The Snow Garden
But the pa ...more
First off, I liked the story line about an HIV infected person running around on a college campus. Second thing, I find some of the things that happened in this book a little too far fetched. I just don't understand why Rice tries so hard in his books. This one was just overly written to the point I was just glad when it came to an end.
This book is an improvement over Rice's first book (the writing isn't as clunky as some parts of 'Density', the characters less in number but more finely drawn across the board). The book is mix of genres, though, with the first half being a detailed psychological m ...more
Concerning this novel, I found myself wondering what the ultimate intention was with this story. Though the story touched on many topics, it lacked real depth in any one of them. As such, this story was about little more than entertainment. The storyline seemed untethered to any real end goal, drifting along in a mildly entertaining dirty, day-ti ...more
Then the cult showed up and people started revealing their weirdness, and it really just got too improbably weird for me. If Rice had kept away from all the murder stu ...more
The part I didn't like so much was the over-the-top ending when the college roommate disappears and then (spoiler alert) his body ends up encased in a wax sculpture in some ultra-rich psycho's living room. I was unable to suspend my belief that far. The living room is lush and luxurious and the only thing that my interior decorator friend remember ...more
A professor's wife has drowned in an ice crusted river causing chaos amongst the freshmen at Atherton University. Randall has had an affair with the professor and the local press are now threatening to dredge up all the details. ...more
"Snow Garden" is a dark and twisted tale of revenge, mental illness and disturbing behaviors. The story is told in several POV's and flashes between present and past.
Randall Stone comes across as a wealthy but shallow college student only interested in sexual conquests and drinking. What he is, is a sad and troubled young man with shadows from his past. Randall has reinvented himself to bring about the downfall ...more
this book was amazing! so much so, that i'm having a difficult time expressing myself because i don't know where to begin! so many reviews give short synopisis of the book that too many spoilers arise, so rather than rehash the story in a summary, i will just express what i felt from this book...
this book was filled with many characters who had been through incredibly difficult times in their past yet continued to damage themselves in their present while trying to find t ...more
Kathryn along with her roommate April, her openly gay best friend Randall, and his roommate Jesse who gives new meaning to the ...more
When I heard that Mr. Rice was re-releasing this novel in digital format with the original ending that he had been urged to rewrite was enough to spur me into purchasing a Kindle.
Yes, I bought a Kindle just to read The Snow Garden with its original ending. I was no ...more
The book presents us many different and interesting characters. I, for one, found Jesse, Eric, Randall and Kathryn ex ...more
I feel as if my heart has been torn out and put back together, only it's still missing a vital piece.
Story time. I picked this novel up years ago and attempted to read it. I ended up giving up after about 60 pages in. At the time I wasn't sure if it just wasn't my cup of tea or if I just wasn't in the mood, so back to my shelf it went. Now, years later, I picked it back up on a whim. Best. Decision. Ever!
This is my first novel by Christopher Rice and what a roller coaster it was. It was dar...more
Curious how people before social media were so much more guarded and private, and more reactive too. Eighteen year olds are snappy that way, always needing to emphasize how big and independent they already are. When someone wanted to know something about the other he would have to ...more
The writing: Rice relies on too much explanation. Apparently, his writing isn't deft enough to reveal the thoughts and motives of the characters without packaging everything for the reader.
The payoff: Urban-gothic horror and violence and a little sex.