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Ring (Ring Series, Book 1) Paperback – April 25, 2004
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The success of the 2002 American movie The Ring, a remake of Hideo Nakata's Ringu, has excited interest both in the original film and in the novel on which it's based. The plot will be familiar to the movie's many fans: a reporter, Asakawa, connects the death of his niece to the deaths of three other high school students. During his investigation, he discovers a videotape with a terrible warning: "Those who view these images are fated to die at this exact moment one week from now." With the aid of a friend, Asakawa traces the video to an alleged psychic and her daughter, Sadako. As in a classic ghost story, fate singles out one, often innocent character as a scapegoat. But the misogynistic society that persecutes Sadako and her mother must ultimately bear witness to its sin-or perish. Despite a somewhat pedestrian and unintentionally comic prose style that seems derived from manga comics ("Ryuji was right. Men could not bear children"), fans of the movie won't be disappointed. Anyone curious in how the Japanese see themselves will find this book a fascinating, and ultimately highly disturbing, experience.
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The recent horror/suspense film called The Ring was a remake of the Japanese film Ringu, which was in turn based on a 1991 novel that is now appearing in English for the first time. The novel, which tells the story of a journalist investigating the apparently simultaneous deaths of four teenagers, begins as a traditional mystery. But it glides smoothly into horror when the journalist discovers that all four victims watched a videotape that guaranteed their deaths in one week if they did not do a certain thing (details are missing from the tape). If the journalist can't figure out what happened, he, too, the tape prophesizes, is doomed. Told with a minimum of horror cliches, the novel creates a sense of slowly mounting dread, as though something unpleasant is inevitable, and we are powerless to stop it. With the release of The Ring (and its Japanese inspiration) on video (and talk of a sequel to the American film), this novel is sure to be much in demand among both mystery and horror fans. David Pitt
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Believe it or not it has taken me this long to finally read the book! now that I write it down here it is pretty darn ridiculous that it took me this long!
Either way, my first impressions after reading the book this first time, is how much different the story is when compared to both Ringu and the american Ring movie.
The essence of the story is still much the same, cursed video tape, eerie black haired girl so on and so forth. But i would say that the movie changed darn near 75% of the book.
I really enjoyed the story, and just ordered the second book spirals today, Suzuki is a good writer, and the tale is spun in a way that you get all the information you need, not to fast not to slow.
I Highly recommend that if you are reading this review you should read the book.
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traditional family links, etc. One of the principal characters is a researcher who does science this way; combining an older philosophical and spiritual approach with modern knowledge of biology, physics, and others. All in all, my particular opinion is that this is an excellent book telling a very smart and entertaining horror story. The book is better and deeper than the japanese movie which in turn is superior to the american version.