La Boucle = Loop (Ring #3)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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,
like the book one and two were just a virtual reality (!)—a made-up world called "Loop" which turned cancerous because of the Ring virus made by Sadako Yamamura and that the real world, where we lived in, was slowly being attacked by a cancer virus from the mutated Ring v ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The events in this book blew my mind away. This is the mo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
So. Yeah. This nove ...more
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 ( ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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