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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate | 1106 comments Mod
Hi everyone,

The Vines won the poll for our May month read.
The read will start on the 3rd May.

Who's up for reading it? :)


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
I'm in.


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
I'm in too.


REMEMBER UKRAINE NOW ReadingReindeer (readingreindeerproximacentauri) | 77 comments I'vevread it, so will just chime in with comments occasionally:)


Addy | 1944 comments I'm in! My sister got it signed for me. She lives in New Orleans:)


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
Addy wrote: "I'm in! My sister got it signed for me. She lives in New Orleans:)"

Nice, Addy! I guess Christopher Rice is staying local :)


message 7: by Tom (new)

Tom | 28 comments I have it signed too. Anne and Christopher came to our book fest and I went and heard them speak. They were great chatters.


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate | 1106 comments Mod
Okay, spoilers are now changed to 25% for this week. Enjoy. :)


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
Anyone started this yet? I'm at about 20% pretty quickly. Not sure if I like the present tense with Rice's writing style, it is kind of off-putting. Otherwise the plot seems interesting and I like the Blake and Nova characters.


message 10: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments I plan on starting tomorrow or Wednesday. I've been reading reviews of rice's work and ppl either hate him or love him. I hope I'm of the later:)


message 11: by Kate (new)

Kate | 1106 comments Mod
This was up on NG and I did think about picking it up but I saw some of the reviews and decided not to. I won't be joining you for this one but I'll be interested in what you guys think of it.
Enjoy :)


message 12: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments So far it reminds me of The Ruins minus the isolation.


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
Yea but is that just because there are so few novels about killer vines that you can't help but compare them?


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
Maxine wrote: "Anyone started this yet? I'm at about 20% pretty quickly. Not sure if I like the present tense with Rice's writing style, it is kind of off-putting. Otherwise the plot seems interesting and I like ..."

I'm at 25% and yea it went pretty quick for me also. It took me a bit too warm up to the writing style but I like it though, makes me think of a old time crime novel or something. Pretty good story so far I think.


message 15: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Well yeah, probably. I guess Im not a big fan of nature gone awry but I'm willing to be open minded. The Ruins was pretty awesome so I guess I have high standards for whomever wants to go that route. So far so good. I plan to get to 25% tonight.


message 16: by Justin (last edited May 05, 2015 08:31PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
So far I think it has more going for it than the ruins did. I loved the ruins don't get me wrong, but it was just an intelligent carnivorous plant this is more of a ghost story with spirits inhibiting the vines. Or at least that's what it appears to be from the first 25%


message 17: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Yes, I agree. There is definitely some history waiting to be unveiled. Didn't we have a group read about a house that held slaves? It was good just can't remember the title. I really like the history aspect so I hope there's more of that in this book.


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
Yeah, so far I'm thinking 20% (view spoiler).


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 299 comments Maxine I'm with you on that. I think you might be on the right track.

I've also found it first odd wording and sentence structure to get into. Very descriptive and wordy with lots of commas. After the second chapter I was use to it and able to just be sucked into the story.

I'm enjoying the story a lot.


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 299 comments I'm at the 30% because I was caught up in the story and didn't realize I passed the 25% mark. I'm going to have a difficult time in stopping. I don't want to stop! I want to finish the book tonight!


message 21: by Kate (new)

Kate | 1106 comments Mod
Spoilers now changed to 50%.
Sounds like you guys are enjoying this one. :)


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 299 comments I could help myself. I finished the book on the day I started.


message 23: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Just started back on this one. It's a delicious read. So I'm trying to take my time:) I've got 2 other rice books I need to read.


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
Addy wrote: "Just started back on this one. It's a delicious read. So I'm trying to take my time:) I've got 2 other rice books I need to read."

I'll read The Heaven's Rise novel with you later if you want Addy!

I'm about 67%, had to make myself stop. The book is an easy read. I'm liking the characters a lot more now that we have a bit of backstory. The vine situation is interesting, still not sure (view spoiler).


message 25: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments I don't have that one. I have A Density of Souls and Snow Garden.


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
I stopped at 49% it is a very fast read. pretty good so far.


message 27: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments This is really interesting. I wish there was an illustration of the painting at Spring House with the vine stopping the slave master. It sounds like a neat painting. I stopped at ch21. In ch20 it talked about how the bugs were inside the house but previously Caitlin said they were gathering outside the window. A little confused by that. Anyone else notice that?


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
They broke the glass after she left. I don't know why though, maybe to get the flower and take it outside so it can touch dirt because in the house it is grounded and can't travel anywhere?


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
Do you guys think that she can make the vines do what she wants now, or is it the slave lady from the past controlling them, or something else? The first lady said she couldn't controller them she just asked them to do what she wanted and could make them listen, my theory are either that after dyeing she took complete control of the vines or that the vines have a mind of their own for whatever reason and are using both woman the same way. Doing what they want but it is at a price we don't know yet, the first lady said it hurt to control them, and we know it ended badly with her after her trade but don't know why. I think history will repeat itself, or she is controlling them completely after dyeing and about to get her revenge.


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
Addy wrote: "This is really interesting. I wish there was an illustration of the painting at Spring House with the vine stopping the slave master. It sounds like a neat painting. I stopped at ch21. In ch20 it t..."

Yeah, the bugs broke the window and got into the solarium. Its kind of a weird passage that is confusing because its written from those guys' point of view through the spy cameras.


message 31: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Yeah, I have no idea. I think the reason she helped Caitlin is because she has unfinished business. Maybe she is trying to send her a message through the visions. Not sure yet.


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
Addy wrote: "Yeah, I have no idea. I think the reason she helped Caitlin is because she has unfinished business. Maybe she is trying to send her a message through the visions. Not sure yet."

I am glad this part is still a mystery. I want to keep reading to figure out the slave woman's story and how it ended and all that, and now that I'm thinking about it (view spoiler).


message 33: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Dang! Wish this app allowed spoilers to be read!


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
I'm sure nova will play a larger part than just the fact that she is studying the history of slavery and able to uncover the past. I don't know if there is a relation to any of the slaves but if the spirit of a slave that wants revenge gives her the power to control the vines she seams like she would probably be on board with it. She hates the current lady of the house for the whole thing about giving her dad the house to keep him there and then paying him less and seams bitter about the way her and her dad are looked at and treated.


message 35: by Kate (new)

Kate | 1106 comments Mod
75% spoilers from here.


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
I went ahead and finished the book since it was such a fast read. Waiting to hear what others think.


message 37: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments I really hope there is more to the vines than what has been revealed so far.


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
I'm almost to 75%. Lots of action in this quarter.


message 39: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments So I stopped at 74% though I might be tempted to just finish. Like I said, it's not that I mind the bugs and I think it was hilarious that they went after the cheaters but I was a bit more interested in the vines. I'm curious as to how this will end. Anyone have any theories on what the deal is with the bugs?


message 40: by Kate (new)

Kate | 1106 comments Mod
Spoilers to 100%. :)


message 41: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Well, I'm just about done. A few more chapters to go!


message 42: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Hmm. Not sure what to think of this book. It was good, but went in a direction that was surprising. I was a little confused at the end. I'll have to go back and re read.


Justin (justineaton) | 3492 comments Mod
I'm stuck a little before 75% it started out alright but it has completely lost me


Maxine Marsh | 703 comments Mod
It was definitely confusing. (view spoiler)


message 45: by Addy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Addy | 1944 comments Yes, I agree. I didn't really understand her role after that. The last sentence was interesting. Left it for a possible sequel. I don't know. The thing about the cycle and how someone can just be devoured into nothing was just weird. I'm debating if I should give this a 3 instead.


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