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Preview — The Ruins by Scott B. Smith
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 think The Ruins works as well as it does because of Smith's writing an ...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
Reading The Ruins as a writer, got through the first 75 pages and asked myself how this writer managed to get me to follow these people into the jungle when I didn't particularly like any of them.
The Ruins is about four recent college grads on vacation in Cancun, who go off on an adventure to help an acquaintance find his brother. The college grads are comprised of t ...more
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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
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 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
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
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
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
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
I'm not exactly sure what to even say about The Ruins, but I'll give it a try.
For me, the reason this book didn't fall to a 2- or even 1-star rating is because the book was ultimately readable, and at a fairly quick pace. Unlike some reviewers, I also found the overall story creepy and disturbing.
Unfortunately, the story had several flaws that could not be overlooked. After the characters arrived at the site of the "ruins," almost all forward motion of the plot gr ...more
The characters (a group of fairly dense 20-something-year-olds, a German, and some Greeks) journey deep into the jungles of Mexico to find an archaeological dig where the German's brother is supposed to be. Instead, they find a strange village of Mayan ...more
Quanto mais me aproximava do final deste livro mais psicológico o achava, chegando ao ponto de eu mesma me sentir louca, salvo seja, com a situação que é retratada ao longo destas 336 pág ...more
As a professional writer, I have to say that this book should give hope to all struggling writers out there. It stands as a perfect example of a book that likely never would have been published if the writer was not already under contract. It would never have made it out of the slush pile. As an editor, I might have gotten to page 5 before passing on it. ...more
I consider myself a fiend for horror stories, but this has to be the most challenging horror story I've ever walked myself through.
The four Americans are pretty stereotypical characters, and they are all very unlikable, but I think this works well for the story. The characters are very bland, and with their names and their relationships to each other, it was hard at first to differentiate from them. But I think this was Smith's intention, though I can't say why. It takes a page b ...more
Well, I jammed through the thing, not only because I wanted to watch the movie sooner than later, but because I couldn't put it down. To be honest, I didn't really like t ...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?||46||83||Dec 15, 2014 12:45PM|
|Different||39||140||Sep 07, 2014 07:29AM|
|What DID make the vines talk and come to life?||12||115||May 30, 2014 04:58AM|
|Book or Movie; Yo...: March PR The Ruins||3||11||Mar 02, 2014 05:43PM|
|My Theory About the Vines *spoiler*||5||125||Jul 02, 2011 08:23PM|
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