Having read Ford's "Web of Angels," I searched long and hard to find another of his books, suceeding finally in the back of a supremely dusty used-bookstrore in deepest downtown New York. It takes some serious reading to understand the plot--both what's going on 'right now,' and how it ties into what's happening/has happened. It reminded me of Gibson's writing a little, in that respect. It's eccentric, well-realised, and definately no kin of average SF. Find a copy, and enjoy, and reread, and enjoy, and... Well, you get the picture. Check out Gene Wolfe, while you're at it. Best fiction author of our time, I believe.