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La Boucle = Loop (Ring #3)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,793 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
"In the novel Ring, the videotape was the vendetta of Sadako, a tragic girl who could not be sated with simple revenge. In the sequel Spiral, a mutating virus displaced the tape and came to threaten the entire diversity of life. In this much-awaited conclusion of the Ring trilogy, everything you thought you knew about the story will have to be put aside." "In Loop, the kil ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published November 14th 2002 by Pocket (first published 1998)
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The Writer
May 22, 2009 The Writer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, or I should say the Ringu trilogy, has surpassed all my expectations from a mere horror story I saw on a DVD.

Of course, I'm referring to the Japanese version of the film. The Americanised version of the film is not even worth to mention here.

This third book explains all the mysteries found in the first two books in a twist so unpredictable that nobody, but the author I dare claim, could tell how the story actually began in the first book and how it would end as it is clearly described
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Sarah LeFay
Jul 01, 2011 Sarah LeFay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TL;DR Version: Not the most engaging book in the trilogy and a bit disillusioning, but still definitely worth a read for fans of Ring and Spiral.

Wall of Text Version: Santa Claus is your parents.

This is a revelation that most children in the western world experience eventually. It can be a bit harsh and it’s almost always a disappointment. Yet you have to admit it makes a fair amount of sense. The letter you so painstakingly wrote for Santa? Never got mailed, but gave your parents a nice shoppin
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Eric
Aug 04, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final official installment of the "Ring" trilogy. Suzuki takes us off into the land of Phillip K. Dick, where the life of the people in the Ring is more than you ever thought it was and reality itself is twisted. While I at times though, "God, what a copout," in the end I still really liked it.

I see exactly why this could have ever been made into a movie. Similar to the Doctor Who novel "Fear Itself," it relies on literary conceits (like not knowing what people look like) that can never be
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Marvin
Jul 22, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Warning: While there are no spoilers for Loop, it is impossible to adequately review this book with giving massive spoilers for Ring and Spiral If you have not read the first two books of the Ring trilogy you might want to skip this.

No? Then onward.

Most everyone knows the plot of Ring due to the popularity of the movie of the same name. People watch a video and die seven days later. The first book is mainly in the horror genre and of the supernatural realm. Spiral turns that on its head. We disc
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Xandra
Holy twist! It’s fascinating how the original Ring story, just like the virus, morphs into something different with every layer that’s added to it.

Ring was fantastic. Immersing, chilling, horrifying, fast-paced - all you could ask from a horror novel. Then came Spiral that considerably changed the first story and, I thought at the time, cast a shadow upon Ring by delving too much into the paranormal. And now Loop transforms everything again and in the light of the new twists and turns the secon
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Andy
Jan 21, 2010 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read Ring and Spiral and want's to know how it ends
Shelves: 2010
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baka_usagi
Mar 13, 2015 baka_usagi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even though the book was complicated, with many medical terms and scientific explorations and explanations that were difficult to easily digest, I still enjoyed reading this because it went beyond my expectation,
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Marcus Leong
Aug 18, 2012 Marcus Leong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From supernatural horror, to science fiction, and then to philosophy, the Ring trilogy is perhaps the queerest series I've read thus far. Not that I didn't enjoy the books immensely.

Loop is a number of surprising twists that are not only woven into the fabric of the plot of Loop, but also the preceding titles. I had hated Takayama at the end of Spiral, but the best twist in Loop (in my opinion) not only redeemed the character, but presented an entirely different perspective on him.
The only misgi
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Kristy Buzbee
Dec 23, 2008 Kristy Buzbee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This series has blown every fuse in my head. What Spiral was lacking, Loop definitely made up for. What a conclusion.
Andreea
Dec 09, 2008 Andreea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone :)
Shelves: reviewed, 10th-grade
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Zoe
I knew eventually I'd have to read Loop to complete this series, but when I initially couldn't find a copy of it anywhere, I opted to Wiki it, and read the basic synopsis. It put me off of reading it, so I figured I'd just set aside until I forgot the finer points of the synopsis.

I finally reached that point and got started, and for the first 400 pages, I didn't feel anything at all. While I felt the first books were creepy and scary in some parts, if a bit dry, this book is dry as a bone left
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Asma
Nov 12, 2010 Asma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world has reached an apocalyptic stage when a new virus with characteristics of cancer eats away at humans, and slowly, at every living organism on Earth. Young and intelligent, Koaru can only wish he can ease his father's pain from cancer and his mother's obsessions to cure him. But when there's more at stake than his parents, Koaru follows a string of supposed coincidences that could lead to the cure. But of course, there's a price.

The events in this book blew my mind away. This is the mo
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Chau Nguyen
Jul 26, 2015 Chau Nguyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared for a good deal of scientific terms (just like the #2 book "Spiral"). I barely made it through thanks to my admiration for Suzuki Koji.

It's not like I didn't enjoy it. I did, but not the way I expected from a horror novel. It's more like a sci-fi story, with little relevance to the "horror" tag. The first 1/3 seemed long and unrelated (for a thriller), and throughout half of the book I already came up with how the ending would be, so it largely lessened the excitement. Somehow I fin
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Earl
Jan 15, 2015 Earl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I appreciate how Koji Suzuki shifted gears from the supernatural to the scientific, but I was quite disappointed in this third work, primarily because he somehow resorted to something literally outside the Ringu world to provide a resolution (that being said, I think the movies are better in terms of concluding things... probably).

Here, we encounter not only medical pseudo-science trying to save the world. We actually see physics (or pseudo-astrophysics?) at work in a world where realities are c
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Scott
May 15, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book takes the Ring story into an entirely new direction, away from the supernatural and into pure science fiction. It's interesting how the author rationalizes the supernatural elements from the previous books, and the story comes together well, but much of this book was very dull. Too much repetition and science talk, and with the plot points that end up being important in the final third, the first two thirds of the book seem kinda irrelevant. A bit aimless, I suppose.

So. Yeah. This nove
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Michael
Jul 03, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Ring/Spiral/Loop trilogy a few years a go and I wanted to read them again. It's billed as a horror but really, it's a fantastic thriller with a heavy biologically-orientated theme. There is a lot of natural science in these books and the author presents it very well and easy to read. The storyline is gripping and I can honestly say the twist/plot revelation in Loop is the biggest one I've ever come across in my reading history, and probably ever likely to. It's a stroke of genius.

Thor
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Bruce
In terms of genre, Loop is a far cry from the horror of Ring or horror/medical thriller of Spiral. Instead, Loop is pure science fiction, with a bit of medical drama thrown in for good measure. The science fiction is fascinating and the drama is genuinely engaging. It works fine as a stand alone novel, more so than Spiral did, but it's true brilliance lies in how it takes what we know from the two previous novels and completely overturns them in a clever fashion. If you're a fan of the first two ...more
Fanny
Oct 20, 2015 Fanny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
That plot twist... I'm impressed. The writer really serious about making the scale bigger and bigger in each book it seems. Sadly this one feels like a different book from the last two though. Also there's barely anything scary, which makes me wonder... Is this a horror novel or simply a sci-fi-distopia novel with zero horror element?

The whole idea about reality in this book seems absurd, and this one focus more on the Dna-things with a lot of weird hi-technology that is just.. hard to believe (
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Jeremy
Oct 07, 2015 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matt
Apr 17, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you thought Mr. Suzuki blew your mind with "Spiral," you're wrong--"Loop" turns everything over.

The book opens innocently enough, but Suzuki uses this laxity to build a story that would only work given his previous narrative attempts. The writing, depending on the translation, is great-bad, but it's so engaging I found myself reading it on the train regularly.

By the time I finished the novel, I was satisfied enough with the conclusion to consider it one of my favorite suspense novels. It is
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Greg Kerestan
The "Ring" series, a novel collection highly popular in Japan, may have spawned a series of movies based loosely on the first book ("Ringu," the J-horror classic, inspired "The Ring" and "The Ring 2" in America). But Koji Suzuki's "Ring" series is bigger than Samara (or Sadako in the novels) and her haunted video tape. The novels blend horror and science fiction, covering the entire globe in a series of supernatural and pseudo-scientific events. This book, the climax of the original trilogy, tak ...more
David
May 09, 2015 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Ring, and although I was disappointed with Spiral I had hopes for Loop. I really wanted to enjoy it. It starts well; the writing and translation are fluid, engaging and - on first impressions - a strong return to form. Though it rapidly loses its way in a sea of overly-complex pseudo-science, overly grandiose statements about reality and an increasingly absurd plot. The links to Ring are tenuous; this is almost a stand-alone science fiction novel, about as far removed from the original R ...more
Megha
May 13, 2014 Megha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not horror, it's SciFi. Well, I reviewed ring 2 as a science text book towards the end. The author talked repeatedly on code and mutations that bored me down. I was hoping ring 3 would not carry that forward. But I am very disappointed. In ring 3, the author talks about philosophy and this goes on for first 40-50 pages. I had to skip paras, at times pages. But there is one surprise element here about the first 2 books and it just blows you off. It is a very clever twist and I was impressed. ...more
Nerita
Nov 30, 2015 Nerita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite entry to the series. It had some good parts but the whole story was a mess... The beginning was pretty good but then it went completely weird.
Bill G
Oct 12, 2007 Bill G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ring fans
the last of the trilogy. neat book. most people say it is a matrix rip off but this was written way before the maxtrix.

nice twist ending
Matteo Pellegrini

Una nuova forma di cancro, probabilmente contagiosa perché causata da un virus misterioso, inizia a diffondersi e a mietere vittime in Giappone. Kaoru,studente di medicina, è direttamente coinvolto nell'epidemia: suo padre viene contagiato ed è quindi condannato a morte, anche perché già molti suoi colleghi sono deceduti a causa del virus. Ma come mai i più esposti al virus sembrano essere i tecnici che lavoravano a "Loop", il progetto nippo-americano di realtà virtuale, cui anche suo padre avev

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Margaret
Oct 23, 2014 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After finding Ring a wonderful horror book, the final instalment in the trilogy was a huge disappointment to me.
The premise is convoluted, and often just outright silly.
This is could forgive however if the ridiculousness of this book did not retroactively make plot of Ring a lesser story.
The quality of this trilogy declined with every book and I would heartily recommend that horror and mystery fans forget entirely that it is a trilogy and read only the first book... Maybe Spiral if you must, tho
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Matt
Nov 09, 2015 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book was an amazing disappointment. It's not like his "Ring" was 100% brilliant, but it had a good plot, and moved along at a pace.
Here he just got lost. It started off ok, almost well enough to rate it a 2, but the second half and ending was laughably crappy.
Koji obviously had a good plot outline buried in here somewhere, but it dissolved somewhere between his mind and the page. It's almost like the idea got too vast, so he just went "meh, gotta wrap this up now".
The stilted translatio
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Kim Lauwers
This is the third book in the Ring trilogy...well technically there's also the prequel...But that doesn't really count now does it?

Anyway, I had already invested a lot of time reading the first book (which I really liked) and the second (which I didn't like as much) so I just had to read the third now.

Well, it wasn't bad...It just isn't the same as the first one (which was - like the movie - creepy and mysterious) This book focusses even more on the biological-DNA-ish side of the story and even
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Liza
The third book of the Ring series(Note:There will be Ring and Spiral spoilers not hidden in this review)...

I was so excited to read this book. How would everything end? Will the world fall apart due to Sadako's evil influence? Will everyone be giving birth to evil children?

No....I got none of that.

Instead I got a book that felt me feeling hollow inside due to the direction it ended up taking for the series.


Now, I will say, on its own, this book is brilliant in its own way. The medical scare of t
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Suzuki Kōji (鈴木光司) is a Japanese writer, who was born in Hamamatsu and currently lives in Tokyo. Suzuki is the author of the Ring novels, which has been adapted into a manga series. He has written several books on the subject of fatherhood. He is currently on the selection committee for the Japan Fantasy Novel Award.

His recent novel Edge puts the main theme on Feynman point.
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  • エス [Essu]
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