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EARLY RISER By Jasper Fforde
Reading Jasper Fforde is like being invited to a literary-themed dinner party. You know some things for sure: It’s going to be long, it’s going to get weird and you’re going to have fun. By the end of the night, you will have consumed a great deal. You might not be full, because a lot of what was served was pretty fluffy. But the next morning, you don’t regret having gone. And even if you don’t feel the need to do it again immediately, you’ll say yes the next time you’re invited.
Fforde’s latest, “Early Riser,” is a stand-alone novel. Fans of his previous work, including “The Eyre Affair” (and its many sequels) and “Shades of Grey,” should be right at home in this new book. Although not connected to the Thursday Next series, or any other existing worlds of his, “Early Riser” has all of the elements and sensibility that have earned Fforde a sizable and devoted following: wordplay, allusion, a playful exuberance and — of course — his signature method of World-Building via Copious and Suggestive Use of Capitalization, often in the service of creating Imaginary Socioeconomic Hierarchies and Related Governmental Agencies.
[ Read our review of “The Eyre Affair” ]
The requisite Social Hierarchy in “Early Riser” is sleep-related: who gets to do it, who doesn’t. In the alternate reality of this novel (set in and around Wales), humanity hibernates four months out of every year, like bears, gorging on calories in preparation for the long, severe winter. Those who have the means to afford a drug called Morphenox can ensure that their slumber is dreamless and peaceful.
Why would they want to do this? Because dreams, it is believed, are wasteful, an unnecessary expenditure of calories during a precarious and vulnerable time, putting dreamers at risk of using up all of their stored fats. Worst-case scenario: The dreamer becomes Dead in Sleep. Thus the need for the requisite Governmental Agency to oversee hibernation. The Winter Consuls are those brave and foolhardy individuals tasked with ensuring the safety and well-being of the other 99 percent of humanity.
Our protagonist, Charlie Worthing, has just been recruited as a Winter Consul. Well, not quite — he begins as a Novice, but through a series of events, soon finds himself with a battlefield promotion and mixed up in things way above his pay grade. In the far-flung, highly dangerous Sector 12, Charlie has to deal with, among other things, the undead (nightwalkers), Wintervolk (mythical monsters that probably don’t exist — unless they do) and even Englishmen, known as Villains.
All of which might just be warm-up for Charlie’s biggest problem, a potential conspiracy involving HiberTech, a corporation that has, for years, profited handsomely from the hibernation industry, and that may or may not be involved in a struggle against a shadowy splinter group calling itself RealSleep.
There is a sense of wanting it all to add up to a bit more. To feel that the witticisms and allusions are not only clever but insightful. There are haves and have-nots — that much is clear and well done. Beyond that, is this saying something about climate change? Or corporate malfeasance? Or the pharmaceutical industry’s pathologization of various components of the most mysterious and seemingly ineffable parts of the human condition, right down to and including our dreams?
It’s not so much that the book is less than the sum of its parts. It’s just that there are so many parts. “Early Riser,” while never underwritten, can be at times a bit underfelt, the verbal dexterity crowding out the room for emotion.
Every few pages a new character or Capitalized Feature of the World is introduced, and before we have a chance to enjoy it, we’re onto the next, and then the next. The velocity and variety of ideas and plot keep things from getting stagnant but also run the risk of dilution.
The flip side of the whimsicality, of skipping along, is wanting to slow down at times, to deepen our feelings about the characters. As a reader, it can be hard to spread the emotional investment across such a wide range of them. For example, in this passage, 11 different characters (or Corporate Entities) are mentioned within the space of half a paragraph:
“I thought of Mrs. Tiffen, who had been redeployed, then Josh and how he wasn’t happy with it. Then Lucy Knapp and her pride at working at HiberTech, and Aurora and what it might actually have been like — physically and psychologically — if I had bundled with her. I thought of Toccata and her aggressive manner, then about Laura’s desire to see Wintervolk proven, the somewhat-unhinged Jonesy with her fictional nostalgia and Fodder with his much-needed nightmares, and then Birgitta.”
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 (and there are a lot of them — for proof, look no further than the Fforde Fiesta, an annual celebration of Fforde and his work; seriously, how many authors have both the quantity and fervency of fans to merit such an event?), 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.
Every book of Fforde’s seems to be a cause for celebration and a source of pleasure for many people, and for good reason. “Early Riser” may not be my favorite of his novels, but I laughed and had fun. As long as he keeps his literary party going, I’ll keep dropping in.B:
春夏秋冬9肖必中特…… 【同】【时】，【在】【墓】【地】【外】，【一】【个】lem【族】【的】【祖】【先】【也】【走】【了】【出】【来】：“【今】【天】【是】【我】【们】【应】【对】【幽】【灵】【种】【族】【的】【时】【候】！【如】【果】【他】【们】【利】【用】【我】【们】【的】【人】【民】【做】【牺】【牲】，【那】【么】【我】【们】【将】【杀】【死】【所】【有】【人】！【此】【时】，【魔】【像】【的】【祖】【先】【也】【冲】【了】【过】【去】。 【此】【刻】，【从】【天】【墓】【地】【外】【面】【又】【出】【现】【了】【三】【位】【祖】【先】。【隐】【藏】【在】【附】【近】【的】【其】【他】【种】【族】【的】【数】【百】【个】【大】【人】【物】【成】【为】【了】【先】【锋】【队】。 【四】【位】【祖】【先】【带】【领】【该】【团】
【韩】【盛】【做】【了】【一】【个】【很】【长】【的】【梦】。 【梦】【里】【他】【经】【历】【了】【很】【多】！ 【而】【如】【今】，【梦】【醒】【了】。 【他】【的】【分】【身】【还】【在】【地】【球】【上】【以】【韩】【劲】【的】【身】【份】【继】【续】【生】【活】【着】。 【只】【是】【本】【体】，【已】【经】【苏】【醒】【了】【过】【来】。 【他】【的】【生】【命】，【已】【与】【这】【个】【世】【界】【融】【为】【一】【体】！ 【他】【已】【经】【突】【破】【了】【这】【方】【宇】【宙】【的】【限】【制】，【成】【为】【了】【真】【正】【的】【四】【维】【生】【物】！ 【但】【这】，【并】【不】【是】【真】【正】【的】【尽】【头】！ 【尽】【头】【还】【在】【远】【方】
【乔】【斯】【年】【从】【楼】【上】【下】【来】，【小】【跟】【着】【跟】【在】【出】【操】【的】【队】【伍】【后】【面】，【隔】【壁】【老】【李】【的】【那】【声】‘【嫂】【子】’【那】【么】【响】【亮】，【他】【隔】【了】【十】【几】【米】【都】【听】【到】【了】。 【明】【知】【道】【周】【珘】【对】【他】【没】【意】【思】，【乔】【斯】【年】【还】【是】【红】【了】【耳】【尖】，【不】【过】【抵】【达】【周】【珘】【楼】【下】【时】，【他】【已】【经】【恢】【复】【了】【平】【时】【的】【冷】【静】，【抬】【首】【看】【上】【去】【跟】【她】【打】【招】【呼】：“【吃】【过】【早】【餐】【我】【到】【镇】【上】【去】，【镇】【上】【圩】【日】，【你】【有】【兴】【趣】【吗】？” 【周】【珘】【点】【头】：“【你】
【方】【林】【装】【作】【不】【经】【意】【的】【掠】【过】，【那】【黑】【色】【海】【鱼】【混】【杂】【在】【其】【他】【海】【鱼】【群】【之】【中】，【本】【就】【不】【显】【眼】【的】【它】，【更】【是】【几】【乎】【难】【以】【察】【觉】【到】【了】。 【但】【方】【林】【却】【是】【出】【其】【不】【意】，【天】【目】【力】【量】【四】【散】【开】【来】，【将】【方】【圆】【数】【百】【里】【的】【海】【域】【都】【封】【锁】【起】【来】。 【紧】【接】【着】，【方】【林】【直】【接】【便】【是】【朝】【着】【那】【黑】【色】【海】【鱼】【勐】【然】【而】【去】。 【这】【一】【下】【来】【得】【极】【为】【突】【然】，【那】【黑】【色】【海】【鱼】【根】【本】【没】【想】【到】【方】【林】【早】【就】【已】【经】【察】【觉】【到】春夏秋冬9肖必中特【一】【白】【一】【黑】【两】【个】【灯】【笼】【悬】【浮】【中】【带】【着】【秦】【羽】【穿】【过】【十】【八】【层】【地】【狱】，【本】【想】【着】【直】【接】【略】【过】【供】【养】【阁】，【但】【忽】【而】【间】，【那】【两】【座】【灯】【笼】【竟】【是】【停】【顿】【了】【一】【下】，【它】【似】【乎】【是】【在】【矛】【盾】。 【供】【养】【阁】【乃】【是】【接】【受】【祭】【品】【和】【分】【发】【的】【场】【所】，【可】【以】【这】【灯】【笼】【之】【前】【的】【话】【语】【来】【看】，【秦】【羽】【乃】【是】【生】【人】，【不】【应】【该】【有】【着】【这】【种】【事】【物】【存】【在】，【故】【而】，【片】【刻】【后】【又】【是】【急】【急】【朝】【着】【远】【处】【飞】【去】，【可】【令】【人】【无】【法】【理】【解】【的】【是】，
【第】【三】【百】【七】【十】【章】 【对】【于】【割】【喉】【者】，【齐】【小】【年】【可】【是】【没】【什】【么】【好】【印】【象】【的】，【毕】【竟】【他】【第】【一】【次】【得】【知】【这】【个】【名】【字】【的】【时】【候】，【就】【是】【在】【他】【去】【自】【由】【阵】【线】【大】【楼】【的】【时】【候】，【那】【会】【儿】【刚】【好】【遇】【到】【了】【凶】【杀】【事】【件】，【被】【袭】【击】【的】【都】【是】【灵】【能】【者】，【而】【凶】【手】【就】【是】【这】【个】【被】【称】【作】【割】【喉】【者】，【但】【并】【不】【知】【道】【他】【的】【真】【实】【名】【字】，【甚】【至】【没】【有】【人】【见】【过】【他】【的】【真】【面】【目】。 【而】【且】【让】【齐】【小】【年】【印】【象】【更】【加】【深】【刻】【的】【时】【候】
“【听】【不】【懂】？【啧】，【这】【大】【概】【是】【我】【来】【到】【这】【里】【之】【后】，【听】【到】【的】【最】【好】【笑】【的】【笑】【话】【了】。”【洛】【琼】【意】【味】【深】【长】【的】【对】【着】【廖】【婷】【婷】【笑】【了】。 【她】【完】【全】【没】【想】【到】，【这】【个】【妖】【灵】【夺】【舍】【了】【廖】【婷】【婷】【的】【身】【体】【也】【就】【罢】【了】，【竟】【然】【还】【敢】【来】【招】【惹】【她】。 【当】【然】，【会】【招】【惹】【她】【无】【所】【谓】，【但】【是】【用】【这】【样】【的】【手】【段】，【当】【真】【是】【有】【些】【让】【她】【无】【语】【至】【极】，【如】【果】【她】【没】【感】【受】【错】【误】【的】【话】，【对】【方】【这】【是】【想】【用】【女】【人】【之】【间】