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The Damned Summer (The Ruin Trilogy Book 1) by [Weaver, Scott]
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About the Author

I've had an overactive imagination as far back as I can remember, but I didn't start putting a pen to paper until I was a punk teenager. All of those old writings were lost one night in a drunken stupor when I burned them up over some girl whose name I can't even remember now. I think about those old musings from time to time, trying to remember them all, knowing I never will, but the adolescent yet poetic destruction of those early stories over some girl still makes me smile. Especially not being able to remember her name, I love that. The writing floated out of my life with the ashes of those burnt pages for the next couple of years. College, working and partying took up all my time, there was none left for the storyteller. Then something happened two months before my junior year. Right before my transfer to a new university, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Needless to say, things went into a downward spiral for awhile there, but I eventually found my way out of the woods of despair and got on with my life. One of the good things about that time was I found my old friend, the storyteller, and we've been on speaking terms ever since. I have to admit the MS has amplified my ability to dive into the darkness of life's surprises, but it has also shown me the importance of disabled people being equally represented in fiction. Sure, sometimes they have minor parts, but rarely the main protagonist, I'm going to do my best to change that.

Product Details

  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481130595
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OLVIKM
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I did it. I judged a book by its cover. Scott Weaver's, The Damned Summer landed in my lap sometime back, and I immediately knew this was going to be a masterpiece. With a cover as magnetic as this one, how could it be anything other than a homerun, right? How wrong I was. I really wanted to enjoy the novel (okay, I really, really wanted to enjoy this one!), it looks and sounds refreshing. There are no vampires stalking the shadows, the hordes of zombies everyone is trying to stuff down my throat aren't exactly cluttering the page. But the truth is, there's not much here to really dig on.

The story is really just a good old fashioned "good versus evil" tale, and it could have been highly engaging, but it gets so murky it's easy to completely lose track of why we're reading the novel at all, let alone attempting to care about any form of conflict. The action unravels in Storm, Illinois, but it isn't hard to forget that, as this little town receives nearly no push as a character itself, and when you've got a supposed epic battle brewing, the locale should certainly function as a memorable unit. But it doesn't, and virtually every character blends into one another due to the fact that Weaver has trouble delivering a smooth narrative. Scott doesn't paint a picture at all here, but simply... tells readers what's going on. There's a big difference between something like, say, the clouds swelled under the moon's soft fluorescent mask. Heavy with the lord's tears, cumulus threatened to empty her heart, and The weather was bad, it was going to rain. But the latter is what we get. It's drab, slow moving and tough to juggle in the eye of the imagination because it feels as though little imaginary work went into the assembly of the story.
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Interesting concept of good vs. evil and the people involved in keeping the good on the winning side. At times the book was slow moving and I found myself skimming instead of reading. It also can be a little confusing with all of the characters involved in the story. But, overall, it was worth the read, but I don't know if I'll spend my time reading the next two books in the trilogy.
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WOW! This author paints a dark picture in a realistic way that left me shaking in my boots. The characters were anything but perfect, filled with more flaws than you can count. The antagonist is evil and devious. Fantastic book, I can't wait to see more from this author!
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I chose this books because of high reviews. Writing was good with smooth flow . BUT 35% of the way in it was still building characters and no story line to keep you interested what little hint of story of evil watching bad decisions was the same for each character. So if anything could have happened it would had to been a hurried finish. Could not keep my attention so I gave up.
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The character depiction and switching of perspectives during this book was interesting to me. I like to observe the plot from all angles and this book gave you that. I would like to read about the demon and where he came from.
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****** Spoiler Alert***********

The book started out different from any thing else I have read in quite a while. The Damned Summer really got under my skin and I had a hard time putting it down. The gritty way the good in Scott's characters come through make one feel better about the imperfect world still being able to overcome evil. It is getting to be a harder fight. I am really looking forward to the next in the series. It also makes me want to read more from Scott Weaver.

I like the characters in this story, very believable, they live in every small town across America. but I hated to see Drew and Jenny removed already!

Seriously looking forward to the next in the trilogy.
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34 pages in and I haven't found a single original concept, just unrelenting stereotypes. It's okay to play with tropes and archetypes but you have to either bring something fresh to the table or write it better than anyone else. This does neither. I'm DNFing and moving on.
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At first I did not agree with the descriptions of partying, cigarette smoking, alcohol, pot - but then I realized the story is about a demon and how he tries to lead the innocent off the right path.

"Nice guys finish last ..."

"... at the simple truth of the bad of Johnny just tasted sweeter than the good of Drew, which was just stupid ..."

Nonetheless, I was really glad that after half of the book, one of the most important characters had the nerve to say no partying tonight I need my sleep.

Once I had read my way well into the book, the plot took off and was intense, suspenseful and interesting.

The author is quite a master of words, painting images of fight scenes, carnivals and storms on an exciting literary canvas. I could imagine this book would make a good movie.
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