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Birthday (short story collection)

AuthorKoji Suzuki
Original titleBirthday ( , Basudei )
TranslatorGlynne Walley
Cover artistChip Kidd
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
SeriesRing
GenreHorror
PublisherKadokawa Shoten , Vertical, Inc.
Publication date1999
Published in English2006
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Preceded byLoop
Followed byS

Ring is series of novels by Japanese writer Koji Suzuki that details mysterious curse caused by woman named Sadako Yamamura. Novel May Have Been Inspired By Two MR James Ghost Stories, Notably Mezzotint And Another One, Martin's Close, About Murdered Girl In Lake Who Returns To Wreak Vengeance From Beyond Grave. Physical Appearance Of Baleful Spirit Closely Resembles Onryo, Traditional Japanese Type Of Ghost On Which Wikipedia Has More Here. Also, some books on psychic phenomena mention Japanese woman who performed spirit photography on stage in early 20th century. Series Has Been Adapted Several Times In Different Media, Most Notably Films, But Also TV, Radio Drama, And Video Games In Japan, North America, And South Korea. While uniformly thriller, novels have more science fiction slant, whereas adaptations tend to lean more on horror part. Indeed, 1998 Japanese film adaptation has been credited for launching popularity of J-Horror worldwide, while its 2002 American remake was cause for so-call J-Horror remake craze in United States in 2000s. Ring Spiral-direct Sequel to Ring. Loop-third story, known for completely changing way readers see story. Birthday-short story including prequel to Ring, POV Sequel to Spiral and Sequel to Loop. S-fourth story, Sequel to Spiral. Tide-The fifth Sequel to Loop. Ring: Final Chapter-adaptation of first Novel, but take lot of with story. Rasen-Sequel series, adapting second Novel but again taking liberties and introducing subplot involving cyberterrorist called King of Terror, who plans to use Sadako's videotape to destroy world. Ring: Kanzenban-make-for-TV movie and first adaptation of Ring Novel. Notable for keeping male, as well as for casting softcore porn actress as Sadako and having her frequently get naked. Advertisement: Ring-an adaptation of first novel that heavily emphasizes supernatural Horror elements of story. Rasen-aka Spiral, adaptation of second Novel. In strange marketing decision, it was released as double-bill with Ring, but it followed opposite approach, focusing more on sci-fi aspects of its source material. Result Being That Ring Was Preferred By FAR To This, Its Original Sequel. Ring 2-another Sequel to Ring, ignoring events of Rasen and instead following original story. Ring 0: Birthday-adaptation of Lemon Heart, one of short stories in Birthday. Sadako 3D-Continuity to Japanese series. Very loosely on S. Sadako 3D 2-Sequel to Sadako 3D. Sadako vs. Kayako-crossover with Ju-on. Sadako-loosely based on Tide. Ring-faithful remake of Japanese adaptation of Ring. Rings-short film based first and second films. Ring Two-Sequel to Ring and follows original story. Direct by Japanese films' Hideo Nakata.

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Plot

By far most compelling sections of Murakami's new Birthday Stories anthology are short biographical sketches that preface each contribution. Instead of expecting talking-up one might imagine from conscientious editor, Murakami offers anxious summary of each writer's strengths and weaknesses, like host worry about whether his party will be success. These introductions betray book's origins as collection for Japanese audience, and along with amusing opening essay and new short story, are main inducement to buy anthology of stories that have all appeared in print before and include at least two that are already well-know. As Murakami clear, selection of authors was not of prime importance. Instead, he starts with birthday theme and then tried to find stories that fit. Stick at seven, he to his agent, his editor and friend, who came up with three more. While it is honourable of Murakami to reveal their it doesn't help that these three stories are best in collection. Murakami's original selection is further weakened by fact that one story is early version of Raymond Carver's famous Small, Good Thing, and another, Game of Dice, by Paul Theroux, is actually extracted from his recent novel, Hotel Honolulu. When you read Murakami's wish that reader finds at least one story that gives real pleasure and makes you want to spend part of your next birthday re-reading it, it becomes impossible to escape conclusion that this is little more than upmarket gift-book. While he encourages readers to treat books as light entertainment, Murakami acknowledges that most of stories have depressing edge. Why should so birthday stories be this gloomy? He ask, before answering: I suspect it is because overwhelming majority of novelists are, by nature, incapable of taking world at face value. If most people imagine candles on cake and singing of 'Happy Birthday', conversely, novelist who hear word 'birthday' is probably going to think, 'Let me give them un-happy Birthday'. Which is astute analysis of psychology of authors, if not very good reason for giving this book as present. As might be expect, content of several stories is also extremely similar, with stories about birthday cakes, lonely old ladies and two about giving lover for night as present. Even lure of original Murakami story, which to this die-hard fan would be more than enough reason to hand over £12, is tempered by his admission that writing 'Birthday Girl' was more fun than work, and I hope you will read it with same easygoing attitude. Fortunately, story doesn't need such indulgence and is better than anything in Murakami's collection After Quake.

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1) o-tanjoubi omedetou

To say Happy Birthday to friends and family in Japanese, say tanjoubi omedetou, which is pronounced like tan-joh-bee oh-meh-de-toh. If you want to wish Happy Birthday to someone in formal setting, like teacher or elderly, say tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu, pronounced like tan-joh-bee oh-meh-de-toh goh-za-imahs. You can say shinyu-No anatani, otanjo-bi omedetou if you want say Happy Birthday to your best friend. To customize phrase for significant other, try aisuru anatani, otanjo-bi omedetou, which mean Happy Birthday, my love. To learn how to say other celebratory phrases in keep reading! Does this summary help you?

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