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The Cosmology Of The Wider World

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Jeff VanderMeer (introduction)
173 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2005)
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Jun 19, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is a talking animal fable, but one intended for adults, full of sex and drugs and violence. It is tragic and sweet and lovely and funny and sad, and somehow manages to touch on themes of loneliness and creativity and normality as seen through the eyes of a minotaur and his friends. I could have read a hundred pages of Thip the flea's diagnostic declamations on the state of the minotaur's health.
Belius is a monster of exquisite sensitivity. Sometimes he is so overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings that he can't speak. At such times he might moo.

Belius is a minotaur,neither animal nor fully human,existing on the margins of society.Inspired by Scarfinati's great work, he devotes his time to writing his own great opus.

When he realizes the extent of his grandoise fantasy,he requires the help of his friends to restore meaning to his life.

This is a fun fable for adults with an unusual creatio
Nov 09, 2009 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-library, signed
This was the fifth publication of Ford's that I have read. He is one of my favorite authors. The copy I have is even signed by the author, being one of 500 paperback copies printed and signed by him (I have number 46). I had forgotten it was signed when I started reading it, so was in a hurry to get done with it so I could put it away somewhere safe.

From the publisher's site, here is a rundown on the plot:

Jeffrey's Ford's extraordinary fantasy novella, The Cosmology of the Wider World, is a bea
Dec 22, 2007 Adam rated it really liked it

Jeffrey Ford can write almost anything; noir, sci-fi, epic fantasy trilogies, horror, meta-fiction, literate fiction that could fit in the pages of Mcsweeneys or New Yorker, absurdism, dark fairy tales, magic realism, or something that blurs the lines between them, all in a style that blends accessible entertainment with surrealism(as the Jeff Vandermeer intro ably points out). In this book he writes a “talking animal” entertainment more along the lines of Kipling, Carroll, or Marquez than Disne
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Something is missing from this book, it has many components that make Ford's books so wonderful, and yet something is amiss... it's as if the idea never took to the sky
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Jeffrey Ford is an American writer in the Fantastic genre tradition, although his works have spanned genres including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. His work is characterized by a sweeping imaginative power, humor, literary allusion, and a fascination with tales told within tales. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied with the novelist John ...more
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