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"Thoughts are things. Thoughts create things. Quantum physics proves the power the observer has over what he or she observes, how just witnessing an event helps to create that event. And it is hard to distinguish reality from how we perceive reality, a dizzying rabbit-hole adventure we must shrug off everyday in order to just make it through to the next. Not so in the world of Jeffrey Ford's Well-Built City Trilogy, where manifestations of consciousness and sub-consciousness have equal footing and dream logic holds sway. A deft and enormously entertaining storyteller, Ford walks the fine line between visionary surrealism and beguiling plot twists, creating that oft-sought-after satisfying reading experience: you never want the story to end." Kelly Everding, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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Offering a freshly-imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality. Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town. Well-versed in serving justice, arrogant Cley sets out to determine the identity of the thief using the pseudo-science of judging people by their features, but becomes distracted from his task by a beautiful girl from town. When the young-but-wise woman rejects him, he looses faith in his abilities, and in a drug-induced frenzy he “remakes” her features. The subsequent horror of what he has done, what he represents, and the shallow life he leads forces him to seek atonement and true justice, risking the Masters wrath, which may entail death by head explosion.

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Offering a freshly-imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality. Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town. Well-versed in serving justice, arrogant Cley sets out to determine the identity of the thief using the pseudo-science of judging people by their features, but becomes distracted from his task by a beautiful girl from town. When the young-but-wise woman rejects him, he looses faith in his abilities, and in a drug-induced frenzy he remakes her features. The subsequent horror of what he has done, what he represents, and the shallow life he leads forces him to seek atonement and true justice, risking the Master's wrath, which may entail death by head explosion.

About the Author

Jeffrey Ford is a writing teacher at Brookdale Community College and the author of The Empire of Ice Cream, The Fantasy Writers Assistant, The Girl in the Glass, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuqu, and Vanitas. He is the winner of a Nebula Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He lives in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

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ISBN:
9781930846531
Author:
Ford, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Golden Gryphon Press
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Physiognomy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Well-Built City Trilogy
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
210
Dimensions:
8.18x6.36x.61 in. .59 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Thoughts are things. Thoughts create things. Quantum physics proves the power the observer has over what he or she observes, how just witnessing an event helps to create that event. And it is hard to distinguish reality from how we perceive reality, a dizzying rabbit-hole adventure we must shrug off everyday in order to just make it through to the next. Not so in the world of Jeffrey Ford's Well-Built City Trilogy, where manifestations of consciousness and sub-consciousness have equal footing and dream logic holds sway. A deft and enormously entertaining storyteller, Ford walks the fine line between visionary surrealism and beguiling plot twists, creating that oft-sought-after satisfying reading experience: you never want the story to end." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Synopsis" by , Offering a freshly-imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality. Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town. Well-versed in serving justice, arrogant Cley sets out to determine the identity of the thief using the pseudo-science of judging people by their features, but becomes distracted from his task by a beautiful girl from town. When the young-but-wise woman rejects him, he looses faith in his abilities, and in a drug-induced frenzy he remakes her features. The subsequent horror of what he has done, what he represents, and the shallow life he leads forces him to seek atonement and true justice, risking the Master's wrath, which may entail death by head explosion.
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