The first book in the Zaregoto series, and Nisio Isin’s 2002 novel debut that earned the 23rd Mephisto prize. The setup is a classic whodunnit locked-room scenario on an island full of young female geniuses. I’ve avoided all spoilers so I don’t know much beyond the fact that it’s a dark story full of twists and turns and interesting characters.
|Week||Start||Read Up To||Pages|
|1||18 Jun||サヴァンの群青 ２||16|
|2||25 Jun||サヴァンの群青 ３||22|
|3-4||2 Jul||サヴァンの群青 ５||43*|
|5||16 Jul||集合亡算数 ０||15|
|6||23 Jul||集合亡算数 ２||24|
|7||30 Jul||集合亡算数 ３||23|
|8||6 Aug||首斬リーコ ２||22|
|9||13 Aug||首斬リーコ ３||29|
|10-11||20 Aug||0.14の悲劇 ４||48*|
|12||3 Sep||首斬リニコ ０||27|
|13||10 Sep||首斬リニコ ４||29|
|14||17 Sep||嘘 ０||22|
|15-16||24 Sep||鴉の濡れ羽 ０||67*|
|17||8 Oct||鴉の濡れ羽 ２||33|
|18||15 Oct||分岐 ０||33|
*Divide by 2 to get pages per week
For those who don’t know who Nisio Isin is, he is probably best known as the author of the Monogatari series. However, he’s one of the most prolific authors I’ve ever heard of. In addition to Monogatari (which itself is 26 novels long!), he’s written at least 8 other series along with multiple spin-off series’, one-offs, and manga. (I have no idea how this guy writes so fast–according to Wikipedia he wrote the second entry in the Zaregoto series, a nearly 400 page book, in only three days!)
Nisio’s writing is characterized by fast-paced, often humorous dialogues littered with clever wordplay and references to popular fiction. Having watched some of the Monogatari series with English subtitles I feel like I missed out on so much from the original Japanese, but even with the losses of translation it was some of the most entertaining dialogue I’ve encountered.
It’s not much more than an invitation for others to join in reading a book I was planning to read personally! The book clubs have been great for discussion, support and accountability so I figured I’d write a schedule and put the word out in case anyone else is interested. It will operate like a normal bookclub except with lower participation and thus only a single thread and a potentially more fluid schedule.
Will you be reading with us?
Please comment if you’re interested in joining!