See a Problem?
Preview — The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith
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
One day Mark falls off his sk ...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
Well, not quite. I got a few little messages out of this book (there may be ...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
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
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
I'm not sure that the intro by ...more
I love this book for two reasons. First it's a very simple tale told well. Most of the action concerns four characters and takes place in the house. It's told from Mark's pov so the writing is straightforward but that makes it clear, spare ...more