I went ahead and made a thread for us. I wasn’t sure what all to include so I based it off of the S&M reading club for now. Please let me know if you want to include more information or have other ideas to change things around a bit.
@Jfredel78, if you’ve no preference either way, I’m leaning towards starting with 獄門島 and then coming back to the short stories after that.
Maybe we should talk about reading speed, too? We’re not doing weekly threads, but having a schedule to base reading and discussion around would help me focus. Or a time frame for the whole book would work too. How about you?
I just checked (kindle) page numbers for the chapters in 獄門島, prologue and epilogue included: 11, 42, 38, 43, 63, 33, 29, 39, 3. I could imagine going for a chapter a week or 2-2-2-3 if we want to read faster. I’m not set on anything though. If we wanted to keep the book club pace, we’d really only need to split the longest chapter into 2 weeks.
Which is my only guess as well - it seems like the 金田一耕助ファイル edition tends to bring popular ones slightly earlier and push less popular ones slightly back (while still being at least roughly chronological), but otherwise who knows…
I do think that they’re 100% standalone, and expect the order won’t really matter at all going forward.
With 本陣 and 獄門島 though – the entire second world war happens between them (in fiction)… which seems like at least slightly important temporal context to me
I expect I’d personally vote chronological(ish - it seems like some of them were serialized at the same time as others…) order with the long novels. I’m curious how the b-side-seeming-ones fare amidst the headliners! And I’ve enjoyed the ones I read enough that I’m happy just chugging away through all of them.
But it’s not a giant deal! And there’s enough books even just hitting the especailly famous ones and skipping the others entirely would be enough fodder for a book club. If you both decide to go directly to 八つ墓村 I’d be tempted to cram in 夜歩く and report back if it’s worth doubling back for.
Just got my copy of 獄門島 in the mail today! I didn’t realize how long the chapters were when I voted for the two chapter schedule, but this should be a good chance for me to work on increasing my reading speed.
I made a tentative schedule based on my paperback copy:
Let me know if this looks okay. I’ll be starting with the Prologue tonight!
It’s not like we have to keep this speed going for all of the books we’ll read. If someone wanted to read along but at a slower pace, I wouldn’t mind slowing down at all. Or, you know. If it turns out to be too fast after all, haha.
I’ve also been thinking about this! I wouldn’t mind starting right away, but I also don’t mind taking a break for a week or two.
That way we could let 獄門島 settle a bit first before starting in in our next stories. But like I said, I don’t mind getting right into it either! I’d probably want to take a bit of a break after the 2 short stories if we do so, but we can talk about that then.
Well, the reading load isn’t quite as intense, so that would potentially make it more doable.
Not sure if you’re in Japan, but we do have Golden Week coming up at the beginning of May. We could plan to start the next book (夜歩く?) the week after GW, giving us a start date of May 9th. If we start on the stories right away, that would give us two weeks off between the stories and the next book.
What do you think of these options? (This is assuming we start the next novel on May 9th.)
Start right away (start date: April 4th, two week break after)
One week break (start date: April 11th, one week break after)
Two week break (start date: April 18th, no break after)