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Loop by Kōji Suzuki
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Oct 14, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008
Read in October, 2008

The finale of the "Ring" trilogy has nothing--yet everything--to do with the first book and the evil little girl, Sadako (who we all remember coming out of the TV to kill Naomi Watts's babydaddy in the U.S. movie version). Allusions to the original conflict aren't addressed until well into the story, which deals with a genius med student in Japan trying to solve the mystery of the "virus" when he falls in love with a woman whose son is in the hospital with a terminal illness. Although the first two books are definitely horror, Suzuki defies genre classification here, using elements of horror, sci-fi, romance, philosophy/religion, computer science/technology, history, and micro-biology--it's pretty out there. The climax delivers a pretty hardcore existential/nihilist (I'm not sure which) concept that is more startling, but maybe not as bleak, as the ending of "Spiral." "Loop" can actually be read as a stand-alone book, although it would be better served if you read "Ring" and "Spiral" first. P.S. Whoever translated these did a really good job, they're much more coherent English than a lot of subtitles of Asian movies.

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