Last night I read 31 pages of 三毛猫ホームズの推理 putting me at part 2, partially through section 3 (or ~37% for those on ebooks if it’s easier). I should note I’m aiming for around 30 pages a day because I want to finish the book with ample time to return it to the library before I go out of town later this month. I hope no one feels rushed by this - it’s my own deadline
@omk3 I agree! The more I read the more this feels very “classic” detective novel-y, and while I love classic detective novels, it’s not the style I go to this author for and I’m kind of glad he moved away from it. He does it ok, but he does his own thing better. Not to put off anyone else from reading this though - I am enjoying the book still.
Case in point 雪子 telling 片山 that a) she wasn’t crying because she wants vengeance and b) 森崎 wanted her to date 片山. Like she keeps getting more and more sus, but the cat likes her so hey, maybe not.
Also - the entire scene with 和美 felt unrealistic. She’s horny and therefore she’s like, “meh, might as well take an offer from some rando on the street who’s looking for a sex worker” and then when the guy seems totally uninterested once in her room she doesn’t have the slightest bit of suspicion? Like, what? I don’t buy it.
(much more minor spoiler)
But Holmes straight up taking ownership of 片山 had me laughing. I used to have a shoulder cat. Shoulder cats are the best
New names! With no spoilers attached.
Also, since it was reading in Japanese - I learned a handy new phrase/compound word reading reviews of a book I was considering buying last night (these definitions are copied straight from my dictionaries):
- one’s impressions after reading a book
Unfortunately the sentence was “すごく面白かったという読後感はありませんでしたが、登場人物の過去など興味はわきました。” and many of the other reviews said similar so not sure if it’s worth my time/money.
I thought コンビニ人間 was slow and a bit uncomfortable to read due to the character dynamics. I got the overarching meaning, but I to this day don’t understand why it’s such a popular recc for first book. To me it’s like suggesting an art film to someone just getting into cinema.
I loved かがみの孤城, the main complaint I see about it is that it’s long so you don’t get such a fast immediate satisfaction of “I finished a book!”.