Smith Paperback – 2 Jul 2010
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From the Author
No animals were harmed in the writing of this novel (not even hamsters)
Guaranteed to be 100% lactose-free
Suitable for vegetarian readers (not so sure about vegans though)
Of each book sold, 1¢ will be sent to the 'Society for Hamster Antidiscrimination Zones Elsewhere' (SHAZE)
Specially designed to help reduce cellulite (if strapped to one's butt during one's daily thirty-mile marathon)
1 in 8 copies will be the limited 'scratch and sniff' edition (guaranteed to be 100% fragrance free)
Top Customer Reviews
The other thing this book reminds me of is the Monkey Island series of computer games. The brief comedic interactions in the different scenes would work really well in one of those type of games.
There's nothing particularly amazing about this book, but it's a good fun, comedy sci-fi book that pokes fun at modern living (though these references will date, much like the fascination with digital watches in the Hitchhikers Guide).
If you're lazing on a beach or stuck in an airport this is worth a punt, just don't expect anything particularly deep or original.
It manages to be both riveting and to poke fun at the kind world we live in... it is excellent fun to read and the plot and characters pull you in; a fabulous accomplishment by the author.
I don't want to put it down and have lost sleep in my eagerness to follow Smith and co through their adventures.
Buy it, in bulk, and send to all your friends, they will love it too!
Love the book - I highly recommend it!
"Smith" is a crossover between Douglas Adams and Kinky Friedman. A sci-fi parody classic turned pop.
As a teacher, I might add that I got the book at a student's (16 year-old) recommandation. He told me it'd be fun to read, and he also added his own interpretation of the story: He could totally identify with Smith, the epitome of "the average man", stumbling through the universe, intimidated by the overwhelming sex-appeal of "Panda" and the self-confidence of all sorts of space-creatures, trying to understand what is happening to him and where he's supposed to go.
What I as an adult found really clever is the satire of our own world: Consumerism and globalisation - making the same cheap crap available everywhere - politicians who care more about their own amusement than any truly important matters, and the fact that we all tend to think of ourselves as "normal" all the while displaying some sort of quirk that is clearly obvious to others, but not to us. :)
We're going to read the book next year at school. It's written in a refreshingly easy-to-understand kind of English. It may not be "world literature" or Nobel-Prize-stuff, but it is certainly a good read -- not just for students.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a good simple read if you like the genre, As others have said it does try and be a little to Hitch-Hikers guide at times but that's never a bad thing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by sofcookies
Not my style of writer, some good ideas but it didn't click with me.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
excellent book, i'd not heard of the author before, but this is very funny and a good read from start to finishPublished on 19 May 2013 by only1chunts
Worth reading even if you're not into sci-fi... It's mad, fast paced and fun, just the sort of pick-me-up for the winter.Published on 6 Oct. 2012 by MR M R
Smith, the book, will appeal to the Smith in all of us ~ emperors of our own universes, blunderering adventurers and unwitting pioneers, catapulted into strange new worlds with... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2010 by Tracy Jane Marshall