Douglas Smith | Writer

Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm an award-winning author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable" and have been published in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. 

 

I'm a three-time winner of the Aurora Award and a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, the juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. 

 

My website is www.smithwriter.com and I tweet at https://twitter.com/smithwritr.

Joyland

Joyland - Stephen King This isn't a Stephen King book about which I'd heard very much. Not sure why because it was excellent. Tore through it in a couple of days. It's not standard King horror, beyond a touch of supernatural. Don't be fooled or put off by the pulpy cover. It's a wonderful story--a murder mystery combined with a coming of age tale, populated with all the fully fleshed characters that King always delivers and steeped in the world of the old-time carnie. And with lots of tugs on the heart strings. Highly recommended.

Hide Me Among the Graves

Hide Me Among the Graves - Tim Powers I love Tim Power's work and list him as one of my favourite authors. A unique fantasist with a strong prose style. However, I'd rank this book along with its prequel, THE STRESS OF HER REGARD, as my two least favourites of his.

The Stress of Her Regard

The Stress of Her Regard - Tim Powers One of Powers' earlier works, for me, this pales by comparison to Declare, Last Call, Expiration Date, On Stranger Tides, etc.. Interesting take on vampirism but I found the plot pacing and character focus was uneven. Still worth a read and it's fun reading about Byron, Shelley, and their peers.

Svaha

Svaha - Charles de Lint Highly recommended. I'd somehow missed this book from one of my favourite authors when it first came out in 1989. It is both typical and atypical for a de Lint book. Typical are the wonderful characters that you love spending time with and getting to know. Typical too is the beautiful interweaving of First Nations beliefs and spirituality. Atypical is the SF / near-future setting. But de Lint makes it all work together perfectly, blending an exciting story with social commentary of where our consumer society and destruction of nature might lead us.

To Sleep Gently

To Sleep Gently - Trent Zelazny This is the first I've read of Trent's work, and I will now be looking for more. Wonderful noir work. It had the feel of "The Asphalt Jungle" but totally unique.

Video trailer for my urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World.

 

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A shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world.

 
"I can’t remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. ... I’ll be rereading it in the future because it’s that sort of book. Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it." 
 
—Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion. With an introduction by Charles de Lint.

The Lost Continent The Story of Atlantis

The Lost Continent The Story of Atlantis - C.J. Cutliffe Hyne Enjoyable, but the modern day opening seemed extraneous, especially since there was no corresponding ending section (I was expecting bookends). And the ending seemed abrupt. Still an enjoyable read, considering its age.

On Stranger Tides

On Stranger Tides - Tim Powers I'm a huge fan of Powers, and this one did not disappoint my high expectations. Probably the most "fun" book of his that I've read, and more upbeat than many. Pirates, voodoo, the Fountain of Youth, and great characters as always. What's not to like?

Over My Head

Over My Head - Charles de Lint Book 2 in de Lint's new YA "Wildings" series. I devoured this in a day. Well paced with the expected array of well drawn and likeable characters.

A Night in the Lonesome October

A Night in the Lonesome October - Gahan Wilson, James Warhola, Roger Zelazny I read this many years ago when it first came out, and just reread it. I'd forgotten how enjoyable this one was, and unique even among Zelazny's works. One of my favourites from one of my most favourite authors. Lots of fun, very creative, and highly recommended.

Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas - Victor Sage, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Written in the late 19th century with a prose style that modern readers may struggle with, this is still an engrossing read. The main character of Maud is likeable throughout, but many readers may not forgive her willingness to constantly ignore her suspicions as more evidence of the danger she faces grows and grows. Still, it's difficult not to keep reading, and the climax is a definite page turner. A warning to those who know Le Fanu's other works such as Carmilla -- this is *not* a vampire story or a supernatural tale in any way. It's a gothic suspense, complete with a locked room mystery.

A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin Excellent, and it restored my faith in this wonderful series after the disappointing A Feast for Crows had slowed things to a crawl. And now I wait with all the other fans for the sixth book.

A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin I have given 5-stars, I think, to the first three in this series, but have to cut my rating for this, the 4th book. Martin had to cut the originally planned fourth book into two, and divided the larger volume into "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons," not by cutting in the middle of the plot, but by separating the books by the cast of characters. I'll admit that most of my favourite story lines are missing from "Feast," but I also found that the plot fell to a plodding pace for much of this one, which was a shock after the amazing pace of book 3. Onto book 5 now, which is restoring my faith in the series.

The Painted Boy

The Painted Boy - Charles de Lint A wonderful book and a book full of wonder. I always enjoy spending time with de Lint's characters. They are so well drawn, and the characters in this book are no exception--each is unique and deeply human, each with flaws, but flaws that you can forgive, more easily than the characters forgive themselves, which makes them that much more likeable. The mythology in the book is rich and deep. But most of all, the book goes far beyond the good-versus-evil confrontation that the initial setup would lead you to expect. The hero and those around him are forced to deal with the aftermath of that confrontation, and the responsibilities that can come with taking a stand. Highly recommended.

Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles - David Drake Wonderful characters that I enjoyed spending time with, but ultimately the plot that was hinted at in the beginning was never realized. The story ended up being a series of unrelated events that had nothing to do with advancing the plot forward. The conclusion was not satisfying and did not live up to the original set-up. Too bad, as the characters were well drawn and unique, and the prose well written.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Great to read the original finally, after seeing so many movie versions. My favourite movie version is still the one with Alistair Sim, and it is also the one that sticks closest to the original, especially the dialog. Interesting that Bob Cratchitt is not named in the book until Scrooge and the second spirit make a visit to his home.