19 journalers for this copy...
"Stunning, cutting-edge thriller with a chilling supernatural twist from Japan's stylish new literary star. Asakawa is a hardworking journalist who has climbed his way up from local-news beat reporter to writer for his newspaper's weekly magazine. A chronic workaholic, he doesn't take much notice when his seventeen-year-old niece dies suddenly -- until a chance conversation reveals that another healthy teenager died at exactly the same time, in chillingly similar circumstances. Sensing a story, Asakawa begins to investigate, and soon discovers that this strange simultaneous sudden-death syndrome also affected another two teenagers. Exactly one week before their mysterious deaths the four teenagers all spent the night at a leisure resort in the same log cabin. When Asakawa visits the resort, the mystery only deepens. A comment made in the guest book by one of the teenagers leads him to a particular vidoetape. When he watches it, instead of a movie he finds an odd collection of disparate images with a portentous message at the end: Those who have viewed these images are fated to die at this exact hour one week from now. Asakawa finds himself in a race against time -- he has only seven days to find the cause of the teenagers' deaths before it finds him. The hunt puts him on the trail of an apocalytpic power that will force Asakawa to choose between saving his family and saving civilization."
Right-ho, so here is the running order. As there are quite a lot of participants try to read the book within a month. If you can't or would like to alter your place on the list let me know.
flajol (UK, can post intl)
Olliebear (UK, can post UK)
droogie (UK, can post intl)
arturogrande (UK, can post intl)
Rebecca84 (Germany, can post Europe)
mihi (Austria, can post intl)
hunnyb (Australia, can post intl)
ShilpaM (Australia, can post intl)
caligula03 (USA, can post intl)
bakerwhencan (USA, can post intl)
Scrawler (USA, can post intl)
Drusillamac (UK, can post intl)
Thanks for sharing this book, pennywhistler. :o)
I haven't seen any of the films yet (too much of a scaredy cat) but I'm curious about them and thought the book would be an easier way in. I don't think the book is as frightening as the film (although I only managed the first ten minutes so may not be a good judge of that), but it does include some interesting meditations on the nature of fear. I'm not sure if I'll bother with the sequels - I don't think the ending can be bettered.
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I will journal again once read to give my final opinion but I cna't see it changing in the final 50 pages!
Thanks for sharing! Sorry for being a crap Bookcrosser with this one. It won't happen again...hopefully!!
I did find myself rushing the end slightly, and I think that is because I already knew what would happen and found it difficult to ignore that. This is why I tend to stay away from reading books of films I have seen but I couldn't resist with this one.
Thanks for sharing anyway! It was a great read and I am pleased to have the chance!
Will send this off after my holiday (only a week away!).
Sufficiently different from the American and Japanese films to keep me turning pages and the suspense builds really well.
Thank you Pennywhistler for giving me the opportunity to read this - I'm just going to add Spiral to my wish list :)
I've seen the Japanese films, so the content and ending won't be a surprise - but I usually find books scarier than films anyway, as I've got a very vivid imagination.
Given the fact that this was such a scary story, I'm not quite sure why it was changed around so much for the film.
There was a fabulous sense of creeping dread, and of death and horror waiting just around the corner of a very ordinary life.
And as for the ending - well, let me just say, fellow Bookcrossers - this is one ring you do NOT want to be a part of!
Thanks, pennywhistler, for making this into a ring.
I'm now sending it off to Rebecca84.
As for the book, I am the odd one out here because I didn't find it to be scary at all. I guess there have to date only been one or two books that scared me, books just don't have that impact on me. They can make me cry, but not be scared. This was no exception, so it read as more of a crime book lor thriller for me. It was a good thriller so, and despite being a Biologist (I hope this isn't a spoiler) I couldn't figure out the ending.
I am now looking forward to reading the sequels, I guess.
Yes it is different from the movies, it is better. It draws a nice picture of human cruelty.
Off to hunnyb as soon as i have the adress.
Thanks for sharing this, pennywhistler. It's on its way to ShilpaM when I get her address.
Anyway, back to the book. I read it over the course of three evenings and had I the time, could have managed it in one go. It was a very tight plot explaining the origins of the tape, the purpose of the tape and the origins of the psychic powers involved in the curse. I don't want to go into the details more and risk spoiling the nuances of the book for those who have yet to read it. I will admit to the first couple chapters giving me nightmares which is what a good horror story should do.
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I will say, though, that I found the writing in this book to be very simplistic. Maybe that is why I didn't find it eerie -- there just wasn't enough description for me. Not a vivid enough picture was painted. I didn't find myself very sympathetic to the characters either, though their plight was one that should definitely evoke sympathy.
All in all, I did enjoy reading it, but primarily for comparative purposes. If I wasn't such a fan of the film, I don't think I'd care for the book very much. I suppose this is one of the VERY rare times I liked the movie better. I definitely appriciate the opportunity to read it though; thanks, Pennywhistler!
I've contacted the next in line and will post this out as soon as I have a shipped address.
The images of the people who died, and the tape were scary for me. Had a hard time getting up to go get a drink of water at night. I also really enjoyed the constant sense of fear the main character was feeling. That kept me not wanting to leave the story.
The character of the friend intrigued me a little... interesting part that is not in the movie. After first reading about his past, I was scared of the protagonist! I definitely was taken aback. There were other aspects that I won't go into to avoid spoiling, that were not in the movie that I think made the story. Overall, great read and I am going to look for some more Japanese horror books to read.
Thanks for including me! I will send this off to Drusillamac next. Scrawler asked to be skipped.
I believe some of the back story of Sadako has been made into a prequel (and sequel) film in Japan. After reading the preview of Spiral at the end of this book, I am hooked and considering picking it up.
Because I had seen the film, the 'twist' was more apparent but the book 'twist' was excellent. The idea of a disease and potential pact with the Devil was a LOT better than the film version.
Thanks for sharing this book with us pennywhistler and bakerwhencan for posting it to me. I have PMed neverbelilith for an address so this book should get moving within a week.
But who knows, I might be dead by then...... :-P
I liked this :) The simplistic way of writing (was this translated or written in English?) I think added to the general off-kilter oddness of the book, and the ending was splendid. As for book vs film, I think the book explained everything a lot better than the film (I've only seen the Japanese one - I was a bit confused at the end!) but I don't think anything could match the horror of the crawling-out-of-the-TV incident in the film. (hope that's not too spoilerous!)
Thanks for sharing Pennywhistler, and apologies again for holding this one up! x
I liked the book, but did find it a bit scary! I haven't seen the film, but I imagine it must be quite different as I don't see how some of the themes would work on screen. I can't say much more without spoiling, but a reccommended read..One of my favs of the year so far.
I quite enjoyed this though all in all it wasn't as good as I expected. I think the language was quite basic, probably due to translation and I didn't really feel we got to know the main characters very well. Nice twist at the end.
I have PM'd aubriel so this will be on its way tomorrow.
I have a few books before I get to this one, but hopefully it shouldn't be too long.
Rosella05 has asked to be skipped so this is now on it's way to soulbalm.
Will PM angellica and send it on to her next.