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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930846347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930846340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Frost (Fitcher's Brides) demonstrates his mastery of the short story form in what will surely rank as one of the best fantasy collections of the year. These 14 well-crafted tales, each illustrated by Jason Van Hollander, take a sympathetic, often witty but always unsparing look at humanity. "Madonna of the Maquiladora" highlights the injustice of godless big business using religion to control the masses. Sorrow, anger and surrealistic allegory merge in "Collecting Dust," in which a child attempts to keep his dysfunctional family from its doom. Turning genre on its head with brio, "A Day in the Life of Justin Argento Morrel" wickedly subverts the space mission tale. "The Road to Recovery," a previously unpublished novella, amusingly mixes a Hope-Crosby road movie with space opera. In the title story, Frost turns Horace Walpole's Prince Manfred into a Southern racist upon whose Castle of Otranto–like plantation rain jazz instruments of destruction. "In the Sunken Museum" nightmarishly explains Poe's last days, while "From Hell Again" finds horror in Jack the Ripper's pocket watch. Karen Joy Fowler's foreword and John Kessel's afterword round out this excellent collection.
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In the collection-opening "The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray," the hero is a gourmand who, like Dorian Gray, doesn't want to deal with consequences. Frost is all over the map after that, with the bizarre "Touring Jesusworld," about a theme park based on the historical Jesus; a speculative piece on Poe's last days, "In the Sunken Museum"; a genuinely bizarre take on space opera cliches, "A Day in the Life of Justin Argento Morrel"; and a number of hard-hitting social commentaries set in the freedom afforded by sf settings. "Collecting Dust" takes a long, surreal look at the dysfunctionality of a suburban family; "The Bus" carries a homeless man to a strange, horrible fate; and "Attack of the Jazz Giants" watches as a plantation owner and head of the local Klan is destroyed by enormous musical instruments appearing out of nowhere and the strains of jazz on the radio. Frost's stories are funny and tragic, thoughtful observations on human phenomena; together they make a collection very well worth reading. Regina Schroeder
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More About the Author

I'm a writer under the broad umbrella of fantasy literature. That means I'm not speaking of elf quests and swords and magic necessarily, but of things that might fall into the bins marked "High Weird" or "Disturbing," too. I write horror, but not the sort that splatters; rather, the kind that discomfits. Fantasy and horror are means to explore things that sometimes can't be come at head on. Sometimes they're put in play just to amuse. But always to surprise.

I workshop fiction in a number of groups with a good batch of writers whose ranks include (or have included) Judith Berman, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Jonathan Lethem, and Nalo Hopkinson. I also know a number of writers who do not workshop and should not workshop. Like anything else, whether or not you want feedback and opinions is matter of knowing yourself.

I teach writing--peripatetically--at Swarthmore College in PA, at Write By The Lake in Madison, WI, at wrtiers' conferences in Pennsylvania, etc. It's a different part of the brain, teaching, and good writers don't necessarily make good teachers, just as the reverse is true.

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Each of Nebula, Hugo, Tiptree, International Horror Guild, and World Fantasy Award finalist Gregory Frost's outstanding tales of fantasy is enhanced by the illustrations of Jason Van Hollander in Attack Of The Jazz Giants And Other Stories, a compendium of imaginative and entertaining short stories. Readers are treated to stories of an apocalyptic being that hides in a Ukrainian village; a horror that dwells in Jack the Ripper's pocket watch; a crossroads in which the Castle of Otranto connects with the Depression Era South, and more. Featuring a foreword by bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler and an afterword to each individual tale by award-winning author John Kessel, Attack Of The Jazz Giants And Other Stories is a dazzling compilation that takes the reader on a dizzying journey through fractured time and space.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Latus on July 8, 2005
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Frost has a gift for hooking you by the collar and dragging you into quirky worlds made believable, then turning you to gaze from there back into the accepted world as through a wavery two-way mirror. Thus you find yourself looking with tilted head at the homeless, or the use of religion to exploit workers, or the over-worked, ever-dissolving family, and perhaps, finally, seeing them in ways that resonate in the day-to-day. His stories are odd, quirky, angry and amusing. And they echo. Well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry W. Wagner VINE VOICE on March 6, 2006
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There's never a dull moment in Attack of the Jazz Giants. No weak entries, no experimental drivel, nothing derivative, just good stories from start to finish.

The collection begins well with "The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray," the humorous story of a glutton who passes on the cost of sins to his dates, moves on to biting social satire and commentary with "The Madonna of the Maquiladora", "Collecting Dust" and "The Bus", segues into science fiction with "A Day in the Life of Justin Argento Morrel" and "Divertimento" before moving back into (admittedly black) humor in the title story "Attack of the Jazz Giants" at its midpoint.

The second half begins with three dark tales ("Some Things are Better Left", "Lizaveta", "In the Sunken Museum"), veers towards sarcasm on its way to slapstick comedy (the darkly funny "Touring Jesusworld" followed by the Hope-Crosby homage "The Road to Recovery"), briefly dips its toes into the murky waters of the Thames (with a Jack the Ripper story called "From Hell Again"), and ends with a fable ("How Meersh the Bedeviler Lost His Toes"). Throughout, Frost shows a mastery of the short form that other writers can only envy and readers can't help but enjoy.

Reviewing the story information at the very beginning of this volume is instructive, if only because it demonstrates to those sampling his short work for the first time that Gregory Frost has been quietly penning funny, tragic, thoughtful, and vividly imagined short stories and novellas for a quarter of a century. Further research indicates that he's written several novels and some three-dozen short stories during that period. Noting that there are only fourteen examples of his work contained in Attack, you're left wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Maberry on June 11, 2006
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Gregory Frost's riveting collection of short stories, Attack of the Jazz Giants, is one of those books that makes you feel like your're sneaking around in the shadowy little rooms inside the haunted house of his brain. Stories rage from darkly funny to darkly jolting, and along the way you get to wander down some extremely strange side-corridors (such as in the title story) and you wind up in wildly unexpected places.

It's the kind of book where you do one story at a time, rather than gallop cover to cover, because you want to chew the bark off these tales to get to the real heart of each one. They stay with you, and they work on you.

Frost is a great novelist, but he's a master of the short story.
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