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:403 pages pages

Early Riser Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Dec 31, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

  • Melissa McShane
    Nov 11, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

  • Lara
    Aug 25, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

    Holy moly wow. My first Jasper Fforde and I?m smitten. Review to come. First I need to reread this book immediately. ...

    Well, this book is part of my ongoing mission to diversify my reading away from my usual crime fiction comfort zone so you could say that I am relatively new to the genre. It's also my first Jasper Fforde book. Something that, after reading it, I am definitely going to rectify. I am no...

    Nach einiger Zeit wieder ein neuer Roman von Jasper Fforde. Vergleichbar ist der Roman mit Grau bzw. Shades of Grey. Auch hier ist der Schauplatz eine dystopisch angehauchte Welt, wenngleich diesmal die Gefahr von der Kälte ausgeht. Wenn im Winter Temperaturen von -40 Grad normal sind...

    In einer Welt, die der unseren gar nicht so unähnlich ist, hat die Eiszeit nie aufgehört. Jedes Jahr versinkt während der Wintermonate alles in Eis, Schnee und Dunkelheit. Selbst die Menschen ziehen sich zurück und halten Winterschlaf ? außer die Winterkonsuln. Sie wachen über ...

    After so many successful novels it is appropriate to be able to use the word Ffordian. He has this knack of being able to invent these universes with such fine detail that you so often become immersed in this wonder. Here we have a world where people hibernate and are protected by Cons...

    I was so excited to finally reading this. It took me a while to get into I really enjoyed it. Human hibernation is an interesting premise and in many ways this was much more believable than other Fforde creations. And maybe that's why I gave it just 4. It didn't win a place in my heart...

  • Shahedah
    Jan 31, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

    Holy moly wow. My first Jasper Fforde and I?m smitten. Review to come. First I need to reread this book immediately. ...

  • Marianne
    Sep 13, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

  • Kelly
    Jun 10, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

  • Fiona
    Feb 01, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

  • Kath
    Aug 02, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

    Holy moly wow. My first Jasper Fforde and I?m smitten. Review to come. First I need to reread this book immediately. ...

    Well, this book is part of my ongoing mission to diversify my reading away from my usual crime fiction comfort zone so you could say that I am relatively new to the genre. It's also my first Jasper Fforde book. Something that, after reading it, I am definitely going to rectify. I am no...

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

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

  • Alain Lewis
    Aug 15, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

    Holy moly wow. My first Jasper Fforde and I?m smitten. Review to come. First I need to reread this book immediately. ...

    Well, this book is part of my ongoing mission to diversify my reading away from my usual crime fiction comfort zone so you could say that I am relatively new to the genre. It's also my first Jasper Fforde book. Something that, after reading it, I am definitely going to rectify. I am no...

    Nach einiger Zeit wieder ein neuer Roman von Jasper Fforde. Vergleichbar ist der Roman mit Grau bzw. Shades of Grey. Auch hier ist der Schauplatz eine dystopisch angehauchte Welt, wenngleich diesmal die Gefahr von der Kälte ausgeht. Wenn im Winter Temperaturen von -40 Grad normal sind...

    In einer Welt, die der unseren gar nicht so unähnlich ist, hat die Eiszeit nie aufgehört. Jedes Jahr versinkt während der Wintermonate alles in Eis, Schnee und Dunkelheit. Selbst die Menschen ziehen sich zurück und halten Winterschlaf ? außer die Winterkonsuln. Sie wachen über ...

    After so many successful novels it is appropriate to be able to use the word Ffordian. He has this knack of being able to invent these universes with such fine detail that you so often become immersed in this wonder. Here we have a world where people hibernate and are protected by Cons...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Feb 03, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Clever and original, as Fforde always is, this just isn?t holding my attention enough to make me stay with it until the end. It might have worked better as a short story or as a novella. As Miss Jean Brodie would have said, ?For those that like that sort of thing, that is the sort ...

  • Phrynne
    Apr 16, 2017

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

  • Anna
    Sep 10, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

  • Angela Groves
    Jul 29, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    This was one brilliantly funny and bonkers book. It's been a while since I have read a book that has just been fun, even with the slightly disturbing thought of how vaunerable we are when we sleep. Set in an alternate universe Wales where mankind hibernate through the winter, the story...

  • Nigel
    Aug 23, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

  • Ivo
    Dec 27, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

  • Kaitlin
    Jan 24, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

  • Klaus Varias
    Dec 09, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

  • lucky little cat
    Nov 09, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Irifev
    Aug 07, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

    Holy moly wow. My first Jasper Fforde and I?m smitten. Review to come. First I need to reread this book immediately. ...

    Well, this book is part of my ongoing mission to diversify my reading away from my usual crime fiction comfort zone so you could say that I am relatively new to the genre. It's also my first Jasper Fforde book. Something that, after reading it, I am definitely going to rectify. I am no...

    Nach einiger Zeit wieder ein neuer Roman von Jasper Fforde. Vergleichbar ist der Roman mit Grau bzw. Shades of Grey. Auch hier ist der Schauplatz eine dystopisch angehauchte Welt, wenngleich diesmal die Gefahr von der Kälte ausgeht. Wenn im Winter Temperaturen von -40 Grad normal sind...

  • Andover Library
    Jul 12, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • PinkAnemone
    Jan 19, 2019

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Another DNF (I seem to have had a few in a row) as this book just didn't interest me. I've had mixed feelings on this author before so it doesn't surprise me that this book wasn't really to my liking, but it's a shame as I think the concept was strong but the execution of this story fe...

    Anfangs kann man noch den Eindruck bekommen, in eine skurrile Fantastik-Persiflage à la Douglas Adams hineingeraten zu sein, zu sehr erinnern der Wortwitz (z.B. die Namen der Nonnen, die den Pool aka das Waisenhaus betreiben) und Skurillität einiger Ideen (Bouzouki-spielender Zombie)...

    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...

    Ich war sehr positiv überrascht. ...

    Holy moly wow. My first Jasper Fforde and I?m smitten. Review to come. First I need to reread this book immediately. ...

    Well, this book is part of my ongoing mission to diversify my reading away from my usual crime fiction comfort zone so you could say that I am relatively new to the genre. It's also my first Jasper Fforde book. Something that, after reading it, I am definitely going to rectify. I am no...

    Nach einiger Zeit wieder ein neuer Roman von Jasper Fforde. Vergleichbar ist der Roman mit Grau bzw. Shades of Grey. Auch hier ist der Schauplatz eine dystopisch angehauchte Welt, wenngleich diesmal die Gefahr von der Kälte ausgeht. Wenn im Winter Temperaturen von -40 Grad normal sind...

    In einer Welt, die der unseren gar nicht so unähnlich ist, hat die Eiszeit nie aufgehört. Jedes Jahr versinkt während der Wintermonate alles in Eis, Schnee und Dunkelheit. Selbst die Menschen ziehen sich zurück und halten Winterschlaf ? außer die Winterkonsuln. Sie wachen über ...

  • penwing
    Aug 11, 2018

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 my favourite authors and I have been waiting it seems for ages for him to write something new! Here it is at last and it is worth every minute of the wait. This new book is written in Fforde's typical quirky and inventive style. The setting is an alternate W...

    I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this title on Netgalley as I am a massive fan of the authors works. Once again Jasper Fforde has created a world that initially seems insane but is written with such practical language and real characters that by the end of the book it's co...

    Early Riser is the fourteenth novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Worthing gladly deserts his Assistant House Manager job at St Granata?s Pooled Parentage Station in Cardiff when the opportunity to become a Winter Consul presents. With a bare minimum of ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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 ...

    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...

    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 ...