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crime/thrillers 'Marraton', 'Sister Blister', 'Porlock Counterpoint', 'Hit and Run', and 'Sick Ape: an everyday tale of terrorist folk'
science fiction 'The End of Science Fiction', 'We Need Madmen', and 'John John'. Along with all 5 books of the SF quintet 'towards the unMaking of Heaven' - 1) 'Balant: a beginning', 2) 'Happiness: a planet', 3) 'You Human: the Leander Chronicle', 4) 'Not Now: Death, Dreams, and Reasons for Living' and 5) 'the unMaking of Heaven'
historical fiction 'The Friendship of Dagda and Tinker Howth' and 'The Secret Report of Friar Otto'
non-fiction 'Vera & Eddy's War'
by Sam Smith
"Wonderful book exploring the nature of writing, of love, of grief and also giving details on trees in the way that Moby Dick has chapters on different species of Whale." Liberty Rowley
“One of my favourite reads of the lockdown - and I’ve been reading a lot! Trees is a great story but interspersed with information about native tree species. Gripping from start to finish.” Jos Mister
“I know when it’s been a good read when I'm thinking about the characters long after I've finished the book." Dr Andrew Taylor
“Definitely a good read. ‘Trees’ uses a very personal perspective to shed light on how relationships start, grow and change as the realities of the world intrude, and how in turn we can change the world. Although the lives of the characters are the central driver of the story, trees are important to all of their lives in different ways, in turn illustrating how trees are essential to all life.” Richard Szwejkowski
“Ultimately ‘Trees’ is an exploration of family and how individuals cast out from their birth family find their sense of belonging, their purpose. A forest holds many species of trees with specific roles: the lower level rely on the upper levels for shade, the spacing allows each their required access to nutrients in the soil, flowering shrubs attract pollinators, but, within this structure, each plant is enabled to become and grow individually. In a family where an individual is denied, Gustav and Hazel were put up for adoption, Lungren was cast out because his mother wouldn’t let him develop and become himself, Hazel’s adoptive mother was left in the shade of an older sister and deprived of the familial support her sister received, how does that individual find their way? Through her adoptive mother, Hazel found her forest. The other characters are still searching.” Emma Lee: The Blue Nib
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Now from Wordcatcher Publishing and in both ebook and paperback, my novel 'Something's Wrong' - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Somethings-Wrong-Sam-Smith/dp/1789420946/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Something%27s+Wrong+Sam+Smith&qid=1586447547&s=books&sr=1-2
"Lack of originality is certainly not a criticism one could level at Something's Wrong by Sam Smith. This is one of the most innovative novels I have read for some time. The form is that of a series of transcripts of tape recordings of someone who, as it becomes rapidly clear, has some serious mental health problems. This is a harrowing work, which raises some disturbing issues about mental health care generally, and care homes in particular. You feel yourself literally getting into the mind of the character, and caring about what happens to him - both rare attributes in novels these days. . . ." Guy Fraser-Sampson"I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the care of those with mental health problems." Farm Lane Books
"Something’s Wrong: in fact as we find out during the course of many short monologues spoken into a tape recorder by the narrator, Robert, there are many things wrong in the sleepy little coastal town of Widdercliffe, and the world it represents. ... In the first half of the novel, we see that there’s plenty wrong with Robert and his fellow residents at The Grove group home and their supposed supervisors. There’s the sort of unease all around that a reader senses in Kafka’s The Trial, for example. ... Robert’s voice in this novel is as compelling as the voice of Dostoyevsky’s narrator in Notes from Underground. In both cases the speaker is an outsider who sees too clearly the shortcomings of the world that won’t accept him. .... Sam Smith’s novel is artfully written and revealing indeed. Through his narrator, Robert, we’re given as readers a first person narrative of what it is to be on the outside of society...." Coal City Review
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The Care Vortex
'Now and then a book comes along that can never be forgotten, a book whose characters touch you deeply and remain in your memory. A story that shocks you into thinking about something you had never considered or completely changing your previous perceptions.The Care Vortex by Sam Smith is such a book.... The Care Vortex is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are all too human, people like you and I. Ordinary people trying to deal with unimaginable events. / Would I recommend this book? Yes, without reservation. It is not an easy book to read, because of the subject and the issues raised in it. When Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist he was criticised for using criminals and prostitutes, in writing about subjects that were considered taboo. Yet Oliver Twist is now regarded as a classic, not only an excellent story, but a book that changed attitudes and made people wake up and take notice. Perhaps one day the same thing will be said ofThe Care Vortex. / If you want to read a book that will lull you to sleep at night, this book is not for you. It is no Little Orphan Annie with pretty pig-tailed children and fairy tale endings. Those trapped in the Care Vortex are damaged, the details harrowing. But for all that, it is a story of heroism, of people reaching out to each other and trying to overcome what has been done.' Gillian Davis
"The Care Vortex is a vitally important book. It should be read by anyone who has responsibility for children and young adults, whether they be parents, teachers, care workers, police, administrators ... it's all too easy in environments of near-isolation - family homes, care institutions, schools - to sweep the truth (and the children) under the carpet." Neil Marr: author of 'Bullycide: Death at Playtime'
'... a no-holds-barred account of one day and night in a care home for disturbed young girls. At times, it reads more like non-fiction than fiction and therein lies the roots of its success... You cannot help but be drawn into the lives of the characters.... This is the real world and it grabs you by the throat and forces you to bite on the harsh reality of life for these maladjusted girls. To finish reading this book is to come out wiser and more understanding about the problems of damaged young people...' David Hough
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Sam Smith's Everyday Objects Repurposed As Art is a big book, 130,000 words, and at least 3 stories in one. A neurotic scriptwriter, his two sons’ different tales, his script coming to the defence of the much-maligned Edward Bibbins Aveling, who was responsible for first translating Das Kapital into English and in part for the formation of the British Labour Party. A scriptwriter himself the free-loving Aveling was also charged with making Eleanor Marx deeply unhappy.
'Set within a seaside town ... makes for bleak reading. But it showcases the interweaving of the characters and the images they have chosen for themselves perfectly. If Quadraphenia stoked your fire then you'll certainly get off on this ... Roll on books two and three.' Deian Vincent
'UNDECLARED WAR is a serious work. It may offend and sometimes enrage but Sam Smith also entertains with his vivid imagery, facile prose style, and sometimes insightful, sometimes whimsical, often cynical, but always stimulating perceptions of history and the human condition. Highly recommended.' Rich Patton
Undeclared War, the first of the Paths of Error trilogy is available now as a pay-what-you-feel-it's-worth ebook - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/545469
or from Barnes & Noble bookstore - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undeclared-war-sam-smith/1122023998?ean=2940151937610
or from Kobo's bookstore - https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=%22Undeclared+War%22+Sam+Smith
Told throughout in interview form, in 'As Recorded' the hero, Sniff - as he was known in 'Constant Change' and in 'Undeclared War' - tells of the childhood of the trilogy's 5 main characters - Newt, Blue, Pancho, Mort and himself - from their starting school in Curledge Street to their all going on to Totnes Grammar; and of their first fights, first sex, and various escapades. And, of course, he tells of his later life too, as a boxer and a businessman, father and lothario.... And why he should be being interviewed....
The Secret Report of Friar Otto being a 21st century reinterpretation of The Report In Confidence On The Imprisonment & Execution Of William de Marisco & 16 Of His Followers.
Wordcatcher Publishing ISBN 9781789420883 £8.99 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07T991G5J
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The End of Science Fiction
The first edition (Jacobyte Books) was shortlisted for a 2001 SF Eppie. The BeWrite edition also garnered preaise. The End of Science Fiction however is now only available as a Smashwords ebook http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/540289 (unless there are still secondhand paperback copies of its previous two editions knocking about online)
'...His prose is clear, smooth and spare. His dialogue reveals the characters' personalities. Even minor characters feel filled out and whole. All in all, a most professional job./ In a world of book reviews that overstate and overhype, one worries about excess praise, for fear that it will be dismissed. Here I am confounded -- there are no faults, no missed notes, no clumsy moves. As Coleridge said of fiction, one must willingly suspend disbelief, and perhaps for some time the initial premise may stretch credulity. For myself I always give a writer the opportunity to build the world they are trying to create and if they succeed, then the book works for me. In this case, Smith succeeds magnificently.' Miles Archer
'....edgy and gripping. Written in present tense, the pace never lets up .... has a satisfying and tightly knit plot, and the fast prose style adds a strong sense of drama. Being a disaster novel, it could have easily slipped in to melodrama, but Smith keeps the story on an even keel which makes it all the more believable. Long after you've finished reading, you can't help but wonder how you would react, if faced with same frightening news.' Ebony McKenna
'...If The End Of Science Fictionwere to be filmed then its director would be Ken Loach; and I say that as no small praise, for this book is a triumph of the small people in the world - people forging a path of their own in a supremely uncaring universe. It's a triumph for Sam Smith, who has written an understated novel about humanity and our place in the cosmos; an engaging, thoughtful and deeply moving story to make you stop and think about yourself, your life and how you live it. / I can think of no higher recommendation.' Stuart Carter
ISBN 9781311730503 $1.99
or from Barnes & Noble bookstore - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/end-of-science-fiction-sam-smith/1007094179?ean=9781904492702
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We Need Madmen: Skrev Press. winner of Skrev's 2004 SF competition http://www.skrevpress.com/first.html
We Need Madmen is a truly fascinating, though brief, exploration of ideas; a deliberately leading and questioning book that may make you feel a little uncomfortable...' Stu Carter: Vector
'This is a short book that says a lot. I would have preferred a bit more background into Soper and the Camps, but this is still a gem of a story.' Paul Lappen: Dead Trees Review
And available now in multiple ebook formats, ISBN 978-1-452-1006-0, from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9284
or from Barnes & Noble bookstore - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/we-need-madmen-sam-smith/1020987735?ean=2940000820650
or from Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/we-need-madmen
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The unMaking of Heaven is a 5 book series comprising....
Not Now: Death, Dreams and Reasons for Living
& finally The unMaking of Heaven
Balant: a beginning is the first in the 5 book series The unMaking of Heaven
' ...science fiction with a mainstream approach, satisfying Sci-Fi buffs but not alienating others.' Anthony Lund
'While many contemporary science fiction writers hide from planetary exploration and delve instead into quantum introspection, Smith delights us with this tale of discovery and survival. Yet for those intent on intellectual contemplation there are opportunities to engage with Pi when he approaches each conundrum with delightful logic and consequence prediction... This is more than hard scifi, Pi has to learn quickly the wiles of a spectrum of humanity... The wide scale of ideas, space and human emotions, even though for young adult takes this novel into a Robert Heinlein-for-teens sub-genre. Sam’s poetry background shines through the exquisite narrative. A page turner fit for any imaginative young adult’s bookshelf.' Geoff Nelder: the sffchronicles
Available now Happiness: a planet
is the second of the 5 book series The unMaking of Heaven
'Once again Sam Smith has taken me to a strange planet and made me care what happened to its population and indeed, its moon. A thoroughly recommended read to any science fiction fan and young reader of adventure, imagination and mystery.' Geoff Nelder
soon after followed by....
&.... You Human: the Leander Chronicle
is the third of the 5 book series The unMaking of Heaven
You Human: the Leander Chronicle is the dark core, the gravitational mass of the quintet, The unMaking of Heaven.
Within You Human genetic manipulation and genocide will be encountered, sexual obsession/gratification and the nature of love will be explored.
"A slower story from its predecessors, but intriguing and informative in the continuation of this series, You Human is a personal and emotional story which develops the core beings of series in a very different way to the previous novels." Anthony Lund
&....fourth in the 5 book series is Not Now: Death, Dreams & Reasons for Living:
"….From its opening to closing lines, Not Now is one of the best books of the series, contemplative and questioning while remaining continuously interesting and engrossing to the reader." Anthony Lund
&.... the fifth and final book in The unMaking of Heaven series
is unsurprisingly Eternals: the unMaking of Heaven
'Ecosystem of my egosystem, I became clothed, valley and plain, in vegetation. And with that green and purple raiment came more white swirls of climate....'
".....one of the most intricate and ambitious science fiction books that I have read in recent years, and in almost all areas it pulls off being incredibly detailed and "Sci-Fi geekish" while having a page turning quality that draws the reader in and pushes them to learn more of this new creation, this new mythos almost .... this is science fiction with a mainstream approach, satisfying Sci-Fi buffs but not alienating others." Anthony Lund
Vera & Eddy's War: BeWrite Books
"Any history buff will delight in the minute details that make up the daily lives ... and give one a thorough understanding of how they dealt with the hardships caused by war ... I recommend this book highly ... It is written with humour and compassion ... Enjoy the work of a very talented author." Anne K. Edwards
"Gritty and often brutally honest. Sam Smith tells it faithfully, the way Vera & Eddy told it. A book that shatters some of the rose-tinted myths about the British at war." Meirion Hughes
" ... And these horrors are described matter-of-factly and because of the lack of melodrama and histrionics they stand out so much starker. There is a lot of humor here and anecdotes you will never find in the standard books about the War. The Kafkaesque bureaucracy is hilarious and, more importantly, tragic considering that this is a documentary. This is the Second World War seen through the eyes of the regular people - those who died in droves. If you are going to read only one book about the ordinary people's experience of the War in your lifetime, let Vera and Eddy's War be the one." Timeless Tales
Although Vera & Eddy's War is no longer available via BeWrite Books I do have some paperbacks still for sale here - firstname.lastname@example.org