Early Riser

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 mild The new standalone novel from Number 1 bestselling author Jasper Fforde. Every Winter, the human pop...

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Title:Early Riser
Author:Jasper Fforde
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Genres:Fantasy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:403 pages pages

Early Riser Reviews

  • Ashley
    Jun 30, 2015

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

  • Jess
    Aug 20, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Lara
    Aug 25, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

  • Melissainau
    Sep 14, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley* 4.5 stars Every Winter humans hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures. Those that can take the drug Morphenox which stops them dreaming, saving them precious ca...

    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 ...

    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 really enjoy Jasper Fforde's books and had high hopes for Early Riser. I was ... not disappointed, is perhaps the best way to put it. What Fforde excels at is world building. This alternate universe, where humans hibernate through a long and difficult winter, is a great example of t...

  • Marianne
    Sep 13, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

  • Kelly
    Jun 10, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

  • Helen White
    Aug 10, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Kath
    Aug 02, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

  • Verity W
    Sep 10, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

  • Alain Lewis
    Aug 15, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

  • Dan
    Sep 02, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

  • Fiona
    Sep 20, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

  • Phrynne
    Apr 16, 2017

    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 W...

  • Ashleigh
    Jul 26, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

  • Fiona
    Jun 24, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

  • Chrys
    Jul 30, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Fiona
    Oct 04, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley* 4.5 stars Every Winter humans hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures. Those that can take the drug Morphenox which stops them dreaming, saving them precious ca...

    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 ...

    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 really enjoy Jasper Fforde's books and had high hopes for Early Riser. I was ... not disappointed, is perhaps the best way to put it. What Fforde excels at is world building. This alternate universe, where humans hibernate through a long and difficult winter, is a great example of t...

    Highly enjoyable new Jasper Fforde! New world, new premise, slightly similar Welsh setting.... the characters are seemingly endless, but there?s a reason for that. And the winter is cold, snowy and intriguing. ...

  • Jennopenny
    Oct 16, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

  • David Harris
    Aug 03, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

  • Matt
    Aug 07, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley* 4.5 stars Every Winter humans hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures. Those that can take the drug Morphenox which stops them dreaming, saving them precious ca...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Angela Groves
    Jul 29, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

  • Nigel
    Aug 23, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

  • Jess
    Sep 04, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley* 4.5 stars Every Winter humans hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures. Those that can take the drug Morphenox which stops them dreaming, saving them precious ca...

  • Jess Jackson
    Aug 23, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

  • Irifev
    Aug 07, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

  • Andover Library
    Jul 12, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

  • Ruth
    Jul 09, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

  • Joc
    Aug 13, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

  • penwing
    Aug 11, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

  • Neil de Carteret
    Aug 07, 2018

    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 W...

    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 co...

    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 ...

    In brief - The start - a bit indifferent. To around the halfway mark - very Jasper Fforde but I've read better After that it simply got better and better.... Ho hum, the joys of reviewing :) In full This is a new standalone story from an author I am a real fan of. In practice h...

    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 th...

    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, whic...

    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 star...

    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 ...

    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 bro...

    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...

    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 no...

    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...

    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). ...

    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...

    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 Cons...

    Fabulously, fabulously Fford! ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Review to come on my blog soon. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. "Skinny Pete went to sleep, underfed and bony Skinny Pete went to sleep, and died a death so lonely." "The enemy aren't the Villains, nomads, scavengers, insomniacs, Ice-Hermits, Megafauna, nightwalk...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley* 4.5 stars Every Winter humans hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures. Those that can take the drug Morphenox which stops them dreaming, saving them precious ca...

    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 ...