Regarding the schedule, my first disclaimer is that I based the page counts off of my ebook (and the fact that Amazon claims the book has 524 pages in total). So the page counts will be somewhat off, I guess. I think for the purpose of the schedule that should be good enough, though, since I’m not expecting anybody to be in trouble if there are a few pages more or less per week (given this is the advanced book club). If anybody knows the chapter page numbers of the paper book, I’d be happy to hear about them and fix my schedule.
Anyway, at first I tried to stick to the club’s proposed 30-45 pages/week as closely as possible, and I came up with this 13-week schedule:
So I checked and it sounds indeed like a good idea, which would get us to this 11-week schedule:
The average is about 47 pages, but the book has been rated as rather easy, so there’s that. And the hardest week (#10) is surrounded by two relatively easy weeks, so people can balance this a bit if they like. And I think the rhythm of reading the story will be much better when reading a full chapter per week instead of the mix-and match approach of the first schedule.
I just finished the first chapter this morning. The later parts with Saikawa sensei were much clearer to me than the opening parts with Magada. Especially the part about the doll. I read that a few times and it still didn’t make much sense to me. I guess we’ll find out more about that later. Also, all of the talk about whether or not computer viruses are living things seemed to have some connection to a doll being used as a surrogate for a murder (potentially).