by Jasper Fforde.
Quickie recap: Thursday Next exists in an alternative 1985 where she works fighting crimes against literature, and becomes involved with Jane Eyre in all kinds of interesting ways (okay, that's a shitty recap, it's the kind of book that you just have to read yourself).
Quickie review: This impressed me. Usually I grow impatient with too many references, but I just really felt that these were obviously not superficial. They were weaved expertly and really became part of the story. It redefines our relationship to fiction.
Quickie recommendation: I don't consider myself to be a huge Bronte fan, but you don't have to be to read this book. However, if you weren't already a Fforde fan, you will be.
Quickie shout-out: Dear Mr. Fforde, you're Ffreakin awesome! Jack Schitt is the best-named character ever!
Quickie thank you: Dearest Eclecta, it has been a pleasure to read through your private library. I am in your debt.