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The Snow Garden [Paperback]

Christopher Rice
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read Feb. 20 2003
My first encounter with Christopher Rice left me feeling like the money was well spent. Not the most prolific writer, he certainly has a way with words and I found myself drawn in by the story and the characters. At times it was difficult to discern which was present day and what was a flashback, but I still kept on.
The plot devices are often sketchy, and the characters seem very stereotypical, but it's worth the money if you can find it in paperback. I am inclined to pick up the first novel and see how it compares, and also to see what he is able to do in the future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've read Dec 30 2009
I loved the author's first book so it was a no-brainer that I'd read this, his next novel, but it was terrible. I kept reading, hoping it would get better but it never did. Just a waste of time. I found the characters unlikable and the whole thing never really came together for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plesantly surprised! Nov. 8 2009
By Rhaen
I quite liked this book and found the character writing to be honest and refreshing. I stumbled upon this book in a second hand book store. Already a fan of Anne Rice but I was unaware that her son was writing too. I picked it up without any preconcieved notions and gave it a go. I couldn't put it down. I think that if Cris keeps at it he'll grown to become quite a distinctive writer like his mother. I imagine he'll have a few rough patches like her and many other famous writers did (ex. The Witching Hour series Anne Rice did)but I look forward to reading more of his stuff in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a mature offering Nov. 30 2007
Format:Audio Cassette
This book reads like it was written by someone the age of the main characters - a college freshman, a talented freshman, but still a freshman.
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By A Customer
Poor Chris Rice! I know that he's published because of his mother and with this second outing I'm not sure how he got a book deal. This reads like bad college writing workshop drama. The characters are not only unlikeable but they have very little depth and their subplots are too inane...not to mention the laughably bad plotting he chooses.
He has some saving graces though...some of his initial descriptions are quite lush and very gothic (which is what i'm sure he was going for) but all in all this book was such a let down. His first book wasn't that good either but I wanted to see what he would do when he didn't obviously use his life for a plot. Yet again he lives in fantasy land where every "straight" man wants to sleep with other men....as a straight man, I can say that for myself and most of my friends this is far from the truth....but hey who knows right?
like the editorial review says this is very much a bad USA late night movie put to the page....
1 star!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea June 11 2004
I loved Christopher Rice's first novel "Destiny of Souls," so when I saw this in a Penn Station newspaper stop, I knew I had to read it. I read most of the book on my train trips that weekend. It was one of those books I just lost myself in. The story is well-written and very intriguing. It takes twists and turns constantly, leaving you wanting to continue reading.
I had never previously read anything by his mother, but have definitely fallen in love with the intrigue of Christopher Rice's novels. I cannot wait to read his next novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars if you're not expecting much... June 10 2004
By Amanda
if you're really not expecting much from this book, then it's not all that bad. Wandering through barnes and noble one day i stumbled on this book and became bretty interested to see if he actually had any talent as a writer, or if he was just going off of his last name.
Well, I don't think he is a horrible writer, and honestly i don't find the book to be that horrible. I however wasn't expecting much so that probably has a lot to do with it. The information on the back cover was horrible misleading I honestly thought the book was going to be about something completely different. Also the editing was pretty horrilbe too, I suppose he can't really be blamed for that completely.
I think if Rice just sharpens his story telling skills he'll grow up to be a real good author, currently however his novels are decent enough if you're just looking for a quick read with no real thinking involved (I read this book in one evening with no difficulties)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ReRead So Many Times June 9 2004
There is something mystical and captivating that Rice protreys in this novel. It seems like it's a dream and almost pulls you into the life of the main character, Randell. I enjoy mostly about Rice's books is the style of writing with the gay theme. These charaters are gay, but not dealing with coming out or other situations or stereotypes that are affliated with homosexuals. These are just people who happen to be gay, the book is not focused on their sexuality but mostly on their feelings.
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