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Heat of Fusion and Other Stories

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
John M. Ford is an astonishingly versatile writer. He has written award-winning fantasy novels (The Dragon Waiting, winner of the 1984 World Fantasy Award), award-winning fantasy role-playing games (The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues), New York Times bestselling Star Trek novels (the classic The Final Reflection and How Much for Just the Planet), and the only poem to eve ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Tor Books
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William Leight
Mar 18, 2016 William Leight rated it liked it
John M. Ford is another of those writers whose biggest fans always seem to be other writers. I usually find that I don’t like these writer’s writers as much as I do their fans (I believe it was Neil Gaiman’s rave reviews that persuaded me to read Ford), and although I enjoyed “The Dragon Waiting”, Ford’s magical alternate history of the Wars of the Roses, with “Heat of Fusion” we’re more or less back to the status quo. The book is a slightly strange combination of old-fashioned narrative poetry ...more
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Aug 17, 2011 Joshua Bizeau rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Timothy Blaisdell
John M. Ford was an astoundingly good writer and this collection of quixotic short stories and poetry shows off the diverse array in whit and whimsy of which Ford was capable. One of the best surprise reads I've ever purchased purely on a whim. Highly recommended to all looking for something to shake up their collection of science fiction and especially to those who love endlessly re-readable poetry and short stories which are as entertaining as they are broad and thought-provoking.
Res
Apr 11, 2007 Res rated it did not like it
Shelves: sff, didnt-finish
I probably ought to give this more of a chance than I have; I abandoned it about a third of the way through. The poetry is doggerel, not even worth the effort of reading. Many of the stories are war stories, brutal enough to be unpleasant to read; there's actually an underlying brutality to all the stories, which I don't like. And in many of the stories, I can't figure out what's going on.
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May 14, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it
As with most collections, I loved some stories ("The Hemstitch Notebooks") and found a few others a bit difficult to get into, but all of them worth reading.
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John Milo "Mike" Ford was a science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer and poet.

Ford was regarded (and obituaries, tributes and memories describe him) as an extraordinarily intelligent, erudite and witty man. He was a popular contributor to several online discussions. He composed poems, often improvised, in both complicated forms and blank verse, notably Shakespearean pastiche; he also wrot
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