I happen to have the paperback book, a bit bigger than bunko size. I’ll be grabbing page numbers from there, but do be aware it may not match your copy. Mine is 258 pages excluding the あとがき and the first chapter starts on page 9. Because mine is a smidge shorter than the ‘list’ page count I erred a little bit on the side of caution and keep as close to 30 pages / week as I could.
The chapters are not numbered but titled. Because I know some people find chapter titles spoiler-y I blurred them. Each week will include only whole chapters, thankfully it broke up nicely that way!
I think the original is 1995 as that’s when my copy was printed
It has the two column format which I’m not super fond of, and a different cover, but I don’t imagine anything substantial would have changed. Probably just a refresh of the artwork and maybe an added foreword or afterword?
Not sure about whether I’ll be joining this one yet. I think it was part of kindle unlimited just a short while ago (same as ハサミ男), but sadly it isn’t anymore. I’m trying not to buy too many books at the moment… But borrowed doesn’t count, obviously!
Since I’d be reading the ebook anyway, I’ll decide a bit spontaneously when it’s time to start reading.
I realized just now I should have tried to make the schedule work for 7 weeks instead of 8. What a miss.
Also, I’m going to traveling for work soon and will not have my personal laptop with me during the next two thread opens. No personal stuff allowed on the work machine and book club threads would be terrible to post on mobile. So, the following threads are here:
I actually finished the book. I had to. It was either powering through or DNFing…
I think some people will probably really enjoy this book. I can see the appeal, but for me it was just not particularly interesting or satisfying. And it didn’t help that I found it quite difficult at times (my gradings pushed the rating up to 42 .) There was definitely some white-noising going on.
I think I would have enjoyed it much more, if it had been shorter… like… half as long as it is. Or even a novella.
I am starting to think that maybe Japanese mysteries are just not for me.
That’s good. It made me grade it against 夜は短し歩けよ乙女 (L42) and I felt the struggle reading that was very similar for me, so that’s what I graded it, but 42 seems a tad high.
I know myself. I will continue to pick them up, hoping to find something I like. tbf, I think 告白 could work for me. It seems more like the mysteries I enjoy in English. And maybe I should read OUT at some point. Really liked that in English. both have female authors