Summary from Salon.com wrote:Thursday Next lives in 1980s Britain, but hers is an alternate version of our own world, lacking in some of our technology (jet planes) and advanced in others we've barely tapped, such as genetic engineering. (Thursday has a pet dodo and the Neanderthal has been brought back, to mixed success.) In Thursday's world, people can travel through time, but the practice is tightly controlled by a division of the Special Operations police force called the ChronoGuard. Thursday works for SpecOps, too, but in another division. She's a literary detective.
In what must be the most outlandish of Fforde's tweaks to our reality, literature is hugely popular in Thursday's Britain. You know the way teenage girls feel about the boy band or warbling nymphet of the month? Well, that's the way millions of solid citizens feel about Byron and Milton where Thursday comes from. And then there are the Shakespeare fans -- enough of them, in fact, to form a decisive voting bloc.
I've just got through the last of the Thursday Next novels and am waiting on The Big Over-Easy: A Nursery Crime, and I can't get enough of this stuff.. the style is reminiscent of Terry Prachett (and so i'm told Douglas Adams, altho I still haven't gotten round to Hitchhikers, don't know why), and the concepts thrown about in the series are ridiculously ingenious.
I'm not really that good at shilling, so instead i'll just leave some links to review of the first book where people who know what they're talking about can pimp it better: Curledup.com review, Salon Review