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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193223411X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yusuke Kishi was born in 1959 in Osaka. He graduated from Kyoto University with a degree in Economics. After working for a life insurance company for several years, Kishi started his writing career as a freelancer. He has twice won the Japan Horror Association Award, and boasts bestselling status in Japan with multiple works adapted to the screen. The Crimson Labyrinth marks his American debut.

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Easy to follow along and interesting plot line to keep you engaged.
Crystal Fukata
In the end, what is here as a story seems incomplete because of what is not here.
S. Maire
I will definitely read anything else translated into English by this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2007
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I too have read Battle Royale, and several other Japanese books that were translated into English - Parasite Eve, Ring, and Dark Waters. Of all of these, I feel that The Crimson Labyrinth was the best. It kept my attention completely, I read it quickly over a few hours and could not put it down. I did enjoy Battle Royale a lot too. Another reviewer wrote that it seemed like a rip-off of BR, but I don't agree at all. Of course the themes are very similar, but I think the writing is actually much better in Labyrinth and the mystery throughout the book of what's behind the game is what really gives this the punch. The motivation for the game to me was far more realitic than that of the one in BR.

Anyway, this is a fun, creepy, quick read. I will definitely read anything else translated into English by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QuietMyth26 on July 25, 2010
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I had begun to doubt whether I'd ever read a book that would hold my attention so well that I would be unable to put it down (Lately I'd hit a slump of bad/dull/cliched books that I barely got through the first 3 or 4 chapters before setting it down).
But this one definitely caught and held my attention. Not only did I read it everywhere I possibly could (including while I was getting my hair done, only to pause briefly to explain to my salonist what the book was about). I even pulled an all nighter because I had only 2 chapters left to read and would probably not be able to sleep that night without giving in to my curiosity.
The book, like many other reviews say, is certainly along the same lines as Battle Royale. Normal people are put into a survival game situation where its kill or be killed. But this book, to me, seemed much more twisted then Battle Royale was. Where in Battle Royale, kids were simply handed weapons and told to kill each other, some of these contestants were continuously drugged, fed hallucination meds, and set upon by poisonous snakes. And where Battle Royale, the kids that went over to the 'dark side' merely looked a bit more ragged then they had started off as, Labyrinth's contestants ended up as nightmarish ghouls that I must admit gave me very frightening dreams after reading it.
All in all, a great read! I definitely suggest it to anyone who enjoys thrilling adventure. (I've already lent out my copy to one of my coworkers)

SPOILER!!! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE BOOK!!

To me, Labyrinth's only fault lies in the ending. I was all set up for some phenomenal ending which showed Fujiki facing off against his captors (and maybe an explanation of sorts).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 9, 2008
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Yusuke Kishi, The Crimson Labyrinth (Vertical, 1999)

What do you get when you cross "The Most Dangerous Game" and Battle Royale? You get The Crimson Labyrinth, Yusuke Kishi's first novel translated into English. While it's a bit over the top at times, it's well-written and readable.

The plot: a man with amnesia wakes up in a gully. Next to him is food, water, and a handheld game machine. Confused, he starts wandering until he meets up with another person, who is similarly suffering from amnesia and carrying the same provisions. Eventually, the two of them find others, and when all are gathered, they discover they're all trapped in some sort of reality TV-style game from which only some-- or one-- can emerge. They break into teams and, given hints by their game machines, begin playing cat-and-mouse with the other teams.

It's genre writing in the sense that if you like this sort of thing, you're going to like this novel, but I think-- like both "The Most Dangerous Game" and Battle Royale (the book, not the aggressively mediocre film produced from it)-- The Crimson Labyrinth transcends simple genre writing in that Kishi writes strong, believable characters who have three dimensions, and does so without ever letting up on the action. He gives us an excellent, if a tad unbelievable, setting (though for all I know it really does exist) and then tosses these believable characters into it and lets them run wild. Good stuff, this. ****
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paperfalls on September 18, 2010
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A man wakes up and finds himself in the Crimson Labyrinth. There are about twelve people in total trapped along with him, and no one can be entirely trusted, because the point of the game is to kill or be killed.

This is possibly the creepiest, yet most fascinating, book that I have ever read. The horrors of this book just keep piling up. Even the most jaded horror fic reader might find something new in this.

Continuing comparisons to Battle Royale, there is not nearly as much intimacy as there was to the students who were told to kill each other. Only the point of view belonging to our main character is considered. Part of the horror is due to the way that pieces are revealed one by one, and the worst things that humans can do to each other are not shown until deep into the story.

Worse, this could be reality. Though at the beginning, they are informed that the game is held on Mars, it becomes clear very soon that this is Earth, and other people - humans just like them - are the ones who are doing this. I could not put this down until I read the whole thing, and I shivered through the entire book. Unlike Battle Royale, there is no redemption at the end.
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