Ring (Ring #1)
One night in Tokyo, four healthy teenagers die one after another of heart failure. A journalist, the uncle of one of the victims and intrigued by the coincidence, investigates and learns of a videotape that the four watched together a week before dying. Amid a series of bizarre and frightening images is a warning that the viewer will die in exactly one week unless a certai...more
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So, totally the book.(less)
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
RECOMEDNACIONES, PARA LEER EL ARO
1. DEBO DECIR DE ANTEMANO QUE PARA DISFRUTAR ESTE LIBRO, DEBEN QUITARSE TODO LO QUE CONOCEN DE LA PELÍCULA, YA QUE NO, PERO NO, NO, NO, NO. NO. TIENE NADA DE PARECIDO CON LA VERSIÓN CINEMATOGRÁFICA.
2. TEN PACIENCIA Y MUCHA, YA QUE AL LEER ESTAS PAGINAS, VERÁS QUE NO TIENEN NI PIES NI CABEZA LA TRAMA HASTA LA PAGINA 163, YA DESPUÉS ENTIENDES TO ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
Möglichst spoilerfreier Versuch diesem Buch gerecht zu werden
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 ...more
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".
[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
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
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
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 , Spiral  y Dark Water ) son fenómenos de masas en su p ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
So... I finally read this book. I remember knowing this book's movie by hand. The american version though, with the girl who needs to save her own life because there's a really strange VHS on a cabin. Oh, and the TV. And the water. And the girl with the ugly hair coming out from the well-known... well, well. I wasn't brave (or old enough) to watch the original version. And it's not on my plans ri ...more
I love Asian horror because the best horror deals with fear of the unknown. Think about it: When was the last time you were afraid of something you completely understood? Asian films throw me into a completely different culture and expect me to swim and, in horror, that unfamiliarity only adds to the alread ...more
I liked that the lead character was male (Asakawa), unlike the movies with female main roles.
So, there is Asakawa, a reporter who, by a few coincidences, finds a doomed videotape, watches it, then finds out that he will die in 7 days unless... The unless part is recorded over, so we have our guy trying to solve the mystery of the tape and postpone his expiration date. The ...more
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
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