Jose Manuel Lopez Vazquez Manuel Lopez Vazquez desde Abercwmboi, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF44 6AD, Reino Unido
For personal reasons, I found The Empire of Ice Cream to be a fascinating and haunting read, one of my favorite books of recent times. I don't know of any other fiction that deals so directly with synaesthesia, and if Ford doesn't have that condition himself, he sure knows how to write about it. The early parts of this book, in which the narrator carefully describes his condition, are gripping and bound to be intriguing to even those who don't have that bizarre neurological condition. Halfway through the book, the story veers into psychological science fiction territory, which is pretty neat, but in a novella of this length, I probably would have preferred either the neuro-psychological angle or the science fiction angle; the length of the book doesn't allow for enough fleshing out of both. Nevertheless, this is a very worthwhile read, especially for those who like starting out a book thinking it's about something, only to realize in the middle of the read that it's about something else entirely.