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A youthful vagrant, Billy Tabbs has been living in the streets for as long as he can remember, scratching out a pitiable existence in a city that doesn’t much care if he lives or dies. Amidst rumors that his kind are disappearing from the alleyways and the overpasses, Billy is recruited into a bizarre homeless sect living in the underbelly of high society. It is here where ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Bitingduck Press, llc
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Ana
Imagine living your whole life as a homeless individual, starving all the time, just trying to get through the day, your only concern being the next meal. Imagine getting used to that because it's all you ever knew, to being treated less than human, and then someone comes and tells you it doesn't have to be that way, that you are worth just as much as everyone who passes you on the street and watches you suffer on a daily basis. Someone who actually wants you and tells you that you can belong to ...more
Meredith Amelotti
This novel is the debut novel of Michael P. Michaud. For a debut novel, I was pretty impressed. I was a bit skeptical when I first started reading it. There was not a real attention grabber that would grab my attention for an extended amount of time. I found my mind drifting to other things that I needed to finish, or just zoning out in general. One thing that really irritated me was how the chapters were not consistent in length. I am not saying that every chapter needs to be exactly the same, ...more
Brianna Lawson
First off I'd like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read his debut novel Billy Tabbs (& The Glorious Darrow)

I shelved this not only under my shelf dystopian favorites but also Classics because I feel like if enough people see this book it's going to be widely talked about! This would be an excellent book to assign in schools! I definitely feel like it's going to be a book that will spark conversation and good healthy debates about the fault of human nature!

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Sandy
People need a sense a belonging at least that is what I believe. No matter who you are, you need someone to care about you and sometimes that could be a four-legged animal but you need to feel a connection, a reason to keep moving forward. In Billy Tabbs, it was the individuals on the streets that joined together to form an alliance. This alliance was lead by Darrow and it began with solidarity and protocol as Darrow provides the group with security. He guides them and gives them hope, something ...more
Mrs Mac McKenzie
I received this book as a preview from Net Galley and so glad I did. It is an allegorical satire combining the larger themes from 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and Brave New World describing the community that is set up working toward a better future. I cannot and will not give too much away as it is quite deep, it gets you thinking, and it has a wicked twist at the end which made me want to reread the book knowing this information. No one should reveal this information for anyone about ...more
Peggy
When you start reading this book, it will for sure have you thinking. It's a great book! Easy to follow with a well balanced plot and character line. I had a hard time putting it down, kept telling myself one more page and would find myself reading a few more chapters. Very talented author!


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Varsha
This book is definitely different from any book I've read recently, and I mean that in the best way possible. My brain was constantly working trying to figure out what would happen next and how different aspects of the story would tie together. I don't want to give anything away so all I will say about the ending is that it was completely unexpected and thought provoking. Immediately on finishing this book I wanted to start it again with my new knowledge! A must-read for sure!!

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Ramona
Thank you for choosing me to read this novel. I was finishing this book and thinking about how to review the novel and then I read the ending. I was stunned and that does not happen very often. There were hints along the way...in hindsight you could see the pieces but I didn't see them . The novel dealt with issues of social justice and society and was extremely thought provoking. I am definitely a jacob.... It was a great well written story and I am so happy that you chose me to read and review ...more
Sonja
Very clever and thought-provoking!
Kelly Knapp
May 03, 2015 Kelly Knapp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult, and mature young adults over 16
Recommended to Kelly by: Won from Goodreads Firstreads giveaway
Well written, intense, and timely considering Baltimore and Ferguson!

A dystopian society where the lowest social class (the homeless and displaced) form a community to bring about change...Problem? It's run by a man who is a little too like Charles Manson. Billy is a teen, recruited by what may first seem like Fagin and the boys from Oliver! But Darrow is more like Bill Sykes or Charles Manson, sending his followers out to attack and destroy the upper class and like Manson, it's innocents who pa
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Sarah
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I found this book to be a really intriguing storyline. It was really interesting to see the breakdown in Darrow's original commitments. I actually find that to be really interesting - the leader of the so-called resistance basically becoming what they're fighting against. It was intriguing to see how Darrow started off with all these tenets that then started falling by the wayside.

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Polly
This is a very compelling and interesting book (and thank you to Netgalley for providing me with the opportunity to read it), with a lot of violence and gore, and while some of that is explained by the ending that I won't spoil, it's still pretty rough to read. And regarding the ending, I don't think it quite works. Almost, but not quite.
Talizmyn
Well.. that was unexpected.
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An American-Canadian citizen, Michael holds a B.A. in English, Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), and a J.D. in Law. He is employed as a Crown Prosecutor in the Greater Toronto Area.

Billy Tabbs (& The Glorious Darrow) - (2014 - Bitingduckpress) is his first novel.

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