First Line Friday: Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


I was so excited when there was an actual publication date announced for a new Jasper Fforde book, only to find out that Early Riser would be out in the U.K. months ahead of the U.S. release.  Book Depository came to my rescue (though it took over two weeks to cross the country once it arrived in the states) and now I can gush and middle-aged fangirl to my heart’s content in the privacy of my own home (because middle-aged fangirling is not a pretty sight).

Here is the description from Hodder and Stoughton UK:

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 mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren’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 you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.

I love Jasper Fforde’s smartly written books for their wit, their humor, for the literary references that I recognize and those that go over my head.  Here is the first line from the first chapter of Early Riser, titled “Mrs. Tiffen could play the bouzouki”:



“Mrs. Tiffen could play the bouzouki.

I’d go on with the second sentence, but then I might not be able to stop…

Happy Friday!

Want to join in on the First Line Friday fun?  Open your current read or the book nearest to you and share the first line in the comments.  You can also head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing. 

19 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

  1. I’ve read one book by Jasper Fforde. I need to go back and read some more.

    Here’s the first line from Elizabeth Goddard’s “Stormy Haven,” a Love Inspired Suspense book.

    “Only three more miles…”

    Happy Friday!

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  2. Happy Friday!😎

    My first lines come from a book I’m reading shortly, Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis.

    The rain’s finally stopped. We’re late. I’d better get you home before your father comes looking for us carrying his squirrel rifle—thunderstorm or no.”

    “Hmm,” replied Amy. John’s attempt at humor fell short of its mark.

    Have a relaxing weekend and happy reading!😊

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  3. Now I’m curious to know what the second sentence is. I know… I have to buy the book to find out. 🙂 The book I’m sharing on my blog is “His Bluestocking Bride” by Sally Britton. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter 17. “Tucked up in her favorite chair by the library fire, Ellen turned the page in an interesting volume on the subject of astronomy.” May you be able to fully enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Sounds intriguing! Strange that the US won’t be releasing a novel about winter until spring, but yay for Book Depository!

    Today I’m sharing from Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks on my blog. It’s a standalone thriller, not part of her Gwen Marcey series, and it’s set in Alaska – always a great start! I don’t have a line to share here because I’ve been editing this week, not reading, and the first line might change. I’ll be sharing it just as soon as I get permission from the author 🙂

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    1. I’ve noticed the lag in release dates on other books by UK authors as well, and that there is an immediate choice between paperback and hardback over there. Another reason to love Book Depository!

      I’ll be looking forward to your first line – after the author decides it is just right. Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. My first line comes from The Choice by Robert Whitlow,,,

    Rutland, Georgia, 1974

    Sandy Lincoln nervously twirled her long blond hair around her index finger.

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

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  6. I’m sharing lines from A.L. Jackson’s upcoming release More of You on my blog today. It’s a second chance romance.

    Here, I’ll be sharing lines from My Kinda Forever by Lacey Black.

    “It’s a Summer sister tradition that on the first Saturday of each month, the six of us get together.  We take turns picking the location or activity, anything from margaritas and a movie to wine and painting classes at the small uptown gallery.  One thing, though, is as certain as the sun rising over the Chesapeake Bay every morning: there will be alcohol  involved. “

    Happy Reading!

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  7. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared this week on my blog is A Changed Agent by Tracey J Lyons. Shockingly I’m not reading a book right now because I finished one last night and was gone all day today. This won’t be a reading weekend for me but I’m enjoying a busy weekend with friends and family. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. I haven’t read any books by Jasper Fforde, and you have me definitely interested now. I love witty writing! I shared from The Guests on South Battery over on my blog, but here I’ll share from Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen,

    “Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my mama never let me forget it. That’s right. Royal blood runs purple through my veins.”

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  9. I love Jasper Fforde novels!!!

    Happy Saturday! 😀

    Yesterday on my blog, I shared the first few lines from Monstrous Beauty by Carol E. Keen. I’m just really getting into the book, so I’ll share another line from that book here:

    “Tucking an errant group of hair behind her ear, Annabelle Giles planned out her morning.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with excellent reading time! 😀📚

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