[2022] 多読/extensive reading challenge

I also enjoyed the first 3 books the most! From book 1 I didn’t care about any of the non-spider parts, and as those got more important I moved to disliking them. I’m not sure the spider parts are going in a direction I’ll enjoy either. I haven’t been able to get myself to read past volume 5, so if you do and think they’re worth the time, let me know! I still find the main character’s POV funny and I like a lot of the spider-focused action and strategy.

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There needs to be a word for this in English! I have this. No one understands me when I say that I read too much.

I’m at least trying to transfer my 活字中毒 over to Japanese books, so that I can leverage it to get better at reading Japanese.

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For those who are curious how Nahoko Uehashi’s three big series compare in volume:

獣の奏者 Series Total:
4 books (文庫本)
1920 pages (480 average)
~716.000 characters
Not included: 1 spin-off book

守り人 Series Total:
10 books (軽装版)
3538 pages (354 average)
~1.500.000 characters
Not included: 3 spin-off books

鹿の王 Series Total:
4 books (文庫本)
1295 pages (324 average)
~507.000 characters
Not included: 1 spin-off book

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I actually used to have a solid steel book mark with this laser engraved in it. My dad made it for me since he just happens to have access to a multi million dollar laser at work that will laser engraved any image you upload…

…I engraved a lot of anime characters

EDIT: found the pic

And since I’m sure everyone is more interested in the anime characters. First one is Akame in glass and second one is pain in wood. In the Akame reflection you can also see one of my other yojijukugos in wood


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Done with 鹿の王 Vol. 1!

Of course it ends with a cliffhanger, but I’m used to that from Uehashi’s books already. (To be fair. this is is only the first half of the hardcover version).

I particularly loved the last third of the book: The part about the time Van spent in the mountains and how close he got to the small tribe living there. There was no action going on at all, but I always love these small moments of transquility and that focus on daily life and character development the most in Uehashi’s books. Reminded me a lot of Erin.

I also like the focus on deers/wolves, though they aren’t as exciting as the 闘蛇 and 王獣 in Erin – and by that I don’t mean the creatures themselves, but concepts like the 音無し笛, the breeding and how they were tied into the lore.

In 鹿の王 I’m most excited about what’s behind the disease/epidemic – and especially Van’s role – and Yuna’s growth that I hope will be a theme of the other books.

As in Erin I don’t care so much about the politics. Uehashi does present us a multifaceted world with a lot of smart ideas and well-presented conflicts, but I personally hope this won’t take the center stage. I’m also bad with katakana fantasy names, so the names of all the places and side characters already start to confuse me.

I’m planning read vol. 2 soon, but will probably read 1-2 other books before.

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I have this problem with regular names :joy: I started making cheatsheets when it seems like there’s going to be a lot of characters, this is a snippet of my sheet for my current reading (おやすみ、夢なき子):
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I actually started to add names to Anki as a separate deck with info about the person’s profession, etc. since some of the readings are a kittle hard to get used to initially :slight_smile:

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I actually like where this going, so I guess we have diverging opinion here. :sweat_smile:
I’m halfway through volume 6 right now (I decided to give up on 伯爵と妖精 for now and returned the books; they were already overdue), and it’s 100% in the past timeline instead of alternating with the present. Looking at the table of contents, it’s going to be like that until the end of this volume.

Edit: That being said, I also do hate the fan service in the character design.
Also, the various problems with the writing style made me wonder if there’s a way to have a novel adaptation of LN.
That is, on top of the usual adaptation LN->manga->anime, have LN-> actual novel with a real editor.

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Nice, I’m glad to hear it! Maybe I’ll give 6 a try again sooner rather than later.

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