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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
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 25th 2004 by Vertical (first published 1991)
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Umii The book is deeper and creepier, you will find yourself swallowing it from the begining till the end, also, Sadako was way more twisted and…moreThe book is deeper and creepier, you will find yourself swallowing it from the begining till the end, also, Sadako was way more twisted and well-described there.
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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
Jim Fonseca
May 18, 2016 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-authors
The blurbs tell us the author has been called the Stephen King of Japan, where he is famous. Many of his books, including this one, have been turned into movies and even video games. He is a bit like Stephen King in his blend of fantasy, horror and mystery.
The basic story is that a journalist discovers that four young people -- two girls, two boys -- died separately and suddenly within a day for no good reason. They were of college age and all perfectly healthy. He becomes a detective, tracing
I'll start with the things I liked about this book.
1. The story was very interesting and I found Sadako and her family very fascinating and I enjoyed learning about them along with the protagonists.
2. I found it very refreshing and surprising that the main protagonist was a man, women/teenage girls are generally the most common and most popular for horror and both the movies featured a woman so I didn't expect it to be a man in the book.
3. I enjoyed reading about how the protagonists figured
Apr 18, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  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
juan carlos
Mar 08, 2016 juan carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



May 25, 2015 Gretel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2016 Claudia rated it did not like it

Zur Geschichte:
4 Jugendliche sterben alle an einer unnatürlichen Todesursache, nachdem sie zusammen ein mysteriöses Video angesehen haben. Am Ende des Videos erscheint die Botschaft: "Wer diese Bilder sieht, ist dazu verdammt, exakt eine Woche nach diesem Augenblick zu sterben."
Es wird zwar noch ein Gegenmittel erwähnt, doch hier wurde das Band offensichtlich überspielt, die rettende Information fehlt.

Auch die junge Satoko, 17 ist unter den Opfern. Ihr Onkel Asakawa findet heraus
Asghar Abbas
Feb 14, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it liked it

OK this one, alright. Something got lost in the translation, huh ? Like many I spiraled into this because of the movies, that since have become part of our pop culture, nonetheless I became engrossed in its mythopoeia anyways. It's an iconic setting after all.

It was a frightening book to begin with, at times I couldn't read it during the night and even had to stop altogether in order to read something else. So as not to feel uneasy anymore, which the book made me aplenty, something I hope it was
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
Tina Rae
Dec 03, 2013 Tina Rae rated it it was amazing
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,
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Sep 06, 2015 Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk) rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 26, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
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
Nov 28, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
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
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 06, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 14, 2010 Pam rated it did not like it
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.
 (shan) Littlebookcove
...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
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Enttäuscht und zugleich angenehm überrascht, auf diese gegensätzlichen Empfindungen bringe ich meine Reaktion auf den Roman Ring, gerade im Vergleich zur Filmversion von Gore Verbinski mit Naomi Watts. Dabei empfand ich den großen Abstand der beiden Gestaltungen des Stoffes als positiv, abgesehen von der Maßnahme dem Fluch zu entgehen und der Videokassette aus der Ferienhütte, gab es kaum Parallelen, wenn man mal von der Leiche i
Apr 08, 2014 Keeleigh rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, ebook, 2014, adult
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
Jul 13, 2010 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2011 Marsten rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 07, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Artur Coelho
Recordo ter sido apanhado de surpresa quando vi o filme baseado nesta série de livros. O japonês original, entenda-se, não a versão edulcorada para agradar às audiências generalistas. Intrigou a figura arrepiante do monstro, Sadako, a misturar sensualidade com grotesco, inesquecível no poder daquele olho arregalado no meio do farto cabelo. Surpreendeu o conceito de horror, onde não há um acto de redenção que liberte as criaturas da maldição a que estão sujeitas. É um dos factores que define a tr ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Ashley rated it it was ok
I really couldn't get into this story. I found the characters to be flat and uninteresting and the middle of the very short book was dragging for me. The movie is so familiar to me that the source material was predictable even though there were many differences. Very disappointing.
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.
Jan 12, 2012 Kell rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
William Schram
Jul 26, 2016 William Schram rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, thriller, mystery
I have seen the movie, but I did not realize that this story was printed so long ago in Japan. I mean, I was five when this was first printed. Anyway, I am familiar with the cursed videotape and how to stop the videotape from killing you, so the story in itself was pretty interesting as to how the characters figure it out. The pacing and atmosphere is well done, and I really like how they tied all of the clues together. It makes for a very smooth ride and ultimately goes on to two sequels, or so ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Van rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 23, 2016 Spissmorkel rated it it was amazing
This was exciting from start to finish! The tension never wears of and the whole time I got this eerie feeling. The history of sadako (Samara) in the american version was totally different and so detailed, the VHS tape made a lot more sense in Ring, than just random creepy scenes the movie versions made.

Now I have to read nr two, spiral and cant wait. Suzuki 's writing just makes the pages go by without effort.
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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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