金田一耕助 Series Reading Club - NOW: 八つ墓村 NEXT: 死仮面

I did not realize it would be during S&M when discussing the scheduling previously… I think both at once would be a bit much for me. So yeah, I’d like to avoid overlap. So I’d like to do 百日紅の下にて between 夜歩く and S&M and then 香水心中 after S&M, or after S&M do 香水心中 and then 百日紅の下にて. I think I’d prefer the former over the latter but either would be much better than overlapping with S&M. I don’t really care if we do 香水心中 in one week or two.

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Reading 百日紅の下にて in between 夜歩く and S&M would mean reading it in that last, 25 page week of 夜歩く?

Of you’re okay with that as well @rodan, I’d say let’s just go with that.

anything’s fine with me!

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So are you all planning to read 八つ墓村 next? (I’ve read 本陣殺人事件 and don’t much care about reading books out of order, so am happy to skip forward to whatever you’re up to currently.)

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It sounded to me like the current plan is to read 八つ墓村 at some point after people in the Saikawa & Moe book club read Jack the Poetical Private (with some cleaning up of loose short stories in 殺人鬼 that we didn’t get to earlier in the meantime)

So yep! 八つ墓村 is next! But it’ll probably start in late July or early August. You’d be totally welcome to join!

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We’ll finish up 殺人鬼 over these next few weeks - so let’s talk about 八つ墓村! :face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth:

Let’s read 八つ墓村…
  • …starting August 8
  • …starting August 15
  • …starting some later date (please specify!)

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I had a look at the index, and we have 8 chapters plus a bit at the beginning and end. They end at these percentages in the ebook:

Numbers

発端: 3%
1: 12%
2: 27%
3: 37%
4: 52%
5: 62%
6: 81%
7: 88%
8: 99%
大団円: 100%

If we combine the beginning and end bits with the neighboring chapters, we get chapter lengths that range pretty solidly between 10 and 15% of the book. Chapter 5 is the only longer one at 19%, chapter 7 the only one below that at 7%.

The 文庫本 according to Amazon has about 490 pages. That would mean if we went with a chapter a week, we’d be reading ~50-75 pages per week, with the outliers at ~95 and ~40
pages respectively.

Do you happen to have a physical version of this book as well, @Jfredel78 ? Could I ask you to check the actual pages for us? :slight_smile:

I know we’ve read at that speed before, but life happens and there’s a new face maybe? :eyes: So please let me know what you think about that as well~

八つ墓村 scheduling
  • Let’s read a chapter a week (8 weeks)
  • Let’s read the longest chapter over 2 weeks (9 weeks)
  • I’m fine with whatever!
  • I’d like to read at a slower pace (please specify~)
  • I’d like to read at a faster pace (please specify~)

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(If everyone votes they’re fine with whatever, we’re going with the 8 week option. :wink: )

Let me just tag everyone~~ @rodan @BadPlayer @pm215

@wangqiwen Not sure whether you’re planning to read more Kindaichi? Please excuse the ping if not. :slight_smile:

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Page numbers from the Kadokawa bunkobon edition:

発端: 5
1: 20
2: 58
3: 131
4: 180
5: 257
6: 310
7: 406
8: 439
大団円: 491
end of book: 493

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…so pages per chapter:
発端: 15
1: 38
2: 73
3: 49
4: 77
5: 53
6: 96
7: 33
8: 52
大団円: 2

Chapter 6 is the big one, followed by 4 and 2. If we want to split chapter 6, looks like the nearest section break to the middle is on page 354, which would give 44 / 52 (last sentence before break: その夜、私は眠れなかった。)

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:eyes:

Personally, I’d like to get a few chapters of this book done before Spice and Wolf starts at the end of August. And I don’t mind reading ahead a bit on week 5 so that week 6 isn’t a problem.

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I’ve already read 8 Graves, I’ll catch ya’ll at Death Mask

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Ah, I see now where I confused myself. Thank you for the page numbers! That means we’ll have the shortest week right after the longest, that’s pretty ideal. :slight_smile:

It seems like so far everyone is alright with the chapter a week schedule, and we’re leaning towards starting earlier rather than later.

I’ll be setting up the thread for 八つ墓村 later today or on Sunday, but as always that doesn’t mean anything a set in stone. If anyone would prefer a different solution, please don’t hesitate to bring it up.

:eyes: Hi there :wave:

I keep forgetting that that’s the one you’ve read. :see_no_evil: Good thing that’s going to be a non-issue soon, haha.

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Here it is! Start date is August 8. As always, let me know if there’s anything you’d like changed or to bring to discussion~

This one has a lot of different covers! I stuck with the ones amazon considers the same book. Still, really makes me wonder what to expect from this one. Particularly the last one… :thinking:

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死仮面 is next in the queue once we’re done with 八つ墓村, right? (I’m just plotting an amazon order…)

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That’s right. Does everyone want to start right away?

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I’m OK with either starting immediately or having a pause (which I can fill from my steadily growing to-read pile ;-))

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I would slightly prefer a break for a few weeks (for order plotting reasons mostly :slight_smile:).

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I edited the title to update it to our current NOW and NEXT books – hope that’s OK.

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Of course, thank you! :slight_smile: I forget to do that until I notice eventually, so it’s super helpful, haha. (I did change the ハ to 八 though :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:)

As for the next book, I’m fine with either starting immediately or after a couple weeks as well.

One thing I thought I’d mention is that we’ve taken a bit of a longer break previously to avoid a (big) overlap with the Saikawa&Moe bookclub, since a couple of us are also reading along with that series. The next S&M book seems to have a rough start date of maybe sometime in December (@NicoleRauch, if that is still accurate? :grin:) so if we want to do that again it might be nice if we could manage to finish 死仮面 before then, or be relatively close to the end at least.

Considering we have almost 2 whole months in between, and amazon gives a mere 240 pages for the physical book, that sounds easily doable. Depending on how we schedule it, at an average of 50p/w we could even have time for 3-4 weeks break before if we want.

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I haven’t heard anything that might indicate it’s not :thinking:
Unless you consider the ever-growing pile of other book clubs as a contra-indicator :sweat_smile:

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Haha, no no, it’s not that. :grin: I was more thinking it didn’t seem quite set in stone, but we’ll just work around that date then~

Which, I thought we may want to consider how to schedule 死仮面 now that we’re almost done with 八つ墓村.

Details~

I purchased a digital copy today, so I got to take a look at the inside. The physical book has about 240 pages, less than half our current title. The title story takes up 67% of the book. The other third is a short story titled 上海氏の蒐集品. I researched it a tiny bit - it’s not a 金田一 story per sé, but supposedly has a similar feel and atmosphere. I’m quite looking forward to it, but if not everyone wants to read it that’s fine too of course. :slight_smile:

死仮面 doesn’t have overarching parts, but it does have the usual titled sub chapters. Once we know how much we want to read per week, we should be able to find good stopping points rather easily, especially once someone has a physical copy. :eyes:

上海氏の蒐集品 is divided into 2 parts. Part 1 goes from 67-84%, part 2 from 84-97%. The last little bit is a 解説.

If we want to take it easy a bit, we could schedule the main story over 3 weeks and the short story over 2. That’d probably translate to about 40-60 pages a week.

What do you all think? Would you prefer a faster or slower schedule? Or to skip the short story since it’s not a 金田一?

Time for a poll! Everyone seemed fine with taking a bit of a break, so let’s decide how long to break~ :slight_smile: The earliest option would start after a 3 week break.

Let’s start 死仮面…
  • …October 24
  • …October 31
  • …November 7
  • …November 14
  • …later than all those options! (when would be good?)

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