The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still ...more
Lock your doors and watch your children....
....this book is batty-bonkers meshuggah- FANTASTIC!
...MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH
is a writer-rock-star!!!
Ive read everyone of his books - loved each one - and Blackwood tops them all!!
Its tempting to share details - but the less you know the better.
Blackwood starts with two gripping beginning scenes: 1956....
Then jumps to 1975: with another gripping scene.
Both scenes never leave the readers thoughts
.....the action kept moving ...more
What a unique talent Michael Farris Smith has here with setting the powerful and distinctive tone and mood to Blackwood. I have not experienced anything like it before. It provoked a quiet feeling of bleakness, darkness and hope that whispered to me through the imagery used to the story.
The bleak, dark and sinister evil that hovers over the edges of Red Bluff, Mississippi and the story quietly started to consume me ...more
- A young boy who witnesses a family tragedy
- A man, a woman and a boy: people with virtually nothing who become stranded in a small town
- A sculptor who collects scrap metal which he intends to turn into strange forms
- A girl who owns a run-down bar and and lives with memories of her fortune teller mother
Who are these people and how are they connected? We are to learn the answers, but slowly as this often harrowing but completely engrossing tale plays out.
In theory Blackwood should have been a slam dunk for me. I mean the damn thing starts with a kid walking in on his dad attempting to hang himself. Now if that aint bleak, I dont know what is and yall know I love bleak. Add in some questionable drifters and a small Southern town with a creepy vibe and this sucker should have been everything I was looking for. So what went wrong???? At first I thought . . . . .
Because this is the ...more
Smith reaches back into something fearful. Something fearful that bears no name. It reared its ugly head in the ...more
Ok, I'm in a reading slump, I admit it. I just can't seem to get moving this year and feel like one big nasty grump who doesn't like anything. So after my last two week long 3 star read, a book almost everyone loved (but me) I decided to go to one of my favorite authors....Michael Farris Smith.
BLACKWOOD is his newest and my sixth MFS novel, with four solid 5 Star and one 4 Star previously, and I almost gave BLACKWOOD 4 Stars just for the super freaking fantastic skull book cover, but 3...more
There is a small town called Red Bluff in Mississippi. This book is set there. It feels as though it is somewhere where nothing much happens and hasn't for sometime. A vagabond family that no one knows anything about and seem a little less than desirable arrives. Colburn comes into the town and it seems as though there may be a history there. The sheriff has become accustomed to not needing to deal with ...more
Blackwood is set in rural Tennessee where a small town has been surrounded and all but taken over by the invasive weed kudzu, which covers and ultimately chokes all other vegetation and any houses which arent constantly defended. Into this town come ...more
The atmosphere he creates is overwhelming - sinister and mysterious. Invasive kudzu is smothering the landscape, whole houses left to moulder away under its layers, and we are led to wonder about how it used to be. It is a constant presence in the lives we read about here, blighted by tragedy, ...more
Perfect cover for this book!! ...more
The trio stumble into a lonely little town, where the kudzu vibes are rampant and will take over the town if the people dont keep them at ...more
This is Southern Gothic noir at its best. His description of small town life is beautifully done as is that of the demons that lurk in the woods.
The pace is someones slow but the language is vivid and lush.
A book to savour and treasure. ...more
When the world breaks you is it ok to break the world, was the question I found myself asking.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through netgalley.