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The Ruins
The Ruins
Author: Scott Smith
Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine.Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400043873
ISBN-10: 1400043875
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 164 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 21
If I ever read another book by this author again, it will be because there is no more civilization, and I have run out of cereal boxes.
If you want things to be resolved in the end,there to be some purpose of the horror,and somebody to get out alive...don't read this book.
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Helpful Score: 18
Vacationers get trapped in Mexico by stepping onto the wrong hill. Horror novel, seems the author wrote it hoping it would be turned into a movie. If so it would be a B-movie. Anyway, the action is fairly slow - once they figure out what is trapping them, nothing much happens any more, except the inevitable, of course. Put near the bottom of your stack of books-to-read.
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Helpful Score: 10
WHERE ARE THE EDITORS?
A compelling premise when combined with stereotypical, static characters results in a 319-page interminable read. Sadly, I find almost every book lately is an overblown short story. If memory serves Stephen King already did a similar tale with his usual panache, perhaps explaining his favorable review. See if you don't agree this book should have been trimmed by half, thereby ramping up the tension and reader enjoyment, as well as freeing time better spent on more deserving books.
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Helpful Score: 6
This was one of those books I just wanted to throw across the room! Awful plot. I'm not even sure why I finished it.
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Helpful Score: 6
What starts out as a fun vacation in Mexico for two young couples turns into a nightmare. Their real troubles begin when they visit the ruins and site of an excavation dig. All the archeologists are missing. And the only folks close by are Mayan, who speak a language the couples don't understand. Then they learn the secret of the vines...This book is scarey and hard to put down. I understand that it's now a movie. Can't wait to see it!!
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I picked up this book because I'm interested in all things Mayan, but I could not finish it. It just seemed like it should have been a short story, not a novel.
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I must say that im surprized by the bad reviews this book recived I read this book probably about 2 years ago and still think about it. I sometimes have a hard time remembering books i read yesterday!I thought it was very good, fast paced, and interesting. It was one of those books that when you get to the end you wish there was more. So again i honestly dont see why it recived bad reviews from so many members, I guess youll have to read it and find out for yourself.


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