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

Reviews Early Riser

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Neil de Carteret
    It's brilliant. Fforde is such a great imaginer of weird world, yet he also makes those worlds feel homely and lived-in. The story tells us about things that are completely weird and alien to us, but by a few pages you're accepting them as absolutely normal; the world feels stable and complete in itself. Every line of dialogue is perfectly turned, every character is so well-characterised you feel like you've known them from childhood. And the plo...
  • Matt
    I am a massive fan of Jasper Fforde, and had the pleasure of going to see him do a talk about this book in Manchester a few days ago. He was charming and funny and revealed a lot about his writing process. I was therefore very excited to start reading Early Riser. Initially, whilst I was really enjoying the world Fforde had created, a few of the references were lost on me a little- all of them references to in-world items and events that required...
  • 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.
  • Renelle
    Loved it! Fforde brings to life a world where humans hibernate through the winter. A page turner filled with complexity and creativity and adventure that I can’t recommend highly enough. Fforde and his unique voice is back with a vengeance!
  • Lindsey
    He once again proves why he is my favorite author. Bam in your face awesomeness!
  • Ashleigh
    Review to come on my blog soon.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Liesl
    I have been a massive Jasper Fforde fan since discovering "The Eyre Affair" a few years ago, so was thrilled to have the unexpected surprise of seeing he'd released a new book. In retrospect, coming to a book with such high expectations isn't necessarily the greatest idea. I have always been a bigger fan of Fforde's literary parodies and also found "Shades of Grey" a bit lackluster, so it is perhaps unsurprising that while I enjoyed "Early Riser"...
  • Heather
    "I could talk about loyalty and the cold, Tunnocks Teacakes and the desolate beauty. Of the code that glues us winterers together, or the loneliness of the souls who call it home. But I think the one thing that struck me is that the Winter isn't a season - it's a calling."Jasper Fforde is back! And in his usual feat of imagination taking us into the deep of winter in an alternate Wales where temperatures get so low the only way the human race can...
  • Jennyh
    Jasper Fforde hits the humour button as his ability to poke fun at serious matters and turn them into the ridiculous is unsurpassed.This time humans hibernate over winter – but not without the perils of Night Walkers, mortality and hallucinations.This is good, but Istill prefer the Thursday Next books.
  • Malcolm
    Charlie Worthing has a problem; he’s 23 and still living in the children’s home in which he grew up. What’s more, it is the annual Fat Thursday gathering when supporters and former residents gather for the beginning of the period of big eating that precedes each year’s hibernation. Fforde’s more that slightly-dystopian world in this thriller-cum-bildungsroman is one where winters are so severe that humans hibernate – or at least most ...
  • Alexandra
    I received this book from the publisher, Hachette, at no cost. It's out now; RRP $29.99. If you tried reading one of the Thursday Next books and you hated everything about the whimsy of Fforde's alternate world, just stop reading now: this book won't be for you.If you quite liked the early Next books and got a bit sad as they got sillier, keep reading.If you've never read a Fforde book, you can keep reading too.And if you're a hardcore Fforde fa...