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Early riser von Jasper Fforde
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Early riser (2018. Auflage)

von Jasper Fforde

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Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination, and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers, whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger. He's been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters. But he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he's about to find out why.… (mehr)
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Titel:Early riser
Autoren:Jasper Fforde
Info:[New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
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Jasper Fforde certainly knows how to make an interesting setting!

In an alternate world in which humans spend 4 months of the year hibernating to survive the extreme cold weather, Early Riser delivers on its promise of a winter world as wacky as it is bleakly depressing, as matter-of-fact as it is completely off-the-wall. Dormitoria, anti-dreaming drugs, whiteout blizzards, fairytale wintervolk, frostbite, megafauna, zombies, and bureaucratic breakdown are all on the table.

Sometimes the book feels a little bogged down by all the minutiae, but in general I found Charlie a compelling protagonist and the other characters charming, and the central mystery was tense enough to keep me going. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Absolutely astounding. Once again Jasper Fforde has exceeded my expectations. I want to live inside his brain. ( )
  JessBass87 | Jul 4, 2021 |
Fforde’s parallel-Earth romp mixes humor, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery in pretty well equal measure, with an undercurrent of menace that’s late to emerge but which gets steadily darker.

This Earth, locked in a perpetual Ice Age, is populated by humans who have adapted to the harsh climate by simply hibernating through the worst of it. Since 1236, most of the population have retired to “dormitoria” in late October, emerging in late February, thinner and older, but alive. The only people active during Winter are those few charged with servicing the sleepers, maintaining order, responding to emergencies, and generally keeping civilization toddling along in low gear during the annual hiatus. Charlie Worthing is about to embark on a career as one of those people, joining the Winter Consul, a “committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.”

Things move along pleasantly enough, as Fforde has some fun with the notion of a culture where fat is good and a declining population is enhanced by children birthed specifically for adoption and reared in communal pools by the Sisters of Perpetual Gestation (Sister Zygotia, Sister Conceptia, Sister Placentia, et al), all under the stern eye of Mother Fallopia.

Charlie’s own good-heartedness gets him into hot water almost from the get-go, and he’s quickly up to his ears in trying to track down a shared dream which is creating chaos, madness, and death, and which has something to do with the pharmaceutical giant, HiberTech. The company formulated and markets a substance guaranteed to produce a safe and restful hibernation, except in those few poor souls who emerge from their winter nap minus most brain function.

This is where things start to get dark, and much of the rest of the book is devoted to Charlie and his friends (or are they?) gallivanting around through various blizzards trying to get to the bottom of a mystery which becomes increasingly malevolent.

There are also scores of subplots, from romance to self-sacrifice to social commentary to the search for possibly mythical monsters in the snow, so this winter night may be long and dark, but it’s never boring. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jun 14, 2021 |
Plot:
Charlie Worthing is a Winter Consul for the first time, meaning that they get to stay awake with a selected few to take care of the world while the rest of the people goes into their yearly hibernation. Hibernation has become less risky thanks to scientific advantages from HiberTech, but it is still a dangerous thing that not everybody survives or that produces “nightwalkers” – people with limited brain functions. So, Charlie has some big responsibilities on their plate – among them an outbreak of viral dreams. But that is just the beginning of a long winter season.

Early Riser is the first Fforde novel in a few years (and even longer if you’re just looking at novels for adults), so my expectations where high indeed. Fortunately, the book definitely delivers – it bursts with ideas and is an extremely fun read.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2019/07/14/early-riser-jasper-fforde/ ( )
  kalafudra | May 9, 2021 |
Charlie Worthing has applied to and been accepted for a job with the Winter Consuls, that hardy group of people who keep the rest of humanity safe during the annual 16-week long Winter Hibernation. Winter is a brutal season, with temperatures hovering around -50 Celsius for much of the time, so hibernating is essential. But when a dream goes viral among the Consuls and then people start dying, Charlie wonders if he has chosen the right profession after all, and that’s not even taking into account the Villains, the Nightwalkers and the possibly mythical WinterVolk who populate the Winter landscape…. I fell massively in love with Mr. Fforde’s writing back around the turn of this century when he published The Eyre Affair, still one of the most astounding books I’ve ever read, so I generally pick up his work when I run across it. For some reason, “Early Riser” which was published in 2018, passed me by until now, but I’ve finally gotten to it. Not as insane as the Thursday Next series, but still very satisfying. Mr. Fforde’s sense of the absurd is second to none, and his ability to careen off in new directions while still maintaining a coherent plot and vivid characters always make his work a joy to read. I don’t know if this is a stand-alone novel or the beginning of a new series, though I’m hopeful for the latter; more Charlie Worthing, please! Recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jan 2, 2021 |
But Fforde brings it around in the end. His relentless imagination and his affection for his characters are contagious and irresistible. If you’re already a fan of his [...], then you don’t need any convincing. If you are not yet familiar with Fforde’s extended universe, a different volume would probably be a better place to start.
 
Charlie’s confused but determined mundanity is a relatable anchor in this wild winter world, leavened by Fforde’s surrealistic humor.
hinzugefügt von ScattershotSteph | bearbeitenPublishers Weekly (Nov 12, 2018)
 
Charlie’s journey through the especially isolated and dangerous area called Sector Twelve, where there's "always something weird going on," is so absorbing, and Fforde’s wit so sharp, the reveal that the narrative is also a commentary on capitalism comes across as a brilliant twist.
 
It’s interesting in the end, and full of neat ideas that hold a far-from-flattering mirror to elements of our own existence, but so poorly paced and plot heavy that the remainder is the rub. Similarly, the setting is engrossing and almost criminally original, but Albion is a world built on the back of interminable info-dumps and masses of jargon. And all this hangs on a central character who might be witty and well-meaning, but proves so exasperatingly passive that even he might as well be asleep.
hinzugefügt von ScattershotSteph | bearbeitenTor.com, Niall Alexander (Aug 3, 2018)
 

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Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination, and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers, whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger. He's been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters. But he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he's about to find out why.

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