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Mud Vein (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Tarryn Fisher
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When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 WTF? 13 avril 2014
Par Hermilene
Format:Format Kindle
It was a huge disappointment for me. The book was well written, and I love Isaac character, but something was missing, too much sorrow and a very weird atmosphere. As a reader it's important for me to feel connected to the lead character and it wasn't the case with Senna. I found the book very long, boring, depressing.

The Opportunist is one of my favorites books, and Tarryn Fisher is so talented, so good with words that I was certain to love this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's time for you to listen.... 6 avril 2014
Par Tough Critic Book Reviews - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I don't think my brain has ever worked harder, but at the same time it felt effortless. So many thoughts. So many emotions. I impossibly invested myself into a story while the receeses of my mind never stopped questioning, theorizing....searching. Tarryn Fisher has found a way to tap into a dormant part of the brain allowing it to concomitantly function at an intensified level. A part of the brain that is devoid of all emotion yet at the same time a place that is created by feeling. Feeling too much.

Some reviews summarize the plot. You won't find that here. You will do yourself a disservice entering this experience with anything but a clean slate allowing your head and heart to be a blank canvas later to be painted by tears and emotion. Go in blind, and find sight by experiencing the words. Mud Vein will crush every emotion you have into tiny pieces just to create new ones.

This book is one of the most honest things I've ever read. It explores the dark side of love, the true side of love.

"What's the difference?" I asked him. "Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?"....

"One is a choice, and one is not."

Everyone will experience this book in a different way. Some may experience nothing but the superficial layers of the story while others will strip each coat away discovering not only pieces of the characters, but pieces of themselves. There is no right or wrong here. It's not about what the words mean, but that you find meaning in them. This book is psychologically fascinating because it is brilliantly written in a way that can be diversely interpreted. My advice to you, look deeper. The words continuously evolve, and will speak to you differently each time you read them.

Don't be so worried about loving this book. Focus on feeling this book. Let all your conflicting emotions be united by Mud Vein.

The hardest part will be letting go. I can still hear this book silently echoing in my thoughts...consuming.

"Your silence, Senna, I hear it so loudly....I hear you still."

It is time for you to listen.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 So much deeper than the words on the pages! 8 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Going into this one I knew very little and that is the way it should be. What I did know was that Tarryn Fisher was going to rip my heart out and stomp on it. I don't mean just a little smack with a boot. I knew it was going to be a hard blow that left me in tiny little pieces. So my feelings after reading Mud Vein were no surprise. After finishing I thought about it for hours. Even after an hour on the phone with a friend discussing it, I still couldn't sleep. To say this book consumed me doesn't come close to how I feel. As I sit here trying to think of a way to describe this book, without spoilers, the best I could come up with is to compare it to art. When most of us walk into a museum, our attention is immediately drawn to the beautiful landscapes. You know the ones with a serene ocean scene, lush grass or colorful flowers. We like things that make us happy. Realistically, you know that, at one time or another that ocean or field has seen a storm, but it has survived. It hasn't lost its beauty. It's still intact, and it's getting its happily ever after. Let's face it, that isn't how life usually is. Life is complicated and evil at times. That is why I love abstract art. It is never literal. Just like Mud Vein, it is deep and complex. Mud Vein reminds me of an abstract, black and white piece of art that sits across the hall from the landscapes in a dark corner. Most of us will just glance at it. Our initial reaction might be, "What the crap, how can someone think that is beautiful?" At the same time most of us will want a closer look. Some will see the artist's blood, sweat and tears right away. Others will need to get up closer, and only then will they see some of its beauty. They will see the long brush strokes and appreciate the way the colors blend together. Unfortunately, some will never get it. See, paintings and books are a lot alike. Both are art, which is subjective. Everyone will get something different out of it. Some of us are used to seeing life as black and white, while others are blessed with color. Regardless of the type of person you are, most can appreciate the creativity and hard work that goes into both. To me, Mud Vein, is that abstract piece of work that I would love to hang on my wall. Regardless of what anyone thinks about it, you are for sure going to get a reaction. Tarryn Fisher is a true artist. She knows just how to stir up emotions and make you feel uncomfortable. She makes you want to spend hours looking beyond the words she has printed in black and white. Once you see the color, you understand its true beauty. That is why Mud Vein is a 5 Star book for me!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm PAINED that I didn't like this... 8 avril 2014
Par LovestoRead - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
First and foremost: Ms. Fisher has a gift. Her ability to weave words together is superb, her craft for storytelling some of the best I've ever read. Her plotlines are thought up and written with a deep, profound honesty which never caters to a readers comfort zone. This alone is a rarity, as so many authors are worried about what will or won't offend their audience. I want to brush other authors against Ms. Fisher's brilliance, in hopes of creating mounds of talented authors worldwide.

That being said: Prepare to invest more than your average thought process into the arrangement of this story. This was fine in my little, reading nook. I actually enjoy a thought-provoking read, but in terms of direction and evolution from the first chapter to the very last, I felt (dare I say) bored to absolute death? If I'm being brutally honest, I was completely unimpressed and disappointed with the entire story. By twenty percent I wanted to give up but (despite the heaps of sorrow and an extremely odd setting)I kept pushing forward, hoping, begging, and praying to the God's of the reading world that it'd get better.

Sadly, it never did...

To make sure I wasn't losing my mind (I mean, I have a girl-crush on Ms. Fisher, having placed The Opportunist, Dirty Red, and Thief on my 'Best Books of All Time' shelf) I visited Goodreads and took a look at the live status updates. I was able to exhale once I saw I wasn't the only one feeling so confused and bored. Though many were/are loving the book, there were/are many readers experiencing the same confusion and boredom.

I didn't like Senna, (the main character) the dialogue, (or lack thereof) the big reveal, (which was too far-fetched for believability, but at the same time lacked a punch) or the ending (even though it's what I expected from Ms. Fisher).

As a reader it's not important for me to feel connected to the lead female character, but with Senna I was TOO disconnected from her. She was cold, her very existence frostbitten with an eeriness I've never read. This is coming from a reader who understood and SYMPATHIZED with Leah. I get that Senna had more than her fair share of punches from life, (which came close to overkill in believability in and of itself) but this character was painful, a complex mess at its finest.

"I folded the page over and over until it was the size of my thumbnail, square upon square upon square. Then I ate it."


"I have been thinking about suicide. Not my own, just suicide. There are so many ways. I don't know why people are so uncreative when they kill themselves."

Double huh?

Ms. Fisher's not afraid to build an anti-heroine, and this particular trademark is something I adore about her writing, but Senna made Leah look like Mary Poppins. I needed something to grasp onto with Senna and it wasn't delivered.

**Possible spoiler**

I read a quote from a review earlier, which proved to me that we all may read the *same* story, but we each take from it different things. Regarding Isaac, the reader said, "A Hero that is one of the most selfless, strong and loving individual's you will ever read about."

This gave me pause. I didn't feel this way about Isaac at all. Although he swore he'd been in love with Senna since forever, he was married. How is that a selfless, loving individual?

For me, the motive behind the captors reasoning made no sense and again felt...unbelievable. I know we read to escape, but still, a book needs to hold a certain amount of believability to it.

At least for me it does.

When there was finally conversation between Senna and Isaac, (I literally craved it. There were pages upon page of drab inner monologue) the subtext in the dialogue was insanely cryptic--so much so--that it felt unnatural and forced. This book was advertised as `finding the truth', but the truth behind the words were lost on me. Once again making sure I wasn't losing my mind, I literally read the book TWICE.

Still none the wiser or any closer to understanding, caring, or connecting with the main characters, (and with a disappointed, heavy heart) I digressed, deciding this novel just wasn't a fit for me.

I was happy to finally get out of the cabin and Senna's disturbed thoughts.

Despite not having liked Mud Vein, Ms. Fisher will always remain an 'auto-click' author for me. Don't let my review dissuade you from reading. Everyone needs to digest Mud Vein to form their own opinion. I seem to be in the minority, and if you don't read it, you'd be doing yourself a disservice. Never let ANY review swing you one way or the other. Be them good or bad reviews, we all have brains, and should use them to decide if we like something.

I do...

I will say that I hope the hordes of 4 and 5 star loving reviewers refrain from attacking me for this. I debated whether or not to even post my review in fear of being ridiculed. Not only have I watched and encountered this on other books, but it's being done on Mud Vein as well. We all have different reading tastes and it's quite disheartening to see readers come at each other when someone doesn't agree with their assessment.

Nonetheless, attack if you must. I won't respond.

Edited on 4/8: Despite having said that I wasn't going to respond, I now feel the need to. An Amazon user, going by the name of #dreamcrusher, (who I must mention keeps posting on each low-star review she doesn't agree with) brought up a scenario I found...comical, entertaining at best.

**Please be aware her conclusion to what might be going on in the plot is a little SPOILERISH**

#dreamcrusher to me, "Did you ever think Isaac might not have been a character? Maybe this was Sennas dialogue within herself fighting her own demons? Cabin representing her body, her own walls she had to shed and destroy to find herself? Isaac could have been Jesus, he could have been her conscience or her guardian angel to protect her and guide her? Towards the end she replenished her soul although her mortal body was corrupted. I will be honest. I am a 'diehard' fan, not because this was the best storyline ever but because she poured her soul to us. Not many people will get her writing."

No, dreamcrusher. I never thought about this, nor would I ever WANT to. If I have to make an assumption (one as far fetched as the one you've displayed) to 'get' Ms. Fisher's writing, then I give up. Ms. Fisher's known to mess with her readers minds and this alone is an attribute to her writing. One in which makes her work unique, standing out from all the rest.

I also firmly believe all authors (not just Ms. Fisher) pour their souls into their work and out to us.

However, if Ms. Fisher would go as far as not making Isaac an actual character, (and hiding this from her readers without ever letting us know he was indeed a 'phantom character') then that would've been cruel on many levels.

Again, (and this is simply going on IF your theory is correct) had Ms. Fisher eventually let her readers know this was the scenario, it would've been brilliant. But if you're correct, and we're left essentially making up our own ending conclusion as to if Isaac was real or not, then that (to me) is reaching way too far.

I disagree with your assessment whether Isaac was real, but considering you told another low-star reviewer she needed to read 'Curious George' because she didn't understand what was going on in Mud Vein, I surmise I wouldn't agree with a lot of what you have to say.

Please stop trolling the less than stellar reviews for this book. You may not realize it, but you're starting to appear somewhat...stalker-ish.

It's not flattering to you or the author.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark, Thought Provoking and Simply Amazing 8 avril 2014
Par Becky Cox - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I will be thinking about this book for a long time. Makes you reevaluate love, life and your soul-mate. I will most definitely read it again as I always pick up even more on a second, third, fourth reading. :-) Well done Tarryn.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Powerful, gripping, suspenseful! One of the best books I've ever read! 6 avril 2014
Par Vilma's Book Blog - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle

One of the best books I've ever read. Powerful. Introspective. Suspenseful. Gripping. Heartbreaking. An emotional powerhouse perfectly crafted and brilliantly written.

"It's your darkness that pulls me in. Your mud vein. But sometimes having a mud vein will kill you."

I experienced this book, alone, in a quiet house on a rainy day, which I felt was ominously appropriate. A dark, cold day listening to the melodic spattering of rain as the words from this story battered my thoughts more forcefully. Gripped me. I was immediately taken. Held captive myself, by the raw power of this book. The trickling of information, clues, truths, secrets, all half-exposed, half-shrouded as the story unfurled. It's difficult to convey what this story is about, but I think the best, most succinct word I can use is truth.

This is a story about truth.

The truth we seek to uncover. The truth beneath the pain. The truth we bury deep inside and are too blind to see. And finally, the truth we find ... often times, too late.

"This is a game, and if I want to get out, I have to find the truth."

Senna awakes to a real-life nightmare. She finds herself imprisoned without chains, but locked up in a cabin encased by snow, trapped with a person from her past who ignites old feelings she meant to keep dormant. Unclear clues taunt all around them. The game is staged for them to figure out. There are many facets to this story, ribbons of the plot untwining gradually, and during this part of the book, I found myself caught up in the suspense of their situation. I found myself observing and deliberating, elements twisting and clicking into place. Waiting. Watching for the nuances of their environment, clues hidden in the subtext of words and hiding in plain sight.

"Who will live and who will die? It's the worst form of torture a person can imagine -- the wait to die."

But the more I worked to decipher the mystery, the more I found myself intrigued by the enigma that is Senna. I was lost in her, unraveling her complexities to better understand her essence. She defies normal, reveling in the anti-current of society. She's a writer. An artist. She takes in the world through a different lens. She's also one of the most tragic characters of which I've read. Pain has defined her. Abandonment has shaped her. She destroys before she can be destroyed. But the more I tried to untangle, the more I wondered whether perhaps I was trying to uncover something that already laid bare. To me, she was both exceedingly vulnerable and entirely shielded. She's worked so hard to smother her painful experiences that she lives behind the haze of a thin veil, obscuring her emotions. There's one person who's been able to lift the fog and see right through her.

"She can't see the landscape anymore. It's all painted in her grief."

(Florence and The Machine, Landscape)

Dr. Isaac Asterholder. This is the man she finds in the cabin ... the man from her past ... the man she pushed away. He met Senna in a moment of chaos and vulnerability, in the raging aftermath of pain. He forced his way into her life, helping her in a way no one had before.

"Isaac was a stranger and he had seen more of my wounds than anyone else. Not because I chose him... He was just always there. That's what scared me."

We are transported back to a time where we can better understand Senna and Isaac and the charged dynamic between them. Isaac pushed through all the walls that Senna erected, but he never pushed too far, just far enough to make progress. He was her lifeline at a time her life seemed to permanently dim. Senna's way of dealing with life was seeing what happened as an indisputable fact. Something she just had to deal with. She was broken. Disfigured by fate and circumstance. She didn't relent to the pain, but she saw herself as permanently scarred. Isaac was selfless, fixated on healing those broken parts of her he could, bringing color, feeling and intensity to a life painted white, stark and cold. A person from Senna's past said that she was a "daughter of winter" and I think if she personified winter, then Isaac was someone who thrived in the cold uncertainty of the season. He was a fixer who understood more about her wounds and her silence than anyone else. He carried her pain as his own.

"He kissed me with color, with drumbeat, and a surgeon's precision. He kissed me with who he was, the sum of his life -- and it was all encompassing. I wondered what I kissed him with since I was only broken parts."

Nevertheless, peering into their past didn't change reality. They were now two people with lives that had long diverged, suddenly so tangled again by a situation they never expected. Trying to survive a looming danger, an anonymous culprit, the pangs of hunger and the insanity of time, was enough to break open the floodgates, bringing a deluge of emotions that Senna had worked so hard to suppress.

"Being stuck on love was a real bitch to cure. Like cancer, I think. Just when you think you're over it, it comes back."

What happens in the cabin and the events that lead up to it are for you to experience. These characters are just brilliantly written, each on their own journey to find their truth. As a writer, Senna needed "simplicity to create complexity," but I think that she was so lost in her own complexity that she couldn't see the simple truth in front of her. She was paralyzed by fear - of so many things - but also to feel so much and have it all be brutally taken away. Because Isaac was all feeling. He flooded her senses. And Senna was afraid to feel. Feeling meant being tethered to someone, beholden to something she couldn't control.

"There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye... Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are these invisible strings.... Maybe the chances that you'll find each and every one of your soulmates is slim. But sometimes you're lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it's not so much a choice to love them through their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying. You love their flaws."

This is one of the best books I've ever read. Absolutely and undeniably brilliantly written. The syntax. The word choices. The layers and sub-layers of meaning make it impossible to not get mesmerized by the story. To me, it felt like a multisensory experience. As if I were walking into a literary butterfly den, not knowing whether to get lost in the beauty of the colorful patterns, or entranced by the soft sounds fluttering in the distance, or be flooded by the smell of the environment around you. I felt my way through this book. I was captivated by all the elements coming together so perfectly. Powerfully. It honestly just blew me away. Is this a romance? No. It's a novel that defies genre. It's fiction, suspense, romance, mystery all woven together to create an unforgettable story about discovering the darkest, muddiest, well-buried truths within ourselves... the kind of truth that fills a life with meaning and ultimately sets you free.

"You've been silent your whole life. You were silent when we met, silent when you suffered. Silent when life kept hitting you... I tried to move you. It didn't work. But that doesn't mean you didn't move me. I heard everything you didn't say. I heard it so loudly that I couldn't shut if off. Your silence, Senna, I hear it so loudly."
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