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Spiral (Ring, #2) by Koji Suzuki — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

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Spiral (Ring #2)

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.

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Huh. Well, that was. interesting. Overall, I can say I enjoyed it. But two things chipped away at the star rating: 1) not enough creee-py (though a few scenes work incredibly well) and 2) waaaaay too much solving of codes and clues and shop-talk about genetics and DNA (oh, and these biological aspects are much more strap on your suspension of disbelief fantastical than this guy’s done his research science fiction with the emphasis on science ).

There’s some crazy ass theories going on in these p. more

Huh. Well, that was. interesting. Overall, I can say I enjoyed it. But two things chipped away at the star rating: 1) not enough creee-py (though a few scenes work incredibly well) and 2) waaaaay too much solving of codes and clues and shop-talk about genetics and DNA (oh, and these biological aspects are much more strap on your suspension of disbelief fantastical than this guy’s done his research science fiction with the emphasis on science ).

There’s some crazy ass theories going on in these pages and if you don’t commit to just sit back and enjoy the ride you will not . This is j-horror, not a medical thriller nor Isaac Asimov. Reality bends, and bends some more. Just go with it.

For fans familiar with the Ring movies, this is a pretty wild *evolution* of the original premise and curse. It seems overly ambitious to me at this point, without the meat to sustain it in a satisfying, credible way. But I’m willing to give Suzuki a chance and see what he can pull off in the final installment of the trilogy – Loop.

One more thing: (view spoiler) [is the identity of the young woman coming out of Mai’s apartment supposed to be a big reveal moment towards the end of the novel? I assumed immediately this is vengeful Sadako in the flesh. And it also seemed fairly obvious to me that the only way she could be walking and talking is if she’s the thing Mai gave birth to (because we know Mai gives birth to something).

When Ando receives the fax and figures out the woman he’s been shtupping is in fact Sadako, his terror and bewilderment is way out of proportion to the reader’s. I felt like saying, d’uh man, pay attention. (hide spoiler) ]

Certainly that fax reveal pails in comparison to this fax reveal .(less)

Trudi Maciek wrote: I am very curious to know what you thought of the last volume of this saga – it’s the one which is most outlandish of all.

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I am actu. more Maciek wrote: I am very curious to know what you thought of the last volume of this saga – it’s the one which is most outlandish of all.

I am actually really looking forward to the final book Maciek. I think the premise is already crazy enough, and I have to know where he finally takes it.

Maciek wrote: And I love that fax reveal! The Usual Suspects is one of my favorite films of all time.

Me too! And I agree it’s a film that stands up to repeated viewings. Have you seen Memento. Another favorite with a killer reveal ending. Highly recommended.

I also just finished watching this Norwegian crime thriller called Headhunters. It too is awesome!(less)

Mar 14, 2013 03:56PM

Maciek Great! I can’t wait to hear your opinion on the whole saga. )

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