The Well-Built City Trilogy

3 books in series
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The Physiognomy Summary

Offering a freshly imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality.

Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town. Well-versed in serving justice, arrogant Cley sets out to determine the identity of the thief using the pseudo-science of judging people by their features, but becomes distracted from his task by a beautiful girl from town. When the young-but-wise woman rejects him, he loses faith in his abilities, and in a drug-induced frenzy he remakes her features. The subsequent horror of what he has done, what he represents, and the shallow life he leads forces him to seek atonement and true justice, risking the Masters wrath, which may entail death by head explosion.

©1997 Jeffrey Ford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Physiognomy

    • The Well-Built City Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jeffrey Ford
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Offering a freshly imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality.Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting alternate reality

    • By Kindle Customer on 31-03-11

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 2

    • Memoranda

    • The Well-Built City Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jeffrey Ford
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    After beholding the destruction of the Well-Built City, physiognomist Cley is now a simple healer seeking peace and atonement in the happy village of survivors. When the town falls into a deadly sleeping sickness, Cley must make a dangerous trip to the ruins of Citynow, beset by mechanical birds and werewolves, to seek out an antidote. The evil Master Below is still alive, but an accidental exposure to the sickness that he created has put him into a coma.

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 3

    • The Beyond

    • The Well-Built City Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jeffrey Ford
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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    Author Jeffrey Ford's World Fantasy Award-winning novel, 'The Physiognomy', introduced Cley, master of a twisted and terrifying science utilized to keep order in a nightmare city. In the brilliantly audacious 'Memoranda', the reformed physiognomist embarked on a surreal quest through the mind of the monster who imagined and constructed the dark metropolis.

    Regular price: £18.99