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The Physiognomy (Thorndike Science Fiction) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Dec 2002

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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786249072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786249077
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,596,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immerses you in a richly-imagined and complex world... highly recommended. -- Enigma, September 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Award-winning Jeffrey Ford has quickly built and outstanding and unusual reputation in the field of fantasy and imaginative fiction --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 25 Dec. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What I enjoyed most about this book is its originality. I primarily read fantasy and science fiction, and after reading so many books that follow the usual cliches of the genres, it is refreshing to read a book which contains unconventional and original characters, setting, and plot. The main character begins as a most unlikeable fellow; pompus, unfeeling, and rude. I found his enlightenment and subsequent emergence as a real human being the most interesting aspect of this book. The rest of the story, also, is refreshing, interesting, and insightful. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 29 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
The morals of this book are that Beauty Is Only Skin Deep and People Should Forgive Each Others' Failings--simplistic enough to be potentially sickening. The imagery of the Fruit of Eternal Life/Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Earthly Paradise likewise could be overly familiar. Nonetheless this book is a masterpiece, largely due to a hallucinogenic atmosphere, strange settings, and a sardonic sense of humor. Frankly, I preferred Cley while he was still wicked and the Well-Built City to the Earthly Paradise.
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By A Customer on 7 Feb. 1999
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One of the most unique books I've read in years, it defies any specific genre. Ford is a masterful writer, creating some scenes that evoke such a sense of adventure that I found myself peeking around my room half-expecting to see the more frightful scenes of the book coming to life. A must-read.
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Intriguing ideas, and plot that pulls you into the reading. However, this book is not for anybody - you will have to accept whole lot about dark side of society while reading it.
In the book, you will see a development of the character of a "not such a nice person" Cley, but - it's up to you to find out everything about him. He'll have romantic encounters, too...
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Excellent original fantasy, beautifully grotesque. I couldn't put it down, and I'll certainly be picking up his other books sometime soon. Buy it. Read it.
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