Only Forward

Only Forward

by Michael Marshall Smith
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this insights into human life, I started reading last night, and got so caught up in it, I started writing on the pages. (hope the library does notice) I read parts of the book to others at school. One passage in particular, talked about Stark and an old friend and the ending of the relationship. Very deep, and very touching. I cried. yeah long story :-) Anyway good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a few years since I've read this book, as I was desperate enough to buy the British edition to read more by Mr. Smith. Needless to day, Only Forward was a clear indication that there was a new, creative, damn good author on the scene, and it was only a matter of time until some folks over in the states realized it, too. Not only does he create a vivid, realized dystopian world, filled with believable, sympathetic characters, but he also makes some apt observations on life and what it is to be human. On top of all that, the novel entertains by blending science fiction elements with a gripping mystery, adding a touch of fantasy here and there to keep things interesting. And the story itself will keep you guessing all the way through the novel ... which will probably keep you up late into the night.

Now that the book is available in the states, it would be a shame to pass up such an incredible book. Read it. Be amazed.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book. It's beyond amazing.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a future world a lot weirder than the present, only a lunatic or a desperado would seek the services of Stark. Somehow, when he is on the job, everything seems to go screwier as Stark makes a sentry dog seem more like a gentle house pet.

Thus, when Actioneer Zenda Renn introduces Stark to Darv and C of the Action Center¿s Intelligence Agency (ACIA), he knows they must be in extreme trouble, which they are. Apparently, three days ago someone abducted Senior Actioneer Fell Alkland who was doing highly classified work at the time. Stark is to find out who kidnapped Alkland, how they did it, and bring him back alive.

Stark thinks the case has nothing to do with abduction, but knows that any inquiries in any of the Neighborhoods can be very perilous to one¿s life even if the case appears quite simple like this one. However, even the ultra-cautious Stark is not yet aware that Murphy¿s Law has been renamed for him because he soon becomes the target of friend and foe alike.

If anyone had doubts before ONLY FORWARD was published that Michael Marshall Smith owns the absurd futuristic who-done-it sub-genre, they will not think so after this wild novel. ONLY FORWARD is weird, yet also amusing and entertaining. The story line is filled with a strange world loaded with intriguing but hard drive error gizmos inside a wonderful mystery. Stark is a great protagonist while the support cast provides depth to this surreal world. Not for everyone, Mr. Smith satirizes the mystery and science fiction genres while ripping every ONE OF US with its acerbic tongue in cheek plot.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago