And outmoded and your words run the risk of never being converted into book because they will be sceptically xamined by people who will LOL yes I hate text speak and other proto computer prattle but I use it here to illustrate the point cos its youth innit at your antiuarian references to VHS and word processors Why is this a problem People don t ignore Austen because her characters main mode of locomotion was a horse and carriage and not an E Class Mercedes Similarly Gaskell is not shunned despite her references to mills shuttle looms and sail ships I actually can t xplain it but it probably boils down to the fact that technology changes so fast is so accessible and is so status driven perhaps were ashamed to admit we ver used or owned such outmoded items Maybe we are afraid that by admitting to remembering these things we are dating ourselves First off I want to say that English is not my mother tongue I try my best to avoid mistakes but I m sure the text contains rrorsTrigger warning RapeREVIEW CONTINUES IN COMMENT SECTIONNow to the reviewI ve read The Ring for a Seminar on Japanese contemporary literature and literary discourse I read parts of the original Japanese novel and the German translation which is a translation from the English translation Yes this happens often than we academics wished for Translations are already tricky but to be so lazy as to translate a translation I have no words for this incredibly stupid practice of German publishing companies They did this with Mishima Yukio s Confessions of a Mask also translated from English to German No they did not bother to make a new translation from Japanese yet We only have the translation from 1964 Good job publishersBack to the topicLike many others I have seen the movies the whole Japanese Ringu series and the American version The Ring I was Imaginary Runner excited to read the novel since Ixpected something intriguing uncanny a well developed plot and a deeper insight into the characters Unfortunately I am rather disappointedIt s not a terrible book but while reading it I had the feeling I was holding the first draft instead of a published novel There are several points I want to mention to illustrate what From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 exactly irked me1 The writing styleI have read worse but I have read better Suzuki writes very simplistic and while I think that a simple writing style per se is not bad it seemed that he just couldn t write better In many instances he focuses on the wrong details Forxample the first chapter is a very long very boring description of building neighborhood and so forth that do not add to the setting It is a dull description with no connection or payoff with the mystery that is going on inside the house I didn t matter how the neighborhood looked like at all since the main part of the story was inside the character her thoughts fears anxiety tc and the horror that took her lifeAnother problem was the lack of sensory descriptions It was a lot of telling and almost no showing If Suzuki described
Something It Was Almost Entirely Visual And it was almost ntirely visual and second place what the character felt like No smell no taste no touch no audio This makes it very difficult to fully French Daguerreotypes emerge into the story It sven worse because the plot doesn t really affect the characters Asakawa is understandably disturbed and concerned but he s such a whiny arrogant prick that I don t care what happens to him And when he says This here is very disturbing to me I as a reader don t care because it s not only too much telling instead of showing there is seldom any real conseuence from what is happening Sure whiny panicking but does Asakawa actually DO than that Nope He prefers to angst about his misunderstood intellect that poor righteous soulAlso the plotting doesn t always workAsakawa decides to take a taxi The driver reports from a mysterious sudden death of a young man on his motor bike The young man falls to the ground while clutching his throat and then he dies Just like that Asakawa is immediately intrigued although he shouldn t In reality it S Just A Random Death just a random death as a journalist Asakawa has surely heard hundreds and thousands of stories about people dying But no because the author knows the story is relevant Asakawa feels it s relevant Instincts he calls it I call it bullshitThe driver then says after Asakawa asks that the young man died from a heart attack on day XY HERE is when Asakawa should have been interested because the boy died the same day same hour and because of the same reason as his niece died THIS should have caught his attention Not some random dude dyingSuzuki this is not how it worksThis
or deus x machine plot driving machine happens uite often2 PlotholesThere are minor and bigger plotholesSome the smaller ones are inconsistencies from one page to the other The first chapter the girls describes how a moth flies through a window into her room flutters a little bit around and out it goes again Just two or three pages later she sees a fly and wonders how it got into the room since From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society everything was closed What She JUST described how a moth flew in and out of her open window but the fly is oh so mysteriousAnother scene Asakawa drives during the night to the holiday park inn It s heavily raining He clearly says that he stops the windshield wipers when the rain stops Just a few pages later he says that he hadn t noticed how the rain had stopped What againI can get that he was so caught up in thoughts and fearanticipation he might have not noticed the rain stop but AFTER he consciously stopped the wipers clearly thinking Oh it s not raining any better stop using these and then he One of the few times where I ve thought the movie was better. Meten van doodsangst vertrokken gezicht Zijn onderzoek leidt naar Doris Salcedo een vakantiepark waar de vier preciesen week voor hun dood gezamenlijk en videoband hebben bekeken. ,
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Ry I m not terribly familiar withAll in all Ring is a tremendous mystery novel that hooks you arly on and never lets go I m currently reading book two in the trilogy Spiral and loving that too I can t wait to read Loop Check this series out I think you ll Gods Choice enjoy it This review is for the hardcoverdition The books dust wrapper is this plasticacetate cover and the Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye end flaps are impossible to read when removed from the book I ll start with the things I liked about this book 1 The story was very interesting and I found Sadako and her family very fascinating and Injoyed learning about them along with the protagonists 2 I found it very refreshing and surprising that the main protagonist was a man womenteenage girls are generally the most common and most popular for horror and both the movies featured a woman so I didn t Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France expect it to be a man in the book 3 Injoyed reading about how the protagonists figured things out and I liked the way the mystery was xplored4 I thought the story was cleverly written and it had the right amount of tension and suspense to keep me reading onNow for the things I wasn t so keen on 1 This one is to do with myself really and that is that I went into this book with pretty high xpectations I had heard that it was very scary and therefore I was Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild expecting to be scared and for it to focus on horror This isn t the case At least not for me I know I m fairly desensitised due to the amount of horror and true crime that I read and watch yetven so I didn t think that any of the book was scary There were parts that were very creepy and Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets eerie and don t get me wrong they were very good but there wasn t one part of this book that scared me to the level that I wasxpecting This book read to me like a murder mystery than a horror which is a genre I usually love but I went into this book looking for some good scary fun and I just didn t get it 2 This I imagine is probably mostly due to the fact that I had seen both the Japanese and the American versions of the film of this book prior to reading it but there was only one part of the book that surprised me I could see all the other plot twists and surprises coming from a mile away The only one that did surprise me was one that I m sure wasn t included in Electromyography for Experimentalists either movie and honestly I think it was better that they left it out It was a ridiculous plot point which served absolutely no purpose to the overall story view spoiler I can t remember the name that was used for it but it was some kind of medical thing where women have testicles and apparentlyvery woman that has it is for some reason beautiful Please This was basically then used for some weird transphobia stuff about him not being able to decide if she was technically a she then as she had balls but then he basically decided he didn t care because of how beautiful she was The story could ve done without all that hide spoiler I found this book in a lonely mountainside cabin nah only kidding It was 1 in a bargain basement book sale so who could say no to that It went onto the frankly vertiginous and ridiculous pile of books behind the sofa and was forgotten about for sometime Then a few days ago I was working on a site in the former medieval area of LiverpoolEverybody was busily ngaged in day the former medieval area of LiverpoolEverybody was busily ngaged in day day constructiondemolition mayhem I was watching a twenty busily ngaged in day day constructiondemolition mayhem I was watching a twenty digger a crane was rolling across site moving steel girders and there were lots of men leaning on shovels when suddenly part of the ground fell away to reveal a yawning void Well well it s a well Everyone immediately ran to over to the collapsed area and had tried to have a look down it I poked it with a Sopwith Staff and met with no resistance Everyone lay around the broken well capping trying to see if they could discern anything in the pitch blackness Finally we lowered a series of cage lights down and got a perfect view of a 25m deep vertical brick lined shaft at which point one of the builders shouted if that fucking girl from The Ring with the messed up hair crawls up the lighting flex I m out of here And I thought Oh yeah I must read that book sometime soonSo I didFor
THE FIRST TIME EVER I HAVEfirst time ver I have say I think I liked the film better Ringu not The Grudge but only because I suspect that something has been lost in translation The prose has moments of grace but is generally a bit stodgy around the Runaway Wedding edges the premise is good and sleek but the delivery is clunky like someone has tied a load of tin cans and lead weights to back of a Bugatti VeyronThe story is basically the same though sylph like youth Sadako Yamamura is raped and murdered and stuffed into a well In life shexhibited unusual mental prowess and in death Sadako uses these powers to hijack the airwaves sending out her cursed visions through the medium of the telly box to kill off hapless youths in a sort of viral VHS revenge Kazayuki Asakawa faces a race against the clock to find a cure for the curse before he faces the same terrible fate that caused cardiac arrest in four high school studentsThis story did not scare me It mainly me realise that this book is an Wicked Loving Lies excellentxample of how technological innovation makes authors La heredera del mar eually cursed and blessed The advent of the mobile phone netbook Twitter Facebook IM tablets and any other mode of ceaseless cyber jabber are great ways to bring newlements into the plot Characters can communicate fficiently and uickly dilemmas can be solved by simply googling the problem and shamelessly name dropping shiny gizmos is a great way of showing how hip and down with the kids you are ven if you re some aging hipster banging out your novel on a Smith Corona However these things will date your work You will be antiuated. Worden gevonden komt journalist Kazuyuki Asakawa bij toeval achter het verband tussen de sterfgevallen De jongeren zijn alle vier op precies hetzelfde tijdstip gestorven. ,
One of the few times in my life I can legitimately say that the movie was better than the book Oh and in case you re wondering I like the American and Japanese versions ually I do however like the Japanese seuel than the American seuelWhere did this go wrong Well I was njoying this one until the introduction of the best friend Ryuji the Rapist I don t think it matters that Ryuji the Rapist might have been lying about his past Just having him in the book and believing for the majority of the book that he was a rapist ruined the rest of the novel for me As far as I m concerned him being Ryuji the Rapist did nothing for the plot or character development Making his true nature ambiguous in the nd was ually frustrating I don t Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One even care about what happened to himI will be continuing with the series though because Ryuji the Rapist won t be in future books and I liked the way this onended I m interested in seeing how the author Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) expands on this ideaThe translation is basic as hell The most passive voice I ve read in a long time I have no idea why it took two people to translate this I guess one to write the book in English and the other one to dumb down the text It s veryasy to read yet bland as fuck Like Dean Koontz run through a coffee filterIn summation I could ve done without Ryuji and that than anything Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe else affected my rating The basic writing is serviceable but that s about it Skip this one and watch the movies instead Final Judgment If you want people to care maybe don t make one of your main characters a rapist Thanks During a solo workstudy trip to Ireland in fall of 2000 I was out one duskyvening Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time exploring the cobble stoned lanes of Dublin s City Centre when I stumbled upon thentrance to the Irish Film Institute movie house Excited I shyly stuck my head inside the front door I felt a little bit like Ali the newest chinese interpretation of the title is void of circle not ring or bell or whateversaid it s the 3rd chapter of the series but no just another remakethe film is not bad the book is One Wild Weekend everlastingly outstanding The blurbs tell us the author has been called the Stephen King of Japan where he is famous Many of his books including this one have been turned into movies andven video games He is a bit like Stephen King in his blend of fantasy horror and mysteryThe basic story is that a journalist discovers that four young people two girls two boys died separately and suddenly within a day for no good reason They were of college age and all perfectly healthy He becomes a detective tracing vents back and connecting the dots to find that all four had spent a weekend in a rural resort where they watched a video He goes to the resort and watches the video and discovers that it warns the viewer that those who watch it will die within a period of 10 days unless but the unless part has been taped over The journalist now fears for his life and later for the lives of his wife and child who accidentally watched the video
as well He nlists a friend help him solve thewell He nlists a friend to help him the They turn into a BatmanRobin duo traveling around Japan trying to figure out who made this recording and why The recording was generated telekinetically I m not giving away plot because we are told this in the blurb This book was published in Japan in 1991 You may recall in the 1980 s or so there was much talk by pseudoscientific charlatans the best known was Japanese who claimed to be able to project mental images onto camera film Can t do that any no Fuji film The Japanese culture seemed obsessed with cameras so this all fits together why not telepathically project an ntire video tape I njoyed the book The plot held my attention the mystery and its resolution were intriguing There was a bit of plodding detail throughout the story although this also provides local color You can never get lost in the plot if the protagonist is going out to a rural area we watch him put on his coat leave his office take the bus to a train station get off at another train station rent a car get off the highway take the bus to a train station get off at another train station rent a car get off the highway a toll tc Despite that flaw I thought it was a good book and I gave it a four It turns out this book is the first of a trilogy Titles Ring Spiral Loop but it works fine as a stand alone read The hit movie The Ring starring Naomi Watts is based off a Japanese movie called Ringu ring in Japanese and Ringu is based off of Koji Suzuki s novel Ring Most people probably know this story from the former two sources but I thought Ring the book was Walled (The Line, excellent in its own right The book is billed as a horror novel but it s not I found it was only somewhat scary two times once near the start of the book and once near thend It s really a mystery novel and it shares very little with the moviesBriefly the story follows Asakawa a journalist and Ryuji a university professor as they try to solve the mystery of a videotape that kills anyone who watches it after seven days One thing that grated on me was Asakawa s character I won t spoil anything but he Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany ends up with a lot to lose in this story far than Ryuji and yet he just lets Ryuji solveverything If you had that much at stake you d think you d put a little ffort into solving the mystery but time and again Asakawa went to pieces when Ryuji couldn t figure part of it out Figure it out yourselfI found him to be a lazy and arguably superfluous character Aside from that the mystery is xpertly crafted and the story is a real page turner It s a smart multi layered thriller and I love Suzuki s writing style it s simple but somehow also incredibly rich and ngaging There are also periodic descriptions of aspects of Japanese behaviour and culture which I loved because it s a count. Eerst sterft r één meisje dan blijkt Tempting Fate een vriend van haar ook te zijn omgekomen De doodsoorzaak is in beide gevallenen hartaanval Wanneer r nog en twee dode tieners.