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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...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 25th 2004 by Vertical (first published 1991)
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Trudi

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...more
Shovelmonkey1
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 s...more
Laura
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
Tina Rae
Dec 03, 2013 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Tina Rae by: book club
Shelves: book-club, favorites
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,...more
Marsten
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...more
Pam
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.
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...more
Trisha
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...more
Chibineko
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...more
F.R.
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...more
Kell
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...more
Georgette
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.[return][return]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 cummulated...more
Angela
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
Keeleigh
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...more
Graham
A solid and efficient horror/thriller, RING was, of course, the basis for numerous films both in Japan and Hollywood. I've seen at least six versions of this story done on film, so I was interested to go back and see how it all started.

For the most part, it's as I expected. The translation of this story makes it a simple page-turner and the premise is perfect for the building of suspense. There are enough changes from the later movies to give film fans something new to read about, and there are...more
Endah
Kalau saja malam itu, Asakawa, wartawan surat kabar Daily News, Tokyo, tidak pulang dengan taksi, mungkin hidupnya akan tenang-tenang saja sampai hari ini. Atau andai saja supir taksi yang dinaikinya itu tidak bercerita ihwal peristiwa kematian seorang remaja pria pada malam 5 September 1990, tentu Asakawa tak akan pernah terlibat pada urusan pelik yang kemudian mengancam nyawanya itu.

Ya, semua bermula dari kisah supir taksi mengenai tewasnya Shuichi Iwata yang lalu mengingatkan Asakawa kepada k...more
Howard
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...more
Elizabeth
I actually wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. The fact that it is Japanese and translated to English just didn't seem fun to me. I felt like maybe the Japanese wrote completely different, and I wouldn't like it at all. But I was pleasantly surprised! I did have a lot of problems with the names. They pretty much all sounded the same to me in one way or another. I had to stop sometimes just to remind myself who a certain person was. But this book is SO much different than the Ame...more
Ivy
Jeder kennt den Film "The Ring". Auch ich kannte ihn. Um ehrlich zu sein hatte ich überhaupt keine Ahnung, dass der Film eigentlich ein Buch ist. Nachdem ich davon erfahren hatte, musste ich es mir sofort kaufen. Ich wollte mich schon immer mal an dem Horror-Genre versuchen und war davon überzeugt, dass The Ring eine wirklich gute Wahl wäre. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Allerdings sollte man hier vielleicht erwähnen, dass Buch und Film zwar in Bezug auf die Grundelemente gleich sind, sich ansonst...more
Sarah
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Paula
I have seen the film 'Ring' the US version and the Japanese version and both scared me differently, I did not sit through the US version because certain parts scared me and the Japanese version just terrified me to the core.

The book is a lot better than the film, there is a lot more tension and you find out more about Sadako and what she is capable of doing, how far she will go.

'Ring' did have tense moments and scary moments, I liked the psychological horror, the fact I was reading the book an...more
Hajer Elmahdi
This one deserves 2 and half, well it was better than the movie.
It was boring to be honest, don't get me wrong they're were some brilliant ideas but poorly used, the whole sequence of events was some what logical, at the end it all went stupid and not really related to the former events, it wasn't horror but i must admit some of the video parts were a little bit creepy, i didn't like Asakawa, he wasn't really bright and that's basically the most important quality you want in the lead, when it c...more
Ana
From time to time, you do get your hands on a horror that is not quite a horror, but more like a thriller. Fammiliar, "Ring"?

I'm sure many of us have seen the movies for this book. I've seen them. I was twelve. I haven't got over it. It basically changed my imagery on monsters. Before the movie, I though monsters may have been blue, or black, or dwarfy, maybe some of them really tall, some with horns or wings of big big teeth.. Yeah. After the movie, all monsters seemed to resemble that ... thi...more
Autumn
I liked this book, but I did not love it. For me, this was not really scary at all, and it was more like a mystery or thriller. Actually, thriller would be kind of a strong word, mystery is better. I have not seen the movie, and I thought this would be a good way to prepare to watch it this Halloween season. I am not sure this comes close to the scary factor of the film. There is the basic outline that is the same, but it is kinda like The Shining for me. There is the same story, a basic skeleto...more
MiZzy Miz
...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...more
Andrew
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.
Kim
*shivers* I saw the American movie a few years ago and I can't remember much of it, probably because I spent most of the movie hiding behind my jacket. Since I can't put myself through watching it again without having nightmares for weeks, I decided to give the book a try.

I can't remember the last time I got scared while reading a book but while I read the part where the main character watches the video for the first time, I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
Scarlétt Rosmerta Hellequin
I was for lack of a better term, indoctrinated into Japanese cinema when fairly young, probably due to the Japanese offshoot of my family. The first Japanese film I remember seeing is Ringu, and I still call it my favourite, but I don't do a lot of film-watching, and maybe if I did, that would change. But anyway.

My parents procured me a copy of the book that the film was based on, which was signed by Koji Suzuki, but I wasn't allowed to read it and had to keep it in bubble wrap! I was told to ge...more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
This is an intensely weird, intensely dark, intensely irrational book.

The Japanese cinematic adaptation was laughable, obvious and unfaithful to the book. It's an amusing B-movie.

The American cinematic adaptation was beautiful, atmospheric, effective but only loosely based on the book. It's a wonderful horror film.

This is an intensely weird, intensely dark, intensely irrational book.
Emma
Brilliant book - much better than the film remake (I haven't seen the original so can't comment there). It's bizarre and spooky, and even though I was a little let down by the deaths I still enjoyed the book.
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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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