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Edge begins with a massive and catastrophic shifting of the San Andreas fault. The fears of California someday tumbling into the sea--that have become the stuff of parody--become real. But even the terror resulting from this catastrophe pales in comparison to the understanding behind its happening, a cataclysm extending beyond mankind's understanding of horror as it had pr ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Vertical
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aPriL does feral sometimes
I cannot understand why 'Edge' by Koji Suzuki won the Shirley Jackson Award for 2012, unless this book was the best one for 2012, which is terribly sad when I think about that. I need a moment, gentle reader.

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The English translation of this Japanese novel is very stilted. I think it is the translation which makes these sentences perform as if sung by a bad out-of-tune singer - but the novel is also a dud, as in a lit firecracker which fails to go boom.

People are disappearing all over the world.
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Teresa
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Probably more of a 3.5; I enjoyed it for what it is.

This is the second novel I've read this year that is set in Japan, at least partly, and deals with quantum physics (A Tale for the Time Being is the other) and yet the two couldn't be more different. The blurb calls this novel 'quantum horror;' I'd call it a thriller of science fiction with a big dose of fantasy, but that's too many words.

I can't figure out one of the more fantastical elements in the plot, but no matter (pun unintended) as I f
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Sean O'Hara
Page 15: Nifty premise, but math doesn't work like that.

Page 100: Okay, now this is getting creepy.

Page 150: Ah, finally interesting stuff is happening.

Page 250: Wait, the Mayan calendar? Seriously? Plus Von Danikenism? Oi vey.

Page 300: Whut?

Page 350:

Page 370:
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Robert
Feb 23, 2022 rated it it was ok
This book about cosmic, existential terrors is absolutely bonkers - sometimes in a good way, often in a bad way. Not sure if the translation from the Japanese is the culprit but the writing is often really terrible. It's so repetitive I often had my invisible red pen in hand, crossing out completely unnecessary do-you-get-what-I-just-said type sentences...but the imaginative story is packed with all kinds of ideas and even as you sense it's all going off the rails Suzuki keeps you reading (it ce ...more
Alan
Oct 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
An unholy mixture of Michael Crichton and Erich von Däniken (neither of whom appear in the bibliography), Edge is proof positive that not only good books get translated. Its wooden characters regularly spout huge blobs of pseudoscientific bafflegab at each other, but frankly even their pillow talk is stilted. It's not the fault of the translation team, either, or at least I don't think it is. Apart from a few gaffes (such as the use of "throwback" instead of "setback"—admittedly a subtle distinc ...more
Doug
2.5 and half stars, rounded up, mainly because it gave me an excuse to write this quick-response review. Also, because of...you'll see. Stay tuned.

This is not a book, Space Pilgrims, this is a quantum object composed of an indefinite (dare I say infinite) series of books that cross at a singular point and intertwine and interact and interfere with each other. In this 400ish pages there is quantum mechanics, speculative fringe science, romance, a locked room mystery, horror, folklore, fantasy, my
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J.C.
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The description of this book on the goodreads.com website states that the book is called EDGE CITY and that the book revolves around a tragedy that has struck California and has much larger implications for the entire earth and universe as we understand it. This is wrong. The book is called Edge and the California tragedy does not come until much later in the book.

So the description of the book (which I have seen elsewhere) is a bit of a spoiler. So that was disappointing.

The book was not disap
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David B
Nov 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Seemingly impossible incongruencies begin to arise in basic mathematics, heralding the end of the universe.

Koji Suzuki’s dense, dull stab at an existential suspense novel is quite a slog to get through at times. It is intermittently effective in its brief apocalyptic sequences, but the narrative is consistently derailed by long, didactic, half-baked lectures on physics, history, and mathematics. Suzuki’s characters love to lecture each other and the author loves to lecture us, and it all reads l
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Koji Suzuki is best known as the author of the Ring series. Like most people, at least in the U.S., I have seen the movies but never read the books. I was looking forward to this new novel, especially since it won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award. Jackson Award winners have been consistently high quality, literary horror tales.

I made it halfway through Edge. The low quality of the writing came as a disappointing surprise. Cliches and generalities litter the pages. Suzuki’s prose, based on this one
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Michael
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Great story. Scientists find out that solving for pi yields new numbers. Stars are disappearing from the sky. People are disappearing all over the world. This book mixes a little hard science and mathematics with some fantasy to answer the question as to what happens when mathematical truths turn out to be not so true.

As personal side note, I am always warning my wife that if anyone figures out how to divide a number by zero, reality will cease to exist and chaos will reign. She laughs at my par
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Todd Bollman
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
It starts with a good premise, the fundamental mechanics underpinning the universe have shifted imperceptibly and reality is falling apart. People vanish without a trace, stars fizzle and disappear, space folds in upon itself. This premise is then ignored for roughly 80% of the book's length in favor of a plot that gets progressively sillier and sillier until the characters are having serious conversations about magic nipples. This book is insultingly bad. ...more
Adam Smith
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The world we live in is based entirely on one infallible principle: that the math we use to describe it cannot fail. But what happens when a contradiction arises that threatens to destroy the countless systems on which it is based? Somewhere beyond the five millionth digit, π is changing. The eternal stream of numbers are turning up zeros. What does it mean? When people start disappearing and strange rumblings start occurring, all signs point to something bad on the horizon.

I was with this book
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Eric Shaffer
Jan 02, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Okay, this book is one that belongs in a very rare category for me: abandoned.

Thatʻs right. Iʻm calling this one quits, and I do. Take this book and shelve it; I ainʻt readinʻ it no more.

Whatʻs weird about this is that I found this book quite charming in many ways. I loved the non sequiturs, the apparent and fairly frequent loss of focus on plot, circumstance, character integrity, chronology, and the offenses against good sense, good writing, coherence, and respect for the reader were minor enou
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David
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
From the author of THE RING. I have not read Suzuki before this. It's a page-turner billed as a Quantum Horror novel. It's much like early 20th century cosmic horror pulp with a large dose of 21st century Hard SF tacked on. I suspect some of the material passed over my head due to cultural ignorance of Japan. It's a pretty good story, 3 or 4 stars up until the last 40 pages. Where it turns to stupid faster than a bullet train. This is hand slapping forehead and tossing the book across the room, ...more
Nina
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a fantastic piece of science fiction and the base story is gripping. It would make a fantastic movie with a great lead female character. Unfortunately for me, whilst clearly from the bibliography it has been meticulously researched, the depth of the science, physics and astronomy weighed it down and I feel that for fiction this level of explanation takes away from the flow of the story itself. Not every piece of scientific background is needed to write good fiction and the author or edit ...more
Stephen Rowland
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Had Suzuki just stuck with the theme of phase transition, this book would have been interesting enough. But he obviously can't stick with anything, and the result is a novel in which everything causes everything else to happen and the reader is supposed to be awed by the mysteries of the universe as well as the author's scholarly audacity. Seriously, guy, third nipples as some sort of mark of the beast?? What the fuck is THAT doing in here? But I don't know why I'm so offended considering Suzuki ...more
Syd
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
changed my two stars to a one star after reflecting on how not only is the plot a horrible mishmash but suzuki also manages to hit on every “man tries to write female protagonist and fails spectacularly” trope. the translation is also not great :/ fun premise but skip it
Hikachi
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's Crichton meets Murakami. No, I didn't like it. Or was in awe by it. I wanted my normal chill thrill stories from Suzuki. Not this. :/ ...more
Linda   Branham
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I would say that you have to be interested in science though. People are disappearing all over the world. Scientists find out that pi yields new numbers, and different mathematical formulas no longer hold true. Stars start disappearing from the sky.
I really enjoyed it
Lukas
Jul 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I wish I could read Japanese. I’m not sure whether my issue with Edge was the story or the English translation. It read very dry and awkward. I noticed that in varying degrees to his other English-translated novels, but I found Edge to be the most distracting. I found it difficult to read for long stretches of time.

Suzuki’s explanations of some high-level math concepts was cool, though, if a bit heavy-handed.

Interesting concept and potentially a much better story with a different English trans
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Nathan
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Saw this at the bookstore and picked it up on impulse, guess I have no one to blame for recommending it. The story starts off well enough in the intro to grab the reader into the geeky premise of physical constants changing and the implications. However, the book fizzles from there from clunky translation, poor style (flipping between dialog and lecture-like lessons to make sense of the science), and plot holes the size of Kansas. I got the impression from the storyline that the world was waitin ...more
Sara Simpson
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've got little to no rational explanation for why I liked this as much as I did. I'm going to go with - hey, the main reason I read books is to be entertained - so if a book entertained me, I'm going to rate it highly... even if I see its flaws.

Yeah... the plot is laughably silly, and the characters aren't the strongest, and did I mention this is one heck of a goofy plot filled with plot holes? There are aspects that make literally no sense.... A lot of aspects, actually. I get that. I had a gr
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Pangs
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Entertaining read. Good pace, lots of interesting concepts. Sure, there is some loose play with the science and math. I didn't care. Sometimes you have to let that shit go.

Didn't really appreciate the ending, but by that point I didn't care.

The book is a translation of the original work and it feels like it, but not in a negative way. It gave it an interesting feel. Sort of like reading a really savvy Japanese scifi movie with literary English subtitles.
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Shandy Lawson
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
A good plot tanked by a poor translation. It's pretty clear that English is not the native language of the translator, and the awkward prose can be distracting from the story. The science that drove the book had me hooked though, so I powered through it to an ending that I thought was a worthwhile payoff. It's not for everyone, but I needed something different, and I certainly got it. ...more
World Literature Today
"Still, Edge is worth reading for its insights into twenty-first-century Japanese attitudes toward apocalypse." - Michael A. Morrison, University of Oklahoma

This book was reviewed in the March 2013 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/ZyYUtt
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T.L. Bodine
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cosmic horror meets …math? What if the laws of physics abruptly changed? What it quantum phenomena played out at a human scale? Cool stuff! On the downside: The plot goes wildly off the rails, Suzuki spends a lot of time patting himself on the back for how clever he is, and I’m not wholly convinced that he knows how people work. What an odd book.
Julie Stout
Jun 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I've never said this about a novel before, but you can tell by reading this that the writer is an asshole in real life. I've read a lot of bad novels, and a lot of good novels written by assholes, but never have I experienced the assurity in the fiction genre that whoever wrote this trash is a garbage human being. ...more
Praveen Mathew
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
It had a promising and interesting premise, but the author just blew it. The book gave neither joy, nor any form of treat for all the tension and build up it tried to create. Wouldn't recommend it, even for passive reading. ...more
Emma
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Hashiba’s sense of guilt deepened at the thought that he’d hunted for ass while leaving his wife at home with their hearing-impaired child." ...more
Cora
Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite boring in some parts, weird in other parts, a bit slow and the end was just kind of bizarre. The description of the book sounds great - it's about a huge earthquake in California. Well, that doesn't really come up until towards the end and then it's only a few pages or so. There is a lot of math and science in the book which was a little too descriptive and rambling at times, but even so that would have been if the rest of the book was better and made up for it. There are som ...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.

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