Monday, October 15, 2012

HUGE Event Alert! Jasper Fforde Is Coming to Tattered Cover

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm at our Highlands Ranch Store:

Jasper Fforde, the author of the bestselling Thursday Next mysteries and the Nursery Crime books, will read from and sign his first novel for young readers The Last Dragonslayer.  Fforde will also sign his hilarious new Thursday Next novel The Woman Who Died A Lot.

Free tickets for a place in the booksigning line will be handed out at 3:00 pm. Seating for the presentation prior to the booksigning is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis to ticketed customers only.

Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here:

Once, I was famous.

In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form B1-7g.

Then the magic started fading away. Powerful wizards who once controlled the weather now did home improvements, plumbing and wiring, drain unblocking and mole charming

I run Kazam, an employment agency for sorcerers. Work is drying up. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and even magic carpets are now reduced to pizza deliveries.

So it was a surprise when Kevin's visions started. Not only did they predict the death of the Last Dragon by a Dragonslayer, they also suggest that I might have something to do with it.

It was a something that comes one in twenty lifetimes and changes everything for the good - or bad. Something like ... A Big Magic.

The question was, Who was the Dragonslayer? and do they have what it takes to kill the Last Dragon?

In the days that followed my face appeared on tee-shirts, badges, commemorative mugs and posters. I made front page news, appeared on TV and was even a special guest on The Yogi Baird Show.

Two people tried to kill me, I was threatened with jail, had sixteen offers of marriage and was outlawed by King Snodd.

Today you will have not heard of me... name is Jennifer Strange.

Heather says: 
"While I wish Jasper Fforde would get on with it and write the sequel to Shades of Grey, I'll take what I can get when it comes to one of my favorite authors! I've loved everything Fforde has every written, Thursday Next being one of the best characters out there, and I can now add The Last Dragonslayer to the list.

Once again Fforde has created an alternate Great Britain, and this time it's magic (and comic mayhem) that differentiates it from the Britain we know. Jennifer Strange, a 15-year-old foundling raised by the Sisterhood of the Lobster, and now in charge of an employment agency for magicians (she only has two years left of her servitude, but her master The Great Zambini has disappeared, so she's covering for him), is just about in over her head. But of course, foundlings are a resilient lot, and Jennifer is no exception. As prophecies of the impending death of the last living dragon begin to multiply, Jennifer and her loyal companion the Quarkbeast set out on a mission to save the day, and the agency, and possibly the world as they know it! The first in what should be the next great series for young readers, I can't wait to start recommending this to every kid I see!"

The newest tour de force starring Thursday Next in the New York Times bestselling series

The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate.

But Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday’s trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity’s promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday’s third child, Jenny, who doesn’t exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory.

With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday’s convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family’s oddest. 


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