Only Milo by Barry Smith

only miloOnly Milo by Barry Smith (Inkwater Press, September 1, 2009), 272 pages

Milo is an aspiring author with rejected manuscripts piling up in his closet. When he’s given the opportunity to ghost write, he can’t turn it down. But then he gets nervous, and jealous, and things just generally don’t turn out as he wanted them to. So what does he do?

This is a spoof of a book. Think Office Space (the movie). Except instead of making fun of the cubicle farm aka corporate office, Only Milo is making fun of writing and publishing. Like all spoofs, it’s very over the top. Enough so that it’s borderline offensive, if the subject matter is something you care about.

But I didn’t find Only Milo truly offensive; more like absurd. Ludicrous. The main character’s motivations and reasoning are never logical — and this is a problem for me.

Still, it’s a very quick read — it took me well under 2 hours from cover to cover. And at several points (mostly early on) I was laughing out loud.

The writing itself had me smiling, too.

Barry Smith is a professor at Emporia State University.

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Devourer of Books
I’m Booking It
Write Meg
The Charmed Bracelet

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8 responses to “Only Milo by Barry Smith

  1. I plan to read this one later in the week. I’ll let you know what I think. If it’s too slap-stick spoofy it will probably not be for me.

  2. I am a little gun shy of spoofs as well. I usually think they are too much.

  3. It was definitely a dark sort of spoof. You are right that some parts were mildly offensive, but I think it wasn’t too bad over all.

  4. I’m not big on spoofs, so this probably isn’t for me.

  5. The cover’s kind of cute. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a spoof novel before!

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