Booklist Review

Frost, Gregory. Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories. June 2005. 344p. Golden Gryphon, $25.95 (1-930846-34-7).

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 clichés, "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, Booklist, May 1, 2005

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