パノラマ島綺譚 (Advanced Book Club)

I should start doing that again.
I stopped reading at night because I was scared off by the warning… and never got back in the habit. I’m three weeks behind at the moment, I think :sweat_smile:
Edit: Ah, but only one chapter away from being two weeks behind. Let’s go.

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Technically it was a declaration of enthusiasm! :sweat_smile: (albeit one for grave robbing and rotting corpses…)

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Enthusiasm? :sweat_smile:
Well, it wasn’t so bad (or at least very short) and nothing similar came up yet, so maybe I should just go back to my previous schedule. At one chapter a day, I should be able to catch up eventually.

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You could brush your teeth in the morning as well for a change though :thinking:

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I do too! But I’m usually busy making sure my kids are ready to go at the same time. Mornings are hell!

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:joy:

I’m in favor of this conversation.

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Time for the penultimate trip to Panorama Island!
I’ll warn it’s an intense section but I hope you bear with it for the last section next week!

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The 綺譚 reaches its end!! Last week!

I would remind you that it’s two chapters instead of three this week but I feel like you can figure out where the reading ends on your own.

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I won’t be posting the threads (or reading the book again), but I do hope you stick around (after a conveniently-timed break) for the next Advanced Book Club pick: 本陣殺人事件!
I definitely recommend it!

There’s some interesting continuity, as it’s written by 横溝正史 who was reportedly the original editor of Panorama Island as it was serialized (although it was written 20 years later than Panorama Island). I think he makes a super interesting contrast with Ranpo, and I hope you agree!

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Oh no, the page is all white! What do I do???

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If you encounter a white page in your booklet, you can raise your hand at any time, and a proctor will swap your copy with a correctly printed one.

Oh wait, was that the JLPT instructions? :rofl:

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Hey, just wondering, would anyone be interesting in reading the longer Rampo novel, 孤島の鬼 as a spinoff group read? This is one of the books that the movie “Horrors of Malformed Men” was based on (along with パノラマ島綺譚). I just picked this one up from Book Off and might need some extra motivation to read it due to its length.

However, I did find an audio version on YouTube split into 10 parts, which could help us tackle it at a faster pace. I was thinking about starting in March. Any takers?

I’d be happy to read it! As it’s next on my Ranpo list anyhow.

Not sure if the popularity of this club was enough for a spin-off though! :sweat_smile:

If it helps drum up enthusiasm, I get the impression 孤島の鬼 is significantly more highly regarded than Panorama Island. Poking around I see the phrases “代表作” and “江戸川乱歩の最高傑作とも呼ばれる長編推理小説.”

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Does that mean it has a richer, more extensive list of fish names? I need to know how many more 鯛 can possibly exist.

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Poking around I see '乱歩って変態だよね
よくぞ現代まで再版を重ね読み継がれてきて下さった
受け継がれるべき変態なのだと思う

乱歩の変態精神を喜ばせるために想像されたキャラクター達の
乱歩が喜ぶためだけに描かれたストーリー上での扱い
それをとくとご覧いただきたいです

推理小説の振りをしたポルノ
定期的に読みたくなる理由が理解できた’. :joy:
(This is a five star review, so there’s that.)

Fun as that sounds, I think I’m out. This book wasn’t really my cup of tea.

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Yeah I mean, they don’t call his work around that time エログロナンセンス for nothing…

I think it’s definitely fair to pick a different cup of tea! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Looks like I’ll be reading this one on my own :sweat_smile:

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I’m not up for reading it again at this point, but I enoyed this book! I liked パノラマ島綺譚 fine, but I liked 孤島の鬼 quite a bit more. I hope you find it to your taste when you read it.

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Belated Satisfaction Poll

Have you read パノラマ島綺譚?

  • I finished it
  • I’m still reading and I plan on finishing it
  • I don’t plan to finish it
  • I never even started it

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If you read the book, how would you rate it on a 5 point scale? (1: hated it, 5: loved it)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • Unsure / did not finish

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If you read the book, how would you rate its difficulty?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know

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This was the most difficult book for me so far. Even more so than 人間失格, for the sheer difficulty of getting through a page. I have to admit that my confidence took a severe hit while reading this book, but I did really enjoy the content, which kept me going. It also got me interested in reading more 乱歩, the rest of which has so far been less difficult.

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