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Summary

It's not every day that the devil knocks on your door.

From the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward comes a delightful new tale about Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, who discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the devil for the past 150 years...and now they need her help.

©2017 Michael Marshall Smith (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A writer of talent and facility and a little genius." (Neil Gaiman)
"I couldn't be more impressed with Smith's inventiveness." ( SF Reviews)
"An amazing talent." ( Bookslut)

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Better To Rain In Hull...

Dark whimsy from Michael Marshall Smith with this rum yarn about a young girl becoming embroiled in a sinister tussle between the Devil and a covetous cabal of fallen angels. Stylistically, thematically and structurally, it's all very similar to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's 'Good Omens', or to Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books. Whilst no darker than any of those, it contains a vinegar-soaked streak of cynicism and mid-life regret that makes it less child friendly than first appearances might suggest; throw in some of Elmore Leonard's lowlife chutzpah and you've got MMS on the nose.
At times, the various narrative strands seem more Picaresque than carefully designed, with a couple of odd diversions or sudden shortcuts used to get from one key plot-point to another, but Smith is a sharp, witty writer and it never becomes a chore. To the book's credit, the ending lands well, avoiding the obvious and being neither saccharine nor Deus ex machina.
The narration from William Roberts is an exuberant pleasure, although, it must be said, that as a man of distinguished years, his voices for the Devil and Grandpa are far more convincing than his interpretation of young Hannah.

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  • 24-01-21

A treat for all ages

Off the wall view on the devil, could we do without him? I fear not, there's worse out there...

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A return fro Michael Marshall in his "Smith" guise

This a great return from Michael Marshall back to his original writing style and genre and a worthy resurrection of Michael Marshall Smith. First things first, I admit that I am a bigger fan of MMS than MM, so this review and my ratings may be a bit biased.

Down to the book, it is another great fast-paced rollercoaster ride, which has many 'out-there' themes and plenty of quirkiness in a coherent self-contained world, much like his previous offerings. Unlike his previous offerings, this time he has stuck very much to the present day and infused it with plenty of fantasy rather than diving into the future and infusing his writing with sci-fi. I would say that his writing has matured since his early days (almost certainly due to his many novels under the name Michael Marshall), although the sense of fun and wonderment that made Only Forward such a rewarding read is once again present here.

Thank you for returning to "Smith" again, I didn't think it would happen and am so glad that it did.

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MM Smith Channels Neil Gaiman

This felt like a more whimsical story than his usual fair. Not in a bad way, just that he held back the horror elements a smidgen and added more playful elements. I think Neil Gaiman fans who haven't read Michael Marshall Smith before would enjoy this as an entry point.

The narrator was excellent, my only criticism would be his child voice for Hannah was a little too whiny for me.

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loved it

love this author, been a massive fan for a long time.
This one did not disappoint!
loved the relationship at the end

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Anything but mundane

Lovely story, brilliantly read/performed by William Roberts, who also reads Bill Bryson’s audiobooks (which I also love). Highly recommended!

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What an excellent book (chance of spoilers)

I've been a fan of Michael Marshall Smith since I discovered "Only Forward" in a book shop in 1994 - that became one of my favourite books, one that I recommend to people all the time. Hannah Green is no exception, Michael is a clever story teller, he draws you in with humour, darkness and characters that you fall in love with. This is an ingenious story, that unfolds and opens up from a tiny beginning to become huge and involving. It has moments that are funny, moments that are scary, and moments of urgency where you can't wait to turn the page. It is inventitive and original and is anything but mundane. Its not as sci-fi as his earlier books, and is an impressive spin on the story of the Devil. You could make comparisons to Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and even "Neverwhere" but with Michael's unique dark and witty style. It is an excellent book, one of, if not the best that Michael has written.

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Runs out of Brimstone

This book is set up nicely, there’s some recurrent MMS themes (a “mirror” world, an intensely irritating sidekick) but it just drags in the last 3 rd. There’s a dull and pointless chase sequence but then a pleasing coda. I didn’t like the narration, but that’s v much personal taste. Only gripe was that the words the imp used made it clear it was written as either British or Aussie and the narrator gave it a “Noo Yoick” twang.

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Dull

Not sure if this is supposed to be for teenage readers but it is not advertised as such and deteriorates into a half baked fantasy adventure.

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Brilliant

Totally unlike what I normally read but really enjoyed this. A different kind of story but very rewarding.

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  • 29-10-17

another awesome story from MMS

please, please, please...more MMS audiobooks! Hannah Green was excellent but MMS has many other classic books waiting to be told!

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  • 01-08-17

So glad that Michael Marshall Smith is back

And he's definitely still on form. I've loved his work since my first read, but wish he'd write more! I do like his Michael Marshall books too, but as MMS he seems to have a much greater imagination. This book creates yet another wonderful tapestry including Hell, the Devil, 12 fallen angels, and a mushroom. Not to be missed!

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  • M. FINNEGAN
  • 29-11-18

I cannot imagine a better voice for this story

or for that matter a better story for this voice.
There is a deep pleasure to be found in a rich tale so richly told.