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The Ruins af Scott Smith
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The Ruins (udgave 2008)

af Scott Smith

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3,0731803,336 (3.37)102
Two American couples, just out of college, enjoy a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group--the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Then the searchers--moving into the wild interior--begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific "other" among them...--From publisher description.… (mere)
Medlem:larocka
Titel:The Ruins
Forfattere:Scott Smith
Info:Vintage (2008), Paperback, 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:Ingen

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It was not very interesting and not nearly as great as authors proxies novel. There is no Mystery and you will be kept waiting for it and nothing happens. ( )
  xumit | Apr 14, 2021 |
In spite of the mixed reviews, I read this book because I found a hardcover copy for 10 cents at a library book sale. At this low, low price, the book wasn't such a bad investment, I could probably turn around and sell it for $2.

There are too many holes in the plot and I found it very hard to maintain my suspension of disbelief.

I don't understand the people who found this book so horrifying.......the scariest thing about this book was all the tiresome, monotonous,unending, tedius tedium of a bunch of twenty somethings bickering with each other. Yap, yap, yap, yapping yappers like annoying ankle biting dogs; these characters were constantly having conversations and thoughts that became more boring as the story progressed. Pedro was a sympathetic character because he had no dialog or POV role. Mathias was the most likable of the characters with a voice; simply because he was the most sensible, had the best survival skills and again, no POV insights.

Hmmmmm; the vine. At times it seems invincible, but at other times oddly powerless. A bit of explanation about the vine and its properties would have gone a lot further toward building some atmosphere and a sense of menace and doom. The idea of a sentient carnivorous plant is intriguing and could have been quite frightening, so something went wrong here.

Where is Lieutenant Bill Kilgore when you really need him?

I know a film version of this book exists. I have not seen it. I am tempted, however, to get a copy and ..........edit it a little. End it quickly, and in a spectacular fashion, as soon as the unfortunates realize that they are trapped and doomed. Toss in the Apocalypse Now footage of jungle exploding into napalm hell and end with a great quote, maybe from Tony Soprano ........wait, no, Al Pacino from Scarface......."well, looka you now, you stupida facking vine....."

I digress. Anyway, I gave it 1 star for a reason; it was ok. Read it, don't read, it doesn't matter. It might not even be a waste of time, because the possibility exists that you might waste your time reading a much worse book than this one.

If you do read it, I have one suggestion. People who live in a cold northern climate would do well to read it during the frozen depths of winter. It will be like a vicarious tropical vacation to visit the steamy jungles of the Yucatan. Also, if you start to feel a little scared, you can just look out the window at the 7 degrees Fahrenheit snow crusted tundra that is your landscape and chuckle to yourself, "Survive that, bitch" and you will feel safe and secure. ( )
1 stem Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
Read in 2008. ( )
  LJCain | Dec 24, 2020 |
This book was bad on so many levels. I didn't like anyone in the story. And way too many unanswered questions at the end that frustrated me. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
This book delivers what it promises. It's not the kind of book I usually read but was part a back-up supply that was given to me. Was I in for a surprise...it was hard to put down. Thank you, Scott Smith, for a great book. I'm looking forward to A Simple Plan. ( )
  jeanbmac | Jul 28, 2020 |
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Smith writes with psychological acuity and real beauty, yet he doesn't pull punches.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerTime, Lev Grossman (Jul 16, 2006)
 

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Two American couples, just out of college, enjoy a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group--the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Then the searchers--moving into the wild interior--begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific "other" among them...--From publisher description.

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