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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwater Pr; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592994237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592994236
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Long after they've finished the last page of Only Milo, readers will laugh heartily. The hero, a schemer, forger, and self-plagiarizing novelist, casts his magical spell over us no less than he does all the scheming, manipulative, and self-absorbed characters around him. The brief chapters of this marvelous comedy are gem-like, brilliant. Those of us who have waited for a satirical figure as unforgettable as Chauncey Gardiner in Jerzy Kosinski's Being There, can, at last, stop waiting. --Kevin McIlvoy, The Complete History of New Mexico, Hyssop, Little Peg

Perversely intriguing. --Thom Chambliss, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

'enough twists to make Hitchcock smile' --Larry Colton, Pulitzer Prize nominee, Community of Writers founder

About the Author

Barry Smith is a professor at Emporia State University. He was previously a faculty member at New Mexico State University, at Drake University, and at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Ph.D. He was born and raised on a farm in Iowa. He has two sons, Evan and Jordan, and two grandchildren, Jackson and Sofia. This is his first novel.

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A fascinating read that makes you laugh and think!
Heather Crozier
I received my copy yesterday and have had a hard time putting it down!
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Excellent book, and I hope there are more where this came from.
Edward Wolfe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Wolfe on September 30, 2009
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I am mostly a non-fiction reader, but this book was a real page-turner for me (which is rare). I've never read a novel before where I found myself trying to predict where things were going to lead, but I sure did a lot of that in this book. It's a quick and easy read, but still very satisfying. The writing style is very unique and at first I thought it was a bit quirky, but it didn't take me long to get into the flow of the book.

I've never had the experience of reading a book and thinking at its conclusion that this would make a great movie. This one would.

I'd be more of a fiction reader, if more novels were like this. Excellent book, and I hope there are more where this came from. (In the spirit of full disclosure, the author and I crossed paths many years ago as new professors. In fact, we had a common goal of wanting to become a fiction writer--Barry has grandly succeeded with this effort. I, on the other hand, well we don't need to go there.... Suffice it to say that I am both envious of and happy for his success.)
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This is a magnificent book that takes you on a journey following a simple yet brilliant man who would do just about anything to become a famous writer, even kill?
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By Sixteen Paws on April 23, 2012
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I checked it out at the library, read it in 2 sittings, then bought 3 copies (on Amazon, of course) as gifts. It is some loony crazy fun!
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Milo wrote a few manuscripts years ago and put them, stacked neatly, in his closet.

At an age when most men are retiring and settling down to a sedate life, Milo's life takes on a new aspect.

Milo becomes a writer.

And he commits the ultimate act in revenge.

Barry Smith is a superb author. I couldn't begin to put the book down and read the entire thing in a single sitting.

Smith writes in a "William Shatner-ish speak" manner. Short, staccato bursts that flavor and enhance for a delicious tale of murder, and more murder!

Serious, but satirical at the same time, Only Milo will have you laughing at moments, and gasping in shock and awe the next!

I give this book five stars...and my Thumbs Up Award!

Only Milo was the most fun I've had in a long time, and I highly recommend it.

DISCLOSURE: This book was purchased following a recommendation for review. Well worth the cost!!!
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