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2.0 out of 5 stars
definetely not the book of the year, 11 Nov 2007
I seldom submit what I think about a book, but in this case I decided to make an exception. I've been looking forward for Smith's second book for years, and I was thrilled at the idea of reading The Ruins. I've just finished it and I don't really know what to make of it. He can definetely be a very good writer and I think that he's done a great job describing human relationships and characters. But the main plot is definetely way too thin. This superintelligent vine is a bit too much even for a Stephen King compulsive reader. What lacks compared to other good horror stories is the "ordinary" component, the plausibility of what we are reading. I could have accepted the eating vine, but the talking one?
In the end, I don't know if I'm going to read an hypotetical third novel. Might be even more disappointing.