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Ring by Kōji Suzuki
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Jul 12, 2011

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Read from July 12 to 16, 2011

My wife loved these books, so I promised myself I'd read them after the classics I'd slogged through for the past two years. This volume was the perfect antidote to all the high-flown prose and heavy-handed literature I've been enjoying, as it's just the sort of thing one would pick up and read while on holiday.
I don't know if it's the translation, or if Suzuki's writing is really like this, but I was unimpressed by the prose style. Though it read VERY easily (it took me three days of unsteady reading to finish) the writing often felt like that of a high-schooler with aspirations to Stephen Kingdom.
That this is considered a horror novel is surprising to me; personally, I'd call it a suspense novel with supernatural elements (and I'm sure arguments could be made that is precisely what a horror novel is). For that, it's quite effective. I found myself at least involved in the situation, if I couldn't quite sympathise with any of the characters.
I could not recommend this except as an enjoyable, easy read, and definitely not required reading for horror fans.
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07/12/2011 page 145
50.0% "A compelling story, but I'm not digging the writing much."
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