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Old 03-15-2008, 10:55 PM
The Ruins... HOLY FUCK!

I just finished reading The Ruins after 2 days of pretty much non-stop reading. This book is fucking insane! Easily the scariest and most shocking novel I have ever read. Scott Smith does such a great job of developing the characters and describing their feelings. It felt as if I was with the characters in The Ruins, having similar thoughts and feelings. This is one of the best novels I have ever read, and I highly recommend it. Also, the ending is pitch perfect.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:47 AM
Stephen King, a master of hyperbole, sold me on this. So, one night, I cynically started it, and in a few short hours my blood was absolutely turned cold. So, his hyperbole to my hyperbole, perhaps, but it's true. One of the best horror novels I've read in a long time.

I'm quite worried about how the film will turn out. The book got into each character's head so well, I'm afraid the film won't be able to do likewise.

And I've read the chirping noise that played so prominent a part will be toned down, as if audiences might think it too silly. No, no, no...that was the part that creeped me out the most!

It reminded me a lot of The Raft, except I thought this ending was by far more brutal. And, again, nothing really explained about why or how, just that it happens and the shocks come as a greater effect.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:04 PM
Buddy of mine read it down in boarding school ad liked it. I never really pay much mind to pop novels.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:17 PM
Loved this book as well, and I told you you'd like it! Glad you enjoyed, although I realize I wasn't the first one to recommend it for ya :P. I hope this movie can live up to the book, as it is written by the same person, I think it will be one of the best horror movies of the past couple years. I am really excited for it .
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:30 PM
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Buddy of mine read it down in boarding school ad liked it. I never really pay much mind to pop novels.
What exactly do you mean by "pop novels"?
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:52 PM
one of the best books i`ve ever read.

Read it in like 2 days then wen`t out and brought the book and read it again last week.

So well written.

weren`t you just praying for it to rain for them .
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:02 PM
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weren`t you just praying for it to rain for them .
Haha yes, and then the brutal ending... I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:49 AM
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What exactly do you mean by "pop novels"?
Pop novels? Loosely defined, it's really anythign by James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Carl Hiaasen (though I actually used to read/enjoy him), etc. Even most of Stephen King's work is typified as such (though I'm eagerly awaiting the next chance I have to read the 'The Dark Tower' series (like 3000 pages though...).

There's nothing wrong with them in general, they just don't float my boat. Think of them as the summer blockbusters and something by Cormac McCarthy or Toni Morrison as, well, like a Scorcese film---could be a major hit, but is much more appreciated for its artististry and genius.

Eh? Eh.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:26 AM
The movie worries me.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:10 PM
About 60 pages in and love it. I really like how Scott Smith makes you believe how such a horrible situation could occour. He develops the characters so well you can see how anyone even you could make these small but in hindsight disastrtous decisions that leads farther down the hole.

To be honest to call this or his other book, A Simple Plan, pop novels is unfair. I think hes one of the best writers around he just takes forever to write a book.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:44 PM
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Pop novels? Loosely defined, it's really anythign by James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Carl Hiaasen (though I actually used to read/enjoy him), etc. Even most of Stephen King's work is typified as such (though I'm eagerly awaiting the next chance I have to read the 'The Dark Tower' series (like 3000 pages though...).

There's nothing wrong with them in general, they just don't float my boat. Think of them as the summer blockbusters and something by Cormac McCarthy or Toni Morrison as, well, like a Scorcese film---could be a major hit, but is much more appreciated for its artististry and genius.

Eh? Eh.
The Ruins is anything but a summer blockbuster (figurtivly), it's pure art. Don't think because it is horror that it is pop, there is some deep shit that goes on in this book, really fuckin' deep! READ IT!
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:45 PM
I'm going to read this after I'm done with Duma Key. I haven't read a genuinely intense book in a long long while.

I hope I'm not disappointed.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:52 PM
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The Ruins is anything but a summer blockbuster (figurtivly), it's pure art. Don't think because it is horror that it is pop, there is some deep shit that goes on in this book, really fuckin' deep! READ IT!

the other book the guy has written is A SIMPLE PLAN.which was made into that movie with bill paxton.

and that was like 6 years ago,he`s like bret easton ellis he takes his time writing novels.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:03 PM
Hey man, I've not, er, yet read it, but most novels with more Stephen Kin praise qutoes than chapters are usually in the genre which I steer away from.

You may like chick flicks. I don't like chick flicks as a whole. You may like this book, I probably won't. But, uh, whatever.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:41 PM
Hmmm....didnt know the movie was based off a book, i'll pick this up for my trip to see my sister.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:38 PM
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Hey man, I've not, er, yet read it, but most novels with more Stephen Kin praise qutoes than chapters are usually in the genre which I steer away from.

You may like chick flicks. I don't like chick flicks as a whole. You may like this book, I probably won't. But, uh, whatever.
Hate to say it, but your sarcasm and ignorance are steering you away from reading a truly great book that really focuses more on characters than cheap thrills. I don't think there's a cheap thrill in this novel.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:32 PM
Sarcastic? Ignorant? Most probably, but I was honestly just pulling your leg.

Like I said, a friend of mine liked it, and I trusted his taste in literature, but I was, excuse the cheap pun, juding this book by it's cover. Ugh...
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:03 PM
Two things:

There are very if chapters in this book if any. Its basically one continuing story. How does the number of chapters classify literature now.

Second why are people dissing Stephen Kings choices in literature. Those poeple seem to be forgetting that he is a fan of Ian Mckellen and Cormac Mcarthy and several other literature works. The people who blatantly diss Stephen Kings reccomendations in books clearly dont even bother to look at all the books he reccomends.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:55 PM
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Two things:

There are very if chapters in this book if any. Its basically one continuing story. How does the number of chapters classify literature now.

Second why are people dissing Stephen Kings choices in literature. Those poeple seem to be forgetting that he is a fan of Ian Mckellen and Cormac Mcarthy and several other literature works. The people who blatantly diss Stephen Kings reccomendations in books clearly dont even bother to look at all the books he reccomends.
Haterades fresh out the bottle in this thread. I aplogize if this internet medium of communicating some humor has created any discrepancies in comprehending it.

I've read King, and like I said, I impatiently await my next chance to get started in 'The Dark Tower'.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:06 PM
if you go to stephen kings website.he posts what he`s reading and movies he`s seen.

he doesn`t just read horror and thriller novels or comment just on those .

edit

i`m re-reading the novel,i hope it has a different ending lol.
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:23 AM

I will skip the book but see the film when it comes out. Not so much because I am excited for it but because yorrick has been ranting and raving about it for months! Ha ha. I don't even think the movie could ever live up to your anticipation. Well thats all for now GOoD JOURNEY my fellow schmoes.
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