Mini Review: Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

smokeandmirrorsSmoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

My Rating: 2.5/5 TARDISes

Series: Standalone

Date Published: November 14th, 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 240 pages

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis: Smoke & Mirrors is the third book from internationally bestselling poet Michael Faudet, author of Bitter Sweet Love and Dirty Pretty Things—both finalists in the 2016 and 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards.

Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose, and short stories, Faudet’s whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of readers from around the world.

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Smoke & Mirrors was just one of those collections that did not click with me. The quality of writing and the messages being conveyed were not completely lost on me. The poems were generally comprehendible, and I was able to immerse myself in the work enough to get through to the end—but that was about it. At times, Faudet’s style was quite off-putting, and that caused a massive disconnect for me and blocked out any important ideas and themes. I found nothing really stood out, nothing touched me or had the impact that the author clearly intended his writing to have.

This collection as a whole does not seem like it would be easily accessible to a wide variety of readers. To me, these poems were not very poetic. The poems that had more of that proclaimed “whimsy” to them were the ones that I enjoyed the most. There were displays of love, heartbreak, happiness, and loss. These poems spoke to me—they were subjects I could connect to—and he phrased these topics in a beautiful way. Through the very beginning of this collected work, I felt much more engaged.

But then, many of the other poems in the next two thirds or so seemed very rough and graphic, taking away any lyrical aspects of the writing. Part way through the collection, the subject matter shifts abruptly into much more mature topics, which in itself is not an issue at all—poetry deals with all sorts of topics, from basic emotions to the more intimate aspects of life. The trouble I had was with the way he worded these things. I just found myself feeling uncomfortable, sometimes verging on disgusted. Again though, this is my personal opinion—definitely not a reflection of how everything comes across to every reader.

I read many positive reviews of Faudet’s work prior to picking this collection up, and I can see how his subject matter and use of language would appeal to some people. His subject matter and voice are, like most poets, very singular and attract different types of readers. This particularly came across as a very niche style—the way he portrays his thoughts and feelings is very unique and very direct. However, his writing was just not for me, and I don’t think I will be picking up any of his other collections in the future.

2.5 TARDISes

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6 thoughts on “Mini Review: Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

  1. Sorry this one wasn’t completely to your liking. I hardly ever read poetry myself if I am being quite honest. It really can be annoying though when a series doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Still enjoyed reading your review for it though.
    Oh just so you know I recently nominated you for the Verstatile Blogger Award. You can find it here :https://raistlin0903.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/double-feature-the-versatile-blogger-award-the-sunshine-blogger-award/ 😊

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    • I can definitely understand why poetry’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and it is so hard to review! It’s such a personal experience that it can be tricky to find collections that you really love, and then what speaks to you might be something that many other people dislike. I’ve always read a lot of it because I write poetry, but I’ve realized lately that I’m getting insanely picky! 😛
      That’s so sweet of you! Thank you so much! I’ll go check it out 😀 ❤

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  2. Too late for me to comment but i agree with you. I usually like a melancholic, sad or poems that hits me deeply. The words he used was disturbing for me. And i didnt find F word is appropriate to be used in a poem. Some short stories is disturbing for me. Similar to you, i guess this book wasnt for us. Its my first time reading a poem full of dirty stuff😅

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