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
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Number of Pages:402 pages pages

Early Riser Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Dec 31, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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 am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustr...

    Odd as it may seem, early 19th century Chinese author Ju-Chen Li seems to appeal to my sense of humour more than Jasper Fforde. It?s hard to say why. I remember reading The Eyre Affair and wondering why I wasn?t particularly into it. I don?t dislike his books as such, they just d...

    Complex plot, Ffordean snark, interesting characters. Perhaps too much worldbuilding, perhaps too much handwaving on the dreams. Overall, I often felt I was in a Charles Stross (hmm, another Charlie) Laundry book. The plot rolled out well, except for a few too many "whatever yo...

  • Jennie
    Oct 07, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

  • Melissa McShane
    Nov 11, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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 am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustr...

  • Ashley
    Jun 30, 2015

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

  • Robin
    Feb 19, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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 am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustr...

    Odd as it may seem, early 19th century Chinese author Ju-Chen Li seems to appeal to my sense of humour more than Jasper Fforde. It?s hard to say why. I remember reading The Eyre Affair and wondering why I wasn?t particularly into it. I don?t dislike his books as such, they just d...

    Complex plot, Ffordean snark, interesting characters. Perhaps too much worldbuilding, perhaps too much handwaving on the dreams. Overall, I often felt I was in a Charles Stross (hmm, another Charlie) Laundry book. The plot rolled out well, except for a few too many "whatever yo...

    Early Riser is a cross between a classic B sci-fi-horror movie, and Scooby-Doo mystery. I don't say that as an insult! It's actually a lot of fun, though I kind of expected one plot arc to end in a reveal of Old Mrs. Whatshername as the Ghost of Sector Twelve. I very much enjoyed the c...

    To escape from St Granata?s and continue to have access to the non-dream drug Morphenox, Charlie Worthing takes a job with the Winter Consuls. The Winter Consuls are responsible for the safety of the human population who hibernate to escape the frigid temperatures during the winter m...

  • carol.
    Mar 25, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

  • Oleksandr Zholud
    Feb 25, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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 am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustr...

    Odd as it may seem, early 19th century Chinese author Ju-Chen Li seems to appeal to my sense of humour more than Jasper Fforde. It?s hard to say why. I remember reading The Eyre Affair and wondering why I wasn?t particularly into it. I don?t dislike his books as such, they just d...

    Complex plot, Ffordean snark, interesting characters. Perhaps too much worldbuilding, perhaps too much handwaving on the dreams. Overall, I often felt I was in a Charles Stross (hmm, another Charlie) Laundry book. The plot rolled out well, except for a few too many "whatever yo...

    Early Riser is a cross between a classic B sci-fi-horror movie, and Scooby-Doo mystery. I don't say that as an insult! It's actually a lot of fun, though I kind of expected one plot arc to end in a reveal of Old Mrs. Whatshername as the Ghost of Sector Twelve. I very much enjoyed the c...

    To escape from St Granata?s and continue to have access to the non-dream drug Morphenox, Charlie Worthing takes a job with the Winter Consuls. The Winter Consuls are responsible for the safety of the human population who hibernate to escape the frigid temperatures during the winter m...

    This is a SF novel. It can be nominated for this year Hugo. The story is about a civilization, which on the surface is quite close to the present day Wales with a twist: during winters, temperature drops to -50 degrees Celsius (-58 F), so 99% of population hibernates. The hibernatio...

  • Marianne
    Sep 13, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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 those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

  • Fiona
    Feb 01, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jan 06, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Feb 03, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

  • Fiona
    Sep 20, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

  • Alex Bright
    Mar 19, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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 am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustr...

    Odd as it may seem, early 19th century Chinese author Ju-Chen Li seems to appeal to my sense of humour more than Jasper Fforde. It?s hard to say why. I remember reading The Eyre Affair and wondering why I wasn?t particularly into it. I don?t dislike his books as such, they just d...

    Complex plot, Ffordean snark, interesting characters. Perhaps too much worldbuilding, perhaps too much handwaving on the dreams. Overall, I often felt I was in a Charles Stross (hmm, another Charlie) Laundry book. The plot rolled out well, except for a few too many "whatever yo...

    Early Riser is a cross between a classic B sci-fi-horror movie, and Scooby-Doo mystery. I don't say that as an insult! It's actually a lot of fun, though I kind of expected one plot arc to end in a reveal of Old Mrs. Whatshername as the Ghost of Sector Twelve. I very much enjoyed the c...

  • Allison Hurd
    Mar 18, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

  • Anna
    Sep 10, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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 am a passionate enough fan of Jasper Fforde's that I paid extra to get this one shipped from England instead of waiting for the US release next spring. Fforde went through a slack period a few years back and virtually disappeared after years of publishing a book a year, and as frustr...

    Odd as it may seem, early 19th century Chinese author Ju-Chen Li seems to appeal to my sense of humour more than Jasper Fforde. It?s hard to say why. I remember reading The Eyre Affair and wondering why I wasn?t particularly into it. I don?t dislike his books as such, they just d...

  • Dawn C
    Mar 03, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

  • Angela Groves
    Jul 29, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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 those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • lucky little cat
    Nov 09, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

  • Sarah
    Mar 21, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

  • Andover Library
    Jul 12, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

  • Book of the Month
    Feb 01, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

  • Ruth
    Jul 09, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

  • MTK
    Nov 30, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

  • Joc
    Aug 13, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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 those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...

    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...

    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). ...

  • Alvar Borgan
    Dec 20, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

  • Gabi
    Mar 04, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he's written some books that won't have cross-over appeal. The Tuesday Next series, for instance, is pure fantasy silliness, based on the premise that there is a book/media world ...

    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...

    By giving three stars, I am being generous (or perhaps grateful for the delight Fforde's previous books brought me). It's not a bad book, but it is extremely exposition-heavy and badly paced; we are constantly being bombarded with endless minutiae of this alternate universe where human...

    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It?s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde! Charlie Worthing is a...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I?m being more kind with this book than my last couple. In truth I think it?s probably a 3.5 Star read. Not as meh as 3 stars, but not as great as a 4 Star read. In the beginning, the reader is just dumped into this bizarre world where humans hibernate and have winter coats and ...

    No one who got cold and dirty in the Winter was ever truly welcome in the Summer. The citizenry didn't know or care what the Consuls did during the cold to keep them safe, they just wanted to wake alive in the Spring, same as always. For many people, the Winter didn't really exist exce...

    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...

    Confession: I have never been able to make it through a Jasper Fforde novel before this one. The Eyre Affair and the Thursday Next novels have always seemed way too randomly, relentlessly pun- and gag-stuffed, and frankly, I get more than enough of that at home over the dinner tab...

    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...

    In an AU Wales, Novice Winter Consul Worthing is growing his wintercoat, trying to bulk up a bit, and preparing to spend his first Winter ever awake. He...mostly makes it and then promptly everything in Wales goes to hell. It is such a fun premise, and there were lots of cool things go...

    "Winter isn't a season --- it's a calling." I first heard of author Jasper Fforde on Litsy (my favorite book app of all time) when tons of people had rave reviews for The Eyre Affair (the first novel in the Thursday Next series).  I picked up a copy at the library and devoured the ...

    An interesting idea, though why telling it should take 16 hours when it could easily be done in half is beyond me. ...

    Eine Welt, in der die Eiszeit nie geendet hat. In der die Menschen sich angepasst haben und Winterschlaf halten. In dieser Welt spielt Jasper Ffordes Roman "Eiswelt" - ein Roman, den man am besten im Herbst oder Winter liest, unter der Bettdecke, während man sich wünscht, den Wecker ...

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and look forward to all of his books, but this one fell far short of my (admittedly high) expectations. It started out murky: the reader is expected to just understand the world?s rules without much explanation. I found that I had to re-read the first ...

    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...

    DNF at 8% I absolutely loved the Thursday Next novels. They are probably one of my most favorite things to read...ever. And the premise of this one was incredibly interesting?people who hibernated during the winter (much like bears), and the few who stayed awake to guard them. ...

    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 ...

    This is my first novel by Fforde - and it certainly won't be my last. The witty prose is perfectly down my alley. I was giggling ever so often, even though some of the topics in this book aren't funny at all. Jasper Fforde has a wonderful way with characters and their peculiarities ...