Primetime TV Book Reviews
Where There's Smoke...: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, a
Memoir by William B. Davis
Review by Suzanne Lanoue
I did enjoy reading most of this book. I
will say that I did skim over some of it, especially the
first 200 pages.
It's like two books together. The first book is about Davis'
early life, including his romances and all of his jobs. He
moved around a lot and did a lot of plays as not only an
actor but as a director. This takes about 200 pages, and
after a while, it all sort of sounds the same.
The other book is about his time on the X-Files. That part
is much shorter. To me, it is the more interesting of the
two parts. To someone who is interested in directing- they
might like the first part better.
You will have to judge for yourself which part you like
best. I found it to be somewhat interesting. He does say
some things about his co-workers on the show that are worth
I found his writing style a little dense sometimes and hard
to read. He grew up in 1950's Canada, so that may have
affected the way he speaks and writes. It sounds very
old-fashioned to me. He did not want to use a co-writer,
like some celebrities do, but he probably should have.
Interview with William B. Davis
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