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Spirála (Ring #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,897 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
Ever since his young son drowned to death, Ando has suffered recurrent nightmares. His wife has come unhinged after their devastating loss, which doesn't help. Work is his only salvation these days - and it's performing autopsies. But Ando's depressing world of routine and regrets is about to change when Ryuji Takayama, an old rival, appears before him as a corpse to be di ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Expected publication: April 2066 by Knižní klub (first published 1991)
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Huh. Well, that was...interesting. Overall, I can say I enjoyed it. But two things chipped away at the star rating: 1) not enough creee-py (though a few scenes work incredibly well) and 2) waaaaay too much solving of codes and clues and shop-talk about genetics and DNA (oh, and these biological aspects are much more strap on your suspension of disbelief fantastical than this guy's done his research science fiction with the emphasis on science).

There's some crazy ass theories going on in these p
Jul 13, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, series, trilogy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sean O'Hara
Ah, so here's Koji Suzuki's official sequel to Ring. Not the crappy Hollywood sequel, nor the crappy Japanese film sequel, but the official continuation from the author of the original novel. All right! This is going to be awe--wait, it's a medical thriller?

The curse is a result of the smallpox virus hijacking Sadako's DNA and using her psychic powers to imprint images on a videotape which in turn causes the viewer's DNA to mutate and produce more of the --

There are a number of scenes in this b
Tanja Berg
This book gets a three star rating by the grace of the fact that I actually enjoyed reading it. The plot was well-paced and I found the main character - pathologist Dr. Ando - sympathetic. If it hadn't been for the fact that the last third of the book was completely preposterous this would have been a solid four star novel.

This is a free-standing sequel to "the Ring". Dr. Ando has lost his young son to the sea and his wife has left him. He performs an autopsy on his old school friend Ryuji who h
Jan 25, 2014 D.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a good thing this book was written in such a fluid, easily-read style, because I don't know that I'd have stayed with it otherwise. As it was, several portions got bogged down in a textbook-type science language that I tended to skip over (and the narrative lost nothing for it).
This story incorporates more horror elements than did the first book (Ring), and so is closer in nature to a horror novel for it. However, the heavy use of science (both real and imagined) places the story technicall
Jun 12, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Spiral is the sequel to Koji Suzuki's best-selling Japanese horror novel Ring and also makes up the second book of a trilogy. Most people know the idea of the first book because of the popular horror film that bears its name. While both book and movie, Ring, manage to creep out the globe, what we didn't know is that the author wasn't happy with just killing people seven days after watching a creepy video. He had other plans.

And for better or worse, they are spelled out in Spiral. The plot starts
So this was... a little weird.

Sometimes I would read sentences/passages that I just couldn't believe I was meant to take seriously.

What if that DNA had inherited Ryuji's will, and was trying to express something in words?
I'm pretty sure that DNA doesn't even begin to work that way... Ah, who am I kidding. This is j-horror, of course DNA would work that way in this wacky world.

Could Ryuji be trying to tell me where she is with this code?
He considered the possibility for a moment, but then disc
Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Spiral is Koji Suzuki's second installment in the Ring series, picking up pretty much immediately where the first book leaves off--and shifting over to a new protagonist, Mitsuo Ando, who is a former classmate of one of the characters who dies in the first book. Ando winds up being the doctor called upon to do the autopsy on his classmate, and is thus drawn into the events that roared through the plot of the first book.

This one didn't quite work for me as well, though. It suffered from a bit of
Carly Ogborne
I read Ring and Spiral in rapid succession and while I loved Ring, I'm conflicted about Spiral. It was definitely spookier and I enjoyed the way the story turned out, especially the ending which was something I never would have predicted. However, some of the attempts to explain how the virus formed verged into wankery and I hated the info-dumps and the inclusion of the DNA sequencing and whatnot. What, am I reading a Jodi Picoult novel?

That said, some of these problems may be due to translation
Oct 26, 2007 Misono rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I haven't read Book 1 (The Ring) of Suzuki's Ring series, I had seen all the different movies and TV series that were made based on it. I read the Japanese version of this sequel at a friend's recommendation, but found it to be overly complicated and at times boring - Suzuki tried too much to tie the supernatural to science, in ways too complex for the reader to truly grasp, much less believe.
Jul 06, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
This is even better than Ring and really takes things in a different direction from the movie versions. Worth reading.
The Writer
May 22, 2009 The Writer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spiral is the second book after "Ring" by Koji Suzuki.

If your brain suddenly form an image of a long-haired woman climbing out from a well and crawling out from the television - trying to get at you - then you got that right. The film, as I have written in my previous review here, is made from Koji Suzuki's book.

And believe me, the book is hundred times scarier than the film!

The first book ends with the story on how Azakawa, the reporter, realises that the solution to the curse might not be tak
Mar 17, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Jun 25, 2014 Karel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
This book is slow to start. This is because it5's one of those book where it's in a series but if you start reading from this one (Spiral being the second book to The Ring) you can still understand the story fully. And it is book like these that irritate me the most because it makes all the other books that came before it useless. Writers usually do this when the protagonist of the first book gets killed or enters a state which is similar, A coma for example. Which is what happened here.

The Ring
Dominika Kaníková
Jul 11, 2015 Dominika Kaníková rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: biology, horror, ring movie lovers
I didnt find this book horrifying and i'm sure i wouldn't classify this as classic horror book but from the first book which is fenomenon for sure this is very well done secuel that i enjoyed as much as the first one. Biology especially genetics are on the level of high school so nothing crazy. Sometimes i lost myself in the story and i didnt understand the mind and thoughts of the protagonist.
But the end was just crazy and epic and im so excited to read the last book .
May 12, 2010 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following on from 'Ring' (and also readable as a stand alone book), 'Spiral' starts with Ando performing an autopsy on Ryuji following his early demise in 'Ring', suddenly Ando is dragged into the world of the ring and Sadako Yamamura who is responsible for numerous deaths.

I enjoyed 'Ring' but I enjoyed 'Spiral' a lot more for numerous reasons, there was a more sinister feel to it for one thing, the story was excellent, I did not expect the ending, some parts of the book were obivious but still
Feb 07, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan, horror
This sequel to the Japanese horror story Ring not only picks up where Suzuki left off in his first book, but also completely reinvents the concept of the cursed videotape. We discover here that it is not psychic energy that kills victims of the videotape, but rather a virus that watching the tape implants in the victim's body. And so the story takes a medical spin. One might think that this would neuter the curse of its psychological power, but on the contrary, it only makes the story even more ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Fanny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Book 2, and the plot is quite better than the first book. There's a quite amount of scientific language that hurt my brains, that made me skipped some part of it (I lost nothing anyway, since I don't understand it, and the story resume well even after I skipped those part). And the decode thing, I did skipped it to. I find it uninteresting (._.)

One thing I hate is, where the author summarized what's in the ring floppy disk. Basically summarizing all the book one story. I just read that book a co
Sep 03, 2015 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whereas Koji Suzuki's Ring felt like a complete idea in-and-of itself, Spiral feels much more like a middle chapter to a trilogy. No doubt that he wrote it with the next installment in his mind, already. The story picks up exactly where Ring left off, but with the protagonist switching over to Dr. Ando, a pathologist. I really liked the way Suzuki relayed the fates of the previous books' characters through the perspective of Ando who, having no relation to most of them, wasn't too deeply affecte ...more
Jun 16, 2015 JK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Ring, which I read in April last year and really enjoyed. Unfortunately I didn't find this one quite as interesting and engaging as I did its predecessor.

It takes place almost immediately after the previous novel leaves off. Our protagonist, Ando, is dissecting the body of one of the characters who died in the previous novel. This leads to the discovery of the Ring virus, and everything from this point is given a scientific explanation. Not being particularly scientifically
Baal Of
Oct 25, 2014 Baal Of rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Considering the fact that Ringu is a damn fine horror movie that actually manages to be scary, and doesn't resort humor, I had some hope for this book, which is the sequel to Ring, on which that movie was based. although this book wasn't bad, I was disappointed for a number of reason. Spiral fails entirely to be the least bit frightening, or even tense. The one scene with the elevator, almost managed to affect me, but did nothing to ratchet up the tension, dissipating before it had a chance to d ...more
Carolin Kopplin
Very exciting book and fast read. "Ring 2" was based on this.
J.T. Wilson
Sadako Yamamura was born fifty years too soon. She makes a video about her misunderstood childhood and humiliation, then expects everyone to share it with all their friends and family: she was surely better suited to the clickbait era.

Although the exact details of Sadako's plight vary from adaptation to adaptation, one of the consistent things is that there's only one video: Sadako controlled all her anger, pain and wrath into one video, rather than a series. She wasn't big on sequels; the film
Jan 04, 2015 Earl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Let me just say that I am so glad that Spiral largely deviates from the Ringu II plot of the movies. It's a great flick, but I think it's going to be quite boring if it's just the same. Plus, I can't read it at night. There.

Anyway, I had fun reading the second leg of the trilogy because of ratiocination. There are several twists and turns in this book which lead us not to the creepy stuff (although a lot of stuff here are CreepyPasta-worthy), but to, let's just say, something that's so dark that
Josef Hare
Aug 24, 2015 Josef Hare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spiral is a very strange sequel to a very strange book, and although it has a whole host of new issues, I found this much more enjoyable to read than Ring. Ring was okay, and it was pretty interesting at times, but ultimately an entire novel of two people travelling to random locations to unravel the lifestory of a woman named Sadako just came across as a mystery spread too thin. Spiral doesn't have this problem, from the get go I was intrigued by the new developments, the ending of the first bo ...more
Vít Kotačka
Jan 06, 2015 Vít Kotačka rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, mystery, japan
Zpočátku to vypadá na pokračování Kruhu - mystery detektivka, šmrncnutá patologií. Postupně se to ale od těchto vod odpoutává, až to skončí v podstatě jako (ne moc zajímavé) sci-fi, (view spoiler).

Začátek mě dost bavil, ale s tím, jak docházelo k žánrovému posunu, to bylo míň a míň zajímavý. Vyloženě nudné mi přišly suchopárné, výkladové pasáže o kryptografii a DNA. Navíc ty věci kolem šifrování byly docela triviální (můžu to posoudit, je to součást mého řemesla)
Arrrgh!!!!! This could've been a 4 star book but what was with that ending??!!! I mean really??? Really??? ahhhh!! so disappointing! The book was so entertaining from the start but the ending just bothered me so much!! Grrrrr.
Mar 05, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, 2014
I started reading 'Spiral' with high expectations after enjoying 'Ring', all I can say is that free years of waiting to read this I've been left disappointed. I always thought one of the main highlights of 'Ring' was its ambiguousness, even when it seems the puzzle is solved the story ends with you feeling like there was something missing, 'Spiral' attempts to answer that. Starting off promising new characters are introduced as the ring virus continues its destructive path. I enjoyed the links w ...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Sconvolto dalla morte del figlioletto e devastato dalla conseguente separazione dalla moglie, il medico legale Mitsuo Ando si deve confrontare con un altro dramma: la morte apparentemente inspiegabile di Ryuji Takayama, un suo ex compagno di università. Incaricato dell'autopsia, Mitsuo scopre con profondo sconcerto nel corpo di Ryuji un pezzetto di carta su cui sono scritti alcuni numeri e, rammentando la passione dell'amico per i crittogrammi, prova a decifrarli, ottenendo un'unica, misteriosa

Jan 16, 2016 katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
"Spiral" is the second in the Ring Series of books by Koji Suzuki. I was in such a hurry to pick this up from the library after finishing "Ring" and for good reason, too. "Spiral" picks up almost exactly where "Ring" left off, and throughout the book it explains the series of events that fell between the two books, also. This book ran in almost the same direction "Ring" was headed, but with a few really exciting and really strange twists. The creepy future presented at the end of this book left ...more
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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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Ring (6 books)
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