Saturday, December 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Vine: An Urban Legend

Vine: An Urban Legend by Michael Williams

Genre: Mythic Fiction
192 pages
Amateur theatre director Stephen Thorne plots a sensational production of a Greek tragedy in order to ruffle feathers in the small city where he lives. Accompanied by an eccentric and fly-by-night cast and crew, he prepares for opening night, unaware that as he unleashes the play, he has drawn the attention of ancient and powerful forces.
Michael Williams’ Vine weds Greek Tragedy and urban legend with dangerous intoxication, as the drama rushes to its dark and inevitable conclusion.


Michael Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Much of his childhood was spent in the south central part of the state, amid red dirt, tobacco farms, and murky legends of Confederate guerillas. He has spent a dozen years in various parts of the world, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, with stopovers in Ireland and England, and emerged from the experience surprisingly unscathed.

Upon returning to the Ohio River Valley, he has published a series of novels of increasing oddness,combinations of what he characterizes as “gothic/historical fiction/fantasy/sf/redneck magical realism” beginning with Weasel’s Luck (1988) and Galen Beknighted (1990), the critically acclaimed Arcady (1996) and Allamanda (1997), and, most recently, Trajan’s Arch (2010). His new novel Vine will be released this summer.

He lives in Cordyon, Indiana with his wife, Rhonda, and a clowder of cats.


My Thoughts:

When I first signed up to be a part of the Vine Blog Tour I was really excited. I love Greek mythology and I love seeing different authors take on it. Vine sounded like an interesting book and I was intrigued by it. However, after reading it this book just wasn't for me.

I have said this before and I'll say it again: I am a fast paced kind of girl. I need for the book to jump out and grab me on page one and not let me go until the final page. I know there are people that enjoy slow developing plots, I am not one of those people. I have a short attention span so if you don't have almost non-stop action I am going to get bored and quick! Unfortunately for me, Vine is one of those slow developing stories. There isn't any non-stop action and the book never did reach out and grab me.

One of the things that I think hindered me from really enjoying it was the writing style. It was written in a play-like manner. This disconnected me from the story and the characters.

The story is very well written but like some other very well written I have read I just couldn't get into the story. I couldn't relate to the characters and I wasn't anxious to see how the story ended. I don't think that Vine isn't a good book because I could tell that there is substance there and that the writing was very good. Vine just wasn't a good book for me. My experience with Vine was a lot like my experience with Chime by Franny Billingsley. And yes, Chime was a National Book Finalist which just proves that there are some good books out there that just aren't for me.

I would recommend this book for anyone that loves the slow developing plot lines and especially to those interested in Greek Mythology. However, if like me you love some fast paced action, you may want to skip this one.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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