It's 1911 and the townsfolk of Old Texas, Alabama, have had enough. Every Saturday night for a year, E. O. Smonk has been destroying property, killing livestock, seducing women, cheating and beating men, all from behind the twin barrels of his Winchester 45-70 caliber over-and-under rifle. Syphilitic, consumptive, gouty, and goitered, an expert with explosives and knives....more
excuse me, smonk!!!
smonk smonk smonk smonk smonk
now isn't that fun to say??
one more time: smonk
i would rather just keep saying "smonk" than write this book report, even though i thoroughly enjoyed the book. it is just too tempting to smonk.
now i understand...
okay, but for serious, because goodreads is a place for the serious reviews of books, not just a place for made-up words that shout at you float after float after float.
this is my second tom franklin, and while i don't think it was a ...more
Who, or what, the hell is Smonk?
Mister E.O. Smonk ain't no normal fellow. He's of the devil says one legend.
Some citizens claim he's of the devil but I say there's no of about it, he is the devil says another.
And the rumors . . . my goodness. He was born with teeth. He killed his mother. He bit the midwife, and gave her "ray bees."
Only one thing is certain . . .
. . . if you seek him, check Hell first.
When Eugene Oregon Smonk unleashes his own brand of HELL on Old Texas, Alabama, its resi ...more
Depraved disgusting debased debauched degraded scabrous malevolent syphilitic grotesque graphic gross gory gouty goitered violent horrible cruel mean very violent have I already said that shameless vicious vile putrid
And there are no doubt others along those lines. Now, fans of this book add a very important other word : hilarious.
But alas, mes amis, I myself cannot add that word. Every page I read of Smonk I was unlaughing fit to unburst. My ...more
The Publisher Says: It's 1911 and the secluded southwestern Alabama town of Old Texas has been besieged by a scabrous and malevolent character called E. O. Smonk. Syphilitic, consumptive, gouty and goitered, Smonk is also an expert with explosives and knives. He abhors horses, goats and the Irish. Every Saturday night for a year he's been riding his mule into Old Texas, destroying property, killing livestock, seducing women, cheating and beating men all from behind the twin b ...more
Enclosed in the back of the novel was a receipt. I treasure such discoveries. This i ...more
The easily squeamish should stay away, as Franklin never lets up with the uber-nastiness. But if you can swallow the gore-fest, you'll be rewarded by some of the finest writing in the genre, with action that ...more
The characters, even the ones you absolutely hated, had such depth to them. Some find redemption, some get a well-deserved death, some of them just get the "ray bees," but all of them leave an impression.
To me, this book brought with it almost a feeling of anxiety. You know that hollow ache you get in your stomach when you've intentionally procrastinated doing something urgent and important? I had that feeling the entire time ...more
It is rude and crude and not civil.
Unless, you can imagine a dinner party with this author, Tom Franklin, Donald Ray Pollock and Shirley Jackson. All at the same table.
If you think you could live that night out, you can probably read this book.
Bye - I have to go to church now. ...more
Smonk started out with a bang (literally) and the action never let up once. This is Tom Franklin's most vile and horrid book to date. Although Smonk himself is appalling and amusing at the same time, I found much more delight in other's stories about him - his history and superstitions. But my favorite character was Walton, the leader of the Christian Deputies, who as a northerner felt a personal mission to bring morality back to the South. Franklin creat ...more
But what begins as a McCarthy rip-off grows into so much more, a completely unexpected genre mashup with a rich mythology and twists and turns to boot. I can't even describe what happens without giving it away, but if you read this b ...more
A mean, violent, drunken, syphilitic, gout-ridden, goitered, one-eyed protagonist. A murderous prostitute. A religious zealot who drinks his own piss when he has lustful thoughts. Leeches on testicles. Burning dogs and possums. Rats. Rabies. Dysentery. Guns. Witches. Revenge. Dark family secrets. Buckets of blood.
Yup. This book rules. ...more
I'm not going to go into details (and I assure you, they would be gory details), but if you like a really well-written, yet violently absurd yarn, this is the book for you. The period style of the writing only illuminates the graphic nature of the scenes.
After reading this, I immediately went out and bought two of Tom Franklin's other bo ...more