Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Early Riser

The new standalone novel from Number 1 bestselling author Jasper Fforde. Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernator...

Details Early Riser

TitleEarly Riser
Release DateAug 2nd, 2018
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Adult, Humor

Reviews Early Riser

  • Phrynne
    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate Wales where the population hibernates through Ice Age like winters and only a few people stay awake to take care of the sleepers. Our hero, Charlie, becomes a Winter Con...
  • Kelly
    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's completely normal. The characters are really well written, I particularly liked the main character Charlie, and found the dialogue between them all was brilliant. The...
  • Marianne
    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata’s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of training, he starts as the new Novice for the famous Jack Logan. With Slumberdown (for Winter) mere days away, their first assignment is, ostensibly, to deliver a N...
  • Nigel
    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent.To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read betterAfter that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :)In fullThis is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice he has written nothing for some years now and I was a little worried and pleased when I got my review copy. This is set in Wales though not the Wales we know. In this story we a...
  • Joc
    Winter is coming and the population needs to get fed for a four month long hibernation. Set in a present day alternate reality in Wales, Charlie ‘Wonk’ Worthing is assisting with the Fat Thursday celebrations which are aimed at getting people up to a weight sufficient to sustain them throughout the Winter. His job is pretty lack-lustre but gives him access Morphenox, a drug which prevents dreaming (which uses valuable energy resources) and on...
  • Ashley
    Jasper Fforde hasn't released a new book since 2014, and that is a long time for him. I have been waiting and waiting (so patiently) for the third Nursery Crime book, but it just doesn't seem to be happening. Neither does the second Shades of Grey book. But now there is this book, which is not actually out in the US until 2019, so I bought it from Book Depository. I'm glad I did this anyway because the UK cover is so much better than the American...
  • Andover Library
    Reading this book was like re-connecting with an old friend. The characters might be different and the setting new but the style and humour were undeniably Fforde. As always Fforde makes you feel right at home in the most improbable of settings, this time on an AU Earth at the start of the Ice Age like winter that Humans need to hibernate through. We follow Charlie (or Wonky as he is known to his annoyance) as he stays awake for his first Winter ...
  • lucky little cat
    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one.The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner table.But Early Riser made me happy. It's a stand-alone, a fish-out-of-water story where a plucky, mostly self-aware young person goes out and finds adventure. The world he ...
  • Fiona
    Clever and original, as Fforde always is, this just isn’t holding my attention enough to make me stay with it until the end. It might have worked better as a short story or as a novella. As Miss Jean Brodie would have said, ‘For those that like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like.’ It’s just not for me.With thanks to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for a free review copy.
  • MTK
    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where humans hibernate like bears, most of them delivered in barely comprehensible jargon, that's it's hard to penetrate to the heart of the story, and the plot, when at last ...
  • Ruth
    I wanted to love this, as I love the rest of Jasper Fforde's books, but I struggled a bit. It has his usual clever cultural twists and references to familiar things out of context (Rick Astley makes an appearance here), but doesn't always explain them - for some reason children are brought up in a Pool, which is never properly explained, as if he forgot to go back to the explanation. Set in an alternative reality where people hibernate through Wi...
  • Angela Groves
    This was one brilliantly funny and bonkers book. It's been a while since I have read a book that has just been fun, even with the slightly disturbing thought of how vaunerable we are when we sleep. Set in an alternate universe Wales where mankind hibernate through the winter, the story follows the main character Charlie as he tries to adjust to life as winter law enforcement, trying to solve the mysteries of the viral dreams of sector 12, the dec...
  • Melissa McShane
    I am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustrating as that was for me as a reader, I hoped it meant he was recharging and getting back into his groove. This standalone novel seems to be Fforde testing the wate...
  • penwing
    It's... Alright. It is very similar to Shades of Grey which is a shame as it only highlights how it's not Shades of Grey (which you should absolutely, definitely read).
  • Anna
    Odd as it may seem, early 19th century Chinese author Ju-Chen Li seems to appeal to my sense of humour more than Jasper Fforde. It’s hard to say why. I remember reading The Eyre Affair and wondering why I wasn’t particularly into it. I don’t dislike his books as such, they just don’t grab me somehow. I gave ‘Early Riser’ a try because the concept was appealing: in a world of ice age conditions, most of the human race hibernate in wint...
  • Klaus Varias
    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht.
  • Kath
    Well, this book is part of my ongoing mission to diversify my reading away from my usual crime fiction comfort zone so you could say that I am relatively new to the genre. It's also my first Jasper Fforde book. Something that, after reading it, I am definitely going to rectify. I am not sure if this is the way he writes all his books but there were quite a few footnotes throughout the book which I did initially find a bit distracting, especially ...
  • Irifev
    Nach einiger Zeit wieder ein neuer Roman von Jasper Fforde. Vergleichbar ist der Roman mit Grau bzw. Shades of Grey. Auch hier ist der Schauplatz eine dystopisch angehauchte Welt, wenngleich diesmal die Gefahr von der Kälte ausgeht. Wenn im Winter Temperaturen von -40 Grad normal sind, und man gegen den Klimawandel (die globale Abkühlung) kämpft, hat sich die Menschheit daran angepasst - und zieht sich in den Winterschlaf zurück. Nur wenige P...
  • Lara
    I was so excited to finally reading this. It took me a while to get into I really enjoyed it. Human hibernation is an interesting premise and in many ways this was much more believable than other Fforde creations. And maybe that's why I gave it just 4. It didn't win a place in my heart with Thursday or the Nursery Crimes or make me think as hard as Shades of Gray. Still very happy to have read it. (And interestingly I seem to have been the only p...
  • Alain Lewis
    After so many successful novels it is appropriate to be able to use the word Ffordian. He has this knack of being able to invent these universes with such fine detail that you so often become immersed in this wonder. Here we have a world where people hibernate and are protected by Consuls. However there’s a viral dream apparently. So we then have layer upon layer of twisted, surreal storytelling. It’s all like a dream, our world with those su...
  • Fiona
    Fabulously, fabulously Fford!
  • Jess Jackson
    Despite really struggling to move through this, on reflection I really enjoyed the story. It has all the normal Fforde wit with a gripping narrative. I only wish I could hibernate for a few months each year.
  • Jess
    Echoes of Shades of Grey but not quite as good as his earlier works — closer to The Woman Who Died A Lot than The Eyre Affair. Worldbuilding on point as always.
  • Chrys
    Absolutely amazing, so many clever and entertaining puns wrapped up in an adventure like no other. The line between reality and imagination is intelligently blurred with Mr Fforde's unique style. One of my favourite authors. I definitely recommend this, and his other books, highly.
  • Helen White
    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishers and all involved for the advance copy of this. For quite a while I bumbled along reading this - similar to Charles the main character not quite knowing what was going on. Then suddenly it clicked and it became brilliant. In an ice age Wales where most of the population hibernate the people who decide to stay awake during the winter face many struggles. For Charles taking a new job is perilous enough but sudd...
  • Ashleigh
    Review to come on my blog soon.
  • David Harris
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley."Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bonySkinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely.""The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalker, hiburnal rodents or flesh eating cold slime - it's the Winter."This is a standalone volume from Jasper Fforde, not part of the ongoing Thursday Next series or a continuat...
  • Dan
    Jasper Fforde's first book for two years takes us into a new alternate universe. On a alternate contemporary Earth, the human race is preparing to hibernate for the harsh winter. Charlie Worthing ends up becoming a novice winter consul in a spur of the moment decision and now has to stay awake over the winter to protect the human race. That's a challenge in itself but things turn worse when Charlie discovers his mentor is apparently up to somethi...
  • Verity W
    This is the first new Fforde in what seems like an age and is a standalone novel set in a new world but building on ideas that we've seen in other books from him.This time we're in an alternative reality world where every year humans hibernate for four months to avoid the winter. A few brave souls stay awake to keep order and protect the sleeping masses. And this year Charlie Worthing is one of them. He's signed up to be a Winter Consul and it's ...
  • Jennopenny
    I got an arc of this month ago that I have to a colleague because too many book too little time. But here's the thing, I really like the way Fforde writes. It's funny and yet suspenseful. It's new and I never know where we're going since there are no limits. It's quirky. I got the audio book of this and listen to the whole thing in a day. I made up things to do just to keep listning. The pacing is just right, not being too fast nor too slow. The ...