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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (14 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062122592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062122599
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ford travels deep into the wild country that is childhood in this novel ...the observations and adventures of these sharp, wayward children provide more than enough depth to be satisfying."--New York Times on THE SHADOW YEAR

"[Ford's] writing is both powerful and disturbing in the best possible way."--io9 on Jeffrey Ford

"A collection of surreal, melancholy stories dealing with everything from worlds of the drifting dead to drunken tree parties. Ford is the author of the superlative, creepy Well-Built City trilogy and his writing is both powerful and disturbing in the best possible way."--Gawker on THE DROWNED LIFE

"Jeffrey Ford's latest triumph, THE SHADOW YEAR, is as haunting as it is humorous...readers will recognize real talent in Ford's vivid, unerring voice."--Louisville Courier Journal on THE SHADOW YEAR

"Children are the original magic realists. The effects that novelists of a postmodern bent must strive for come naturally to the young, a truth given inventive realization in this wonderful quasi-mystery tale by Jeffrey Ford."--Boston Globe on THE SHADOW YEAR

"Think Ray Bradbury's Green Town stories, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Stephen King's The Body (made into the film Stand by Me) and you get an idea of the tone of Ford's latest fine work. Grade: A"--Rocky Mountain News

"The trilogy [The Physiognomy, Memoranda, and The Beyond] is simply brilliant and constitutes a modern masterwork of fantasy."--Terri Windling, "Top Twenty Fantasy Novels of 2001" from Year's Best Fantasy & Horror vol. 15

"Unusual and provocative...sometimes shocking, sometimes mesmerizing, sometimes humorous, this collection will please fans of Raymond Carver and Flannery O'Connor. Recommended."--School Library Journal on THE DROWNED LIFE

"The 16 stories in this collection are a perfect introduction to Ford's work and illustrate the vast range of his imagination...If you haven't discovered Ford, it's time you did. His carefully crafted novels and short stories are all top-notch. Grade: A."--Rocky Mountain News

"The Shadow Year captures the totality of a lived period, its actualities and its dreams, its mundane essentials and its odd subjective imperatives; it is a work of episodic beauty and mercurial significance."--Nick Gevers, Locus

"Spooky and hypnotic...Recommended for all public libraries."--Library Journal

"We should be grateful that alongside the firm of Updike, Cheever, Ford & Company there exists, in both fiction and film, an American tradition that depicts the suburbs as places of wonder rather than stultification, discovery rather than predictability."--New York Newsday

"Surreal, unsettling, and more than a little weird. Ford has a rare gift for evoking mood with just a few well-chosen words and for creating living, breathing characters with only a few lines of dialogue."--Booklist

"Properly creepy, but from time to time deliciously funny and heart-breakingly poignant, too. For those of you--and you know who you are--who think the indispensable element for good genre fiction is good writing, this is not to be missed."--Kirkus Review, Starred

Unusual and provocative sometimes shocking, sometimes mesmerizing, sometimes humorous, this collection will please fans of Raymond Carver and Flannery O Connor. Recommended. --School Library Journal on THE DROWNED LIFE"

We should be grateful that alongside the firm of Updike, Cheever, Ford & Company there exists, in both fiction and film, an American tradition that depicts the suburbs as places of wonder rather than stultification, discovery rather than predictability. --New York Newsday"

Think Ray Bradbury s Green Town stories, Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird and Stephen King s The Body (made into the film Stand by Me) and you get an idea of the tone of Ford s latest fine work. Grade: A --Rocky Mountain News"

The trilogy [The Physiognomy, Memoranda, and The Beyond] is simply brilliant and constitutes a modern masterwork of fantasy. --Terri Windling, "Top Twenty Fantasy Novels of 2001" from Year's Best Fantasy & Horror vol. 15"

The Shadow Year captures the totality of a lived period, its actualities and its dreams, its mundane essentials and its odd subjective imperatives; it is a work of episodic beauty and mercurial significance. --Nick Gevers, Locus"

Surreal, unsettling, and more than a little weird. Ford has a rare gift for evoking mood with just a few well-chosen words and for creating living, breathing characters with only a few lines of dialogue. --Booklist"

Spooky and hypnotic...Recommended for all public libraries. --Library Journal"

Properly creepy, but from time to time deliciously funny and heart-breakingly poignant, too. For those of you and you know who you are who think the indispensable element for good genre fiction is good writing, this is not to be missed. --Kirkus Review, Starred"

Jeffrey Ford s latest triumph, THE SHADOW YEAR, is as haunting as it is humorous readers will recognize real talent in Ford s vivid, unerring voice. --Louisville Courier Journal on THE SHADOW YEAR"

Ford travels deep into the wild country that is childhood in this novel the observations and adventures of these sharp, wayward children provide more than enough depth to be satisfying. --New York Times on THE SHADOW YEAR"

Children are the original magic realists. The effects that novelists of a postmodern bent must strive for come naturally to the young, a truth given inventive realization in this wonderful quasi-mystery tale by Jeffrey Ford. --Boston Globe on THE SHADOW YEAR"

A collection of surreal, melancholy stories dealing with everything from worlds of the drifting dead to drunken tree parties. Ford is the author of the superlative, creepy Well-Built City trilogy and his writing is both powerful and disturbing in the best possible way. --Gawker on THE DROWNED LIFE"

[Ford s] writing is both powerful and disturbing in the best possible way. --io9 on Jeffrey Ford"

The 16 stories in this collection are a perfect introduction to Ford s work and illustrate the vast range of his imagination If you haven t discovered Ford, it s time you did. His carefully crafted novels and short stories are all top-notch. Grade: A. --Rocky Mountain News"

From the Back Cover

From the unparalleled imagination of award-winning author Jeffrey Ford come twenty short stories (one, "The Wish Head," written expressly for this collection) that boldly redefine the world. Crackpot Palace is a sumptuous feast of the unexpected an unforgettable journey that will carry readers to amazing places, though at times the locales may seem strangely familiar, almost like home. Whether he's tracking ghostly events on the border of New Jersey's mysterious Pine Barrens or following a well-equipped automaton general into battle, giving a welcome infusion of new blood to the hoary vampire trope or exposing the truth about what really went down on Dr. Moreau's Island of Lost Souls, Jeffrey Ford has opened a door into a dark and fantastic realm where dream and memory become one. "

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Jeffrey Ford - Crackpot Palace (2012, Morrow)
The inside of Jeffrey Ford’s head must be a strange, disturbing and slightly scary place. Crackpot Palace, his fourth collection, gathers together 20 stories published between 2008 and 2012, including one original to this collection, prefaced by a brief introduction and all but one followed by an author’s note.
From the first story, ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’, we are firmly in Dream Country, that odd place where logic follows its own internal rules which appear to make perfect sense at the time but twist your brain into knots when you wake or step back and try to unravel them from the perspective of the ‘real’ world. This is continued in ‘86 Deathdick Road’ in which the narrator who has gone with his wife to see “The Smartest Man in the World”, stepping outside for a smoke, finds himself lost in the grounds outside the house, variously attacked by owls and lost in a blizzard.
Relic, the longest story, is told as a number of intersecting and overlapping narratives (which, it harly needs to be mentioned, are often contradictory and unreliable), by a priest (who isn’t really a priest), a Sister (who isn’t really a nun) and a student of antiquities (who isn’t really a student), centred around the mummified foot of a saint (who may not really be a saint) housed in the shrine of a remote dilapidated church.
The uncorrupted body of a beautiful young woman fished from a creek which bears a striking resemblance to a portrait painted nearly half a century earlier poses a mystery for the coroner in the haunting tale ‘The Wish Head’, while the doppelganger games of ‘The Double of my Double is Not my Double’ move subtly and gradually between playful farce and unsettling violence.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ford Doesn't Need My Praise 25 Aug. 2012
By Richard Bowes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jeff Ford does not need praise from the likes of me. But I'm bothered that Crackpot Palace hasn't gotten more and better reviews here on Amazon.

Jeff has taught American Lit - the old stuff. And that's here in the writing: Irving, Hawthorne, Melville a solid splash of Poe are present as he shows us the Wonder and Hell of exurban New Jersey in "Down Atsion Road," "The Double of My Double is not My Double," and "86 Deathdick Road."

But he's not just a spec fiction Updike or Cheever. The range is wide: He's got a city in a bottle with "Daltharee," follows H.G. Wells in "After Moreau." Ganesha talks in the story of that name. Ford's evocation of the simultaneous mundanity and surrealism in mid-20th Century Catholicism is superb (trust me on this) in "The War Between Heaven and Hell Wallpaper."

There are twenty stories in here and I don't think there's a dud. My favorite?

Well, I did a reading with Jeff one night in New York and insisted on going first because it's not wise to try and follow him. What he came up with was "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"

It's a 1940 black and white early noir film the kind with a leading man who played bad guys in A pictures and a leading lady who's better remembered for her divorces than her movies. Except that in the way of Ford a door opens into a wilder, darker place where 1940 movies, sadly, never went.

But now you can. Go buy the book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, from horror to steampunk 28 Sept. 2012
By Laurie A. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding collection of weird fiction. The twenty stories include horror, magical realism, fantasy, and even a steampunk one. Some are outright fantasy from start to finish; others are so subtle that it's like they are our normal world, but someone has pulled it just ever so slightly out of kilter. My favorite was "Down Atsion Road", in which an aging artist is pursued by a Native American demon. The scariest? "Daddy Longlegs of the Evening", which will give anyone with arachnophobia the creeps. Note: the creature is not just a spider. It's far, far worse than that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf Speculative Fiction 15 Sept. 2012
By Daniel Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I cited Mr. Ford last week in a debate we were having on the finest examples of contemporary literature in a class over at UCF. His writing is energetic, haunting, exhilirating, lyrical, and damned funny. You'll see what I mean when you encounter this line:

The fire-eater never even turned around but kept working like he was nonunion.

I dare you not to chuckle at that one. It's just one of many great lines that speak to Ford's gifts as a storyteller. His tales have a pretty fierce duality. He packages humor with dark, dark content to great effect. Those who've read his story "The Drowned Life" can expect a lot more of that here.

And Ford's writing is just getting better. While some of the tales in this collection were written many years ago, most of them are of a recent vintage. I've read all of his collections, and this one is the best so far.

Most pitchers lose their fastball over time, and sometimes that analogy has some appropriate overlap with fiction writers. I'm happy to say that, in the case of Jeffrey Ford, his heater is alive and well.

Ford's eye for detail and ability to turn a phrase are on display in his more nostalgic stories. That nostalgia, by the way, isn't of the wondrous, rosy, geez-life-is-great variety. It's the realistic, pragmatic nostalgia that accompanies the memories we've all had of struggling through a period of time, of living in crappy apartments over crowded alleys. "Every Richie There Is" is a great example of this. It's a short examination of those people in our lives that become symbols of a certain time and place. We all know a Richie--he's abrasive and strange and frail and brash; he imposes on others and, though we may not want to talk to him every day, we feel a little weird about the days in which we don't. And then, one day, he's just gone and we're left to ponder our own mortality.

"Down Atsion Road," "The Double of My Double Is Not My Double," and "86 Deathdick Road" explore some of the same human depths. Ford is at his best when he's writing about the interior and exterior conflicts that haunt us: the fear of growing old, of being usurped, of living in isolation, of being ridiculed. The beauty of these tales, though, comes from the surreal undercurrents. There's menace in the most innocent of objects and gestures, and Ford knows just how to push those buttons to ratchet up the tension.

This narrative treasury is filled with stories of all types. "The Coral Heart" is a sorrow-filled fantasy; "The Seventh Expression of the Robot General" a gear-clicking sf story with balls; "Sit the Dead" is an idiosyncratic vampire tale.

If you haven't read Ford's stories, this is a good place to start. Once you get going, you'll find gems in his other collections as well. Highly recommended...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars competent, but feels derivative 23 Jan. 2013
By cordyceps - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading other reviewers' enthusiastic praise for Crackpot Palace, I wonder why the book didn't resonate with me the same way. The stories are clever, the settings strange and atmospheric, but somehow they don't really soar. I found myself finishing stories and thinking "Good, but not great. Maybe the next one will hit the mark."

Perhaps it's because many of the stories seem so familiar: some evoke Bradbury, some Vance, others Poe. The similarity with Gaiman is striking. Overall, it feels derivative. If you like the aforementioned authors and are hungry for more in the same vein, you may find this collection satisfying, but Bradbury is more lyrical, Vance's stories more richly imagined, and Poe has no equal. Each story in Crackpot Palace has a short commentary by the author, and I think this contributes to my reaction: it makes them feel like pastiche.

That said, Ford is a good storyteller, and when he finds his muse (especially "86 Deathdick Road") he's quite entertaining. There are just too few of these moments to make the collection compelling.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More first-rate short stories from a master 20 Jan. 2013
By D. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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The collection has it all- a great vampire hunter tale, a crime story, a supernatural thriller, even something similar to swords and sorcery. And of course there are plenty of the surreal, dreamlike short pieces Ford is famous for. If you are familiar with Ford's short fiction, you already know you want to read this. If not, this is as good a place to start as any.
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