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Vine ➬ [Ebook] ➧ Vine By Michael Williams ➸ – 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 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 forcesMichael Williams' Vine weds Greek Tragedy and urban legend with dangerous intoxication as the drama rushes to its dark and inevitable conclusion.

About the Author: Michael Williams

Michael Williams was born in Louisville Kentucky and through good luck and a roundabout journey through New England New York Wisconsin Britain and Ireland has ended up less than thirty miles from where he began Over the past years he has written a number of strange novels from the early WEASEL'S LUCK and GALEN BEKNIGHTED in the best selling DRAGONLANCE series to the recent lyrical.

10 thoughts on “Vine

  1. Audra (Unabridged Chick) Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

    I was delighted by this book from the first page Written vaguely in the style of a Greek play or a choral novel as Williams explains in his Author's Note there are narrative 'episodes' and various commentaries ranging from the Muses to the homeless itinerantsSet in Louisville Kentucky the story follows a handful of players Stephen Thorne once disgraced high school teacher who now runs regional theater; his band of scrappy teen thespians some of whom might just be literally divine; his student fling now a grown woman and a mother as they attempt to stage Euripides' Bacchae The production has attracted immortal interest and the gods gather in Louisville nudging and pushing everyone along Like a production on opening night the story hurtles toward the end but whether the end is a success or disaster remains to be seen Reading I wasn't sure if this would be a Greek tragedy or comedy and I held my breath hopeful I was rather taken with the characters which surprised me given the sort of stylized way the story is written I expected some distance but Williams creates real warmth in his players back stories that resonated and moved me and he evokes a Louisville that is urban grimy gritty and mesmerizingWilliams' writing style is just wonderful a word lovers delight I shared a teaser yesterday Languorous lyrical lilting lovely very nearly the kind of thing to read aloud just to try on words new and exotic Yet despite the poetic style the book doesn't feel contrived or overly designed it still reads like a novel still has dramatic tension and great characters and the unusual frame just heightens the anticipation and the awareness of supernatural elements A kind of magical realism for those who like their magic darker and seedier

  2. Ashley Gafford Ashley Gafford says:

    When I first signed up to be a part of the Vine Blog Tour I was really excited I love Greek mythology and I love seeing different authors take on it Vine sounded like an interesting book and I was intrigued by it However after reading it this book just wasn't for meI have said this before and I'll say it again I am a fast paced kind of girl I need for the book to jump out and grab me on page one and not let me go until the final page I know there are people that enjoy slow developing plots I am not one of those people I have a short attention span so if you don't have almost non stop action I am going to get bored and uick Unfortunately for me Vine is one of those slow developing stories There isn't any non stop action and the book never did reach out and grab meOne of the things that I think hindered me from really enjoying it was the writing style It was written in a play like manner This disconnected me from the story and the charactersThe story is very well written but like some other very well written I have read I just couldn't get into the story I couldn't relate to the characters and I wasn't anxious to see how the story ended I don't think that Vine isn't a good book because I could tell that there is substance there and that the writing was very good Vine just wasn't a good book for me My experience with Vine was a lot like my experience with Chime by Franny Billingsley And yes Chime was a National Book Finalist which just proves that there are some good books out there that just aren't for meI would recommend this book for anyone that loves the slow developing plot lines and especially to those interested in Greek Mythology However if like me you love some fast paced action you may want to skip this one

  3. ѦѺ™ ѦѺ™ says:

    If you string together a set of speeches expressive of character and well finished in point and diction and thought you will not produce the essential tragic effect nearly so well as with a play which however deficient in these respects yet has a plot and artistically constructed incidents Aristotle Poeticsin Louisville mortals and gods conspire together andor apart from each other as the production of The Bacchae a Greek tragedy by the Athenian playwright Euripides goes underway reading Michael Williams' novel was both a strange and exhilarating experience from start to finish the story is populated with an assortment of characters that are either made of flesh and blood or of divine origin the author's writing style is unconventional yet wonderfully executed he uses contemporary language and combines prose and poetry with shifting points of view resulting in a surreal mesmerizing drama i did find the story difficult to follow at times nevertheless it had its own appeal that continued to piue my curiosity until the last page overall this book is a uniue fusion of urban legend and Greek tragedy that may not be for every reader but it informs entertains and never disappoints

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    Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include VINE AN URBAN LEGEND by MICHAEL WILLIAMS in the library of Awesome Indies' Badge of Approval recipients at

  5. Pamela Scott Pamela Scott says:

    is part of the author’s City uartet I’ve read two other books in the series and thought they were great so I had high expectations for this I love Greek mythology and really enjoy different adaptations and versions of it so I was looking forward to seeing what the author would offer The book uses a layout very much like a play and this took a few pages to get used to as I wasn’t expecting it The book uses the specific form of a choral with episodes and commentaries The characters are pretty well develops which I didn’t expect as the book uses such a specific structure and layout I didn’t expect to connect with them much or care about them I had such fun reading this

  6. Sharon Sharon says:

    I am going to be honest I can’t give this book a rating I gave it 5 stars on goodreads because I don't have the option of not rating it and I didn't want to leave it blank because that doesn't reflect my thoughts here is whyI don’t think I was able to fully appreciate what Williams accomplished because I am somewhat culturally illiterate; my Greek mythology and knowledge of ancient Greek literature is way too rusty to help in my understanding of the story I was able to grasp the author’s intent but it reads to much like something I would have read in college which is why I went into the sciences I don't think I am the demographic he is trying to reach because I found it work to read and understand While the book was entertaining in its premise it reuires picking apart and analyzing like in school to truly appreciate it a great choice for a book club It needs your full attention and I like to think it was my metal laziness than my intellectual failings that created the great WHOOSH sound I heard as parts went right over my head Kalpar Weakling Analyzing books makes you strong like Kalpar That is how we do it in the old country Williams wrote a Greek tragedy set in modern times but he wrote it in the classical Greek play format There is a large cast of characters including a host of narrators and a chorus giving commentary on the events The author also has an amazing grasp of language and a vocabulary that had me looking up definitions at least twice per page thank goodness for the dictionary function on the kindle I understood the basic premise of the story and even got some of the clever hidden layers of meaning woven through out especially when Williams compares the gods’ petty and vengeful behavior to man’s and shows that they are the same and things haven’t changed since ancient times I liked how Williams used the play within a play like in Hamlet as a vehicle to prove how alike the gods and man are The protagonist Stephen is directing Euripides’ tragedy The Bacchae and the cast is also unknowingly playing out the story in real life as the ancient gods manipulate them for fun and for vengeance The principals in the cast are also being manipulated in the same way by a vengeful game master who behaves in the same manner as the gods at their weekly DD RPG Like a vicious ironic circle of petty behavior I've read other reviews by people who are familiar with Greek literature and they are all impressed with the technical brilliance of the story and able to throw around words like allegory metaphors and sub context Oh My And they are right it is all impressively there but this story isn't for everyone I am glad I read it I feel a little smarter for it and learned some new words I will definitely be pulling out at parties

  7. Pavarti Tyler Pavarti Tyler says:

    Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book for review from the author as part of a virtual book tour I was not compensated nor was I reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Review Dear Mr WilliamsYou don’t know me but there are some things I’d like to tell you before I review your book You see reading VINE was like kismet it was as if you’d written this book just for me as if you’d reached into my past my internal story and decided you’d sing directly to my muse If you can’t tell your writing has touched me deeplyYou see my training is in theatre Not just theatre but classical theatre I studied the Greeks extensively wrote my thesis on Euripides and even worked as the dramaturg for a retelling of the Bacchus using Odessa Indian Dance For those of you not in the know about what these words mean you can take the leap of faith I’m a big nerd I also did extensive research into post modern playwriting and found all kinds of inspiration from retellings of cannon classics such as Jocasta a retelling of the Oedipus story from his mother’s POVSo not only have I lived in the world you write about I’ve studied the exact premise you use to tell your story and I feel pretty confident in saying what you’ve created is nigh onto perfectionFor those reading this who haven’t had the pleasure of reading VINE you should know that this is not a conventional story The structure is neither that of a novel nor that of a play However Williams uses the techniue implemented by Greek Classics each chapter is from a different point of view This includes the main characters the allegory perspective of secondary characters but most importantly the use of narration via a chorus The chorus is made up of the muses a Greek personification of inspiration Each sister has a specific personality and perspective and through them you are told a story that weaves in and out of realityIt sounds a little heady at first but once you get into the groove of the story it flows seamlessly Williams’ insight into the world of ageing off off Broadway theatre is accurately depressing as is his ability to capture the inner life of ManhattanWhile I don’t think VINE is a book that will appeal to everyone mostly because of it’s literary and academic nature I do think it’s a piece that should be read In fact I’m going to send my copy to my college mentor I think she’ll get uite a kick out of itThank you Mr Williams for writing a piece that both repulsed and seduced me for bringing the classic style I love so much relevant to the modern worldSincerelyPav

  8. Teressa Morris Teressa Morris says:

    When I heard that Michael Williams who co wrote many of the books in the Dragonlance fantasy series had a new book out I was very interested to read it I really enjoyed reading the Dragonlance books in the 80s and looked forward to seeing how Williams' personal writing style readVine An Urban Legend is nothing like Dragonlance but that is not a bad thing Vine interweaves characters from Greek mythology with the story of a modern retelling of the story of Dionysus god of wine and excess At the start of the novel the characters are released from their slumber and begin inserting themselves into the lives of the actors their friends and family Real life tragedy ensues as the discontented and disenfranchised are swept up in the wild bacchanalia of the godsIs there a moral here? I'm not sure but while I found the book a little unsatisfying I loved reading it all the same The words ebbed and flowed like poetry in my mind See what you think What Stephen does not see what only a goddess herself would notice her eyes expectant on a green half imagined glade behind the car is the shadow rising over the pond indistinguishable at first from the reflection of new leaves and the shade cast by the dip of the sun below the high hill that Stephen's car is now ascending That darkness slowly resolves into something solid Dead branches impervious to the new spring bend before a stronger invisible power their reflections stirred by something surfacing into expectant dusk

  9. Terri-Lynne Smiles Terri-Lynne Smiles says:

    Michael William’s Vine is an ambitious work masterfully executed The story centered on a rag tag community theatre production of Euripides’ tragedy The Bacchae is told in the form of a Greek tragedy with the narrative of the characters interspersed with chapters from the meddling Muses and others from a chorus making pithy barbs of insight into the darker side of society and human nature The use of metaphor becomes hypnotic before shocking the reader back into the lives of the misfit characters Because of the form of the novel it is not a book I would recommend for everyone but for those who enjoy classical theatre or the allegorical nature of the musings of the Muses Vine is an excellent read Well doneNovember 2 2012 I have to amend this review It's been a couple weeks since I finished Vine and still find my mind wandering back to the characters and the structure of the story The way Williams' merges the past and the present is magnificent

  10. Jacob Jacob says:

    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 DD 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

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