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
ISBN9781444763584
Author
Release DateAug 2nd, 2018
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Adult
Rating

Reviews Early Riser

  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Andover Library
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Angela Groves
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Fiona
    1970-01-01
    Fabulously, fabulously Fford!
  • Helen White
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Chrys
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Ashleigh
    1970-01-01
    Review to come on my blog soon.
  • Liesl
    1970-01-01
    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"...
  • Jennyh
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Ruth
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Alexandra
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Ian
    1970-01-01
    After releasing 13 novels in as many years I guess it was time for Fforde to have a rest but, 4 years from his last book and 6 since his last adult novel, it's good to have him back. I actually pre-ordered this on Amazon 3 years ago (and they honoured the £4.99 price, despite it having more than doubled since release day) and I'd pretty much given up on ever seeing it!Early Riser is typically barmy and wildly imaginative. It's set in another alt...
  • Matt
    1970-01-01
    Jasper Fforde has knocked it out of the park. A world gripped in the throes of an ice age rather than our own happy interglacial, where humans hibernate to make it through the terrible Winter, and climate change is threatening to bring the ice sheets further south. Our protagonist is a winter consul - one of those who stay awake and maintains order through the long season. The best way to describe how atmospheric Early Riser is is that whilst rea...
  • Adri Joy
    1970-01-01
    Early Riser is a constrained experience compared to Fforde's more expansive series, but still sparkles with trademark wit and weirdness.I am contractually obliged to begin all reviews of Jasper Fforde by thanking my mother, who got me in to his writing (and out of a period of teenage pretentiousness in which I thought I only wanted to read "the classics") by sending The Eyre Affair to the Eurasian continental pole of inaccessibility, where I was ...
  • Asher
    1970-01-01
    If you loved Thursday Next and have been missing the whimsy and plotting of Fforde, you'll love this book. Surreal characters and scenarios? Check. Questionable mega-corporation? Check. Lines surrounding reality blurred? Check. Weird vision for what Wales might have been? Check check check.Most importantly, once again Fforde has created an alternate world full of the little sorts of details you get when you've really thought something through. In...
  • Dan
    1970-01-01
    It is good to see Jasper Fforde back after a break. This quirky dystopia is full of his trademark silliness and invention, and on a sentence and paragraph level it sparkles with wit and sharp ideas. Unfortunately it doesn't hold together so well as a sustained novel. The plot is somewhat sketchy, and Fforde tries to obfuscate this by having it swing and reverse and change directions every fifty pages or so, but it just ends up as a bit of a confu...
  • Ruth Brookes
    1970-01-01
    Speculative dystopian fiction in typical Fforde fashion, full of mind-bendingly surreal ideas, complex world building crammed with historical & cultural twists, Tunnocks teacakes, Rick Astley, epic snow storms, zombies (of the sleeping dead variety), snort-out-loud humour and a large twist of bizarre. With a slow-burn beginning, but cranked up to maximum action-packed oddness by the end, Early Riser is bonkers, great fun & quite simply unlike any...
  • Jóhannes Birgir Jensson
    1970-01-01
    Overall a very good book with interesting plots. I did have two issues, firstly the first chapters are heavy in world building and some of it seems very strangely set up and it is quite confusing. Once the story got on track things fell nicely into place so don't be discouraged if the start is rough.Secondly as an inhabitant of a cold (but nothing on the scale of the book) country some of the issues due to cold were strange but I guess not everyo...
  • Paul Grindrod
    1970-01-01
    And he's back. After a break of several years, Jasper Fforde makes triumphant return with a tale of horror and suspense, told in his typical bonkers fashion. And excellent it was too.Welcome back. And never leave us again!
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    A bit of a slow burn this one. Took me a while to adjust to the new world Fforde has created but then I was glad to discover the usual cast of colourful characters, cultural references and dry humour. Lots of fun.
  • J
    1970-01-01
    Fun, cheerfully chaotic speculative fiction mystery thriller. Yeah! The point-of-view character was likeable and believably clueless. The world was intriguing and funny. No, scratch that. The world was actually (pleasingly) horrifying, though we skate over that with humour.
  • Athene Wherrett
    1970-01-01
    I wish I could unread this book so I could have the pleasure of reading it again for the first time.
  • Hannah Bisley
    1970-01-01
    A perfect Fforde book in every way. Have had 'Help Yourself' by Tom Jones stuck in my head ever since.
  • Michael Ritchie
    1970-01-01
    As wonderfully bonkers as ever.