The concept here is dirt simple. Idiots go somewhere they shouldn’t and bad shit happens. In this particular case four American college stud ...more
While reading Scott Smith’s The Ruins, it occurred to me that my concept of horror is ...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
This is a brutal, agonizing read. Th ...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
"That's one of the things I loved about this book. All the characters were either assholes or idiots."
And this is the truth.
What would happen if a bunch of idiots/assholes vacationed in Cancun and stupidly went into the jungle looking for a stranger's lost brother without proper attire, supplies or even at the very BASIC LEVEL, a way to get back home?
You can read all about one author's imaginative tale of just that very ...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
Not as enjoyable as his other book, “A Simple Plan” but still an interesting read overall. Why won’t this guy write a little quicker? Two books in over a decade isn’t prolific enough for my liking, especially when they're this good!!! Do what I demand and write more!
This is a complete change in style to his other book, this is more horror of the human vs. nature type but also the horrors of being a human and the choices we have to make in certain situations. The characters are flawed and ...more
And it's just a mindfuck, hail！
the hardcover edition received, HELLYEAH
life is ephemeral, many books in ours just can't get the chance of being read twice, but absolutely not for this book \m/
**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!
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
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 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'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
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