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The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice

The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice: one of the most boring books that I've had the displeasure of reading in quite some time.

Set at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, the book revolves around two freshmen, their friend, and the college professor that one of them is sleeping with. Since the college professor is married, the fact that he's sleeping with a student isn't a good thing, especially since it's a male student. The professor's wife ends up dead causing all kinds of suspicion to fall on him. The college was also the scene of a young woman's drowning twenty years earlier causing one to wonder what the parallels may be.

The Snow Garden is supposed to be this great psychological thriller and horror story, but I couldn't ever get into it. I found all of the characters either downright unlikable or uninteresting. Also found the way that people's past secrets were hinted about for over half the novel very annoying. By about page three hundred or so, the novel started picking up, but since the book is only four hundred pages long, that's quite a lot of pages to have to slosh through to get to any kind of interesting material.

(Finished on August 23, 2003 for Zuly’s Reading Room.)

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Strangely enough, I've read this book almost at the same time as you, and not very strangely I have the opposite opininon with you: I could sink into the story, I liked the characters because they had secrets and they lived inside the book; they're quite believable characters. I'm not saying Chris has written the great American novel, but I wouldn't exactly call it boring. Or: if I find a book boring, I don't waste time reading it.

.: stalker said on September 10, 2003 03:45 AM :: link it :.

I found the book to be quite enjoyable. It's the first book I've read in a single day in a long time.

.: Rob said on September 22, 2003 11:15 AM :: link it :.

I thought of this story more as a mystery and felt it was cleverly written. I found the book highly enjoyable, more-so than his first novel A Density of Souls. In fact, I've read every book Anne Rice (his mother) has written, both of his own, and am currently making my way through Stan Rice's (his late father's) poetry. Quite the writing family, they are.

.: Raquel said on September 24, 2003 10:32 AM :: link it :.

i thought the book was spectacular.. the fact that there were so many secrets made me want to continue readinging and find out what they were... and even when you started to find out bits and pieces, it wasn't all revealed at once... i kept making connections as i went along and everything seemed to tie together.. it was a awesome book

.: jason said on October 8, 2003 01:39 PM :: link it :.

I read the book when it first came out and I really liked it. I liked the pace of the book and I thought it was very well written. I can't wait until he comes out with the next book. I thought it was engaging and I've recommended it to everyone I know and they've had the same reaction.

.: Cameron said on October 22, 2003 11:45 PM :: link it :.

I started reading his books because I've read all his mother's books. I was amazed at his talent. I read "The Snow Garden" in one day. I was completely floored. Snaps to Christopher Rice.

.: Whitney said on November 11, 2003 12:22 PM :: link it :.

This book bought out feelings...what has humanity done to itself?? Glorious reading.

.: Cynthia said on March 6, 2004 02:54 AM :: link it :.

I am reading The Snow Garden and it is a awesome read i cant put it down. I love how Christopher hints at the characters secrets i dont want to put it down i cant wait to finish kudos CR

.: Wes said on June 4, 2004 02:52 AM :: link it :.

well i wanna read this book, because i just finished his first book, A Density of Souls, and i enjoyed it. well hope the next one is as good.

.: Sara said on April 11, 2006 06:23 PM :: link it :.

You're too early! Come back at August 23, 2003 07:52 PM to see this post.

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