons of the world unite!), Possession (number one in my books), mystery books (whodunnit is usually one person, although, sometimes the twist is that it is not one), and, of course, math books. Don’t worry, no math books here. I’m going to talk about two books that have the number ONE in the title.

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. I’ve mentioned Thursday Next (the character) and Jasper Fford (the author) around here before, but not gone into much detail. Mostly, I’ve yelled for you to go find the books and start reading, what are you waiting for? The Thursday Next series is set in an alternative universe in which time travel exists, the Crimean War never stopped (vs our universe where it stopped and may now be beginning again), and one can have a pet dodo bird. In Thursday Next’s world, the book world can be visited by people from the real world. The trick is, sometimes people visit the book world and leave traces of themselves behind, thus contaminating the reading experience for others. Oh the great and philosophical possibilities of book clubs that discuss the Thursday Next series. Where to begin? Metaphysics? Hermeneutics? It is all fair game! In One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, Thursday Next (real) is missing, and needs to be found by Thursday Next (book world). If this sounds complicated, it isn’t. Really. You just have to suspend your disbelief a tiny little bit. Honestly. You should try because Fforde has done a ffabulous job with this Thursday book. It even has a map. Look for NaNoWriMo on the map. It is there!

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters. See, I told you the number one makes me think of murder mysteries. In this case there are too many bodies. Who is the extra corpse, and how did that corpse become dead? All these things and more are investigated by the monk, Brother Cadfael. This is the second book in the Cadfael set. These books are old, as in published in the seventies, and they are set in the middle ages during a civil war in Britain over the succession to the throne, King Stephen vs. Empress Mathilda. Who? I hear you saying. There was a king called Stephen? Never heard of him or this Matilda woman. That’s why reading historical fiction is a good idea. You learn things. And sometimes there are too many bodies.

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