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EDGE [Kindle Edition]

Koji Suzuki
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Edge begins with a massive and catastrophic shifting of the San Andreas fault. The fears of California someday tumbling into the sea--that have become the stuff of parody--become real. But even the terror resulting from this catastrophe pales in comparison to the understanding behind its happening, a cataclysm extending beyond mankind's understanding of horror as it had previously been known. The world is falling apart because things are out of joint at the quantum level, about which of course there's never been any guarantee that everything has to remain stable.

Koji Suzuki returns to the genre he's most famous for after many years of "not wanting to write any more horror." As expected from Suzuki, the chills are of a more cerebral, psychological sort, arguably more unsettling and scary than the slice-and-dice gore fests that horror has become known in the U.S. Never content to simply do "Suzuki"--as it were--but rather push the envelope on what horror is in general and for which readers have come to know him, Edge City borders on being cutting-edge science fiction. The author himself terms this novel, which he has worked on for some years, a work of "quantum horror."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1740 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QJMFFE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unnerving and as always amazing story 27 Feb. 2013
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Having read the Ring cycle of books (Ring, Spiral, Loop & Birthday) and being a fan of the Japanese versions of the films - I was completly taken by suprise by these books, so I was not sure what to expect from Edge.

It is an amazing, scary and thought provoking book from the outset. I have always enjoyed the writing of Koji Suzuki and this just makes me hungry for more.

I did find the end a little predictable but the lead up to this and the clues to what was coming, I thought, were clever and brilliantly put together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & absorbing... 15 Jan. 2013
By Sandra
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...story. I love this one. Geeky in some parts...and I'm amazed how things are linked together on this planet.
But honestly I'm still chewing on this one due to lack on time. Once I have a big chuck of time I will start reading it again as miss out on some logics.
I recommend you read it in one go...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Startling and thought provoking. 25 April 2013
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As another reviewer commented, I'd like to read this again. Lots to take in, left me lying awake pondering existences and our role in everything. Well worth a read - I hope it is made into a film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edge, by Koji Suzuki 1 Dec. 2012
By C. Dennis Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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What is there left to say about Koji Suzuki that I haven't already said in my reviews of every other novel he's released in English? Have I not praised him enough? Is he not satisfied that he is one of the few authors working today who has the ability to make me drop what I'm doing and go immediately to their newest release despite whatever else I had meant to read next? There are so few of those authors publishing--Stephen King and Clive Barker the only other two on that list--that it's quite an honor, when you consider how many unread books line the library in my house. And yet Suzuki still isn't satisfied and continually looks for new ways I can lavish praise on him.

Take for instance his latest US release EDGE. Labeled by the author as a novel of "quantum horror", the thing reads in equal parts like a horror novel, a nonfiction account of the history of the universe, a science fiction epic and a handbook on understanding complicated math formulas. Really, Koji Suzuki? You couldn't be satisfied with just writing another killer novel?

Sigh.

In this novel, Saeko Kuriyama has been hired by the director of an upcoming tv special focusing on mysterious disappearances around the world, with the first case being the Fujimura's. A year earlier, the entire family suddenly vanished from their house. Glasses were left half full, bathwater still in the tub, it was as if the parents and their two children just vanished into thin air. Saeko had written a very well-researched and informed article on the family and it's her expertise on not only this particular case, but her skill as a writer as well, that gets her this job. But it's not all just hard work and dedication: Saeko's got some experience with the subject matter. Fifteen years earlier, her father vanished. She spent a considerable amount of money searching for him, but no trace was ever found.

As the crew delves into the mystery of the missing Fujimura's, they learn of more cases of people disappearing mysteriously in the area. Through research and a tad bit of luck, they discover all the disappearances are connected by having occurred on local fault lines during periods of extreme sunspot activity.

What do fault lines and sunspots have to do with missing people? About the same thing missing people have to do with the fact that the value of pi is no longer what is once was. A standard computer program, one regularly used to test new computers, discovers a pattern in the value of pi, a pattern where before none had existed, and the implications don't bode well for the structure of the universe. As the basic laws of mathematics begin to crumble, Saeko and her director Hashiba unearth more and more clues that, before night's end, it's not just going to be a few random people in the area who are missing, but that it's very likely reality itself is changing.

In order to discover what's happening, hopefully in time to save herself, Saeko must go back to the day her father disappeared and learn what really happened to him.

This is what I love about Suzuki's work. It's not enough that there's a cursed videotape, but he somehow figures out a way to explain in very plausible terms how it was created and how it then goes on to become a cancer wherein the movie made from the book written about the videotape also has the power to kill, this time on a much larger scale. And he makes it work.

In his first novel PARADISE, he writes about two prehistoric lovers who become separated and who only, thousands of years later, are reunited through their genetic descendents, and he makes it work. And he makes it one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever read.

Now he's writing about the deterioration of MATH. Math doesn't change. Two and two is FOUR, period. But the way Suzuki writes about it, the way he explains it, and the way he somehow integrates the study of math into a lecture on the history of the development of the EYE and how without vision there would be no language, he makes it work.

EDGE was not an easy novel to read. Suzuki laid it on pretty thick with the science, sometimes to the detriment of the plot--or so it seemed--but in the end was able to tie everything together so you realize that, yes, that earlier bit about Saeko's father's musings on mathematics and the universe and brain development and ancient ruins, it all mattered. Every single word of it. And it's novels like this, and writers like Koji Suzuki, that remind me just how uneducated I really am. How simple. How dumb. How complacent.

One of my problems with Suzuki has been his reliance on coincidence, or the way his characters have of simply jumping to the right conclusion when it serves the purpose of the plot. It was a problem I had with SPIRAL and it also appears in EDGE. I wish I could fault the novel or the author for it, too, but in the end he just turns in such a good book that I can't hold things like that against him. In fact, I hate to admit I think it's actually kind of brave of him. In cases like those, I think if I were writing it I'd have labored and worried and stressed over how to get this same information across to the characters and make it seem completely natural and unnoticeable, but Suzuki has no problem just giving the information to his characters in an albeit roundabout way, but still much more straightforward than I would have had the guts to do. And, once again, he makes it work.

I don't detect a lot of range in his characters, they all seem to be standard Japanese clichés. There's the successful businessman, the professional woman, with everyone else serving to exist only as periphery characters in this drama the two main stars have playing out. Personally, however, I feel this reliance on such stock characters has more to do with Suzuki's own life and the world he is used to, and less with any lack of imagination on his part. We write the characters we know. One look at some of the plots he's come up with--you can't read a book like LOOP and say he doesn't have a very vivid imagination.

The thing I think I most admire about Suzuki, and this is something clearly very very evident in EDGE, is how he doesn't go for the cheap scare. His monsters aren't hiding in the closet, they're not mysterious beasts that could be stalking you this very moment--if such things really existed. No, Suzuki seems to take great pleasure in explaining the encroaching doom found in his novels in very precise scientific terms, his efforts to say this isn't a monster in the dark, this is the real physical world and it's out to harm you. It doesn't matter if you don't believe in boogeymen, you believe in the physical laws of the universe and reality and THOSE are things out to get you. Under Suzuki's expert guidance I fully believe the danger in EDGE is a very real danger and will happen. Hopefully not as soon as he predicts in this book, but I'd certainly put a lot more stock in THIS novel coming to fruition than I would that there's an ancient shape shifting killer of children hiding in the sewers of a small town.

And that's where the "quantum" part of the author's own label for his novel comes in. This isn't science fiction, it's science horror, a terrible danger is approaching, but it's a danger that comes from the real laws of reality.

Every single time I think Suzuki has reached the heights of his imagination, that I think he's told the strongest horror story he possible could, he somehow finds a way to say to me oh you thought THAT was horror? No, no, THIS is horror.

And he makes it work.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't been this scared of math since your Calculus final! 12 Oct. 2012
By Dane K Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book for people who love math, science and creepy things! Well written as always, and surprisingly well researched, Suzuki does an excellent job of breaking down modern theories on the structure of our universe as to be accessible to people who might not list quantum physics amongst their favorite reading topics. Well developed characters and a gripping tension make this book hard to put down, I personally finished it in about a weeks time. Suzuki's use of real world places and events tied together with the futurism of modern theories about atomic mechanics make for an incredible, beautifully woven tale that twists in more ways than you would expect. Definitely one of my new favorite books, from one of my favorite authors!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge 28 Mar. 2014
By Osiris - Published on Amazon.com
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Surprisingly scary book. It is a hopeless, all-encompassing type of fear that still allows you to move around because, try as you might, there's no escape so there's no point in immobilizing you or preventing you from doing anything. Takes a while to start getting scary but you definitely know which parts are intended to make you feel uneasy and creeped out. A pretty decent book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As always . . . 23 Mar. 2013
By Lisa S. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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. . . He takes me where I never expect to go. Love the journey, though! All his books are required reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling 10 Feb. 2013
By Sarah Oldfield - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wish I had the proper words to describe this book! I love Suzuki Koji's work and Edge has exceeded all my expectations. It's a little slow to start but once the ball gets rolling it becomes impossible to stop reading!
Perhaps a little heavy on science for some, but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I'd recommend it to my friends for sure!
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