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: AN URBAN LEGEND weds Greek Tragedy and urban legend with dangerous intoxication, as the drama rushes to its dark and inevitable conclusion.
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The motives of gods and men are one and the same.... Vine is a Greek tragedy framed in a modern context. Just like in his previous novel, Trajan's Arch, Michael Williams hints at the interconnectedness of things beyond our control. Williams uses fascinating examples about how, tragically, both gods and men are doomed by their frailties. One of my favorite examples of this theme is when the teens are playing D&D and Aaron, the DM, kills off Jack's character because he is jealous of Jack's relationship with Maia. This parallels other examples in the book in which the gods, at their whims, are directing the characters as if they are marionettes, or, sadly, how the adults are influencing their children down paths they are most comfortable with, often not allowing their children to grow into what they are destined to become. All in all Vine is a highly successful follow up to Trajan's Arch. Fans of stories that make you think long after you put down the book will enjoy this tale as well as those who love tragedies. TWO THUMBS UP!
If you get intoxicated with words, VINE: AN URBAN LEGEND is the book for you. The characters are clear and distinct, but multiple points of view show each one from different perspectives. Wine -- or any alcohol -- is sort of famous for blurring your vision and judgment, and there's something of that in VINE. <em>Does that mean what I think it does? Did that really happen? Please tell me that isn't what it looks like.</em> I volunteered with Shakespeare In Central Park in Louisville, Kentucky, many long years ago, the stage on which VINE is set. Michael Williams has captured his setting both realistically and artistically; if you've never been to Fourth and Oak, you will have been once you read VINE. I'll be reading this one again.