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In Lost in a Good Book, it's established that Thursday's Uncle Mycroft traveled into the Sherlock Holmes series, probably via his Prose Portal.

“Item three: Interloper in the Sherlock Holmes series by the name of Mycroft—turns up quite unexpectedly in The Greek Interpreter and claims to be his brother. Anyone know anything about this?” I shrank lower, hoping that no one would have enough knowledge of my world to know we were related. Sly old Fox! So he had rebuilt the Prose Portal. I covered my mouth to hide a smile.

He is further mentioned in The Well of Lost Plots:

Uncle Mycroft had sought refuge in the Sherlock Holmes series to avoid [Goliath].

Then, in Something Rotten, it's mentioned he was rescued.

He had set up home in the Sherlock Holmes canon to escape Goliath but had remained stuck there until I rescued him about a year ago.

And yet, in Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, they still don't have a way into Sherlock Holmes.

".... Before bookjumping was developed, every character was marooned in his or her own novel. For many of the books outside the influence of the Council of Genres and Text Grand Central, it’s still like that. Pilgrim’s Progress and the Sherlock Holmes series are good examples. We know roughly where they are, due to the literary influence they exert on similar books, but we still haven’t figured out a way in. And until someone does, a bookjump is impossible.”

Was Mycroft's rescue covered in a short story or novella perhaps? I have only had access to the first five books, so I'll admit that I might be missing a flashback in a later book.

  • I'm preeetty sure I have copies of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing and The Woman Who Died a Lot - may have borrowed one from a library - but I won't be able to re-read them in the next 7 days... If I recall, Mycroft continues to play a diminishing part in both remaining books. +1 for picking up that thread, regardless. – Dacio Dec 10 '18 at 20:55
  • First Among Sequels is his final bow. But he was rescued prior to SOmething Rotten. It may indeed simply be an offscreen moment, but I could also see it happening in an interquel story. – FuzzyBoots Dec 10 '18 at 21:58
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    Could it be covered in The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco, perhaps? – mpez0 Dec 11 '18 at 1:42
  • @mpez0: It is possible... sad we'll never see it. – FuzzyBoots Dec 11 '18 at 3:41
  • I finished reading The Woman Who Died A Lot yesterday. Mycroft is mentioned 3 separate times, but none mentioning his sojourn into Sherlock Holmes, nor even mentioning his prose portal directly. Notably, Thursday does not bookjump at all. One significant plot deals directly with the book world. There is an un-numbered page after the Acknowledgements (it would be page 367 in my copy) which says "Thursday Next returns in TN8: Dark Reading Matter". If I recall, however, none of the book titles that are in mentioned in the earlier books end up being the real title of the next book. – Dacio Jan 8 at 19:19

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