Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

Smoke & Mirrors

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,...

Details Smoke & Mirrors

TitleSmoke & Mirrors
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
GenrePoetry, Romance

Reviews Smoke & Mirrors

  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    Just within this year, I was able to read the first two poetry books of Michael Faudet and I was quite disappointed, thus I have to rate them low. But this latest and soon to-be-published poetry book of Faudet is very impressive! I can count a lot of poems that are remarkably well-written most notably Destined To Be Yours, Love, and A Beautiful Deception. Once released, I would definitely obtain a copy because this is for keeps.
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2.5 starsNot as good as his first book, but better than his second one. I feel like his first collection was cool, but he never really created new poems. All his poems tell stories about the sexy escapades he's had with women. His use of language is sometimes creative, but it's not consistently pretty or thought-provoking. I'd recommend his first book, but the other two don't really do much for me. I started skim reading most of the longer pieces...
  • Olga therebelreader
    I was a bit disappointed. It could have been so much more. The poet's voice is not lively. His poetry, a bit dull.***I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
  • Jessica
    Michael Faudet is back!I read his first book and loved it but I didn’t like his second book as much. This book, however, was on par with the first. I had so many favorites from this collection such as, “A Morning in Paris,” “You Lived for Books,” and “Romance.” Overall, I love his poetry. It just resonates with me.
  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I crossed my fingers this collection will be my cup of tea. It's a variety of poems, quotes and short stories and honestly, it slightly improved. It's good Michael Faudet's erotic poems were toned down and explores more on love and relationship. Some of them are cheesy and cliché, some stood out like Pathways , A Long-Distance Relationship, The Hanging Tree and Nobody's Fool. Howev...
  • Joseph
    Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet is the poet's third collection of published poetry. Faudet is a bit of a mystery and there is some question as to if he is actually a creation of Lang Leav. I don't subscribe to that explanation but there is a similarity between the two in writing and the fact that they are partners may add to that speculation. Faudet does seem to follow R.H. Sin in not providing personal information. The style of the three poets...
  • Chesca
    Romance seldom happens overnight.Sometimes we have to growthe roses before we can give them. An ARC was provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for a review.Michael Faudet's prose and poetry collection, Smoke & Mirrors , is my first read by the bestselling author-poet and I could say that I am very impressed by his exploration and embroidery of love, lust, and longing. His words were brush strokes against a dull world...
  • Shirley Cuypers
    Original review This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing!Smoke & Mirrors is a poetry collection full of poems, prose and short stories about falling in love, depression and heartbreak.Smoke & Mirrors is yet another amazing poetry collection. This poetry collection has so many beautiful poems, prose and short stories. I like Smoke & Mirrors so much...
  • Maye
    I don't read poetry books often but I've been meaning to pick up Michael Faudet's book for the longest time for some reason. Now, I've heard from some friends that many of his pieces are more on the erotic side and I have no problem with that since used to read NA romances. Or so I thought... I have a few favorite here and there but I also skipped a lot of pages because I was cringing and very uncomfortable reading them. For the pieces that I act...
  • R A I N
    Maybe it's just me (I RATHER DOUBT IT) or maybe there REALLY is something wrong - something really out-of-context in this AWFULLY short book.Now, don't get me wrong, but as a reader, I need the words to build up the tension first and THEN release it - like the clouds - to get REALLY involved in any book but in these already few words, I just couldn't feel ANYTHING AT ALL There are nothing but incoherent snippets that our minds form day in and day...
  • Manon
    *4.5 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Smoke & Mirrors was a collection of poetry, prose and short stories.Some of it was incredibly beautiful, others were perfectly dirty, some deeply touched me and even brought me to tears.I related to many of the texts...So, basically, I seriously loved it.
  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)
    // Received an advance reader copy in exchange of a fair review // "Love is a little like religion. You need to have faith before miracles can happen." this is just full of heartbreaking truths that are just so dam beautiful.I am trash for poetry books but I am more trash for Micheal Faudet poetry books. It's all so eye opening and makes me heart ache in all the right ways that I am surprised I am still breathing right now. "poetry can only be wr...
  • Hoda Marmar
    Too many panties lolIt was ok overall.
  • Karen
    Me ha parecido un libro sin sentido. Dicen que es de poesía pero hay relatos que parecen historias cortas.La verdad es que no me ha gustado, no hay ningún poema que me haya hecho sentir algo y respecto al aspecto sexual, es la razón por la que me ha desagradado totalmente.
  • Beth
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This book was...weird. As in, I honestly thought for a while it was some kind of joke book. Or some kind of hipster "so hideous it's ironically good" crap. It's honestly that bad and that weird.It read like it was written by either a teenager (melodramatic language, cliche one-liner platitudes, bizarrely graphic content) or by someone who...
  • jen
    well. that was bad.having rated faudet’s last two collections 1 star each, i was expecting this to not be great. like i can’t stress how low my expectations were for this. i didn’t like dirty pretty things or bitter sweet love as collections, but in both of those, there were still a few poems i liked. i can honestly say i only kind of liked one poem in this. i was liking another one, but then the last line ruined it for me. here’s the thi...
  • Carina
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is pretty much all about sex. The poems are not bad, in fact some of them are really good, but others felt like they were just there so the book could have more pages.I liked Michael Faudet's tone but I was expecting more of this collection.It was love that transcended even the most vibrant of colors, beautiful in its simplicity-written in black and white upon two beat...
  • Wanny Syazzo
    Devoured it just in one sitting!
  • vicky ✨
    It was alright, but I felt like I've read most of these lines before ("impossible to resist", etc) in the first two books. I wrote down a few words, however:There were so many paths I could have taken in my life (...). Perhaps I should have followed my instincts (...). I ended up choosing the path of least resistance. The one that looked the easiest. Only to discover it was made of quicksand.Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc in ...
  • Zöe Yu
    This not-so-thick book contains poems and proses, mostly poems. Reading it, in general, I liked it. Very much a big fan of the author's writing style, and the publishing house's editing and proof-reading. All in high quality. I like reading poems with/from different perspectives. Most poems show various aspects of love in the era of modernity. It could grow deeper, broader.
  • Jeimy
    I have a love hate relationship with Faudet but reading his poems is always a guilty pleasure.
  • Jessica | Booked J
    As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. (4.5 stars out of 5) Oh, I've been so overwhelmed with wonderful poetry lately. All this prose, all this intimacy, makes me feel full of some sort of emotion I can't quite express. Michael Faudet is, as per usual, exquisite in the way his prose comes to life. There's something fulfilling...
  • Lisa Pirie
    After reading Faudet's Dirty Pretty Things and Bitter Sweet Love; I knew I wanted to pick up his next collection of poetry. My prayers were answered when I was browsing NetGalley and I saw it was available to read immediately!Synopsis: 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, pr...
  • Gazala
    If am not wrong, this is the third book of poems by the Author. I loved the previous books that I've read by him 😍. ..while the debate about new age poets and the traditional poets is on an all time high, Micheal is one poet that I really enjoy amongst others... The poems are sensual and have a hint of magic in them! The book has poems ranging from two lines to two pages and there are little stories - making this book a wholesome entertainment...
  • Jeanne
    "She was a musecursed with melancholia,her tears the inkon my typewriter ribbon." I read this book in one sitting not because I enjoyed it but because it was a short read. It has a lot of erotic poems you can feel the steam but I think it is quite toned down. The Kitty Club was not new for me I feel I read a story similar before.I love poetry, I really do but I guess this was not for me.I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest r...
  • Joel Andrada Jr.
    This is probably one of the weirdly erotic but beautiful piece I have ever read in my entire life. This book will give you pain that squeezes the heart of your soul. Michael Faudet really knows how to catch the attention of the readers and screw them on every page of his book. This book is a collection of hope and hopes being shattered. A collection of smiles and smiles forced to make oneself to be okay. A collection of love and love abused and t...
  • Jennifer
    *I obtained an ARC from Netgalley.*I’ve been a fan of Michael’s work since the release of his first book. Smoke & Mirrors delivers the same quality of writing from the author and features similar topics from his previous books. The book covers a variety of themes from the sexual to heartbreak to melancholy to love with some happiness thrown in. Some of my favorite parts of this book were the stories that were included. I really liked the way ...
  • Nikki
    I read it the entire time imagining a man drunk in love writing it. It's a perfect sight.A Muse She was a muse cursed with melancholia, her tears the ink on my typewriter ribbon.PoetryThe head can guide the hand that wields the pen but poetry can only be written by the heart.My favorite M. Faudet book so far.
  • Sara
    I read this book on in exchange for an honest review. There are some awesome poems in here, as well as some beautifully comprised prose; however, I couldn't make connections to everything. I felt as though a few of the poems were too short to be able to relate to. The poems that were done well really boosted the quality of this collection.