It was quite a long hiatus, filled with plenty of soul searching. In moments when I was truly feeling sorry for myself, I contemplated shutting down the blog for good. But I try not to make important decisions when my emotions are running too high (or too low.) I can say with absolute certainty that if I had ended the blog, I would have regretted it.
I think I became overwhelmed in trying to make the blog a “success” and lost sight of my original reason for starting this adventure in the first place.
I love reading. And I love sharing my reading experiences as well as my bev pairings with others. Plain and simple.
So I’ve returned with renewed vigor and a more streamlined approach.
Thank you for supporting booksandbevs7 over these last 3 ½ years. May your support continue on for many more.
Now let’s get to this book review shall we…
Halloween is just a few days away. And if you’re looking for a literary fright, check out the horror classic Ring by Koji Suzuki. Many of you may remember the film adaptations of The Ring ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ring_(2002_film), but it’s always a good idea to read the source material.
Asakawa is a reporter for Japan’s Daily News. He spends more time chasing down stories than he does with his wife and young daughter, a trait the family has become accustomed to. After putting the finishing touches on his latest article, Asakawa makes a fateful decision to take a taxi home instead of the subway. He has no idea how greatly this one choice will impact his and his family’s lives.
Driven by a journalistic instinct and a need to learn more about his niece’s mysterious death, Asakawa begins his own investigation. He can smell a great story. Unfortunately for him, discovering the truth comes at a cost. And when he tracks down a videotape containing disturbing images and a deadly message of warning to anyone that views it, he will spurn his innate curiosity.
With only a week left until his “deadline,” Asakawa must step up his investigation efforts. An unusually enthusiastic high school friend will come to his aid, providing assistance, insight, and a clearer perspective. But will their combined forces be enough to unearth the mystery behind this haunting videotape?
The clock is ticking.
Ring is a fascinating thriller that will send chills down your spine. A supernatural tale told within the backdrop of Japan’s most elemental landscapes and conditions: formidable mountains, volcanic eruptions, crashing waves, and fearsome typhoons. This is the story of a sinister force with just as much power as those elements, and even deadlier intentions.
Good thing VHS is a thing of the past.
If you like literary horror, you may also be interested in this booksandbevs7 post, https://booksandbevs7.org/2022/09/23/microfiction-episode-6-excerpts-book-review-time-sisters/
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