The Ruins by Scott Smith

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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 for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.
 

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Scott Smith was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He lives in New York City.
 
Published July 18, 2006 by Vintage. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Once they arrive, though, they fear it will be impossible for them to leave, partly because of the armed Mayans surrounding the site, partly because of the bodies in detailed states of decomposition that litter the area, but mainly because of some mysterious vines with amazing powers that expand ...

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Audrey II of “Little Shop of Horrors” has got nothing on the vines in Scott Smith’s new screenplay, er, novel.

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The New York Times

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In Scott Smith’s new novel, tourists meet a deadly foe in the Yucatán.

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The Guardian

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starring Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone The Ruins Production year: 2008 Country: USA Cert (UK): 18 Runtime: 90 mins Directors: Carter Smith Cast: Jena Malone, Joe...

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BC Books

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In this case, he’s selling horror, and there’s plenty of it here.

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Author Stephen King has gushed not once but twice about Scott Smith’s recently published terror spasm The Ruins in his column “The King of Pop” fin Entertainment Weekly.

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However, once our heroes entered the jungle, ran across the mysterious Mayan village with people who ignored them, then finally found the archeological dig site – which someone had tried to hide from them – I was white-knuckled and nailed to the pages.

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In compressing the novel down to a sloppy abridgement, the film fails to capture the eerie portent of its setting: a Mayan area so severed from modern culture and language that it's almost otherworldly, a stark contrast from the pampered beach scenes of Cancun and Acapulco.

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The inside flap of Scott Smith's horror novel The Ruins doesn't reveal much beyond a vague description of the book's setup.

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Entertainment Weekly

The vacationers aren't just physically trapped on a cursed hillside, they're mentally trapped in the roles they've played all their lives, and the resulting actions and reactions (particularly the yo-yo between assertive Jeff and heel-dragging Amy) are as dangerous .

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Suite 101

An interview with British Author/Screenwriter Matthew Stokoe on his perverse novel COWS, what matters and excites and a few pointers for aspiring writers.

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USA Today

What Stephen King did for cars with Christine and for dogs with Cujo, Scott Smith does for creepy foliage (and yes, it's horrifying!) in his new thriller, The Ruins.It has been 13 years since Smith's thriller A Simple Plan rocked best-seller lists.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Worth Star-Telegram 5 of 5 Stars "The best American horror novel since Stephen King’s The Shining.

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