Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #170 - The Ferryman Institute

Waiting On Wednesday, where we put the spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating, is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

This week's choice is -

The Ferryman Institute - Colin Gigl 
ISBN - 9781501125324
Publisher - Gallery Books
Release date - September 27 2016

In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the bestselling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life.

Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people - somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that’s as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie’s pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life - that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute - but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie’s not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it’s the first time he’s felt right in more than two hundred years.

When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie’s not about to lose the only living, breathing person he’s ever saved without a fight. He’s ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he’s willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it.

Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor.

I'll admit I'm curious about this because of its comparison to Jasper Fforde's work so it has a lot to live up to! It does sound fun though and I love stories about the different guises of ferrymen. Fingers crossed it's at least half as good as it sounds! 


  1. Hmm...this one sounds very different, but interesting. I'm intrigued. I hope you enjoy it!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. I have an ARC of this to start in early September - thanks for the reminder. I think it sounds like a fun read and great for the fall. I am such a mood reader around Halloween and Christmas. Hope we both love it!

  3. This wasn't on my radar, but it sounds great. I'm curious about the Jasper Fforde comparison as well.

  4. Ooh, I love this idea! It sounds very different, but in a good way. I'm intrigued by the comparison to Jasper Fforde as well, as he is a fantastic writer and I really enjoy his writing style.

  5. I'm a huge Jasper Fforde fan and I can't wait to read this as well. Plus I got a copy at Comic Con so I have no excuse not to read it:-) Great choice!


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