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Promenade of the Gods [Hardcover]

Suzuki , Koji

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2 Sep 2008
Promenade of the Gods begins with a woman's search for her husband, who disappeared after watching a TV show. She enlists the aid of her husband's best friend, and together they discover that the famous female personality of the TV show disappeared after the same evening's broadcast. The duo's search leads to a battle within a religious cult. Each answer brings only more questions, until the story's stunning final solution is revealed. Echoing Suzuki's famous Ring, this is an addictive mystery that keeps readers guessing until the very last page.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good delivery, bad book 16 Mar 2011
By Magdelen R. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
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This book arrived on time exactly how it was described but UGH. What a let down. I've read the entire Ring series and other works by Koji Suzuki and this was just disappointing. It started out interesting and I really wanted to find out the mystery, but nothing supernatural seems to be going on, and the middle through the end of the book plods along at such a slow, meandering pace I could barely stay interested. The ending was not predictable, but also not very satisfying. Toward the end there is a chapter, which I had to reread to clarify, adds absolutely nothing to the plot. It's a conversation with a totally ancillary character that doesn't add or reveal anything, or tie in later, it just exists like a moment in time that is utterly useless to the reader. I really cannot recommend this book. If you want to see Koji Suzuki at his best, read Ringu or Spiral but not Promenade of the Gods.
3.0 out of 5 stars An Mystery which Loses its Pace 9 May 2012
By Drew B. - Published on Amazon.com
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First, if you're expecting the same type of horror from Suzuki's Ring series, you'll find yourself disappointed. Even then, if you think about it, the Ring Series played out progressively less paranormal and horror by the 3rd book. In any case, there's almost no paranormal or horror element to this book at all. It still has a rather dark tone, however.

Put simply, Promenade of the Gods is sort of like the child of 'Paradise', Suzuki's first book, and the Ring series. It's like this interesting amalgamation of the deeper elements of 'Paradise' with the fast paced and engaging mystery/thriller elements of the Ring series. I'm not sure the former translated well for me and I wonder if that has to do with cultural differences. The book also takes a very surprising tone toward the end but I shouldn't reveal too much about that as it would ruin the book I think.

All in all it was an enjoyable read but the more suspenseful and mysterious elements felt to me like they tapered off and got lost and the book seemed to never again regain that pace. You definitely have to come at it with no expectations of anything similar to the horror elements of the Ring series. It just doesn't happen in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly translated from the original Japanese 10 Oct 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Acclaimed Japanese author Koji Suzuki now has his biggest novel since his beloved Ring trilogy published in "Promenade of the Gods." Miyuki's husband suddenly vanishes, and not willing to accept single motherhood without a fight, she contacts her husband's old friend in a desperate attempt to find him. What they find is not something one would call ordinary. Expertly translated from the original Japanese by Takemi Nieda, "Promenade of the Gods" is highly recommended reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars by the time i got to the end, i didn't care 9 Oct 2008
By T. Dugan - Published on Amazon.com
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i loved some of Suzuki's other works. but this one...by the time i reached the end, i was just wanting to get it over.

maybe i missed something that made it all worth while?

there was the search for the missing husband. it was interesting to a point. but then it tapered out...

and, despite having at least one character in common with The Ring, there was nothing that felt scary or supernatural in this one. but maybe that's what i missed somehow?

if someone can explain this book, please let me know.
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