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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  15,690 ratings  ·  1,341 reviews
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
Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 25th 2004 by Vertical (first published 1991)
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Umii The book is deeper and creepier, you will find yourself swallowing it from the begining till the end, also, Sadako was way more twisted and well-descr…moreThe book is deeper and creepier, you will find yourself swallowing it from the begining till the end, also, Sadako was way more twisted and well-described there.
So, totally the book.(less)
Michael Just noticed this got asked, so I'll do my best to answer.

I think the reason why you're reading the book will largely determine what's the best course…more
Just noticed this got asked, so I'll do my best to answer.

I think the reason why you're reading the book will largely determine what's the best course of action. If you're reading "Ring" because you want to see the differences between the original novel and the Japanese or US film versions, and that's the only reason you're reading it, you're probably fine to read the first book and stop there. You'll have a fine time, and none of the sequel films have anything to do with the subsequent books in the series.

But if you enjoy what you read in "Ring", and think you have it all figured out, I very much recommend reading "Spiral" and "Loop" afterwards, because Suzuki pulls some major brain-twists in the later books that force the reader to re-evaluate everything in "Ring". They're all connected, they're all separate stories, they all build on the previous works, and they all undermine your preconceived notions at every opportunity while answering some of the questions Suzuki leaves unanswered or lingering at the conclusion of "Ring".

Bottom line: if you read "Ring" and you enjoy it, you'll likely enjoy the others. If you read "Ring" and thought the movie in either its Japanese or English incarnation was much better, go ahead and stop reading. I hope that helps.(less)

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Jim Fonseca
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-authors
The blurbs tell us the author has been called the Stephen King of Japan, where he is famous. Many of his books, including this one, have been turned into movies and even video games. He is a bit like Stephen King in his blend of fantasy, horror and mystery.
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
I'll start with the things I liked about this book.
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
Edward Lorn
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
One of the few times in my life I can legitimately say that the movie was better than the book. Oh, and in case you're wondering, I like the American and Japanese versions equally. I do, however, like the Japanese sequel more than the American sequel.

Where did this go wrong? Well, I was enjoying this one until the introduction of the best friend, Ryuji the Rapist. I don't think it matters that Ryuji the Rapist might have been lying about his past. Just having him in the book and believing for th
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have wishing wells in their gardens
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: cult film status
I found this book in a lonely mountainside cabin... nah, only kidding. It was £1 in a bargain basement book sale, so who could say no to that? It went onto the frankly vertiginous and ridiculous pile of books behind the sofa and was forgotten about for sometime. Then, a few days ago I was working on a site in the former medieval area of Liverpool.

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 s
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The hit movie The Ring, starring Naomi Watts, is based off a Japanese movie called Ringu ("ring" in Japanese), and Ringu is based off of Koji Suzuki's novel Ring. Most people probably know this story from the former two sources, but I thought Ring the book was excellent in its own right. The book is billed as a horror novel, but it's not. I found it was only somewhat scary two times, once near the start of the book and once near the end. It's really a mystery novel, and it shares very little wit ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off, I want to say that English is not my mother-tongue. I try my best to avoid mistakes, but I’m sure the text contains errors.

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 a

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
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the hardcover edition. The books' dust wrapper is this plastic/acetate cover and the end flaps are impossible to read when removed from the book. ...more
Horace Derwent
the newest chinese interpretation of the title is 環界, void of circle, not "ring" or "bell" or whatever

said it's the 3rd chapter of the series, but no, just another remake

the film is not bad, the book is everlastingly outstanding
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well… that was disappointing. I guess I should start by saying that Ring is not a bad novel. It is simply and okay time killer. There’s some entertainment to be had with it and a few interesting twists and turns.

It is also one of those rare examples where the film (in this case I’m referring to the original Ringu rather than the American remake) is significantly better. Not only does the film have more tension, but several of the changes from novel to screen actually improved the story in a sign
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no scarier horror book or movie than a book or a movie that comes from Japan. It chills one to the bones, makes you want to cry and curl under blankets, trembling in fear. Every single thing in this story is unsettling or creepy, even a little girl sleeping peacefully. Even someone's smile. Or a simple writing. Koji Suzuki infected me with terror. ...more
Chelsea Havard
One of the few times where I've thought 'the movie was better'. ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Well, that was disappointing.
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".
Ok then.
Asghar Abbas
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it

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
Bill Khaemba
Actual Rating 3.5 ★★★✰✰
“Think! There's nothing certain in our future! All we can hope for is a vague continuation. But in spite of that, you're going to keep on living. You can't give up on life just because it's vague. It's a question of possibilities...”

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This one was one thrilling book with supernatural elements and it was also one of the fastest books I have ever read I flew through this in two sittings and I enjoyed it.

It's the story of a journalist who tries to investigate
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
3.5 Stars
I loved the premise, but I found myself comparing the book to the movie. As a horror story about a VHS tape, I just felt liked the story worked so much better on the screen. The author created a good sense of dread, yet I just never completely felt engaged in the narrative.
Sara Williams
I remember being younger and hearing about Samara and how there's this 'totally life changing horror film absolutely everyone must watch' and being the little frightned girl I was, I put it off for a long time but I did watch it sometime last year, I believe. It was nice. Not much else to say to it.
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
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am waffling with the whole star thing for this book. I shall make my decision when I am done with my thoughts. First let me say the first chapter is one of the most terrifying things I have ever read. It leaves you with this sense of dread and foreboding for the rest of the book.Frankly I did not sleep well.I enjoyed the story, the searching for a solution and all that we discover. It is all really good. I thought about Joesph Campbell and his series with Bill Moyers "The Power of Myth".(I hav ...more
Tina Rae
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Tina Rae by: book club
Shelves: book-club, favorites
OH. MY. GOODNESS. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!! I don't even know where to begin. So, I've seen all of the film versions and, honestly, I wasn't too terribly fond of any of them (except the second American film but that's a different story) so going into this book I wasn't sure it would be all that great. Well, as they say, don't judge a book by its movie.

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,
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Japanese mystery thriller was popularised by the movie adaptations. Firstly in there native country during the 90's and then set the trend for numerous American remakes of both this and other Asian horror movies during the early 2000's.

It's must have been about 15 years since I've last seen them (?!?) so was already familiar with the concept.
Though I was surprised with how different the original novel was.

Reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa is investigating a series of odd deaths as four teenagers ha

Description: 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 best - a radio adaptation of the class
Robert Vanneste
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, ebook, 2014, adult
This book was meant to be a horror and I can safely say the only thing scary about this book was how totally fine people seemed to be about rape. I can handle unlikeable characters, I've read and enjoyed American Psycho and The Wasp Factory, but the way rape was treated in this book was complete abhorrent to me. I don't know if it's a cultural thing? Although I doubt it.

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
Undomiel Books (Rosie)
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, translated
*Re-read before continuing the series*

Ah, I still loved this! It's definitely not the scariest or creepiest book, but there is just something so unsettling about it that I love. It's very vivid and I actually like that it is a short book, as that rush against time feels so more real. I think the characters are very interesting, and the dynamic of the main two play off against each other very well.

Can't wait to finish the series this time around!
From time to time, you do get your hands on a horror that is not quite a horror, but more like a thriller. Fammiliar, "Ring"?

I'm sure many of us have seen the movies for this book. I've seen them. I was twelve. I haven't got over it. It basically changed my imagery on monsters. Before the movie, I though monsters may have been blue, or black, or dwarfy, maybe some of them really tall, some with horns or wings of big big teeth.. Yeah. After the movie, all monsters seemed to resemble that ... thi
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan, horror
This story mixes the ancient with the modern. It excels in its tight plot; furthermore, the dialogue and characterizations are sharp. The main character as an imperfect salaryman works well as a horror genre archetype; however, the questioning of the sidekick's self-confessed immorality elicits only ambiguity rather than sympathy. Even its apparently pseudo-scientific ramblings make their mark in the finale, which, by the way, is one of the most inventive ways of torturing people.

Although it has
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an effective and intelligent chiller which builds up to an interesting moral question, but it’s not a book I particularly warmed to.

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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
I didn't find this book to be scary either as I am very rarely frightened by books. I did have high hopes for it, as the American film version is one of the few movies that really creeped me out. (I'm a big horror film fan but none have stayed with me as long as The Ring. I can freak myself out just thinking about it.) I found the book interesting, but not scary. As mentioned by others, it is sufficiently different enough from the films to be engaging and I liked the differences very much. I'm c ...more
*I first gave it two stars, but the more I think about this book, the more pissed off I am.
Also, the following review is full of spoilers I didn't care enough to tag. You've been warned.

It has to be said that I don’t know a lot about the franchise. I never saw the films, the only thing I knew about it was that it involved a well because I am not that pop-uncultured. So when Abzalon gave me this book to read, I was excited to understand why this is as popular as it is. I was sorelely disappointed
Jessica Woodbury
Was so excited about this book and then it had to go and mess it all up. It's very creepy, has a great ticking clock device, and some excellent twists. And yet. The more I thought about the end of the book the more I realized that I couldn't in good conscience recommend it to anyone. So while I mostly enjoyed it at a 4-star level, I don't think its faults are redeemable.

This book includes not just one but multiple rapists as characters (both major and minor). And while at one point it's unclear
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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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