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Spiral by Kōji Suzuki
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May 02, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: j-lit, j-horror, horror, medical-thriller
Read from April 30 to May 03, 2012

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 book that are scarier than the novel Ring, but their craft isn't enough to overcome the ludicrous contrivances of both science and plot that are necessary for the story to function. There are so many coincidences in here it's ridiculous, and though Suzuki seems to've heard of DNA, his understanding of it is on a par with Brannon Braga.

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