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Birthday [Hardcover]

Koji Suzuki , Glynne Walley
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 Dec 2006
Basis of the Hit Movie Ring 0: Birthday!

Birthday is Ring-master Koji Suzuki’s return to the Ring universe, a collection of short stories focusing on the female characters with a theme of birth. An exploration of extraordinary circumstances from the perspective of memorable women, this expansion of the Ring, Spiral, and Loop world was adapted into a hit movie less than a year after the book’s publication.

Thirty years before the tragic events of Ring, Sadako Yamamura was an aspiring stage actress on the verge of her theatrical debut. The beautiful and ravishing Sadako was the object of every male’s desire involved with the company including n the director. There was one thespian she was interested in, but…

Fast forward past the events of Ring, Ryuji Takayama’s distraught lover, Mai Takano is struggling in the wake of the professor’s mysterious demise. Mai visits Ryuji’s parents’ house to find the missing pages of his soon-to-be published article. There she is drawn to a curious videotape and a fate more terrifying than Ryuji or Kazuyuki Asakawa’s.

Reiko Sugiura questioned the purpose of bringing a child into a world where there was only death. She already lost one son, and the father of her unborn child, Kaoru Futami, had disappeared in search of a cure to the deadly disease that threatened all life. Despite Kaoru’s to meet again in two months, he has not returned. Despondent but driven for answers Reiko is led to the Loop project, where she will discover the final truths of the Ring virus.

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical; 1 edition (5 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love reading Koji Suzuki books. Three stories in one was great and loved reading this book. Read this book three times already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 11 Feb 2013
By Deira
Format:Paperback
Well, as I loved all previous Ringu books, I loved this one too. Mostly I was shocked when in 180 page in first sentence was written date June 27, 1991 (one day before I got into this world). I WAS BORN ON JUNE 28, 1991. So I was very surprised by that date. Never found such thing with my birthday in a any book. And it is even more mysterious that this book is named "Birthday".

My favorite chapter of course was about Sadako's life in theater. I saw movie by this book...and I think right now I'm gonna find that DVD and watch it again.

Koji Suzuki was first Japanese author I noticed in Lithuania when I still was a teen. When I bought this book, I thought it will be very hard to read in English his book, but it wasn't at all. In fact very easy to read. Maybe other 3 books would be hard to read in English, but I read them in Lithuanian any way. I really wish to read more of his books. They are very interesting, have deep feelings, and they so calm me that I fall asleep reading his books.

So in any case- I LOVED THIS BOOK VERY MUCH.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just to round it up... 15 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
...After reading Suzuki's trilogy of "Ring", "Spiral" and "Loop", "Birthday" is perfect to round things up.
More background information is given from different perspectives of the main characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to the Ring Quadrilogy 29 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Loved this book. It provides a context for three important scenes over the previous three books. It is an easy read, since the reader knows already how things turn out. Suzuki could do far worse than make another Birthday-type book; detailing other scenes from the previous books. It did make me buy Dark Water though to get more of Suzuki's writing. Overall, this book is not truly part of the Ring Trilogy, but provides valuable insight into how things turn out. Better than Loop and Spiral (by far!), but the first Ring book is still the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to finish off the series 16 Jan 2007
By Leb Tizon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's almost pointless to even mention the Ring films at this point, as they bare almost no resemblance to the story anymore by just book 2 (unless you count Rasen, but by the end of that it doesn't count anymore at all in the film universe). Ring 0: Birthday was loosely based on the second story in this book, Lemon Heart. The rest of the book is new.

This is an anthology based around three central characters in the trilogy (all female) and themes of birth relating to the storyline.

1. Floating Coffin

Plot: This, the first story, takes place in the middle of book 2, Spiral. We get a glimpse of Mai Takano, and what exactly happens when she gives birth to Sadako and dies.

Review: Of the three stories, this was by far my least favorite. It has no real relevance to progressing the story or showing anything. This one was a little bit of a bore. However, the next stories made me completely forget about this one's lack of interest.

2. Lemon Heart

Plot: Toyama, a middle-aged man, is approached by a detective that is looking for information on Yamamura Sadako. Toyama is one of the only survivors from a theater troupe that Sadako was in shortly before she disappeared. Toyama recounts being in love with her, and in the end of the story gets a surprise visit from a familiar face.

Review: My favorite of the three. Great story that sheds some more light on how Sadako was in life, and introduces some foreshadowing and dramatic irony that we know will lead to events that take place in "Ring" and "Spiral".

3. Happy Birthday

Plot: Reiko, still pregnant, is brought to New Mexico and informed of what exactly happened to Kaoru. She takes a look into the Loop world to see how he manages to get rid of Sadako and save the world, leading up to the birth of his child.

Review: Another great story. I sort of hoped it would be longer, as it was the conclusion to the entire series and I felt at first that it was much too short to be the ending. However, looking back, I see how the entire anthology was the ending. Although only one has a story that ends it, the others sort of bring the legend and story of Sadako to a full circle.

All in all, great anthology that is a must-read for fans of the first three books.

5 stars / 5
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ring - the deleted scenes 9 Jan 2008
By Genevieve Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Recently, I worked my way through Koji Suzuki's "Ring" series and by the time I made it to "Birthday", the fourth and final book in the series, I had pretty much run out of steam. "Birthday" is made up of three short (50-100 page) stories that take place before, during and after the events of the "Ring" trilogy. The first story, "Floating Coffin", tells of what happened to Mai Takano after she went missing in the middle of "Spiral", the second book in the trilogy. The second story, "Lemon Heart" tells of Sadako's time with the theatre troupe she joined at age 18. These events are alluded to in "Ring", although this story is told as a flashback occuring in the middle of "Spiral". The final story, "Happy Birthday", is set after the events of "Loop" and provides the conclusion to the series.

After reading the entire "Ring" trilogy, I found these stories to be unnecessary. They didn't add anything to my understanding of the "Ring" universe, and they felt like scenes that had been deleted from the first three novels. In my opinion, this book is essentially just a grab for cash on the part of the author and has only minimal merit. I would only recommend it to people who feel the need to read everything that has ever been written about the "Ring", and even then, it will probably disappoint.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unputtable read through and through............. 18 Oct 2007
By Selva Kumar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent finish to an terrific series. Must for all ring fans... This book has collection of 3 stories spaced at different time period in the ring universe. These stories fill the gaps and answers which previous books left out. Once again koji suzuki re-defines horror by taking you into depths of unkown...

enjoy..........
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read 5 Feb 2014
By tuan nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I guess some appreciation is a bit overdue for support characters like Mai and Toyama, both having roles to play in Sadako's ascending power through the Ring Virus. Seeing their point-of-views and some of the things that went on until their fates provide a good feeling of their experiences in some ways as unwitting pawns.

Now the case with Reiko and Kaoru was alright but that's more because it's more on the former than the latter. The story does have its share of high points although the procession felt a bit dull throughout a majority of the time.

All in all, it's a good book in finding out the fates of those secondary characters and viewing things through their eyes at different angles.
4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday: an optional addition to the Ring series 30 Jan 2014
By Sarah Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I did enjoy this book, but I can also understand that some people may feel a little cheated by it. The other Ring books have all been separate stories that tied together well but also stood alone successfully. Birthday, however, is more of a 'gap-filler', adding some info to the previous stories and giving us some new insights into the characters, but not really providing any new stories or giving us more concrete conclusions. A previous reviewer pretty much hit the nail on the head by calling this a book of "deleted scenes". I'd say this book is a great addition to your bookshelf provided you're not expecting a brand new story and are interested in reading a little more about some of the main characters in the earlier books.
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