Throwback Thursday (09/20/12)

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

Noting that book blogging onften focuses on new releases, here’s how Throwback Thursday works:

  1. Pick a book released more than 5 years ago.
  2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it.
  3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
  4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Ring by by Koji Suzuki, Robert B. Rohmer (Translator), Glynne Walley (Translator)

I cannot lie, The Ring (2002, dir. Gore Verbinski) messed me up. For a while, it made me nervous around television screens, telephones, and bodies of water. (I’ve never cared for the last two very much anyway.) Which is of course why I decided to read the book when I came across it in the library.

I don’t have much from my original journal about it, other than I read it in June of 2005. Since it is a translation from Japanese, occasionally phrases come across a bit awkwardly, but Suzuki does a great job creating a claustrophobic atmosphere as Asakawa investigates the death of his niece. The word thriller could definitely be used to describe Ring because it is a race against time to unravel the mystery. The book does provide an extra layer to what occurred in the past to bring about the tale’s frightening revenant.

Good, creepy read for the season. I have Koji Suzuki’s short story anthology Dark Water waiting for me.