薬屋のひとりごと(Advanced Book Club)

I haven’t been participating in the threads at all either, even though there were lots of part I wasn’t fully clear on and could’ve asked about. At the beginning I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of messages (not used to this much activity here in the ABC), then I was late on the reading for a while ^^’ But I’m caught up now! I’ve been mostly enjoying the book although there’s a lot of vocab, and I wish there was more of an overarching story.

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Yeah I have to look up a bunch. To be honest the way I’m reading this is not really great for learning but I tend to do that a lot when I’m really interested in a book/manga.

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My own posting about ambiguous grammar and stuff has slowed down for myself as well; partly a combination of getting used to the author’s style, partly just getting the point of saying, “screw it, I understand this well enough”, haha. I want to focus more on chatting about the story, see what other people think of it.

Gotcha, gotcha. I figure, even if you’re not doing intensive reading, the sheer flood of info you’re consuming is going to help regardless, right?

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How has the book been so far? Have the later chapters been about the same as the earlier ones in terms of story quality, writing quality, etc.?

I haven’t read the book in over a month (up to chapter 9). If I started reading again now I could probably catch up within a week or two, though in that case I’d just be reading to get through it rather than trying to learn and ask questions. I’d probably be better off reading 本好き for fun for a bit and coming back to this sometime later this year after the book club is done. Of course, I could try to read both at the same time, but the chances of me reading any other book once I’ve started a volume of 本好き is pretty low. :sweat_smile:

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I’m probably not the most relevant person to say so, but I really like the development around the time of the night party (so, the part we just read, and what comes next.
I can’t really comment on the writing quality. I only noticed problems when I was re-reading. :sweat_smile:

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There’s a lot between chapter 9 and what you just read though, so that’s not encouraging… But yeah since you’ve read it (and future books) already it’ll help to hear from someone else too.

Then the question is, have you noticed as many problems in recent chapters compared to the first few? Though to be fair, I think a lot of the mistakes that were caught were due to the large amount of comments and questions. So if there hasn’t been much discussion lately, you still may not have caught them.

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I think that’s the case. I have no problem understanding what is being said, so I don’t really notice issues, I guess. There was a discussion about the use of English words as furigana and how annoying it is, and I said that it stops in later volumes… but upon checking, it turns out I was wrong.
The most egregious problem is in volume 4 or 5. It literally started a small twitter war between people saying it’s incorrect and should read [something else] while the others said it’s valid and has the meaning of [I don’t remember]. Since those opinions lead to a different interpretation of that part, it’s not even an abstract discussion. I personally went with “the author knows what they are doing”, that is, the second option. The author did not comment on the issue, by the way.

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Haha wow. It definitely seems like ignorance was bliss in this case and you’re worse off for us having brought up the weird furigana and likely errors. :laughing:

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For what it’s worth, I’m currently on chapter 20 and I’ve been having fun pretty much the whole time, as far as I can remember. There were a few parts that were confusing to me simply because I misread stuff or didn’t look up / check in the dictionary properly. Can be a bit tiring when there are so many unknown words, but shouganai. I’m still enjoying the story so far and I like the characters.

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I’m on chapter 21 (I think) now, and I’ve been enjoying the book the whole way through so far.
…Granted, I’m biased due to having read the manga version of this volume first, so I walked in knowing I’d enjoy it.

Having not read any content past this volume, volume 1 definitely feels like an introduction to the world for the reader. There’s been some comments that people aren’t as fond of the lack of overarching plot so far, but I feel like it helps to ease the reader into the society and how things work there.

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The antepenultimate week is upon us. Rejoice in fear. Drink some salty sake.

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Next week is the long week as well. :eyes:

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Welcome to the long week™

I’m posting a bit late because I thought I’d reorganize the name list before posting, then I got lazy, then thought “okay next time”, but it was half way done, so at least I wanted to clean that up then I got lazy again. aaaaa
Anyway.

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Last week! And some shipping! (At least I did at the time)

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You’re not alone :eyes:

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