By Jasper Fforde
Published in 2004
The Thursday Next series is madder than the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Miss Haversham, and the state of the nations gas prices all mixed together and multiplied by 100. It's hyperactive, zany, and insane. And that is why I love it so.
Thursday Next has had it working within the book world. So, she takes her son Friday and pet dodos ,and moves in with her mother. She has a massive bank overdraft to pay, a husband to have uneradicated, and the world to save from a madman fictional character, Yorrick Kaine. Along the way she avoids slapstick assassignation attempts, a dithering Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and cloned Shakespeares.
It's mad, I tell you, and it's delightful. You should read the whole amazingly crazy series.