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Cái chết đến từ một cuộn băng. Hai đôi nam nữ vị thành niên lần lượt chết bởi cơn đau bóp nghẹt trái tim một tuần sau khi xem phải cuộn băng lạ trong một nhà nghỉ ngoại ô Tokyo, bên trên một cái giếng cũ...

Mê mẩn khám phá ra bí ẩn đằng sau những cái chết kinh hoàng đó, Asakawa, một phóng viên đang háo hức vì danh vọng lao vào cuộc truy tìm dấu vết. Đến mức gã tự mình xem p
Paperback, 349 pages
Published 2007 by Nhã Nam & NXB Văn Học (first published 1991)
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During a solo work/study trip to Ireland in fall of 2000 I was out one dusky evening exploring the cobble-stoned lanes of Dublin's City Centre when I stumbled upon the entrance to the Irish Film Institute movie house. Excited, I shyly stuck my head inside the front door. I felt a little bit like Alice discovering the rabbit hole. Hanging on the wall to my left as I walked inside was this movie poster:

Remember, this would have been before the deluge of Asian horror (and the numerous American re-m
Apr 18, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have wishing wells in their gardens
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: cult film status
I found this book in a lonely mountainside cabin... nah, only kidding. It was 1 in a bargain basement book sale, so who could say no to that? It went onto the frankly vertiginous and ridiculous pile of books behind the sofa and was forgotten about for sometime. Then, a few days ago I was working on a site in the former medieval area of Liverpool.

Everybody was busily engaged in day to day construction/demolition mayhem; I was watching a twenty ton digger, a crane was rolling across site moving st
First off, I want to say that English is not my mother-tongue. I try my best to avoid mistakes, but I’m sure that here and there I will make some smaller or bigger errors.

Trigger warning: Rape.

Now to the review.
I’ve read The Ring for a Seminar on Japanese contemporary literature and literary discourse. I read parts of the original Japanese novel and the German translation, which is a translation from the English translation… Yes, this happens more often than we academics wished for. Translations
Tina Rae
Dec 03, 2013 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Tina Rae by: book club
Shelves: favorites, book-club
OH. MY. GOODNESS. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!! I don't even know where to begin. So, I've seen all of the film versions and, honestly, I wasn't too terribly fond of any of them (except the second American film but that's a different story) so going into this book I wasn't sure it would be all that great. Well, as they say, don't judge a book by its movie.

This book literally exceeded all my expectations. I can't even begin to discuss just how amazing it is. Where the films strove to be horror films,
I am waffling with the whole star thing for this book. I shall make my decision when I am done with my thoughts. First let me say the first chapter is one of the most terrifying things I have ever read. It leaves you with this sense of dread and foreboding for the rest of the book.Frankly I did not sleep well.I enjoyed the story, the searching for a solution and all that we discover. It is all really good. I thought about Joesph Campbell and his series with Bill Moyers "The Power of Myth".(I hav ...more
I didn't find this book to be scary either as I am very rarely frightened by books. I did have high hopes for it, as the American film version is one of the few movies that really creeped me out. (I'm a big horror film fan but none have stayed with me as long as The Ring. I can freak myself out just thinking about it.) I found the book interesting, but not scary. As mentioned by others, it is sufficiently different enough from the films to be engaging and I liked the differences very much. I'm c ...more
From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:
Listen. Watch. Until the end. You will be consumed by the lost.'

British journalist Mitchell Hooper lives in Tokyo with his wife Toni. When he begins investigating the mysterious deaths of four teenagers, he discovers a nightmarish secret. They all died after watching the same video tape.

When Mitchell watches the tape himself, he is cursed to die in seven days. And so as the countdown to death begins, he must solve the riddle of the curse.

Ring is Japanese horror at its be
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no scarier horror book or movie than a book or a movie that comes from Japan. It chills one to the bones, makes you want to cry and curl under blankets, trembling in fear. Every single thing in this story is unsettling or creepy, even a little girl sleeping peacefully. Even someone's smile. Or a simple writing. Koji Suzuki infected me with terror.
Rebecca McNutt
Well-written, eerie and disturbing, this mysterious book that inspired the 2002 film The Ring and the 2012 film Sinister was creative and original with hauntingly-vibrant imagery and memorable characters.
Well, that was disappointing.
Predictable, not especially well written (but that might be the translator's fault) and just not scary at all.
And apparently being a rapist is just being "eccentric".
Ok then.
This book was meant to be a horror and I can safely say the only thing scary about this book was how totally fine people seemed to be about rape. I can handle unlikeable characters, I've read and enjoyed American Psycho and The Wasp Factory, but the way rape was treated in this book was complete abhorrent to me. I don't know if it's a cultural thing? Although I doubt it.

Other than that I was just completely bored by this book, I don't know if there was something lost in translation or not but t
...Truly Creepy...

[spoiler]A mysterious videotape warns that the viewer will die in one week unless a certain, unspecified act is performed. Exactly one week after watching the tape, four teenagers die one after another of heart failure. Asakawa, a hardworking journalist, is intrigued by his niece's inexplicable death. His investigation leads him from a metropolitan tokyo teeming with modern society's fears to a rural Japan--a mountain resort, a volcanic island, and a countryside clinic--haunte
Aug 11, 2011 Marsten rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SOS
Shelves: terror
Es un libro excelente!

Muchos conocerán alguna de las versiones cinematográficas (japonesa o americana) que se realizaron a partir del citado libro. Dicen de Koji Suzuki que es el nuevo Stephen King en versión japonesa. Esta afirmación podría parecer muy peregrina y una simple frase promocional del Publishers Weekly para que quede mona en la contraportada del libro. Pero lo cierto es que las novelas de Koji Suzuki (Paradise [1990], Spiral [1995] y Dark Water [1996]) son fenómenos de masas en su p
Sara Williams
I remember being younger and hearing about Samara and how there's this 'totally life changing horror film absolutely everyone must watch' and being the little frightned girl I was, I put it off for a long time but I did watch it sometime last year, I believe. It was nice. Not much else to say to it.
While browsing through a list of Books by Japanese Authors, and passed the usual Murakami overload, I came across Ring and was pleased to find it was the actual source material for the film. Also, the
This is an effective and intelligent chiller which builds up to an interesting moral question, but it’s not a book I particularly warmed to.

A great deal of that is to do with the central character: a self-centred and unapproachable journalist. There’s an incredible moral ambivalence about him, best illustrated by one of his friends confessing to raping a college student and the journalist having no problem with that information and seeing no need to go to the police. Indeed this story only gets
Having already seen and enjoyed the Japanese film based on the book (and also seen and laughed derisively at the American re-make), I already knew the "secret" of Ring, but wanted to give the source material a try. I wasn't disappointed.

Suzuki's writing is terse without losing any of the required description for a good, all-round immersion in the action - his approach to writing seems to be to use exactly the right amount of words without prettying it up (at least, it comes over that way in the
Truyện được viết gay cấn như một tiểu thuyết trinh thám. Nhưng lồng ghép vào đó, tác giả nói đến nỗi sợ hãi mang tính bản năng của con người, mà không cần đến kinh nghiệm hay dạy dỗ. Đó chính là cảm nhận khi chìm trong bóng tối thăm thẳm, khi bị nhấn chìm trong nước, hay khi bị giam cầm bởi không gian chật chội u uất. Nhưng rồi nó có đáng sợ bằng miệng lưỡi thế gian?

Phải đọc đến kết truyện mới hiểu được tại sao tác giả lại đặt tựa đề là "Vòng tròn ác nghiệt". Vòng tròn đó chỉ vừa mới bắt đầu th
This is an english translation of the original Japanese version yet reads easily and fluidly. The story was the basis of the film (of the same name) and follows pretty closely to each other. This is the first of 3 books I bought as a set and I can say that it has held my interest enough that I am keen to start the next one. I will not give any of the story away as if you have seen the film you know what happens and if you havent then there is not much I can add without giving something away.
Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)
"A woman's resentment toward the masses who had hounded her father and mother to their deaths and the smallpox virus's resentment toward the human ingenuity that had driven it to the brink of extinction had fused together in the body of a singular person named Sadako Yamamura, and had reappeared in the world in an unexpected, unimagined form. "

Did I tell you that I am not a fan of horror movies or books? Even mystery and thriller. I am not. But what the Hades! This is so good and so exciting tha
Me gustó este libro, le pondría 3 y media estrellas, a 4 no creo que llegue porque algunas partes se me hicieron pesadas, pero si lo recomiendo, me enganchó.
The Writer
As a start, I'd like to believe that almost everyone is familiar with the infamous horror film titled The Ring. Be it either the original Japanese version or the adapted Hollywood version (featuring Naomi Watts), which was approximately half as scary as the original.

So now, I'm going backward. I read the book after I have watched the film decades ago and I could only say now how glad I am for finding this book tucked away in one corner of the local library because that's the way it should be don
This is the original book story of the famous Japanese and later American remake films 'The Ring'. It was written in 1991 and reflects the times specifically video taping (VHS), no mobile phones etc. The two films are certainly in my top 10 of best horror films and I decided to read the book - but here I must mention that I normally read classics (see my other reads) and what might be called `literature' but I do make the occasional diversion into sci-fi and contemporary fiction.

The basic story
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Took me ages to get around to reading this - like so many others it's been on my TBR shelf (my literal one at home) for the whole year but I only just picked it up in May. I had seen the Hollywood version of the movie at the cinemas back when it came out, and got the super heebie jeebies from that - in a good way, thought it was just the right kind of creepy! I haven't seen the Japanese version of the film but would love to someday.

As for the book, it was another easily digestible read, and also
I picked this book up due to my interest in the movies. I thought that the storyline was incredibly creepy & had heard that the book plotline was drastically different. It was!

Where the movie decided to focus around a female character, the main character in the books is actually a man. Also interesting is that while the main characters are all sympathetically portrayed in the movie, the book's characters are incredibly flawed (especially one in particular). Things are *just* different enoug
I've been waiting get my hands on an English translation this novel, since it's the one that launched Japan's Ringu and pretty much the entire 2005 onslaught of Asian horror movies. As expected, the book and movie is quite different, but this book is different enough for me not to know what to make if it yet.

In the movie, a female reporter investigates the mysterious death of her niece, which leads her to a killer video tape and seven days to unravel the mystery, which cumulated in this long-hai
As I've posted before on this journal, the American film The Ring is perhaps the creepiest horror movie it has ever been my pleasure to watch. The only problem is, having seen it, I lose a critical element of surprise and suspense going into the reading of Ring, the novel on which that movie is based. I have a genuinely difficult time trying to decide whether those who are unfamiliar with the story should watch the movie or go straight to the book. Koji Suzuki's writing is definitely worth explo ...more
I cannot help feeling that this novel has rather poorly and is less effective now than it was when it was first published in Japanese almost twenty years ago.

What struck me at the outset, however, was the evocative description of the urban Tokyo environment: “a maze of pipes and conduits crawled along factory walls like blood vessels on muscle tissue.” This simile, and several others in the first few pages create an unsettling atmosphere, where it is the trappings of everyday life that are as mu
Ana Lucía Gómez
Hay algo con este libro que no me termina de cuadrar. Quizás sea la traducción o el hecho que escritor abuse del tema de la violación. El amigo de Asakawa es un personaje que al leer lo que hizo desde un inicio quise verlo o en la cárcel o muerto. ¿Como lectora debería sentir agrado y simpatía por alguien así?

Ignorando un poco esas partes, el libro es bastante interesante por el otro lado de la moneda, contarnos otra historia de este personaje tan conocido en los temas relacionados al terror. Y
Lucian Vaizer
Recuerdo haber leído Ring hace mucho tiempo, en plena fiebre cinematográfica de horror asiático: Ju-On, Ringu, Dark Water, Whispering Corridors, Kairo, Shutter, The Eye...cuando era un crío que estaba obsesionado con Silent Hill, Fatal Frame y Siren, grandes tiempos aquellos, sin duda.

Lo que más me impactó de la novela de Suzuki es lo distinta que resulta en comparación a la película, es menos terrorífica y visceral, pero presenta personajes más adultos y complejos, refleja muy bien la hermética
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In addition to being considered "the Japanese Stephen King", Suzuki is also a respected writer on the subject of fatherhood in his native Japan. Several of his works have been adapted into movies, including "Ring" and the short story "Dark Water" from the collection of the same name, as well as a Manga series based on "Ring".
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