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Ring Hardcover – 1 Jul 2003

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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical, Inc.; First American Edition edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234008
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,277,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The pace doesn't slacken for a moment … a guaranteed page-turner’ Observer

‘Suzuki builds tension brilliantly’ Guardian

‘Bristles with menace and fear’ Uncut

‘The translation is wonderful, the spare and sleek prose making for an easy read, while the dark currents of the story build up to a mind-boggling climax’ Outland

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Doomed to die. One way out. One week to find it.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alfonso bongo on 9 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a translation of the book which led to two sequel books, short stories, more than four films in Japan, several films through asia and recently a US remake. The original tale has been altered and mutated with each new version creating several different stories. the one thing that every version has in common is this book.
'Ring' is the story of Asakawa, a journalist, who investigates the sudden, inexplicable death of his niece after discovering that three other teenagers died just as mysteriously at precisely the same time. The only link between them is the video they all watched one week earlier.
I enjoyed the book very much and, as a fan of the story as told in film, found it very interesting. However anyone buying the book because they enjoyed the films should know that the book has a very different feel than the films and some of the best moments in the films are nowhere to be found in the book. This said the book gives you a much fuller view of the story and gives real depth to the characters. The translation is very good and captures some of the atmosphere of the tale but, in my opinion, like many translated books, lacks flair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Owler on 2 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
Whilst investigating the sudden and suspicious death of his niece and her three teenage friends, a newspaper reporter invokes a curse that will kill him in seven days. There is a way to disarm the curse, but he does not know what it is. Doh! Enlisting the aid of an old school friend with an interest in the supernatural, they frantically travel around Japan attempting to find the solution. The clock is ticking...

The suspense levels in this book grew nicely for me, as each day passed and the lead characters seemed to be no nearer solving the riddle. Certainly an original idea, I do not think you will guess the outcome of this one (unless you have been told beforehand, or seen the film). I am now hooked onto the trilogy, and looking forwarding to re-engaging with the curse in 'Spiral'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R Anderson on 14 Feb. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this ebook expecting a good but scare free story. Was I wrong.
Ring is the story of a cursed video tape that after watching gives you one week before death. Asakawa watches this tape shortly after discovering the deaths of four teenagers who had watched the video. What follows is a week of investigation and discovery.
The story is much the same as the films with several major differences and includes a lot more explanation than the movies. The largest difference is the main protagonist who is now a man instead of the woman in both American and Japanese films, I can't say whether this is better or worse but it is definitely a different take.
Was it scary? In places there is a terrible feeling of dread that only your imagination can create, unlike the movie where you are open to someone elses interpretation. I would say the best way to read this is in the dark with only a reading light for maximum effect.
This book also incorporates (although in a slightly different way) the story that is told in 'Ring 0' of Sadako's origins.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the 'Ring' and 'The Ring' films and anyone who is a fan of horror in general.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Arnold on 27 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've waited months to find a copy of this book, after becoming a huge fan of the original Japanese films. When my copy finally arrived, it was even better than I'd expected.
To anyone who's a fan of the original Japanese films, I'd recommend the book. The films are very true to the book, but there is also a lot in the book that isn't included in the film series (e.g. the fact that in the book, Asakawa is male...). It's an excellent read, and a must-have for any Ring fan especially, but I'd recommend it to anyone.
Don't go straight for the book if you've only seen the American film. The book is not at all similar, so it could be a bit hard to understand. I recommend watching atleast the original "Ringu" first. I myself watched all of the films before reading the book, and it made it much easier to read, and more enjoyable. What can I say... I'm just a huge Ring fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ajoobacats VINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2014
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The death of four teenagers from "sudden heart failure", piques the interest of investigative journalist Asakawa, who traces their movements in the last week of their lives to Villa Log Cabins, where he finds a videotape which terrifies him as he is given a week to live after he has watched it.

As much as I enjoyed The Ring starring Naomi Watts a decade ago, I must say in the original book has hidden depths and detail that was somewhat dumbed down to give the film mass market allure. In this English translated Japanese version I found a much more compelling premise in this first part of the Ring trilogy. There are a few clumsy sentences as the translation is kept close to Japanese original but they can be overlooked as so much more is offered in return. Instead of Samara, we have Sadako about whom we learn more surprising detail but like the film, this first part leaves me wanting to read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Dangerfield on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this after seeing the American film remake, and the book surpassed the film on every level. However, the storyline in the book only bears a slight resemblence to the film; the storyline in the book is much more coherant, and unlike when you see the film, there won't be huge plot holes for you to worry about. The plight and character of Sadako (the maker of the video) in the book is also much more chilling than the hairy irritating child Samara from the film. I literally couldn't put this book down, it's a real page turner- I'm off to read the sequel!
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