First of all, thanks to @Sylph for organizing this and @Naphthalene for running support. I’ve been wanting to broaden my horizons to novels and this was a good motivation to start. I’ve got a couple of other books lined up once I finish this one and it’s exciting to have pushed past that barrier.
I gotta say this book was (is) pretty difficult for me. Part of that could simply be the transition from manga to prose, since I can’t rely on images for context anymore, but even now that I’m 80% through and should have found my feet, it still feels like a struggle to read. There were a lot of new words in here and having to continually check the dictionary was pretty hard on my momentum. (I did think it was funny to finally see 起訴猶予 in the wild after leeching it over and over again on WK and being convinced that I’d never need it )
On top of all the new vocabulary…I sometimes got the feeling that Hotarou was being as noncommittal as possible when it wasn’t strictly necessary. Maybe it helps to draw a contrast to the parts where he really gets interested in a case? but more often than not it just came across as unpleasant. For the most part the grammar was well within my grasp, but there were a fair few points where I struggled to parse a sentence just because it was full of double negatives and hedging.
The friction from constant dictionary use and the growing sense of being unimpressed with the protagonist just combined and left me feeling really unmotivated to read. It was easy to let other things take priority and once I was behind it was really tough to get myself to read enough to catch up.
It’s weird, because I really like the anime adaptation and I was excited to be getting into the books so I could read past the end of the show. Now that I’m pretty close to finished, I don’t really see myself continuing the series past the end of the book. Maybe it’ll be one of those things that I revisit once some time has gone by and my reading has improved.
I’d be interested to hear other peoples’ thoughts to expand on the poll results!