James P. Blaylock

James P. Blaylock

in Long Beach, California, The United States
September 20, 1950



James Paul Blaylock is an American fantasy author. He is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right.

He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receiving an M.A. in 1974; and lives in Orange, California, teaching creative writing at Chapman University. Many of his books are set in Orange County, California, and can more specifically be termed "fabulism" — that is, fantastic things happen in our present-day world, rather than in traditional fantasy, where the setting is often some other world. His

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The Last Coin

3.94 avg rating — 746 ratings — published 1988 — 13 editions
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3.54 avg rating — 567 ratings — published 1986 — 16 editions
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Paper Grail

4.01 avg rating — 414 ratings — published 1991 — 10 editions
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The Elfin Ship

3.81 avg rating — 409 ratings — published 1982 — 9 editions
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The Digging Leviathan

3.63 avg rating — 395 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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All The Bells on Earth

3.93 avg rating — 310 ratings — published 1995 — 6 editions
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The Rainy Season

3.63 avg rating — 286 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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Lord Kelvin's Machine

3.43 avg rating — 301 ratings — published 1992 — 11 editions
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The Disappearing Dwarf

3.96 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 1983 — 7 editions
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The Knights of the Cornerstone

3.32 avg rating — 268 ratings — published 2008 — 7 editions
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The Last Coin Paper Grail All The Bells on Earth
The Christian Trilogy (3 books)
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The Balumnia Trilogy (3 books)
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Night Relics Winter Tides The Rainy Season
The Ghosts Trilogy (3 books)
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“Strange things are said to have happened in this world — some are said to be happening still — but half of them, if I'm any judge, are lies.”
James P. Blaylock, Paper Dragons

“Considering the number of ghastly love poems that had been written and which seemed fairly clearly a waste of everyone's time, Jonathan couldn't help but be surprised that coffee hadn't been thus immortalized.”
James P. Blaylock, The Elfin Ship

“He’d given up squid merchanting when he’d found that the creatures inhabited his dreams, all leggy and cold.”
James P. Blaylock, Homunculus


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