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At times literary, at other times surreal, this collection offers an eclectic group of stories that deal with real-life conflicts, human values, and coming-of-age experiences all placed within fantastical settings. One tale recounts the author's search for a Kafka story that can only be found in an elusive and quite possibly cursed edition. Other stories feature humans dressing in full-body protective exoskins in the personas of old Hollywood movie stars to barter old Earth movies for an alien aphrodisiac and a young boy coming to terms with creation and molding his own man out of detritus from a nearby forest. In the title story, a great fantasy writer loses touch with the world he has created and pleads with his young assistant to help him visualize the story's end and enable him to complete his greatest novel ever.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.94" Height: 1" Weight: 1 lbs.
Publisher Golden Gryphon Press
ISBN 193084610X ISBN13 9781930846104
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More About Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford is the author of three previous story collections and eight previous novels, including the Edgar(R) Award-winning The Girl in the Glass and the Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Shadow Year. A former professor of writing and early American literature, Ford now writes full-time in Ohio, where he lives with his wife.
Jeffrey Ford currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Jeffrey Ford was born in 1955.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories: And Other Stories?
A Ford Expedition Mar 31, 2008
This is a far ranging collection of stories from Ford. I liked the longer more than the shorter ones. What I really liked was his comments following each of the stories. Fortunately, they did follow rather than precede them. I really disliked Michael Swanwick's comments being used as an introduction. It should have been placed at the end.
There are three reasons I rarely compare one writer's style with that of other writers: 1. My memory isn't all that great anymore. 2. I'm too lazy to re-read to see if what memory I have left is accurate. 3. Some reviewers are more interested in showing off than making valid comparisons. My memory and laziness keep me from being tempted to show my ignorance.
Let me simply say that Jeffrey Ford writes like someone I would like to read again. And I will!
Literate, scholarly and fun stories... Jan 31, 2006
I've only read THE FANTASY WRITER'S ASSISTANT from this collection so far, but it was a weird, twisted and fun take on plain old heroic fantasy told in a literate way. That's what I liked most-- Ford's refusal to write stuffy fiction despite his intellectual ability to do so. Add to that an approach to the idea that involves writers themselves, and you've got potential for a cult book here. I've bought all five of his books that I could find, and have plans to read them.
Ford is an original Feb 1, 2005
Ford's short stories are finely crafted gems that displays an originality of vison entirely it's own. Sometimes absurdist, sometimes surrealistic or bleakly humorours but always humane and profound, this short stories are great examples of contemporary fantastical fiction.
And he isnt even in bookstores... May 3, 2004
Its a sad commentary that Jeffrey Fords work is not in major bookstores. I know because I've looked. I realize they only keep newer titles, unless a particular writer or work has had much success. But still.
Reading Exo-skeleto town in FWA (the first one I read), I thought, Wow. This is probably the best story in this book. Because its so good that a writer cant possibly keep up this level of quality. And usually there are maybe two or three gems in a short story collections; the rest is garbage.
Then I read Fantasy writers assistant. And was proven wrong. Not only is FWA better than exo town, but each subsequent story I read gets better and better. I can say besides maybe the work of Chuck Beaumont, and a Joe Lansdale, I've never read a guy who packs this much quality into each and every short story.
A must have book. Mar 26, 2004
This will forever be one of my all time favorite books. I will lend this to my close friends, loved ones, and one day read to my children before bed. This is the type of book that makes you want to be a writer. Each short story is better than the last. His writing is so incredible that it would be wrong to describe him by comparing to others. But, if you need a reference, Jorge Luis Borges and Steven Millhauser tap into the same realm of great imagry and imagination. Plus, after each story Ford reveals his inspirations,and techniques (basically the behind the scene story). It's a must have book.