After a long journey into the jungle, the group come across a partly camouflaged trail and a captivating hillside covered with red flowers ...more
The concept here is dirt simple. Idiots go somewhere they shouldn’t and bad shit happens. In this particular case four American college stu ...more
I just don't get the storm of criticism aimed at Scott Smith's second novel, The Ruins. Why do people love to hate this book? I found the story to be brutally convincing and the characters believable (if not always very likable). These are college-age kid ...more
I think The Ruins works as well as it does because of Smith's writing an ...more
Are you lost?
Jeepers – this novel was hard to read! Not because it was bad by any means, but because of the harrowing situation the author creates for his characters.
The Ruins features some pretty explicit descriptive imagery. I’m not sure whether I would describe it as an overly “gory” novel though. The blood and guts sequences are treated with the clinical detachment of a surgeon: that’s to say, it’s pretty bloody but isn’t all that messy. Except, of course, when it is…
What really got to me ...more
Four young Americans about to enter graduate school or begin new jobs back home are relaxing in Cancun, Mexico, soaking up too much sun and tequila. At their hotel they befriend a group of Greek men and a German. The German’s brother has gone missing after becoming smitten with a woman and following her to a Mayan archaeological dig in the j ...more
**Re-read** CD S/L version: I think I picked up a lot more on the "environmental" elements in the beginning of the story this time around. :) This remains on the favorites shelf!
My chief complaints with this book are as follows:
- The characters were cardboard cutouts of real characters. Two dimensional and stereotypical.
- The women in this novel are useless. 100% USDA uselessness. See above.
- Honestly, why didn't the Greek speak Eng ...more
You know that old saying “timing is everything”? I have a feeling this book would have received a 5-Star rating from me rather than 4 had I not ran across a little ARC called The Troop several months ago. Upon my reading (and ranting and raving and begging every horror lover and their dog to read said ARC), a plethora of my GR friends started recommending The Ruins to me. Since I’m an idiot, I immediately forgot about it. Months later, ...more
I've always been a fan of gore/blood/death.in.weird.ways films, so I decided to read this book after watching the film many times, so if you liked the movie, you'll kind of like the book, too. It's more graphic, scary, terrifying, creepy, dark...
I give it only three stars, because even though I enjoyed the book, the characters ruined it for me. I know, they are supposed to be realistic, but they ended up as obnoxious, only Jeff was likeable and sma ...more
I like watching TV-shows because (obviously) we all know that we are living in the golden age of television. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Mr. Robot, The Walking Dead, and of course Game of Thrones (to name a few), have changed the way we look at television. Gone are the days when people were waiting for the next summer blockbuster, no, they are actually waiting to see what the blue meth cook would do next. BrBa left a big hole in every fan's life when it finished. And while TWD is not always up to the ...more
The story begins as four (partying) American college students on vacation in Cancun join up with a Greek man (major language barrier here) and agree to help a German tourist find his missing brother. Ill-prepared and with only a crude map to guide them, they all set out to locate an archaeological dig site in a remote Mexican jungle.......and what they...more
I have nothing good at all to say about this book, one of the worst stinkeroos I've ever had the misfortune to stumble across. I can't believe it was ever even published. It's junk like this that make me feel that no matter how bad my writing is, if drivel like this can earn money, than there is no reason why anything I slap together can't make money.
Horror story? Nope. Didn't scare me one bit. Didn't even make me uneasy. Extended ...more
This just isn't working for me. It's very slow. I'm pretty sure at this point I know what the "entity" is, and it's not grabbing or exciting or spooky or unnerving...or...anything. I'm half way through and I just don't have any desire to read it any more. I've been finding excuses of other things I need to do to avoid reading. That tells me: it's time to move on.
The story had an engaging and interesting cast and villain. Two couples, on vacation in Mexico, leave the safety of their resort hotel to follow a map drawn on a napkin in order to find a friend’s missing brother. They go into the Mexican jungle despite warnings from the cab driver who drives them part of the way from the well-traveled tourist routes to their destination.
Once in the jungle, the six friends encounter a local tribe and find the ruins of a t ...more
The summary above covers about the first twenty pages of the book. The remainder is fascinating, but I don't want to risk ruining an ...more
So, this tale begins in Mexico (Yucatan peninsula). We have four Americans who are on vacation before they go off and start school. There is E ...more
|Horror Aficionados : Has anyone else read The Ruins and not been scared in the least? Which books have you read that were suggested to you and didn't scare you at all?||55||173||May 07, 2015 01:51PM|
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