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What You Make It: Selected Short Stories

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002256029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002256025
  • Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 4.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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‘Astonishingly distinctive short stories’
Independent

‘A story telling skill that can only be described as pure genius’
Venue

‘Very funny and decidedly surreal’
Empire

‘No one writes better than Smith about love: how it’s won, how it’s lost. No one writes better about being wasted – by drugs, by drink, by time. Nigh-on unique’
i-D

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STRANGE THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

Welcome to a late-night flip across channels you’ve never seen before. Lovers, killers, ordinary people – in worlds where the ordinary has been left far behind. A pavement artist with remarkable powers, and a medium whose ability could bring about the end of the world. A father whose skills with wrapping paper may hold the key to a triumph over death … and a diet plan you’d be well advised not to follow.

In 'What You Make It', the extraordinary short stories of Michael Marshall Smith are collected together for the first time, invluding a number of previously unpublished works. Some will show you things you think you already know, parts of life that seem all too familiar – and yet which warp under close scrutiny. Others will tell you things you won’t want to believe, but you’ll have to. This book contains seventeen worlds, seventeen lives, seventeen 'doors', left slightly ajar.

You’re invited as you are. But you’ll have changed by the time you come out.

PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

“A storytelling skill which can only be described as pure genius”
VENUE

“As genre-defining as William Gibson and as relentlessly readable as Michael Crichton”
MAXIM

“Buy Michael Marshall Smith”
THE EXPRESS

“Comic, cruel, twisted and surreal”
EMPIRE

“Compellingly off-kilter”
NEW SCIENTIST

“Fiercely funny, and hugely entertaining”
THE LITERARY REVIEW

“No one writes better than Smith about love … nigh-on unique”
i-D

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simon211175
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but weird.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, out of the ordinary and wel written...never a dull moment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection. More Tomorrow made me sad
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good-if u like his style, you'll like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Short Story Comp
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