BookPeople hosted bestselling author Jasper Fforde with his new hit novel Early Riser. Jasper Fforde gave up his career in the film industry when his novel The Eyre Affair debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2002. He is the author of the Thursday Next series, the Nursery Crimes series, and Shades of Grey.
In Early Riser, every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite.
It’s Charlie Worthing’s first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.
He is investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which is dismissed as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artifact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling. When he gets the dreams too, it’s weird. When they start to come true, he starts to doubt his sanity.
But teasing truth from the Winter is never easy: He has to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping, and stamp collecting, ensure he isn’t eaten by Nightwalkers, whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.
But so long as he remembers to wrap up warmly, he’ll be fine.
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