For young Mark, the world has turned as bleak and gray as the Brighton winter. Separated from his real father and home in London, he's come to live with his mother and her new husband in an old house near the sea. He spends his days alone, trying to master the skateboard, while other boys his age are in school. He hates the unwanted stepfather who barged into Mark's life t...more
The story centers on 11-year-old boy Mark, who has just moved from London to Brighton with his very ill mother and his new stepfather. Mark is having difficulty accepting the limitations of his mother's illness ...more
Well, not quite. I got a few little messages out of this book (there may be ...more
It has the same core premise as Only Forward and Spares (and to some extent One of Us), of a solidified subconscious realm where the protagonist's psychological issues are worked out through surreally allusive imagery. Unlike those stories, however (and even despite the fact that it's set in Brighton, like certain key scenes in Only Forward), it's a tighter, ...more
The main character was a young boy dealing with the breakup of his parents, and his ill mother marrying an American and moving to Brighton. There is a lot of skateboarding out in the cold ...more
I will say i didn't enjoy it as much as a couple of his other novels but it was engaged thoroughly until the end. I liked how just because bad stuff happened in the book, there wasn't a magical resolution to the real problems, despite the servants predicament and the main characters visiting them.
I enjoyed the li ...more
But this isn't supposed to be a ghost story. I think that's what is throwing me. The point of the book is what is happening in THIS century, upstairs from the ghosts who wander the forgotten servants hall. Where an angry unpleasant boy refuses to se ...more
The problem is, that even if this is a book for teenagers the story is still told in an incredibly simplistic and naïve way. It reads more like it's for 8-year-olds, except that ...more
I was disappointed as I was expecting (and was in the mood for) a gripping ghost story, but instead was presented with a coming-of-age novel. I could have dealt with that had I not run into a severe lack of character development. The s ...more
The story revolves around a boy who moves with his sick mother to the house of his new stepfather. He feels lost, unwanted and helpless but occupies his time trying to skateboard and exploring secret rooms in the basement.
The interaction between the main characters was fair enough but the parts that involved the servants didn't make much sense to me, and the ending made no sense at all.
In conclusion the book was ...more
I finished Servants by M. M. Smith last night. It turned out to be one of those books I couldn't actually put down, which is a bit strange considering I usually dislike novels were the main character is a kid or a teenager. Stories were the main characters are kids are usually hard to write and hard to digest I think. But I put down all the other books I'm reading and read through this one fast. It was hard to put down.
I started ...more
It's a subtle ghost story. Not a haunted house story. Guess I never thought it would be, looking back to before I started reading it. More metaphor than ghost story really. And that's okay.
After all, what's wrong ...more
Мързи ме да преразказвам историята, та ще я пейстна в няколко реда от амазон:
11-year-old Mark has moved to Brighton, a decaying English resort town, with his sickly mother and her new husband, David. Mark hat ...more
With its focus on the internal world of a young boy who experiences something strange and possibly paranormal it is reminiscent of some of Stephen King's more introspective novels. Where it differs is that this book seems firmly aimed at young adults, a sense of impotent ...more
Mark has been uprooted from London, where he lived perfectly happily with his mom and dad, to Brighton, where David lives above stairs in a row house, and now Dad's gone and Mum married David and now she does everything David says.
To get away from David, Mark takes his skateboard and goes down to the pier and spends day after cloudy, grim day skating, falling down, and getting back up again.
And one day he mee ...more
Mark is forced to move out of London to the vacation town of Brighton with his mother and new step-father. Mark sees his step-father as controlling and doesn't understand his mother's constant illness. This takes a stranger turn when Mark is shown the servant's quarters underneath their new house by an ...more
Here's the book in a nutshell:
Mark moves with his sick mother and hated stepfather to a coastal town south of London. Mark really hates his step father. For some reason, the boy doesn't have to go to school because he's not in London, so he attempts to learn to skateboard. They order out Chinese a lot, and Mark spends lots of time hating his stepfather. And somewhere in ...more
here's a 17 yearold teen or ya (idkidc) haha
and guess what? ure all right tht teens might like it more thn adults.
well. i hav problems with my parents, so...
and yea i thought the servant ghosts plays a big role too
and the mysterious old lady... informant of the servants of the past? oh come on.... why tht part is not talked abt further...
well... it's quite enlightening. i like it.