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Attack of the Jazz Giants: and Other Stories [Hardcover]

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This collection of 14 stories from a Nebula, Hugo, Tiptree, International Horror Guild, and World Fantasy Award finalist takes the reader on a wonderful and nightmarish journey. Beginning with a midnight odyssey to a shadowland where vehicles feast on vagrants, this compilation includes stories in which Poe's final days are revealed, factory workers are exploited by an apparition of the Virgin Mary, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart pinwheels through the corridors of time. Also included is a tale of an apocalyptic entity that hides in a Ukranian village, a contemplation on the horror that dwells in Jack the Ripper's pocket watch, and a brand-new novella that combines an interplanetary road story with more than a dash of Flash Gordon. Behind-the-stories notes by the author are also included.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Golden Gryphon Press
ISBN  1930846347  
ISBN13  9781930846340  

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More About Gregory Frost

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gregory Frost is the author of the novels "Fitcher's Brides, The Pure Cold Light," and a number of stories that have appeared in "Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine," "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction," "Realms of Fantasy," and "Whispers," as well as in anthologies such as "Intersections" and" The Best New Horror Collections," He lives in Merion, Pennsylvania.

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Beguiling Bedevilments  Jun 27, 2007
As a regular reader of speculative fiction, particularly of the progressive and surreal variety, somehow I have remained ignorant of Gregory Frost's unique work. Well, better late than never. Frost examines the dark side of the human condition with a sly surrealism that is so subtle that it becomes creepy and disarming. Even in his occasional comedy tales - like this volume's sly opener "The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray." This collection is a multi-genre powerhouse of Frost's best work, but keep in mind that genre exercises such as supernatural creatures, science fiction gadgets, and fantasy settings are just window dressing for Frost's main phenomena of interest. Great examples are "A Day in the Life of Justin Argento Morrel" in a which a stereotypical sci-fi spaceship is the setting for an incisive tale of madness and betrayal, "Collecting Dust" which looks at the disintegration of the American family via a family that is literally disintegrating, and "The Bus" which uses a rather cheeky evil vehicle to examine how society feeds off the unfortunate. Frost also deserves props for his unique takes on historical fiction, like "In the Sunken Museum" in which Edgar Allan Poe is driven to real madness in a museum based on own his tales of madness, and "From Hell Again" which is an offbeat look at the old mystery of Jack the Ripper. And finally, the apotheosis of Frost's mastery is the stupendous "Madonna of the Maquiladora" - a devastating critique of human suffering and exploitation - which combines science fiction, religion, and social commentary more effectively than any short story I've ever seen. [~doomsdayer520~]
Greg Frost does it again  Jun 11, 2006
Gregory Frost's riveting collection of short stories, Attack of the Jazz Giants, is one of those books that makes you feel like your're sneaking around in the shadowy little rooms inside the haunted house of his brain. Stories rage from darkly funny to darkly jolting, and along the way you get to wander down some extremely strange side-corridors (such as in the title story) and you wind up in wildly unexpected places.

It's the kind of book where you do one story at a time, rather than gallop cover to cover, because you want to chew the bark off these tales to get to the real heart of each one. They stay with you, and they work on you.

Frost is a great novelist, but he's a master of the short story.
Readers can't help but enjoy this imaginative author's work  Mar 7, 2006
There's never a dull moment in Attack of the Jazz Giants. No weak entries, no experimental drivel, nothing derivative, just good stories from start to finish.

The collection begins well with "The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray," the humorous story of a glutton who passes on the cost of sins to his dates, moves on to biting social satire and commentary with "The Madonna of the Maquiladora", "Collecting Dust" and "The Bus", segues into science fiction with "A Day in the Life of Justin Argento Morrel" and "Divertimento" before moving back into (admittedly black) humor in the title story "Attack of the Jazz Giants" at its midpoint.

The second half begins with three dark tales ("Some Things are Better Left", "Lizaveta", "In the Sunken Museum"), veers towards sarcasm on its way to slapstick comedy (the darkly funny "Touring Jesusworld" followed by the Hope-Crosby homage "The Road to Recovery"), briefly dips its toes into the murky waters of the Thames (with a Jack the Ripper story called "From Hell Again"), and ends with a fable ("How Meersh the Bedeviler Lost His Toes"). Throughout, Frost shows a mastery of the short form that other writers can only envy and readers can't help but enjoy.

Reviewing the story information at the very beginning of this volume is instructive, if only because it demonstrates to those sampling his short work for the first time that Gregory Frost has been quietly penning funny, tragic, thoughtful, and vividly imagined short stories and novellas for a quarter of a century. Further research indicates that he's written several novels and some three-dozen short stories during that period. Noting that there are only fourteen examples of his work contained in Attack, you're left wanting more.

Looking at that information also proves that the decision an editor or author makes regarding story arrangement is crucial. For instance, it would have been easy to merely present the stories in chronological order. Doing it that way would have been interesting if only to chart Frost's development as a writer. The collection, however, seems purposely designed to let you laugh a bit before making you think or giving you a chill; that decision proved very wise, as it adds to the reader's overall enjoyment of these stories, proving that, at least in this case, the whole can be more than just the mere sum of its parts. Enhance the stories with wonderful cover and interior art by the talented Jason Van Hollander, and you get a package which is sure to garner some well-deserved attention from the fantasy, science fiction, and horror communities.

Frost does it all  Dec 22, 2005
Okay, I'm biased -- I've met him, and he's intelligent, funny, and socially engaged. This collection of stories has something for everyone: SF, fantasy, horror, comedy, and every possible combination of those elements. His wide range might not satisfy someone who wants a collection of stories restricted to only one universe, whether
Tolkein's or Frank Herbert's, but it insure that there's something for everyone, written in uniformly high quality. I'm going to read anything else he publishes.
A dazzling compilation that takes the reader on a dizzying journey through fractured time and space  Sep 5, 2005
Each of Nebula, Hugo, Tiptree, International Horror Guild, and World Fantasy Award finalist Gregory Frost's outstanding tales of fantasy is enhanced by the illustrations of Jason Van Hollander in Attack Of The Jazz Giants And Other Stories, a compendium of imaginative and entertaining short stories. Readers are treated to stories of an apocalyptic being that hides in a Ukrainian village; a horror that dwells in Jack the Ripper's pocket watch; a crossroads in which the Castle of Otranto connects with the Depression Era South, and more. Featuring a foreword by bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler and an afterword to each individual tale by award-winning author John Kessel, Attack Of The Jazz Giants And Other Stories is a dazzling compilation that takes the reader on a dizzying journey through fractured time and space.

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