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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 thDr. 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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Number of Pages : 283 Pages
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Spiral Reviews

  • Trudi
    2019-02-20 20:06

    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.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-15 23:44

    I didn't know what to expect from this one, after reading RING. One thing I DID NOT expect was what happened to Asakawa and his family. While Ando was reading the RING report, I did wonder if he was going to contract the virus that way. But there was a lot else I couldn't have foreseen, including the way that Sadako comes back into the world. As soon as we found out that Mai had given birth, and we saw that other mysterious woman emerging from Mai's apartment, I basically figured that Mai had given birth to Sadako. I totally did not foresee the return of Ryuji. Nor the return of Ando's son.And the sheer wackiness of a plot where a new species - the Sadako species, where every new member of the species is Sadako - makes me laugh, but in a good way. I have nothing bit admiration for Suzuki's totally out there plotlines. What an imagination! I don't have book 3 to read yet, and that makes me sad. But I will read it soon!!I would give this book 3.5 stars if we could give half stars, but I figure 4 will do.

  • Deniz Balcı
    2019-02-24 19:01

    Halka serisine başlarken büyük beklentilerim yoktu. Başarılı korku filmleri olduğu ve elbette bir Japon yazar yazdığı için hevesliydim sadece. Ancak gittikçe daha etkileyici bir yere sürüklenmeye başladı.Serinin ikinci kitabı 'Sarmal'ı okuduktan sonra rahatlıkla söyleyebilirim ki, Halka serisi filmlerinin yansıttığı kadar korku unsuru içermiyor. Tür anlamında çok daha zengin bir yapıya sahip. İkinci kitabın ilerlemesiyle birlikte olay korku ve gerilimin yanında, bilim-kurgu, gizem sularında da ilerlemeye başladı. Çok ilgi çekici bir yere ulaştığını söylemeliyim. 'Sarmal' ilk kitabın çok üzerinde bir kitap. Hem kurgusu hem de başarılı anlatımıyla tansiyonu arttıran ve insana okuma zevki yaşatan bir yere gelmiş. Hüseyin Can Erkin'in direkt Japoncadan yapmış olduğu çeviri de kaliteli. Aslında Doğan Kitap, her zaman yaptığı gibi yine bir yanlış yapmış! Bu seriyi tek bir kitap olarak, ciltli bir baskıyla basabilirdi. Prezentasyonu çok daha özenli olabilirdi. Reklam işini absürt derecede abartan bir yayınevi olarak, burada beni biraz hayal kırıklığına uğrattığını söyleyebilirim. Olmayacak kitaplara yaptıkları ürün muamelesini, fenomen haline gelmiş bir korku klasiğine de yapabilirdi. Bu kalibrede kitapları okuduktan sonra genellikle 'hay allah, zamanı boşa harcadık, bunun yerine neler okunabilirdi' dediğim çok olmuştur. Ama Halka ve Sarmal'da bunu yaşamadım. Şimdi merakla serinin üçüncü kitabı olan 'Düğüm'e başlayacağım.Bu tarz kitaplardan hoşlanıyorsanız, hafif bir şey okuyayım aklım dağılsın, rahatlasın diyorsanız, merakla gerimlimle okunacak güzel bir kitap, tavsiye ederim!7.5/10

  • Maica
    2019-03-14 20:53

    Were it not for the graphic details I prefer not to mention, I would have given this 5-stars.

  • Andy
    2019-03-11 19:47

    This is even better than Ring and really takes things in a different direction from the movie versions. Worth reading.

  • Marvin
    2019-03-09 17:54

    Spiral is the sequel to Koji Suzuki's best-selling Japanese horror novel Ring and also makes up the second book of a trilogy. Most people know the idea of the first book because of the popular horror film that bears its name. While both book and movie, Ring, manage to creep out the globe, what we didn't know is that the author wasn't happy with just killing people seven days after watching a creepy video. He had other plans.And for better or worse, they are spelled out in Spiral. The plot starts immediately after the end of Ring. A scientist is investigating the mysterious deaths of a handful of people including his friend who left evidence of a curse involved with watching a certain videotape. The scientist discover that the curse may actually be something more material and much more devastating and...That's where I need to end it for anything else goes into spoilers territory. Suffice to say, Suzuki changed the rules in Spiral by giving us something new to scare us. It often feels more like a technological thriller and, frankly, the info on genetics and decoding started to bore me until it all started to come together to goose me out of my seat again. There are two problems that made this installment a bit less than the first book. First, as already mentioned, Suzuki gets a little carried away with coding and DNA for what is essentially a horror tale. Second, the first third of the novel retells the first book with only a little new information. The attempt to make Spiral a "stand alone" book lessens its impact. Yet all is forgiven when we find out the truth behind the Ring. All in all, a very different and worthwhile scare fest. I'm all ready for Loop.

  • Sean O'Hara
    2019-03-05 17:51

    Ah, so here's Koji Suzuki's official sequel to Ring. Not the crappy Hollywood sequel, nor the crappy Japanese film sequel, but the official continuation from the author of the original novel. All right! This is going to be awe--wait, it's a medical thriller?The curse is a result of the smallpox virus hijacking Sadako's DNA and using her psychic powers to imprint images on a videotape which in turn causes the viewer's DNA to mutate and produce more of the -- There are a number of scenes in this book that are scarier than the novel Ring, but their craft isn't enough to overcome the ludicrous contrivances of both science and plot that are necessary for the story to function. There are so many coincidences in here it's ridiculous, and though Suzuki seems to've heard of DNA, his understanding of it is on a par with Brannon Braga.

  • April
    2019-02-20 23:47

    Suzuki's plots are batshit crazy and I love it. I read Ring a long time ago and was dumbfounded by how much I enjoyed Suzuki's pace and writing. Surprisingly, the eeriness of Nakata's Ring movie captured the spookiness of the novel perfectly, and so, having watched the movie prior to reading, it was a satisfying experience as a fan of the franchise both on screen and on paper. Spiral is the direct second installment of the Ring series and in it, Suzuki turns up the "weird" full throttle. I really enjoyed the story's flow and the refreshingly inventive take Suzuki has on the horror genre; he manages to turn the paranormal into the almost believable, despite it sometimes working against him --certain chapters, unfortunately, felt bogged down with scientific explanation. I'm a fan of genetics as much as the next gal, but reading a horror novel and suddenly feeling like I'm in a science class definitely takes away from the haunting experience. Also, the genuinely scary scenes in this book I felt were lacking. Despite this, Suzuki's expanding of the Ring universe is undoubtedly bold, striking, and endlessly entertaining. A hugely fun read, and it cements my wanting to pick up Loop and learn the end of this thrill ride.

  • K.
    2019-03-15 21:42

    So this was... a little weird.Sometimes I would read sentences/passages that I just couldn't believe I was meant to take seriously.What if that DNA had inherited Ryuji's will, and was trying to express something in words?I'm pretty sure that DNA doesn't even begin to work that way... Ah, who am I kidding. This is j-horror, of course DNA would work that way in this wacky world.Could Ryuji be trying to tell me where she is with this code?He considered the possibility for a moment, but then discarded it with a derisive laugh as being too comic-book. How adolescent, to imagine himself as the famous detective out to save the heroine from mortal danger.Ah, yes.Some dude sending you a message through his DNA? Ha!, happens all the time.Some dude sending you a message through his DNA that'll tell you where to go to rescue a damsel in distress? Pssh, well that's just silly.(I know I shouldn't get hung up on this, considering what the Ring series is about, but there is a limit to my suspension of disbelief.)I will say that I enjoyed the development of the ring virus. The concept of "killer videotape" can lose its scare-value after a while, especially once VHS tapes become defunct. So it was nice and suitably scary to see the new ways in which Sadako was going to proliferate, however implausible those methods may seem in reality.(view spoiler)[The return of Sadako was also interesting, if only for the letter she wrote and the offer she made to Ando. She didn't come across as simply a vengeful spirit, which made her more interesting to me. A villain that isn't in-your-face evil can make for interesting material. (hide spoiler)] I'll have to wait until the next book to see how well that carries out, though.Knocked down to 3 stars due to a shaky beginning, too much time spent on the decoding process, and a weird protagonist that I never once rooted for.

  • Angela
    2019-03-16 21:10

    Spiral is Koji Suzuki's second installment in the Ring series, picking up pretty much immediately where the first book leaves off--and shifting over to a new protagonist, Mitsuo Ando, who is a former classmate of one of the characters who dies in the first book. Ando winds up being the doctor called upon to do the autopsy on his classmate, and is thus drawn into the events that roared through the plot of the first book.This one didn't quite work for me as well, though. It suffered from a bit of one of the same issues I had with The Da Vinci Code when I tried to read it: i.e., way too much time spent on explaining Ando's efforts to decode the clues that are supposed to help him figure out what's going on. Between that and the time spent on explaining basic facts of DNA and RNA to the reader, I was bored more than once. There isn't enough Creepy in the plot to balance out all the genetics and code geeking, either--and most of the Creepy we do get is a rehash of what happened in Book 1, just getting introduced to a new set of characters.There is some genuinely new Creepy in this book, though. Suzuki does do a good job of upping the stakes past what we got in Ring, even though most of the new spooky stuff doesn't come until the end. It's also hampered for me as a reader in that one of the aspects of the character of Sadako, the Big Bad in the plot, doesn't really work for me for reasons I won't get into until I read Loop--I want to see if the series overall balances that out. For now, for Spiral, let's say three stars.

  • D.M.
    2019-03-05 23:42

    It's a good thing this book was written in such a fluid, easily-read style, because I don't know that I'd have stayed with it otherwise. As it was, several portions got bogged down in a textbook-type science language that I tended to skip over (and the narrative lost nothing for it).This story incorporates more horror elements than did the first book (Ring), and so is closer in nature to a horror novel for it. However, the heavy use of science (both real and imagined) places the story technically further into science fiction territory. For me, it failed on both counts: I was neither involved in the fear the characters (occasionally) felt, nor was I able to just enjoy the fantastic machinations as an intellectual pleasure.A high point for this book, however, would seem to be the translation. The problems I had with the writing in the previous installment (it was amateurish and over-simplified) have cleared up in this one, under the guidance of a new translator. With this translation, unfortunately, comes a new problem: an affection for cliche turns of phrase. For example, quite often things 'don't sit well' with the main character. This only made me groan a bit when I'd read things like it, but didn't spoil the style for me in the way the hyper-simplicity of the first one did.I'm still going to read the third book in the series (Loop) and hope for the best (which would be the style of this book combined with the storytelling of the first).

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-02-25 02:06

    This book gets a three star rating by the grace of the fact that I actually enjoyed reading it. The plot was well-paced and I found the main character - pathologist Dr. Ando - sympathetic. If it hadn't been for the fact that the last third of the book was completely preposterous this would have been a solid four star novel.This is a free-standing sequel to "the Ring". Dr. Ando has lost his young son to the sea and his wife has left him. He performs an autopsy on his old school friend Ryuji who has died from unusual causes. He soon encounters many more that have died of the same strange cause. When Ryuji's young assistant Mai disappears - she doesn't show up to her date with Dr. Ando - there is connection to the mysterious "viral" tape. Dr. Ando begins to unravel the clues, with a little help from his dead friend.I usually do a good job of suspending disbelief when reading and this book had me honing this skill throughout, but I couldn't hold it all the way. Not even with all the Japanese horror movies I've seen, it was simply too far out. For periods of time I was questioning the author's sanity, how in his wildest fantasy could he expect any reader to believe the ending or how it came about? I'm being generous with the stars, on the basis that this was a real page-turner and very easy to read.

  • Carly Ogborne
    2019-03-21 22:03

    I read Ring and Spiral in rapid succession and while I loved Ring, I'm conflicted about Spiral. It was definitely spookier and I enjoyed the way the story turned out, especially the ending which was something I never would have predicted. However, some of the attempts to explain how the virus formed verged into wankery and I hated the info-dumps and the inclusion of the DNA sequencing and whatnot. What, am I reading a Jodi Picoult novel?That said, some of these problems may be due to translation issues, or even cultural barriers. And despite my issues, I would definitely recommend both books.

  • Paula
    2019-03-03 23:09

    Following on from 'Ring' (and also readable as a stand alone book), 'Spiral' starts with Ando performing an autopsy on Ryuji following his early demise in 'Ring', suddenly Ando is dragged into the world of the ring and Sadako Yamamura who is responsible for numerous deaths. I enjoyed 'Ring' but I enjoyed 'Spiral' a lot more for numerous reasons, there was a more sinister feel to it for one thing, the story was excellent, I did not expect the ending, some parts of the book were obivious but still enjoyable to read. I felt pity for Sadako Yamamura in 'Ring' but in 'Spiral', my pity slowly disappeared.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-19 00:10

    So Spiral is the second book on the Ring series, and right off the bat I can tell you that I think this is even better than the first book. In Spiral you get a plot full of twists and turns, which is great because I was genuinely kept guessing. But what really carried the plot was how well Ando, the main protagonist was written. The trials and tribulations that he encountered projected so strongly I felt like I was actually living them. Brilliant read, and I'm going to start on the 3rd instalment, Loop, straight away!

  • Debra
    2019-03-12 20:58

    In spite of all the DNA and coding information other reviewers have complained of, I enjoyed this sequel to Ring very much. It's pace was good and I sped right through it to its horrifying conclusion. Of course, now I need to read the next one in the series!

  • Andrei Săndulache
    2019-02-24 22:09

    Weirdest thing I've ever read...

  • Sadie Ruin
    2019-03-11 21:52

    I think anything would struggle to match the original book, but I also really enjoyed the scientific turn this book took. It didn't have as much in the way of actual horror, but still was rather eerie. I look forward to seeing how book three stacks up to the previous two.

  • Phakin
    2019-03-05 19:48

    โอโห มันพลิกเรื่องจากภาคแรกไปแบบเดาไม่ได้เลย เข้าใจฟีลคนไปดูเดอะ ริง ภาคแรก แล้วไปดูสไปรัลต่อ คงช็อคมากที่พล็อตมันออกมาทางนี้ แต่รวมๆ เราว่าสนุกดี คนเขียนเก่งมากเรื่องข้อมูลและการเล่าเรื่อง ถึงจะฟังดูประหลาดหน่อยๆ ตอนเฉลย แต่จริงๆ มันก็ประหลาดมาตั้งแต่แรกแล้วแหละมั้ง ฮา

  • Kristian Dobson
    2019-03-02 01:08

    Worst book I've ever read. I hope I get the ring virus and die tbh.

  • The Writer
    2019-02-22 21:03

    Spiral is the second book after "Ring" by Koji Suzuki.If your brain suddenly form an image of a long-haired woman climbing out from a well and crawling out from the television - trying to get at you - then you got that right. The film, as I have written in my previous review here, is made from Koji Suzuki's book. And believe me, the book is hundred times scarier than the film!The first book ends with the story on how Azakawa, the reporter, realises that the solution to the curse might not be taking Sadako remnants from the well after all. It might be something else, that he had copied the damned tape and gave it to his colleague Ryuji which died a week later after watching the "short horror film"Now that Azakawa was involved in some sort of traffic accidents, with his wife and his daughter found dead in the backseat, a forensic doctor named Ando took the matter into his own hand and became the main actor in the story. Sure enough he had never heard of Ring, the killing videotape or Sadako, but he knew Ryuji as his old schoolmate - and he's good at breaking codes and he was equally surprised to find him as cold and dead as a fish in his autopsy table.With this talent and his curiousity he sniffed a mystery when he saw a piece of newspaper with six numbers printed on it peeking out from the stitches inside Ryuji's empty stomach. What he did not know, however, was how he would get sucked into a whirlwind of mystery surrounding Sadako, her psychic ability and genetic science.I'm deeply impressed with Suzuki's ability to write horror stories. It sure takes a lot to make people scared in their pants when they're "just" reading a book. Filming a horror movie sounds like a piece of cake compared to writing the story. You could just put someone in a ghostly costume carrying an axe and you'll scare people through the TV screen but it is art to do so through a chain of words.This book is much more than special because Suzuki is able to approach Sadako mystery through the eye of a scientist. Ando and his partner Miyasitha tried to break the video curse thingie into a "mere" virus problem. Spiral thing that spreads fast from a person to another person through watching a video with an incubation period of one week. If it wasn't that exciting, I could swear that the whole scientific perspective stuff making the book less scary than the first one.But - there's always a but - like I said, it still managed to raise the back of my neck when I read it, so it's still a horror book and don't you dare reading it at night! *grins*

  • Leila Anani
    2019-03-03 18:08

    This sequel follows directly on from Ring - the protagonist being the pathologist doing the autopsy on Ryuji. Sadako's will has mutated from the video tape into a physical virus that resembles smallpox and we follow its further evolution throughout the novel.Absolutely loved this particularly the ending where Sadako comes into her own. I also loved the idea of codes and puzzles which is very clever. The one downside is all the technical stuff which bogs this down until its like reading a biology text book in places as it goes into detail on DNA, Amino acids which made my brain ache a little. However the story is strong and once you get out of the science and into the dark implications of what is actually going on... Its pretty frightening. I can't wait to see how the trilogy concludes in Loop. Fans of authors like Robin Cook are going to absolutely love this one.

  • Kevin Dyer
    2019-03-10 19:07

    I absolutely burned through spiral. Maybe it was that I was traveling all day, and there's nothing like a long plane ride to make you read. Maybe it's that Spiral was ridiculously refreshing after the pointless slog through frustration that came before it (looking at you, Those Across the River). Maybe it's that I didn't want to put the book down, desperate to know what happened next. Maybe it's that Koji Suzuki is a smart writer with a firm grasp on pacing, tension, and most of all, a sense of narrative dread. Personally, I think it's all of those things. Spiral isn't as good as it's predecessor, Ring, but that's a flaw I'm willing to forgive. Koji Suzuki continues to expand on the world of killer video tapes by thoroughly undermining expectations, and twisting the reader's nerves around and around to the point of breaking. No one is safe this time around, not even the reader's understanding of what The Ring truly is. This was a truly impressive feat, as Suzuki makes you feel both familiar and frightened, capitalizing on your knowledge of the killer tape while keeping you guessing how it might have changed. Not every author can pull this off, but Suzuki does so. To cap it all off, like Ring, Spiral is rife with the bizarre, the unnerving, and the outright unsettling. More than just ghosts and curses, Spiral dives into metaphysics, into codebreaking, into the nature of life, into evolution, into viruses. It even, near the end, dives into an incredible exercise in meta-fiction that will leave you feeling used and unhinged in the best of ways. This shot at the eclectic isn't without downside, and past a point I found that the dread had been replaced by insanity. There is a breaking point in the tension, it turns out, and it's about the time that the explanation finally comes to the forefront. Spiral is a great read. Looking for good horror? Looking for genuinely excellent mystery? Looking for a book that will make you go "What the f..." over and over again? Pick up Spiral, and pick up Ring before it. You won't regret it.

  • Karel
    2019-03-14 19:51

    This book is slow to start. This is because it5's one of those book where it's in a series but if you start reading from this one (Spiral being the second book to The Ring) you can still understand the story fully. And it is book like these that irritate me the most because it makes all the other books that came before it useless. Writers usually do this when the protagonist of the first book gets killed or enters a state which is similar, A coma for example. Which is what happened here.The Ring is a complete waste of time to read, you might as well skip straight to spiral because the main character enters a coma (don't worry it's explained how in THE RING AND SPIRAL) and because he is in a coma we need a new main character, so here enters main character #2 in Spiral. So now not only does the main character have to decipher the main plot in the story, he has to find out how main character #1 died! Which, inevitably, results in main character #2 taking half the book to do. So the plot does not continue 'till half way through the book after he finds out everything that was previously explained the first book.As you can imagine this is very annoying and extremely tedious to read.I can say the actual writing of the book was good even though the set out of the book was mess and chopped up at best. I liked the first maincharacters best friend more than any other character. The way he fitted into the story was suprising and he made the book worht reading, nothing else.I gave this book 2/5 stars. The actual idea for the story was a good one and I have to say I did appreciate the storyline after I read it but if Koji Suzuki decided to write the same storyline in a different way, maybe cutting out all of the extra parts that is not needed it would have been much better. It shouldn't be work to read a book, but for me, that's exactly what it was.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-24 01:42

    My rating is a combination of a very good first half or first third, and a dreadful last half. Only the first chunk saves this from being a one star review.The good: the first half or so was very good. I really liked the comparison of the curse and smallpox. I thought it was an elegant metaphor. I liked the change in style from Ring - same ideas, but a medical thriller instead of a horror novel. I really liked that all the paranormal lurking seemed to be Sadako - I thought that explained why Ryuji had suddenly developed psychic powers at the end of Ring, which made no sense to me and irritated me a lot. The book moved along quickly and it was an entertaining read.But then I got to the cryptography stuff.The bad: the bit with the cryptography slowed things down a lot, and I questioned while reading why this was important to the plot at all. The author also seemed to trip up when it came time to explain everything. The biology just doesn't seem to work. The metaphor wasn't a metaphor at all, and that broke my suspension of disbelief. And the ending - really? Ryuji had psychic powers all along? Well, after death anyways? Right. HE'S THE MASTERMIND BEHIND IT! OF COURSE! I can understand the author painting himself into a corner and having to scramble at the end of Ring, but then justifying the deus ex machina in the second book as a completely reasonable plot twist seemed weak. It tied the first and second book together, but badly.I disliked it so much I may not read the third book.But at least I know now why the hermaphrodite stuff was important... Well, sort of. Maybe this lays the groundwork for something in Loop.Given that I'd had the same hopes for Spiral, this might not be the most reasonable hope.

  • Baal Of
    2019-02-24 01:53

    Considering the fact that Ringu is a damn fine horror movie that actually manages to be scary, and doesn't resort to humor, I had some hope for this book, which is the sequel to Ring, on which that movie was based. Although this book wasn't bad, I was disappointed for a number of reason. Spiral fails entirely to be the least bit frightening, or even tense. The one scene with the elevator, almost managed to affect me, but did nothing to ratchet up the tension, dissipating before it had a chance to do anything. The writing was stiff, with a series of simple sentences, written in a kind of bland, straight-forward narrative, but that might be a fault of translation. I think the primary problem is that Suzuki made the mistake of attempting to meld supernatural events with scientific explanations, and that is a very difficult thing to pull of well, especially for an audience that cares about some level of scientific accuracy and integrity. There were some pretty good ideas, and the basic story was entertaining if a bit slow moving, which is why I initially gave it 3 stars instead of 2, but Suzuki dropped some real howlers around his science. In particular, when he used the white sheep with a single mutation to a black sheep as an example of how the ring virus would have trouble propagating. He described an evolutionary problem as existing, which was recognized by Darwin and dealt with by an understanding of Mendelian inheritance. He managed to completely fail to understand the actually effect of the mutation he was trying to talk about, which is pretty bad considering it's a central point of his plot. I guess I've actually just talked myself into giving this two stars.

  • Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
    2019-03-10 22:42

    Japanese horror fiction is not scary because of ghosts. It's scary because of the excellent build up of tension, the culmination of mood, situations, tragedy, and the feeling of hopelessness. This is no different. The Ring movies are terrifying, yes. The visuals, seeing Sadako right there in front of you is something you wouldn't want to experience in real life. But these books are way different. Yes, a certain suspension of disbelief is needed but what if... what if this were real life. Which do you think is going to be scarier: a physical ghost and a video tape of death or an unstoppable virus that by the time you realize it, it's already too late.I have to sit on this before I write a proper review. All I can really say is.. WOW.

  • Minh Trang
    2019-03-09 19:43

    Đã nói rồi mà, sequel bao giờ cũng bị lép vế nếu như phần đầu đã quá hay :))Ngày trước đọc Ring mình sợ lắm ý, ám ảnh mất cả tuần. Thế nhưng lần này, khi đọc Vòng xoáy chết mình lại thấy bình thường. Lập luận của tác giả vẫn tương đối chặt chẽ như thế, nhưng tình huống truyện hư cấu quá sức này khiến cho câu chuyện bị kém hấp dẫn hơn hẳn. Vậy mới nói, hư cấu là một phần không thể thiếu của văn học rồi, nhưng cái gì quá nó cũng không tốt mà. Mình chỉ có một điều tiếc nuối, đấy là sau khi đọc xong Ring, mình cứ nghĩ là Shizu và Yoko sẽ không sao, nhưng đến phần này mới biết họ đã chết rồi :((

  • Amber
    2019-02-20 23:08

    You read this book in two stages1. Oh man, a new character... Are we really about to rehash this whole story again?And then 2. Hooollyy fucking shit, that's coolIn other words, the pay-off is so worth it. This book is incredibly smooth in writing, I couldn't put it down. It's just bloody entertaining, but I don't want to give anything away. That said, I don't know if this book felt as philosophical as the first. In fact, the story is approached in an entirely different manner, but I think I dig it. Not as scary, but definitely thrilling. However, Loop is going to be the deciding factor of whether this book was really worth it.

  • Dominika Kaníková
    2019-03-24 00:45

    I didn´t find this book horrifying and i'm sure i wouldn't classify this as classic horror book but from the first book which is fenomenon for sure this is very well done secuel that i enjoyed as much as the first one. Biology especially genetics are on the level of high school so nothing crazy. Sometimes i lost myself in the story and i didn´t understand the mind and thoughts of the protagonist.But the end was just crazy and epic and im so excited to read the last book .