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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Koji Suzuki Does It Again (Write a Brilliant Piece of Literature, not a Scary Story)

    For no apparent reason whatsoever, a byte from Rue Morgue appears on the jackets of all of Mr. Suzuki's books. While The Ring is most certainly a horror movie, Ring, Spiral, and Loop are novels that create a marvelous Japanese metascape, only as much a part of the horror genre as Stephen King's Dark Tower series is. I say this up front because I've read review after review about how boring this book is and I think it is because people may be expecting The Ring.

    So, be aware that Promenade of the Gods is not like The Ring. It is, in fact, not like any horror or thriller novel you could name because it is not a horror or thriller novel. It fits perfectly with the current revolution in Japanese writing, headed by Haruki Murakami. Whether or not Mr. Suzuki had Mr. Murakami in mind when naming his main character in this novel, it is certainly appropriate.

    Promenade of the Gods covers a lot of spiritual ground and provides some small amount of mystical wonder, but manages to frame it in the ultra-physical real reality that is being embraced worldwide, as less and less is unseen. If you can handle a slow tempo and never really touching the edge of your seat, I highly recommend this work.

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