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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