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Promenade of the Gods

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  162 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
It begins with a woman's search to find her husband, who disappears after watching a TV show. She enlists the aid of her husband's best friend, and together they discover that the famous female personality of the TV show disappeared after the same evening's broadcast as well. The duo's search leads to a battle within a religious cult. Each answer brings only more questions ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Vertical
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Oct 02, 2009 Teresa rated it liked it
Recommended to Teresa by: my son
When I first started this book, I thought it might be a nod to Murakami (Haruki), as that is the surname of the main character and there's a husband who disappears at the start of the story. My son disagreed with me and I became less sure of my 'theory' as I read along, but it's still a decent mystery in any case. I enjoyed the characterization of the main female character; and the send-up of the media and how it can be manipulated. Unfortunately, the text contains some sloppy translation and la ...more
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Aug 02, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it liked it
Promenade of the Gods is a curious sort of non-thriller. It dangles a decent premise in front of the reader, suggests sinister and possibly dangerous goings-on, but then defies most expectations and deflates weakly, like an old balloon. Yet it does offer some insight into Japanese society and culture, and this otherness has a perverse appeal.

Out of the blue Shirow Murakami, who leads a fairly easy life running a cram school, gets a call from the wife of one of his friends whom he hasn't heard f
Nov 30, 2016 Quiet rated it it was ok
Suspense/Mystery novel from one of Japan's most iconic ghost-story writers, Suzuki's 'Promenade of the Gods' is an elongated exploration of Japanese society and its stresses told over the story of a missing person and the search for him by his wife and old friend.

Hard not to spoil mystery stories with reviews, so I'll leave it that it's a mostly strongly developed story that doesn't have any grotesque gaps regarding information/reader being able to solve it. You won't be able to, though--- but m
Jan 15, 2012 Tyler rated it it was ok
I'm going to have to end this early. I'm about 100 pages in and I am completely uninterested in picking it up again. PROMENADE reads a hell of a lot better than RING and DARK WATER, probably in some thanks to a different translator (but that isn't saying much... PROMENADE is still rife with goofs, ie. "macaroni Western" instead of "spaghetti Western"), but Suzuki's monotonous, "Mystery Novels for Dummies" style is still there. The book is a little over 320 pages and it's because Suzuki wastes so ...more
Kat Lopez
Aug 11, 2011 Kat Lopez added it
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Promenade of the Gods is an utter disappointment! I have always been a fan of Koji Suzuki, but this one in particular just didn't tick all the right boxes for me. I could've read the last few chapters instead and I would still get the whole story. The build-up to the climax was so weak, so weak that I didn't think he managed to achieve or reach it after all. The characters were interesting, but a major let down of the story itself. I don't think I'm making sense here, just how the book lacks sen ...more
Apr 14, 2009 Sabi rated it really liked it
This book definitely kept me interested. I was a little disappointed by the ending, but I suppose I was too used to expecting something horror-esque.

What really moved me was the story from the wife's perspective. I related to a lot of what she was going through. It's not really as scary, but then again this isn't a horror novel, it's a mystery. Worth reading if you enjoy Koji's books.
Keely Park
Jul 16, 2015 Keely Park rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Ring much more than this, but still a decent story in its own right. The ending was not what I had expected.
Gary Lee
Aug 26, 2008 Gary Lee marked it as to-read
Newly translated Suzuki!
Aug 20, 2008 J.C. rated it liked it
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not very scary but enjoyable. also not as good as Paradise. no relation to the Ring books.
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Jan 30, 2017 Beth Barefoot rated it liked it
Great concepts - but found the pace to be slow.
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Suzuki's weakest
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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.

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