Finished the second book in the Thursday Next series a few days ago. And now I'm addicted and must finish the third book this weekend.
Lost in a Good Book has Literary Detective Thursday Next jumping into Great Expectations, "The Raven," and time-travelling as usual. The cool thing is how Jasper Fforde's brain works -- he just keeps the reader mindboggled at the intricately creative world he's made up. Footnotes for communication! Literary detectives within books! Puns, puns galore! It's hilarious and brilliant at the same time. And the best part is that you just take for granted that people care passionately and rabidly about books and literature.
Plotwise, the really heartrending story is that Thursday's husband is eradicated (a la Harry in It's a Wonderful Life -- he was never saved from a fatal childhood accident). And Fforde doesn't bring him back at the end! I was waiting the whole book for that to happen, and it didn't. But it ended on a hopeful note. Hence the urgency to finish the third book.