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(Ring #3)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,980 ratings  ·  236 reviews
The Inspiration for the New Major Motion Picture RINGS
Learn the final truth about the Ring!
In this much-awaited conclusion of the Ring trilogy, everything you thought you knew about the story will have to be put aside. In Loop, the killer mimics both AIDS and cancer in a deadly new guise. Kaoru Futami, a youth mature beyond his years, must hope to find answers in the de
Paperback, 283 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Vertical (first published 1998)
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I knew eventually I'd have to read Loop to complete this series, but when I initially couldn't find a copy of it anywhere, I opted to Wiki it, and read the basic synopsis. It put me off of reading it, so I figured I'd just set aside until I forgot the finer points of the synopsis.

I finally reached that point and got started, and for the first 400 pages, I didn't feel anything at all. While I felt the first books were creepy and scary in some parts, if a bit dry, this book is dry as a bone left
The Writer
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book, or I should say the Ringu trilogy, has surpassed all my expectations from a mere horror story I saw on a DVD.

Of course, I'm referring to the Japanese version of the film. The Americanised version of the film is not even worth to mention here.

This third book explains all the mysteries found in the first two books in a twist so unpredictable that nobody, but the author I dare claim, could tell how the story actually began in the first book and how it would end as it is clearly described
Sarah LeFay
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
TL;DR Version: Not the most engaging book in the trilogy and a bit disillusioning, but still definitely worth a read for fans of Ring and Spiral.

Wall of Text Version: Santa Claus is your parents.

This is a revelation that most children in the western world experience eventually. It can be a bit harsh and it’s almost always a disappointment. Yet you have to admit it makes a fair amount of sense. The letter you so painstakingly wrote for Santa? Never got mailed, but gave your parents a nice shoppin
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I read a book that I could say so little about without spoiling anything as Loop. I'll say right off the bat that if you're going to read this book do not look at its Wikipedia page. It literally spoils the entire book in a few sentences. Also, I have to chuckle at the Ring Trilogy being categorized as a horror series. Was this series ever scary? Over the course of the three books maybe two or three times.

What can I say about this book without spoiling anything? We
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: japan
An uninspiring and a disappointing YA science fiction. For most part, it goes something like this: A super genius twenty year old youth single-handedly investigates and eradicates a cancerous virus that has plagued the human race.

Although “Loop” was hailed as the grand finale to the Ringu trilogy, in my opinion, it is, at best, nothing more than a spin-off to its predecessor “Spiral”. Koji Suzuki obviously had a brilliant idea for the Ringu saga, which is a tough feat to do after publishing “Sp
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
The final official installment of the "Ring" trilogy. Suzuki takes us off into the land of Phillip K. Dick, where the life of the people in the Ring is more than you ever thought it was and reality itself is twisted. While I at times though, "God, what a copout," in the end I still really liked it.

I see exactly why this could have ever been made into a movie. Similar to the Doctor Who novel "Fear Itself," it relies on literary conceits (like not knowing what people look like) that can never be
Kristian Dobson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Man, and I thought Spirals was bad!

Thankfully, I haven't read many bad books in my life thus far, but this is by far the worst. the plot--if you can follow that shit--is ludicrous. Each book in this series gets worse and worse. Suzuki has no clue on ho to write a good story. For a guy who seems to be obsessed with science, he doesn't half talk out of his ass. Fair enough, science fiction is a thing and liberties can be taken for a good story, but the shit he pulls out of his ass is asinine to t
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read Ring and Spiral and want's to know how it ends
Shelves: 2010
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Marcus Leong
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
From supernatural horror, to science fiction, and then to philosophy, the Ring trilogy is perhaps the queerest series I've read thus far. Not that I didn't enjoy the books immensely.

Loop is a number of surprising twists that are not only woven into the fabric of the plot of Loop, but also the preceding titles. I had hated Takayama at the end of Spiral, but the best twist in Loop (in my opinion) not only redeemed the character, but presented an entirely different perspective on him.
The only misgi
Dominique Lamssies
Aug 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I HATED this book. The whole concept started to unravel with the second book, and, in Suzuki's desire to unhold his credo of "you don't know The Ring" he let it get completely out of hand. I have no idea what this book is about, the point he was trying to make, what is happening half and time or how it ended.

This book was horrendously disappointing, considering the quality of the first one. Do not read this.
Undomiel Books (Rosie)
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, translated
Boy am I disappointed. After loving Ring and Spiral, I don't really understand what Suzuki was doing here, or why this book even exists really. Sure it gives more explanation on the conclusions reached in Spiral, but at the same time, without getting into spoilers, it takes the most illogical, bizarre scientific turn than even the scientists in the book spend ages shrugging their shoulder at, unable to explain.

The first 60% of the book move so far away from the supernatural creepiness of Ring a
Chris Greensmith
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ring
"The images on the tape had not been created mechanically, by a television camera or any similar device. Instead, the individual responsible had utilized his or her own psychological power to project them directly onto the videotape. Psychic photography, “thoughtography”. Psychic power had imprinted those images onto a blank tape that had been left in the VCR by pure chance. The Loop was a closed world. Going strictly by the physical laws that obtained there, such a thing was not possible. Th ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Warning: While there are no spoilers for Loop, it is impossible to adequately review this book with giving massive spoilers for Ring and Spiral If you have not read the first two books of the Ring trilogy you might want to skip this.

No? Then onward.

Most everyone knows the plot of Ring due to the popularity of the movie of the same name. People watch a video and die seven days later. The first book is mainly in the horror genre and of the supernatural realm. Spiral turns that on its head. We disc
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-a-z

This book certainly was different than it predecessors. While the writing itself was consistent with the earlier books, it was odd and disconcerting that the first 60% wasn't anything like Ring or Spiral, but was instead all about cancer and viruses and science and gravity. No real horror or Sci-fi elements. Then, the book goes off in really unexpected directions, proving to have a bizarre connection to the series. It honestly felt more like the way Hollywood decides to make a se
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror, series
In this conclusion to the Ring series (#3), the story arc again takes another turn. I found it quite fascinating but it's now transitioned more and more into the realm of sci-fi or speculative fiction and really can't be considered horror anymore. I think pure horror fans would understandably find this disappointing. While I can't say the writing and pacing were excellent, I really liked the way the writer so cleverly expanded the storyline.

One thing about this instalment is that Suzuki repeats
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
I don’t even know where to begin. It’s hard not to spoil this book, so I’m going to keep it short.

‘Loop’ is essentially the by-product of Koji Suzuki’s acid trip after watching ‘The Matrix’ and thinking “okay, but make it Ring.”

Yes, ‘Loop’ had moments where my mind was blown – there were twists and turns that I didn’t expect. However, nothing really happened in this book – it felt like filler chapter after filler chapter. There was some connection to these chapters at the end, but did we really
May 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

Even though the book was complicated, with many medical terms and scientific explorations and explanations that were difficult to easily digest, I still enjoyed reading this because it went beyond my expectation,
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Holy twist! It’s amazing how the original Ring story, just like the virus, morphs into something different with every layer that’s added to it.

Ring was fantastic. Immersing, chilling, horrifying, fast-paced - all you could ask from a horror novel. Then came Spiral that considerably changed the original story and, I thought at the time, cast a shadow upon the first volume by delving too much into the paranormal. And now Loop transforms everything again and in the light of the new twists and turn
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm lost for words with this book, it went in the most unexpected direction that I think I've ever experienced. I can't even tell you if that's a good or bad thing!

I can't tell you anything about the plot, as even a small amount would be a spoiler. This book has blown my mind, but I don't know how to rate it. I'm not sure whether the direction the author has taken is awe inspiring or disappointing. What I do know is that this review will be useless for any thinking of reading Loop.

I have got a f
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2020 reread:

Okay, A, this sure hit different reading during a pandemic. The trippiest of the original trilogy, this book was still a great read, though I have some issues with Suzuki's portrayal of women. (Like isn't Kaoru kinda rape-y with Reiko??)

I enjoy the fun Suzuki poked at the premise of the Ring being juvenile and fictional, then to have, you know, the premise of this one.

On to read "Happy Birthday" now that Loop is fresh in my mind, and, at long last, "Es."

Original read:

Whelp, that was
Kristy Buzbee
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This series has blown every fuse in my head. What Spiral was lacking, Loop definitely made up for. What a conclusion.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unbelievably dumb in the best way possible.
Nick Traynor
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like the second one, the bad science was quite distracting, but the story itself was better and more clever than Spiral. The theme of simulated virtual worlds definitely piqued my interest and the clever plot developments maintained it. I'm really looking forward to reading the 4th, and particularly the 5th, installments of this series. ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wow, this was way boring, The first half is almost painful. The second half has a few good moments until the end and then I'm like...What ! ! ! Very cool ending to the trilogy but you could cut 100 pages out and not lose a thing. I wish there was more to it but it realy is the ending, and that's about it, that is good. ...more
Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
So the first book is horror. The second continues pretty directly from there. Then comes this one, which is 100% sci-fi. And weird. I’ve got books 4 & 5 ordered, so I’ll obviously be finishing the series—well, once book 6 is published in English—but this is just—weird.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very exciting book!
May 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Pretty bad! Tough to review without completely spoiling the story, but it basically tosses aside everything that's been built up so far, only to occasionally pick up and play with a few of the pieces. It does a few (like one or two) interesting things, but it's mostly a slog and was genuinely frustrating to read.

The very limited understanding of science and evolution established in the first two books is still here at full force. But this book also spends a ton of time demonstrating an even sha
Lucas Chance
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Respectfully, this is one of the dumbest books I have ever read
Andrew Scarpati
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
If you liked 'Ring', stop there. The rest is ok, but completely changes how the first book is perceived.

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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.

Other books in the series

Ring (6 books)
  • Ring (Ring, #1)
  • Spiral (Ring, #2)
  • Birthday (Ring, #4)
  • S (Ring, #5)
  • タイド [Taido] (Ring, #6)

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