Some prefer to start in July and some in August, but since the overwhelming majority prefers reading at their own pace, I’ll make sure the thread is up within the next few days, and then everyone can start reading whenever they like. Let me know if you have any different thoughts on that.
Today I went to BookOff and accidentally bought a horror book, as it seems
I bought it because (a) I was intrigued by the author’s name and (b) it sounded like a murder mystery to me (oh and (c) because it was only 1 €), but looking at Biblio’s review on Natively it’s a horror book - and it sounds like the writing could be better? Sorry fellow book club members, but now that I own it, I need to read it at some point!
The author is well known for horror and I think this is his first book, written from the point of view of a dead girl if I remember correctly?
I’ve read a short story of his and liked it, was definitely planning to read something else of his at some point
Two more days left for Halloween nominations. I’m considering nominating an Aozora story or two, but I guess a (free) short story can be a last minute decision. It’s the novels that need more planning.
The thing to watch with 乙一 is that there is “white 乙一” which are suspense/mystery stories, and “black 乙一” which are full-on WTF horror. I started reading Zoo but only got as far as the story 7 doors. This is about a serial killer who kidnaps young women and chops them up with a chainsaw. It gets very graphic. After that I decided I didn’t want to read anymore.
Thanks for the heads up. I was aware there was quite a lot of gore in Zoo, but I think the current nomination is safer in that respect. Is “white 乙一” and “black 乙一” an official distinction, and how do you tell them apart, other than reviews?
That’s something I have come across in on-line reviews. The problem with 乙一 is that he covers a lot of different genres so you never know what you are going to get until you start reading. I’ve read “Goth” which is defintely “black 乙一”, but I really liked it. “Zoo” on the other hand just seemed to be torture porn. If you want some “white 乙一” I can recommend “失はれる物語”.
Yeah, sorry, but I’ve been joining so many book clubs lately that I really want to scale down a bit. That being said, that I didn’t vote doesn’t mean I won’t join. It just doesn’t feel right to vote when I’m not even sure if I can join.