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ISBN-13: 9781932234251
Publisher: Kodansha USA
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Series: Ring Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 523,125
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)

About the Author

Koji Suzuki was born in 1957 in Hamamatsu, southwest of Tokyo. He attended Keio University where he majored in French. After graduating he held numerous odd jobs, including a stint as a cram school teacher. Also a self-described jock, he holds a first-class yachting license and crossed the U.S., from Key West to Los Angeles, on his motorcycle.

The father of two daughters, Suzuki is a respected authority on childrearing and has written numerous works on the subject. He acquired his expertise when he was a struggling writer and househusband. Suzuki also has translated a children's book into Japanese, The Little Sod Diaries by the crime novelist Simon Brett.

In 1990, Suzuki's first full-length work, Paradise won the Japanese Fantasy Novel Award and launched his career as a fiction writer. Ring, written with a baby on his lap, catapulted him to fame, and the multi-million selling sequels Spiral and Loop cemented his reputation as a world-class talent. Often called the "Stephen King of Japan," Suzuki has played a crucial role in establishing mainstream credentials for horror novels in his country. He is based in Tokyo but loves to travel, often in the United States. Birthday is his sixth novel to appear in English.

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Loop 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Inconspicuous on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It's a very good conclusion to the series, even though it leaves more questions open about what happens. And actually, the ending felt very poetic, almost serene in how it relates to the ending of Spiral, the 2nd in the series. The real treasure about the book is the way it tilts everything you thought you knew about the Ring virus onto it's head, while also asking huge scientific questions and adding a new dimension to what has gone on before. Simply brilliant in this respect!Where it lost me was in the dryness of the presentation - it reminded me of The Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft, another book that seemed to drag because the person at the forefront of the story was a scientist and so viewed everything from such a subjective viewpoint that at times it was difficult to care what happened to him. At least, though, the subject matter was interesting enough to carry me along.
ungoliant on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I absolutely loved this. Best of the three I think, it was a fantastically well-paced and interesting read. And what a mind-blowing conclusion! Very satisfying, and I¿m much looking forward to reading Birthday.
thereader on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Probably the weakest out of the three novels in the Ringu series. There is a lot of psuedoscientific speculation in this novel which makes it less accessible than either The Ring or Spiral--However, it is a must for any Ringu fan.
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I thought that Loop was entertaining for the most part. At times it read more like a medical journal than a novel and bogged down or read slow during does points. It was far removed from the ¿girl in the well¿ in Ring¿which started this whole series. Loop was definitely not what I would have expected. Despite that I look forward to the prequel¿¿Birthday¿ next fall.