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Ring Hardcover – 7 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First British Edition edition (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007178840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,898 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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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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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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Despite being very familiar with the broad plot thanks to watching the film a couple of times, the book still completely gripped me. And, as is so often the case, the book delivered so much more than the film. It built a more plausible back story for the girl, how the videotape happened and what was behind the curse. I loved the film, and enjoyed the book even more.

Just one issue - there is a bizarre, seemingly unrelated to the main plot, minor side story about rape that is covered with astonishing insensitivity. It nearly made me put the book down. This is one aspect of the book the film adaptations, wisely, left well alone. And costs the book a star for this reviewer.
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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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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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Format: Hardcover
The original Ring is better than the remake and the book I thought was better than the original. Although very much different from the movie it is still a compelling story with twists and turns along the way, a real page turner. In the novel Asakawa is a married man rather than a divorced woman in the film and Ryuji is a self proclaimed rapist who seems to enjoy bragging about this. The video in this book is again very different from the movie including scenes of a newborn child and an old woman. Sadako herself is 'dual gendered' having the privates of both a man and a woman which leads in some way to her being thrown into the well after a Dr. Nagao assaults her and afterwards discovers this secret. The infamous TV scene at the end of the movie is not present in the book being a brainwave of the screenwriter and in some ways the book ending seems to be more eerie and frightening. All in all this is a very good read but not quite as polished as its follower 'Spiral'. I would reccomend this book very highly but as is always the way, some like it and others don't.
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