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Spiral [Hardcover]

Koji Suzuki , Glynne Walley
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May 1 2004
Dr. Ando who has yet to recover from his son's death at sea, conducts an autopsy on an old friend who has died under unusual circumstances. The corpse, that of cynical philosophy professor Ryuji Takayama, has something to tell him. And Ryuji isn't the only one who chooses to make a reappearance in this story.

You don't know what the RING is yet. The terms of the curse of the videotape undergo a jaw-dropping reconfiguration in this novel, the horror master's stunning reinvention of his own bestselling tale. Spiral is written as a stand-alone work; for Rinbg fans, its' a sequel that redefines the word.

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"Suzuki is called the Stephen King of his country, but that's not really accurate; King isn't nearly as adept at creating complex characters, explaining scientific principles or writing the kind of dialogue that might actually be spoken by humans." - Las Vegas Mercury

"...Suzuki is plowing a path that nobody else has traveled, ..." - Agony Columns

"Suzuki's ambitious trilogy does succeed, and it's hard not to be impressed with his aplomb in turning a straight supernatural horror mystery around into a piece of pure science fiction." - TIMES
“...a unique, alchemical quality... he has demonstrated a miraculous power for transmuting the very common into the very frightening.” -- Rue Morgue“An enduring modern archetype”-- SF Reader

About the Author

Koji Suzuki was born in 1957 in Hamamatsu, southwest of Tokyo. He attended Keio University where he majored in French. After graduating he held numerous odd jobs, including a stint as a cram school teacher. Also a self-described jock, he holds a first-class yachting license and crossed the U.S., from Key West to Los Angeles, on his motorcycle.

The father of two daughters, Suzuki is a respected authority on childrearing and has written numerous works on the subject. He acquired his expertise when he was a struggling writer and househusband. Suzuki also has translated a children's book into Japanese, The Little Sod Diaries by the crime novelist Simon Brett.

In 1990, Suzuki's first full-length work, Paradise won the Japanese Fantasy Novel Award and launched his career as a fiction writer. Ring, written with a baby on his lap, catapulted him to fame, and the multi-million selling sequels Spiral and Loop cemented his reputation as a world-class talent. Often called the "Stephen King of Japan," Suzuki has played a crucial role in establishing mainstream credentials for horror novels in his country. He is based in Tokyo but loves to travel, often in the United States. Birthday is his sixth novel to appear in English.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes, it's all flash, and no substance Feb. 19 2006
This is an AMAZING book. It doesn't re-create Ring. Also, with my reviews, I won't ruin anything. This review wont ruin anything even if you haven't read Ring.
Doctor Mitsuo Ando, a man who mourns over the loss of his son, whom he nearly saved from the brinks of death, is sometimes droven to the edge to commit suicide. This may sound like the typical super-sad character who is self-centred, but don't worry. Suzuki brings the world of Ring by swoofing the reader off the carpet and turning the tables. It's like drinking a fresh glass of water that made Ring so good. And when the Sadako Yamamura comes back, we all know... there will be hell to pay. The medical side of this story may be confusing, but dont worry... all you need to know about medical stuff within this book is how babies are made. (Did I say too much?!?)
This book is very amazing, but sometimes, the medical information can overwhelm you, but that shouldn't ruin what Ando and his friend are faced at the end that is even more sinister that Kazuyuki Asakawa's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ring, spiral, loop, birthday June 28 2004
When I first read the plot of the book "Ringu", I knew it would make a great movie. Then I realized it had been adapted to fim five times. Also, I found out it had three sequels, an American sequel, and a prequel. So I watched the film "The Ring". Iit was great, so I quickly ordered "Ringu". It was even better! So I had to order "Spiral" (the movie). Though it was great, none of what went on was explained in it. So finally I read the book. It was wonderful. It followed the story of the first one but had no elements of the first one, as far as thematically. I like the mood of it better than the mood of the first one. It was SO much easier to follow the story in the book. And for those of you who can't wait for the translation of "Loop"...
Go to ringworld.com. On the left, click on books. It will bring you to a list. Go to Loop, and it will say to click on the word "HERE" to read a detailed treatment of the book. It is very informative. And there IS a fourth book in the series, "Baasudei", aka "Birthday", which consists of a few stories which are based on the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first "Ring" June 3 2004
I almost never read fiction. I'm pretty much hooked on real-life biogrophies and events that really happened. I am however a huge fan of horror films and I heard so much about the original Japanese "Ring" movies (4 in all, all with English subtitles) that I just had to get them on DVD. While I enjoyed the original Japanese "Ringu" movie very much, I really enjoyed best of all the first sequel "Rasen", which I believe translates into "Spiral". It turns out that, unlike the American movie version or "Ring" the first 2 Japanese movies are very faithful to the novels. So as soon as it was translated into English I bought the first "Ring" novel and was hooked. Truly enjoyable. And for us Americans it also gives a bit of a glimpse of what contemporary Japanese life is like, although i'm sure the author never even thought of that while he was creating his works. It's just a nice side-product of the actual story.
"Spiral" I also pre-ordered. And much like the movie "Rasen" it offers a scientific basis for the mystery of how the virus actually works. You can almost believe it the way Mr Suzuki uncovers the scientific basis for the virus.
You also get to find out what happens to the main characters who remained alive at the conclusion of "Ring", so it's recommended to read that one first.
Not at all content to simply rehash the same old story with some new characters who don't know anything about the video and resulting virus, this takes the story to an entirely new level. I was glued to this book and was sad to see it end.
In the back of the hardcover edition it states that next year the 3rd and final book in the series by Mr Suzuki, "Loop" will be published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true story of the ring April 29 2004
By A Customer
this story is in a league all its own.
worlds better than its film version (released the same year as Ringu), and more subtle than Ringu 2, the alternative/'official' japanese film sequel that was made afterward, this novel had me hooked even before i was finished with its prologue. koji suzuki is supremely talented; the story blends supernatural and scientific in a way that seems completely and frighteningly believable. i dont wish to rattle on, so i'll just say this is honestly the best book i have ever read. however, my intuition says that hardcore fans of the american remake (and only the remake) may not necessarily enjoy this, but i think having a look would be worthwhile regardless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good mystery with a scientific twist July 19 2004
By laroja
This book is very engaging for those who enjoyed the book "Ring", or have seen either movie made in US or Japan. The fantasy aspect of the story is skillfully drawn into simple tasks of everyday life, and it makes the reader ponder his/her own ambien. The translations of both "Ring" and "Spiral" are superb. I am looking forward to more books from Vertical Publishing company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!!! May 4 2004
although completly different than ring 2 this is a much more complex and scary story. after reading ring and spiral i will definatly be looking for anything else by this writer.
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