Search Results: "Michael Farris Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

DESPERATION ROAD by Michael Farris Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Smith writes shapely prose and sharp dialogue and everywhere displays an acute sense of the moments and pain that can define lives in a small town."
Two hard-luck cases collide in this smooth-flowing novel of the Deep South, where a Mississippi town harbors a long-brewing hunger for vengeance and a slim chance of redemption. Read full book review >

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RIVERS by Michael Farris Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Tense, moving and expertly executed."
A man attempts to put his past behind him and start a new life in the lawless society left behind in a storm-wracked post-societal Gulf Coast. Read full book review >

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DRAGONFLY by John Farris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers themselves are apt to feel seduced and abandoned when they find that none of the best storylines from the openingor the exciting pacesurvive once the novel passes through the plantation gates. (Literary Guild selection)"
Farris's latest (Sacrifice, 1994, etc.) opens at a frantic pace, seeming ready to move in two or three different directions, promising action and intrigue, then unexpectedly transforms itself into a sort of southern gothic romance. Dr. Joe Bryce makes his living by seducing and defrauding rich women, using the proceeds to live a carefree life in the Caribbean aboard his yacht. Read full book review >

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ONE OF US by Michael Marshall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"But heavy-handed deus-ex-machina action clobbers the story's more delicate facets."
Attempting to build on the success of last year's Spares, the London-based Smith serves up a nicely atmospheric but, in the end, overextended thriller about a caretaker of other people's memories who suddenly finds himself on everyone's most-wanted list. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Smith knows the Civil War in his bones, and his novel will leave readers emotionally drained but grateful."
This lean Civil War sequel packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic. Read full book review >

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JEREMIAH: TERRORIST PROPHET by Michael A. Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fallen soufflÇ. (First printing of 75,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Tritely formulaic, tongue-in-cheek psychokiller first novel, infrequently redeemed by sarcastic winks at the questionable entanglements binding TV journalists to the purveyors of media-ready sensationalism. Read full book review >

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SHACKLETON by Michael Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An illuminating perspective of the man, his mission and the era in which he lived."
"[Ernest] Shackleton today is a cult figure who has assumed a mythical, almost saintly status," writes journalist Smith (Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers, 2010, etc.) in this fascinating exploration of the man behind the myth.Read full book review >

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IMAGINE by Frances Goldin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Le Blanc's cogent, well-informed essay sums up the book's main thrust: Only a politically aware, socially committed populace can effect important and lasting change."
Passionate essays imagining a socialist America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2013

"A book of clear, practical advice."
A how-to-guide on navigating the legal intricacies of dying. Read full book review >