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Michael Marshall Smith

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Michael Marshall (Smith) is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, ONLY FORWARD, won the August Derleth and Philip K. Dick awards. SPARES and ONE OF US were optioned for film by DreamWorks and Warner Brothers, and the Straw Men trilogy - THE STRAW MEN, THE LONELY DEAD and BLOOD OF ANGELS - were international bestsellers. His most recent novels are THE INTRUDERS, BAD THINGS and KILLER MOVE.

He is a four-time winner of the BFS Award for short fiction, and his stories are collected in two volumes - WHAT YOU MAKE IT and MORE TOMORROW AND OTHER STORIES (which won the International Horror Guild Award).

He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife and son.

OCT 25th 2012: Michael will be doing an evening event with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column at the Capitola Book Café, Santa Cruz.
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Only Forward

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Spares

4.14 avg rating — 2,865 ratings — published 1996 — 28 editions
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One of Us

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What You Make It: A Book Of...

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Bad Things

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The Servants

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Everything You Need

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A sweeping, interlocked non-fiction narrative of San Francisco from the 1960s to the late 1980s. The style's a tiny bit lowbrow at times, but it's compulsively readable, and Talbot's structure (flowing from one chapter to the next via an evolving cas ...more
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Huge fun. A circular ramble through more interesting word facts than you could shake a stick at. Initially found the style excessively arch, but soon warmed to it, and there are genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. If you like words, you should buy this ...more
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Yes, this is as good as everyone says. Flynn knows how to drag you by the hair through a story, and her prose is word-perfect wonderful without being showy. Not sure some of the later interior landscapes for Amazing Amy - a stunning character - rang ...more
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“How many times have you tried to talk to someone about something that matters to you, tried to get them to see it the way you do? And how many of those times have ended with you feeling bitter, resenting them for making you feel like your pain doesn't have any substance after all?

Like when you've split up with someone, and you try to communicate the way you feel, because you need to say the words, need to feel that somebody understands just how pissed off and frightened you feel. The problem is, they never do. "Plenty more fish in the sea," they'll say, or "You're better off without them," or "Do you want some of these potato chips?" They never really understand, because they haven't been there, every day, every hour. They don't know the way things have been, the way that it's made you, the way it has structured your world. They'll never realise that someone who makes you feel bad may be the person you need most in the world. They don't understand the history, the background, don't know the pillars of memory that hold you up. Ultimately, they don't know you well enough, and they never can. Everyone's alone in their world, because everybody's life is different. You can send people letters, and show them photos, but they can never come to visit where you live.

Unless you love them. And then they can burn it down.”
Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward

“When you're born a light is switched on, a light which shines up through your life. As you get older the light still reaches you, sparkling as it comes up through your memories. And if you're lucky as you travel forward through time, you'll bring the whole of yourself along with you, gathering your skirts and leaving nothing behind, nothing to obscure the light. But if a Bad Thing happens part of you is seared into place, and trapped for ever at that time. The rest of you moves onward, dealing with all the todays and tomorrows, but something, some part of you, is left behind. That part blocks the light, colours the rest of your life, but worse than that, it's alive. Trapped for ever at that moment, and alone in the dark, that part of you is still alive.”
Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward

“Making something secret makes it too important, elevates it to the point where it runs your life from the shadows. If you hide what's at your core from other people for too long, sooner or later you end up hiding it from yourself and waking up with no idea of who you are.”
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message 4: by Jean

Jean Kaczmarek Thanls for friending me ^^


message 3: by Mark

Mark Thank you for accepting my friendship request.
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message 2: by Sara

Sara Lowe thank you Michael for accepting my friendship invitation. Sara


message 1: by Rick

Rick Hautala I've been reading mostly non-fiction lately ... and a handful of old (60s) science fiction ... Best book, though, was THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON by Susan Jacoby ... Amazing book. Gave me lots to think about even if I didn't always agree with her ...


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