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Eerst sterft er één meisje dan blijkt een vriend van haar ook te zijn omgekomen De doodsoorzaak is in beide gevallen een hartaanval Wanneer er nog een twee dode tieners. 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 eually I do however like the Japanese seuel than the American seuelWhere did this go wrong Well I was enjoying 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 end was eually frustrating I don't 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 one ended I'm interested in seeing how the author 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 very easy 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 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 La Haganah te zijn omgekomen De doodsoorzaak is in beide gevallen een hartaanval Wanneer er nog een Dirt twee dode Urchin and the Raven War (The Mistmantle Chronicles, tieners. 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Kōji Suzuki Ê 4 review

Worden gevonden komt journalist Kazuyuki Asakawa bij toeval achter het verband tussen de sterfgevallen De jongeren zijn alle vier op precies hetzelfde tijdstip gestorven. 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 engaged in day to day constructiondemolition mayhem; I was watching a twenty ton 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 have to 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 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 she exhibited 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 excellent example of how technological innovation makes authors 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 new elements into the plot Characters can communicate efficiently 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 even 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 and outmoded and your words run the risk of never being converted into e book because they will be sceptically examined 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 explain 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 ever used or owned such outmoded items Maybe we are afraid that by admitting to remembering these things we are dating ourselves 転生したらスライムだった件 6 toeval achter het verband Trolling Nights tussen de sterfgevallen De jongeren zijn alle vier op precies hetzelfde Under My Hijab tijdstip gestorven. 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  1. says:

    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 I enjoyed 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 expect it to be a man in the book 3 I enjoyed reading about how the protagonists figured things out and I liked the way the mystery was explored4 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 expectations I had heard that it was very scary and therefore I was 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 yet even so I didn't think that any of the book was scary There were parts that were very creepy and 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 was expecting 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 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 apparently every 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


  2. says:

    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 and even 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 events 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 enlists a friend to help him solve the mystery 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 entire video tape I enjoyed 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 pay a toll etc 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


  3. says:

    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 eually I do however like the Japanese seuel than the American seuelWhere did this go wrong? Well I was enjoying 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 end was eually frustrating I don't 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 one ended I'm interested in seeing how the author 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 very easy 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 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


  4. says:

    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 engaged in day to day constructiondemolition mayhem; I was watching a twenty ton 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 have to 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 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 she exhibited 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 excellent example of how technological innovation makes authors 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 new elements into the plot Characters can communicate efficiently 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 even 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 and outmoded and your words run the risk of never being converted into e book because they will be sceptically examined 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 explain 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 ever used or owned such outmoded items Maybe we are afraid that by admitting to remembering these things we are dating ourselves?


  5. says:

    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 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 the end 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 ends up with a lot to lose in this story far than Ryuji and yet he just lets Ryuji solve everything If you had that much at stake you'd think you'd put a little effort 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 expertly 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 engaging There are also periodic descriptions of aspects of Japanese behaviour and culture which I loved because it's a country I'm not terribly familiar withAll in all Ring is a tremendous mystery novel that hooks you early 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 enjoy it


  6. says:

    During a solo workstudy trip to Ireland in fall of 2000 I was out one dusky evening exploring the cobble stoned lanes of Dublin's City Centre when I stumbled upon the entrance to the Irish Film Institute movie house Excited I shyly stuck my head inside the front door I felt a little bit like Alice discovering the rabbit hole Hanging on the wall to my left as I walked inside was this movie posterRemember this would have been before the deluge of Asian horror and the numerous American re makes found its way to Western audiences I had never heard of such a movie All I knew is that the image on the poster ran a cold shiver of dread down my spine Turns out the Institute was screening a double feature that night of the original Japanese film version of this book called Ringu followed by its seuel How could I resist such a temptation? I could not and bought my tickets immediately I had never ever experienced anything like it to that point and it scared the pee out of me Later I would return to the hostel where I was staying to find the staff had relocated me to the very top floor in a room all by myself Everything creaked and groaned in that place and to say I had an uneasy night of sleep would be putting it very politely Even though this book is the source material for a game changing must be experienced horror film I cannot give it the same high marks There is definitely something lost in translation The prose is stilted and restrained in places not doing its part to build upon the dread and tension the subject matter deserves It feels a bit dated and old fashioned and to be blunt sexist in a way that kept me out of the story No woman is treated very well in this novel and I hated the way Asakawa speaks to his wifeWhile there is an indisputable vibe of disuiet Suzuki's book is much focused on communicating the details of the unraveling mystery making it a plot driven whodunit piece than a sensory onslaught ghost story If I had not seen the movies first I would imagine the aspects of the mystery would have kept me uite riveted It is a fascinating case after all and the way Asakawa and his friend Ryuji systematically follow a series of clues uncovering the tape's origin and purpose is compelling But I had seen the movies first so there was no big reveal for me and I was a little impatient at times at how long Suzuki was drawing out some of the investigationHaving said that I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series Suzuki obviously has a larger vision for his story that goes beyond what has been captured on film I'm keen to discover what surprises completing the trilogy will bring I highly recommend the American film version as well


  7. says:

    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 errorsTrigger 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 excited to read the novel since I expected 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 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 For example 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 etc 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 in second place what the character felt like No smell no taste no touch no audio This makes it very difficult to fully emerge into the story It’s even 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 and 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 “instinct” or deus ex machine plot driving machine happens uite often2 PlotholesThere are minor and bigger plotholesSome of 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 everything was closed What? She JUST described how a moth flew in and out of her open window but the fly is oh so mysterious?Another 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 again?I 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 forgets? How is that possible?These mistakes are small but show how much care was put into writing the story And I haven’t even started with the bigger plotholes yet3 Media and science is bad y’allI love good stories and non fiction booksdiscussionwhatever about the “good and bad” of media and science Both things are incredibly important for our society They are great tools for information advancement and education which in a ‘perfect’ world would lead to progressOf course there are the darker sides Just off the top of my head propaganda misinformation falsification of data instrumentalization for war machinery the uestion of whether we should make experiment A or B and the moral stands the dangers of ‘robotizing’ society and much As with many things in life it depends on how you use it and what forSuzuki on the other hand knows better He has found the hidden and ugly face of media and science THEY ARE EVILIf I had known that it was this simpleAsakawa is a journalist himself and while Suzuki shoves in some “media is not all bad” and “well science and technology are useful” he always follows it with his big glaring billboard sized “BUT” What follows is the same one sided BS you hear when someone starts with “I’m not a racist but”The book is set in 1991 if I’m not mistakenmaybe 1989? Asawaka and his boss think of his catastrophic failure from two years ago where he wrote an article with occultist elements Apparently two years before the story about Asakawa and Sadako happened Japan had a huge wave of occultist hysteria with “commoners” sending stories to newspaper publishers First they make fun of the stupid Japanese non journalistic population because Haha look at those idiots All of Japan’s media ignored the happening destroyed the texts and congratulated themselves for their elitist club Then when it is clear that spooky shit is happening Asakawa goes full idiot mode “Media didn’t believe them but supernatural things are real They do happen Those ignorant journalists and scientists”Excuse me but what exactly are you getting all worked up for?If there is something supernatural going on prove it Show it to scientists and then see what happens Don’t blame media for being skeptical if they don’t believe in the boogeyman although there never was any proof for his existenceIt gets worse Warning this part contains spoilers on Sadako’s backstoryShizuko Sadako’s mother had supernatural powers commonly called as ESP She could see into the future read minds and other stuff Her husband a doctor wanted to proof that she had those powers In the beginning the media was all excited but soon skepticism grew since there were only written texts and no tangible proofs of her abilities Society and media scrutinized them That of course is awful but at the same time understandable Would you believe anyone on the internet who says “Hey I can totally read people’s minds Make a video and proof it? Call scientists? Nah just believe me it’s real”? Didn’t think soShizuka’s husband then wants to proof her abilities in front of media and calls for a press conference All is ready cameras rolling people waiting but Shizuko fails – the pressure and stress as well as the peoples thoughts they don’t believe her and she hears that as well as the fact that she didn’t want to do the test but her husband forced her too oh the sexism is another topic – and all media attacks them Of course they think it’s a shamWhile I do think that media can go too far when antagonizing certain people we shouldn’t forget the fact that they were rightfully criticizing them since there was NO proof for Shizuko’s ability WE as the reader know about her powers but why should the rest of the world just believe her?Exactly there is no reason toShizuko’s later throws herself into a volcano Her husband gets very sick and dies also Sadako is an orphanWhat do Asakawa and Ryuji his “BFF” think?Well of course Sadako is angry with the press and the WHOLE Japanese society The dared criticize them for “magic abilities” they couldn’t prove Those evil bastards Yes the WHOLE Japanese society is responsible for Shizuko’s deathHow about this Sadako’s father is responsibleBoom mind blown He forced her to prove her powers and Shizuko failed because of the pressure and antagonizing energy towards her Instead of blaming the person responsible for her failure – her husband – Suzuki blames the press because how fucking dare they not believe in something clearly never witnessed before I mean they are after all being hunted by a magical killing video tape energy virusAs I said media might have gone overboard but come the fuck onIt’s even worse because Suzuki says through Asawaka and Ryuji Yeah sciencetechnology is neat and all but scientists can’t explain EVERYTHING therefore they are useless Lying fascistic pigs with no moral fiberScience is not here to dismiss magic and sit on a horse mightily judging the plebs If there is “magic” or EPS or whatever science will take a look at it and try to find out WHAT it is and HOW it worksIf someone can read minds and you have proof videos and lots of tests etc scientists will do everything to find out how it works because science is all about understanding what is there by proving and disprovingCan you imagine how it would change the world if there was a huge uantifiable source of ESP activity?Well it would not only change the world as we know it it would become “science” since the difference between “magic” and “science” is I can uantify it and prove its existence now I have to understand how it worksSuzuki mentions several times how arrogant scientists are since they can’t understand everything and they would discard prove of the supernatural because scientists are just arrogant elitist assholes and of course you should believe in magically killing video tapes y’all I SAW itSince Suzuki has exactly two people talking about science and both are self congratulatory assholes about their incredibly “philosophical” dispute and just say “Yep science is stupid because they don’t believe” the discourse ends with that ignorant statement and a glaring warning sign of Suzuki’s inability to understand what the fuck science is all about4 Sexism and rapeBefore I start let me first say that I do not condemn the topic of rape or sexism in literature Both things are prevalent in our society and should have their space in literature as well Disgusting figures in literature have their right to exist because there are disgusting people in reality A book is not bad because rape or sexism happen it is bad when it uses rape for shock value with a side dish of apologist discourse and blatant internalized and never uestioned sexism by no oneLet’s begin with something lightEvery time a woman talks or is about to talk Asakawa gets pissed as hellHis wife is concerned about his weird behavior?“OMG shut up I’m busy investigating woman don’t you see?” that’s what the thinks Internally nagging about his wife Shizuko similar name to Sadako’s mother yes but different kanji He even says that shizu comes from uiet so she should follow her name and shut the fuck upHow about you tell your wife something important is bugging you but you can’t tell her right now but you will as soon as you are ready? Talk to her like a fucking adult instead of dismissing her as the typical “talkative” wife which she clearly isn’t? You patronizing prickWhen Asakawa calls his in laws he is happy when Shizuko’s father picks up because the mother in law would “talk too much omg so annoying Geez women Ugh” In a short scene on the video not part of Sadako’s nightmare ride you see a program on literature with the male host male poet and the pretty looking bimbo girl This is how the book describes it I shit you not“Look at that useless pretty girl” Choke on that girlsThe receptionist working for Nagao appears below? Stupid talkative bitchThe maybe gf of Ryuji? Well she is pure and okay but mainly because she is oh so fucking pretty and skinny OMG soooo pretty Look at how pretty she is She is smart? Who the fuck cares pretty Breasts Legs Innocence SkinnySadako? OMG SOOOO PRETTY LIKE EVEN PRETTIER THAN RYUJI’S GF OMG INSTABONERWomen talkative nagging ugly bitches or decorative elements for male sexual satisfactionThis is sexist for both men and womenAnd this shit is completely normal in the book Nobody thinks twice Of course women talk too much and annoy the poor hero Of course pretty women need to be fucked andor raped Of course women don’t have any important position ever There are only there to look prettyOne girl in the course was all like “Well what did you expect it was THOSE times and it’s Japan” Thank you I know Japan has major issues with sexism This does not mean that I should accept it without any criticism and join the club Just noYes there are very talkative women and women who use their looks but a none of these two things are represented in the books it’s all male gaze and stereotyping things who aren’t like that b all the women in the novel is just too fucking much c it’s not an inherently female trait despite what patriarchy claims and d there's nothing inherently wrong in being pretty or using your looks as a career as long as you're not abusiveThis part will contain major spoilers and a HUGE plot twistReader’s discretion advisedAsakawa is a journalist and since Suzuki is clearly a better writer than I am Asakawa is almost completely unable to think logically find and understand clues and interpret obvious messages That is why he needs help from his “BFF” Ryuji a professor of philosophy and rapistAsakawa loves to say how much he despises Ryuji and describes him as disgusting weird and unpleasant Why is he friends with him? Because the plot says so There is no other fucking reasonWhile they talk about the dead kids and the tape Ryuji mentions that he “did it again” Asakawa explains how as a teenager he “befriended” Ryuji or rather Ryuji him Asakawa was 1617 waiting in class reading before school started when a still drunk Ryuji appears He then tells him how he got drunk took a stroll in the middle of the night and got a “feeling” of raping a woman he had seen So he goes to her apartment and wonder of wonders the door is magically open He gets in and rapes herAsakawa is disgusted and does absolutely nothing He doesn’t tell anybody nor does he call the police I would have accepted it since he was still a teenager and probably scared himself But Ryuji later on continued raping Asakawa knew that and did jackshit to stop him Asakawa is around 33 to 35 years old is married and has an 18 months old daughter One could think that an adult a journalist a man with wife and daughter would somehow CARE for something like rape Nope Not himHe doesn’t call the police Ever He doesn’t even think he could or should But he is oh so utterly disgusted by Ryuji guysNow some who read the novel might say “But it’s not clear IF Ryuji really raped those women”Well not only is the doubt of those rapes rather weak Asakawa STILL should have called the police numerous times He has a man confessing his crimes in detail His fucking job as a human being is to call the police tell them everything he knows and that’s it It’s then the police’s job to see what happened and prove Ryuji’s guiltThere is literally no reason at all for Asakawa to shut his trap other than he is too fucking stupid to solve the mystery himself so he befriends a rapist for over 15 years so one day that “friend” can save his stupid ass from a killer video tape virusBut this isn’t enough Oh noNow we get to the grrrrreat bits with SadakoHere I warn again of major spoilers and plot twistsSadako goes to Tokyo when she’s 1819 and joins a theater group We find out that one of the group’s founder has the hots for her so of course he gets drunk and “visits” her in the middle of the night in her apartment The guy telling the story makes it clear that the dude wanted to rape her Everybody knew it no one cared Shit happens I guess eh ladies?The next day he comes to practice but he’s all pale and suddenly he dies It’s clear that his rape attempt failed and later on we find out that Sadako who didn’t go to rehearsal that day had killed him telepathicallyCongratulations Sadako you didn’t get raped thanks to your excellent ESP skillsWomen now we know how to protect usThis is also a good tip for menSo to everyone reading this Remember if you don’t want to get raped close your doors and get your supernatural skills growingIs this the end?Of course notSadako visits her sick father in a sanatorium for people suffering from tuberculosis There works a young doctor who contracted smallpox called Nagao He sees Sadako talks to her and gets suddenly a “dark urge” a “voice” telling him to do things and all that crap also Ryuji used to excuse his rapesNagao lures her away and rapes her taking her virginity Sadako fights and bites a huge chunk of flesh out of his shoulder so that the bone is visible After the rape Nagao marvels at her breasts and the sunrays touching her glistening pubic hairs justdon’t ask meseriously and then he looks again at her vagina and sees two fully grown testiclesYes Sadako is intersexHere comes the voice again telling him to do dark things so he throws her into the well throws down some rocks and kills her that wayNow the rape part is horrible but I could have “lived” with it if not for what happened right after Asakawa and Ryuji knew the truth Since Sadako has immense powers than her mother they conclude that she should have fought harder – she already killed one dude so why not kill Nagao? – and that she must have known she was going to get rapedEven better she FORCED Nagao to rape and kill her which in their opinion is the “dark voice” in Nagao’s head telling him to do so Nagao is basically Sadako’s victim She forced him to rape her because she wanted revengeHow and why?Well Japanese society and media had killed her mother and since everyone is evil she wanted to take revenge Now Sadako is intersex a fact that has been hinted twice Once where a friend of Asakawa describes her he looks at a photo from her time during the theatre group as unbelievably beautiful like every other guy in the story in a very exaggerated creepy way but she lacks “motherly ualities” What the hell does that mean you ask? 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  8. says:

    This review is for the hardcover edition The books' dust wrapper is this plasticacetate cover and the end flaps are impossible to read when removed from the book


  9. says:

    the newest chinese interpretation of the title is 環界 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 everlastingly outstanding


  10. says:

    One of the few times where I've thought 'the movie was better'