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Jeffrey Ford (1) (1955–)

Author of The Physiognomy

For other authors named Jeffrey Ford, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Ford is the author of nine novels and five short story collections. He has received the World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, Nebula, and Edgar awards among others. A college English teacher of writing and literature for thirty years, he lives with his wife Lynn in a century-old farm house in a show more land of slow clouds and endless fields. show less
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Series

Works by Jeffrey Ford

The Physiognomy (1997) 429 copies
The Girl in the Glass (2005) 359 copies
The Shadow Year (2008) 355 copies
Memoranda (1999) 198 copies
The Drowned Life (2008) 192 copies
The Beyond (2001) 138 copies
Crackpot Palace: Stories (2012) 108 copies
The Twilight Pariah (2017) 102 copies
The Cosmology of the Wider World (2005) — Author — 60 copies
Out of Body (2020) 58 copies
Big Dark Hole: Stories (2021) 56 copies
A Terror (2013) 22 copies
The Best of Jeffrey Ford (2020) 16 copies
Vanitas (1988) 14 copies
Creation {short story} (2002) 11 copies
Horror Library, Volume 6 (2017) 9 copies
Rocket Ship to Hell (2013) 6 copies
Daltharee 6 copies
After Moreau 4 copies
Pansolapia 3 copies
The Coral Heart (2009) 3 copies
A Meeting in Oz (2013) 2 copies
The Delicate 2 copies
The Green Word 2 copies
At Reparata 2 copies
What Is 1 copy
Botch Town 1 copy
Sit the Dead 1 copy
Relic 1 copy
Rabbit Test 1 copy

Associated Works

Grendel (1971) — Introduction, some editions — 6,006 copies
Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contributor — 1,380 copies
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (2002) — Contributor — 1,029 copies
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (2004) — Contributor — 1,026 copies
The Living Dead (2008) — Contributor — 913 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 811 copies
Wizards: Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 773 copies
Naked City (2011) — Contributor — 633 copies
The New Weird (2008) — Contributor — 518 copies
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (2007) — Contributor — 499 copies
Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology (2008) — Contributor — 353 copies
After (2012) — Contributor — 343 copies
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016) — Contributor — 328 copies
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 306 copies
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (2010) — Contributor — 304 copies
Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) — Contributor — 300 copies
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Contributor — 282 copies
The Starry Rift (2008) — Contributor — 279 copies
Robots vs Fairies (2018) — Contributor — 227 copies
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (2012) — Contributor — 224 copies
The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (2007) — Contributor — 223 copies
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Contributor — 215 copies
The Way of the Wizard (2010) — Contributor — 206 copies
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 199 copies
The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 197 copies
The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People (2010) — Contributor — 190 copies
Haunted Nights (2017) — Contributor — 183 copies
Haunted Legends (2010) — Contributor — 183 copies
The Mythic Dream (2019) — Contributor — 167 copies
Trampoline: An Anthology (2003) — Contributor — 167 copies
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 161 copies
When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson (2021) — Contributor — 160 copies
Dead Man's Hand (2014) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 153 copies
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 151 copies
Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (2012) — Contributor — 150 copies
Running with the Pack (2010) — Contributor — 147 copies
Inferno (2007) — Contributor — 141 copies
Fearful Symmetries (2014) — Contributor — 139 copies
Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 135 copies
Supernatural Noir (2011) — Contributor — 134 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 133 copies
Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 130 copies
Alien Contact (2011) — Contributor — 128 copies
The Doll Collection (2015) — Contributor — 128 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004) — Contributor — 120 copies
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Monstrous (2015) — Contributor — 115 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 113 copies
Hauntings (2013) — Contributor — 111 copies
Fearsome Journeys (2013) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santería (2016) — Introduction — 107 copies
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contributor — 103 copies
The People's Republic of Everything (2018) — Introduction, some editions — 96 copies
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 1 (2014) — Contributor — 95 copies
Drowned Worlds (2016) — Contributor — 85 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 82 copies
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 81 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Contributor — 76 copies
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition (2007) — Contributor — 75 copies
Witpunk (2003) — Author — 73 copies
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (2017) — Contributor — 70 copies
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (2011) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 68 copies
Leviathan Three (2002) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 62 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2015 Edition (2016) — Contributor — 60 copies
New Jersey Noir (2011) — Contributor — 59 copies
Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3 (2010) — Contributor — 55 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contributor — 50 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Contributor — 47 copies
Flights: Extreme Visions Fantasy, Vol II (2006) — Contributor — 45 copies
Nightmare Carnival (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance (2022) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Book of Dreams (2010) — Contributor — 42 copies
Best Short Novels 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 42 copies
The Silver Gryphon (2003) — Author — 41 copies
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contributor — 39 copies
Floater (2003) — Introduction, some editions — 39 copies
Album Zutique: No. 1 (2003) — Contributor — 37 copies
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contributor — 37 copies
Edited By (2020) — Contributor — 36 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Contributor — 35 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009) — Contributor — 33 copies
Polyphony 3 (2003) — Author — 32 copies
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny (2013) — Contributor — 30 copies
Breaking Windows: A Fantastic Metropolis Sampler (2003) — Contributor — 29 copies
Lost Worlds & Mythological Kingdoms (2022) — Contributor — 29 copies
Letters to Lovecraft: Eighteen Whispers to the Darkness (1600) — Contributor — 29 copies
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4 (2017) — Contributor — 27 copies
Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka (2011) — Contributor — 27 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition (2017) — Contributor — 26 copies
Best Short Novels 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 25 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Author — 23 copies
Dark Faith: Invocations (2012) — Contributor — 22 copies
ODD? (2011) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018 Edition (2018) — Contributor — 20 copies
Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (2015) — Contributor — 18 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2019 Edition (2019) — Contributor — 18 copies
The Best of Electric Velocipede (2014) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Grimm Future (2016) — Contributor — 14 copies
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Contributor — 14 copies
Streetcar Dreams (2006) — Introduction — 13 copies
Avatars Inc (2020) — Contributor — 13 copies
Deserts of Fire: Speculative Fiction and the Modern War (2016) — Contributor — 12 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 32 • January 2013 (2012) — Contributor — 9 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 80 • January 2017 (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
Apex Magazine 43 (December 2012) (2012) — Contributor — 7 copies
Portents (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2014 — Contributor — 6 copies
Tor.com Short Fiction: Spring 2023 — Contributor — 6 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 93 • February 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction (2009) — Author — 5 copies
Bifrost n°44 (2006) — Contributor — 4 copies
Nightmare Magazine, February 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 3 copies
Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fifteen (2023) — Contributor — 3 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 7 — Contributor — 2 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 10 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Reviews

Story: 7 / 10
Characters: 7
Setting: 7
Prose: 8

An absolutely intriguing story about a man trying to fulfill the ridiculous request of a wealthy performer. The book keeps building with a clever story-within-a-story and a spiralling plot structure. The ending doesn't quite satisfy, The Potrait of Mrs. Charbuque is still a worthy read. Nothing in comparison to Well-Built City Trilogy though :)
 
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MXMLLN | 17 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Terrible that the end of the trilogy has to be so poor. Luckily, all the books existed largely independent of one another, so the impact is minimal. The problem was that the prose seemed to have changed. Where before the book used the voice of Cley, now Misrix was writing. His character is well read enough to have been clear, but Ford was probably unable to use the different style.
In addition, there was a lot of wasted white space on each page. The whole thing was off, taking way too long to start the interesting part of the book. Nevertheless, besides the boring adventure, the high-level plot seemed reasonable. Will still read Ford: 2/3 isn't bad.… (more)
 
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MXMLLN | 4 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Truly a remarkable book. The mnemonic world introduced in the first book is fully explored here. Sort of a bit metaphysical and drug-induced, but with a clear direction.
 
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MXMLLN | 6 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Another recommendation, but this one I really liked. It might not have been so much recommended as a date of mine was reading it and the title really appealed to me. Luckily, the prose was fun and diegesis compelling. Only con was that all the elements of the book seemed similar to others I had run into before, though not directly stolen like some children books do. For example, the main Physiognomist was clearly a Dickens' villain. The book's cover compares it to The Penal Colony and 1984.
Will definitely read the rest of the trilogy.… (more)
 
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