S: Es by Koji Suzuki

Caidyn's review (1)

S: Es  (Ring, #5)

1.5/5

TW: suicide and child murder

I was so close to finishing this book. Like, 40 pages from the end. And then I got really bored, lost track of it, and found myself wishing I was reading something else and thinking about my next horror read.

Let me back up.

I love The Ring.

Well.
I love the movie.
Absolutely love it. I can watch it a million times and not get bored of it in the least.

The book? Hated it. I DNFed it because it had themes that were cropping up that I didn’t feel comfortable with how Suzuki was handling it. So, I stopped while I was ahead and had no interest in reading the rest of the series.

Then, The Nocturnal Reader’s Box had this as their box a few months ago so I decided to give it another chance. This month, I decided I might as well give it a go and see how it is.

Sadly, I didn’t like it.

This book is called a stand-alone, so while it’s a part of a larger series you don’t have to read the rest of them to understand what’s going on.

With this one, I wished I had read more of it to understand what was going on. The characters all link in with earlier books and while Suzuki does his best to explain things that come up, it still felt like it was a whole lot of info-dumping. Even if it was for my benefit, it felt clunky and awkward and took me out of the book.

Yet, by the time we got to the larger areas that linked in, I was already bored because the plot was boring. It had no drama, no pizzaz to it, and it certainly wasn’t terrifying. It wasn’t even interesting when it should have been. A guy who may or may not have killed some girls commits suicide then he may not have? Fascinating!

But no. It was dull. And boring.

Probably because the characters were the same above adjectives. I literally can’t remember their names nor anything about them that stood out. They were flat characters, nothing dynamic about them in the least. They felt like plot tools, not actual people I could picture in my life.

In short, I think I’m going to pass on reading any other books in the Ring series.


Talk to me!

What’s the last book that disappointed you (horror or otherwise)? What’s the last book you read because you felt like you needed to, not because you really, really wanted to?

3 thoughts on “S: Es by Koji Suzuki

  1. I didn’t even realise The Ring had a book series, although I did like the film. Does the series cover other stories to the one in the film, or is it just a more detailed version of the film story? I’m curious

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    • Honestly, no clue. I got about halfway through The Ring and then I’ve read S. S is the fifth book in the series. But, it has different stories and they cut a lot out of The Ring. Such as Sadako (spelling??) being intersex and being raped and things like that.

      – Caidyn

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