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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 292 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
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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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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm PAINED that I didn't like this... 8 avril 2014
Par LovestoRead - Publié sur Amazon.com
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."

Huh?

"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 So much deeper than the words on the pages! 8 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's time for you to listen.... 6 avril 2014
Par Tough Critic Book Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.

READ ON!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Even in the dark there is light. 26 avril 2014
Par D - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Mud Vein

STOP! If you’re looking for a book to delve into your wildest fantasy and escape, forget reading my review. Forget reading Mud Vein (although I would implore you to open up your literary mind, don’t be so partisan, so common.)
There are no alpha millionaires, rock gods, wishy-washy pretty young things. There is no f***ing, multiple orgasms, big dick you’ve never seen the likes of such a size. None. Of. That.
Be sober when you read this, be ready to absorb and accept the thoughts and questions which will undoubtedly come to mind. Be naked, stripped bare in your thinking, not precise but attentive.
There are two ways Mud Vein will be read by people—literally and emotionally. Those that read it with literal tendency will see a story and think, “ok not bad” and take it at face value—the crap that Senna had to deal with along with some other weird recluse type stuff.
Those that read it with an emotional component will see the layers and complexities of the representations and symbolism. Senna, Isaac, and the events that happen are beyond literal. Without the emotional, the cerebral component, you won’t piece together the words on the pages of Mud Vein. Go beyond that of the actual words, feel them, and you will understand.
When I finished Mud Vein, I stopped to think about the questions I had swirling around my head—it wouldn’t be a Tarryn Fisher book otherwise. Many of my questions came back with answers that reveal the strength of a woman. It reveals the control a woman needs to garner that strength. As women we are extremely resilient and strong by nature but somewhere, I don’t know where it comes from we need our validation to come from the love of a partner. Maybe it’s not just women but men alike. Although somehow I think it is more inherent in women. Hence why we often are the primary caregivers—the givers rather than the takers. This point could be argued and debated until the end of time.

True to Tarryn Fisher style, the story was slightly convoluted yet amazingly poetic. It is one of those reads that will spur conversations at the mere mention of the title. It’s a story that each reader will come away with something different and no one is more right than the other.

As with any book there were things that didn’t make sense or seemed like a step was missing—how come they didn’t burn the table too? (I can’t give spoilers but when you read you’ll probably ask the same question.) – did Nick really not question her more when they were together? And really he wouldn’t take her home to change to meet his parents? And maybe it’s just me but I honestly don’t think that after the ‘incident’ she would allow anyone into her home. But that’s just me.

I loved the parallels between white and all the colours. The analogies of the senses was stunning. What I loved most about Mud Vein was Tarryn’s ability to question human nature—our motivation and our disincentive. And no matter how strong, independent or resilient we are, male or female, there are things about love that will weaken us no matter how much we try to ignore it.
A review for Mud Vein is incredibly difficult to write without spoilers because of the nature of the story. I will say Tarryn Fisher kept you questioning every turn of the page. I appreciate and love that she takes risks with her writing. Do I always understand it? Nope. But I enjoy trying to figure out why she writes the words she does. The ending? Ends the way it should given the events throughout the story. Many will hate it. Regardless, you have to appreciate the effort of it. I almost felt let down (for lack of articulation) by the end of the story because of the emotional capital I had to pay throughout the characters journey and story. It was a heavy price to pay. Was it worth it? I don’t know. I do know that I wanted to read every word and had I read it via paperback, my hands and fingers would have molested every page to get more from the story than just the words.
Although I’m depleted from reading it Mud Vein gets 5/5
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark, Thought Provoking and Simply Amazing 8 avril 2014
Par Becky Cox - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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