Saikawa & Moe (S&M) Series Reading Club

Saikawa & Moe (S&M) Series Reading Club

Welcome to the Saikawa & Moe (S&M) Series Reading Club! It is a series of “science mystery” books written by MORI Hiroshi.
We started reading the first volume in the Advanced Book Club and are now continuing the series as a Spin-Off.

Volume 1 is called すべてがFになる - The Perfect Insider and has been read by the Advanced Book Club. Start Date: April 10th, 2021.
Volume 2 is called 冷たい密室と博士たち - Doctors in Isolated Room and is currently being read as a Spin-Off. Start Date: June 26th, 2021.

For further information on the reading schedules and where to buy the books, please have a look at the individual threads.

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Do the volumes in this series stand on their own? Or do they really need to be read in order? I’m definitely interested in the series and would consider joining for future volumes once I up my reading speed a bit. I assume The Perfect Insider was pretty well received since this spinoff club exists. What were your impressions?

Also, “S&M reading club” :sweat_smile:… I’m a child

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I asked somebody who read Vol. 2 already, and they said that it’s quite ok to read Vol. 2 without knowing Vol. 1. The main characters Saikawa and Moe (hence S&M… I’m sorry!!) are the same in each book (they are like our hobby detectives who get to solve the cases in the books). We might encounter some other characters from Vol. 1 as well. So you might be missing the backstory of those characters, but you can always ask if you feel you’re missing out on something relevant in the story.

OK so it’s not about that S&M :sweat_smile: Please blame the author - it’s just that he assigned an abbreviated name to each of his book series, and so I thought the abbreviation might have some recognition value… (If people keep bumping into this I should better remove it, I reckon…)
Having said that, it is a criminal story series for adults with murder and blood and stuff. (But judging from Vol. 1 I wouldn’t say it’s worse than 殺人出産 tbh.) Oh, and Saikawa is a chain smoker which felt quite annoying to the majority of the Vol. 1 club members :grin:

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I guess I’ve disqualified myself for my immature sense of humor :joy:

(殺人出産 spoilers) Might be kind of tough to get more bloody and murder-y than that…

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Ah, you know, how can I ever be sure :sweat_smile:
If you had told me you’re a dog, I would have believed you too, I guess :thinking:

(殺人出産 response) I guess if you dive into the horror genre, they will laugh about something like that :woman_shrugging: And the impressions from horror are much more long-lasting, at least for me…

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Today I realized that we’re already in week 4 of the second volume, in other words, if we stick to our current schedule we will finish the book in under 4 weeks! :tada:

Which of course raises the question of “What next?” :grin:

I already own the third volume of the series, and I would like to read it at some point (but probably not further than that for the time being). So, the question is, is anybody interested in joining in?

Here is some information about the book:

It’s called 笑わない数学者 and the paperback has 456 pages according to Amazon.
Here is a rough estimate of the chapter sizes (I’ve calculated this from my ebook so please take it with a grain of salt as always):

Chapter Page Count
1 ~54
2 ~42
3 ~43
4 ~42
5 ~46
6 ~35
7 ~45
8 ~32
9 ~47
10 ~40
11 ~23

With this my proposal would be to read 1 chapter per week (as I don’t think I can manage 2 of those per week :sweat_smile:).

Are you interested in reading Volume 3 with us?
  • Yes, and pretty much straight away (with a more or less short break)
  • Yes, but with a large gap in between
  • Thanks, but no thanks

0 voters

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I’m not sure I want to read the whole series either but I’m happy to join you if you’re reading the next volume.

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Some of the later volumes are in the 800+ page range, so I’m not sure either whether I want to read them ever…
Plus, despite the series being so old, the higher volumes are really expensive (1000 - 1200 yen on bookwalker) which is also a bit of a showstopper for me - there is just too much good reading material in the cheaper or even free range that I’d like to explore at some point…

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Take my vote with a grain of salt- by large gap I would probably need at least until October and even then I probably couldn’t guarantee my participation, but I’m definitely very interested in reading along if it somehow all works out for me logistically.

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Oh… so I guess it’s not a must read then.

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Well, sorry, but it doesn’t exactly belong to the set of standard S&M literature :wink:

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So everybody seems to be fine with a large gap, which is nice because we don’t lose anybody, it seems :slight_smile:

The next question is: How large is a large gap? We will finish Vol. 2 around mid-August. My idea of a large gap is at least 2 months, so I’ll start with that. Let’s see what y’all think:

  • Start around mid-October
  • Start around mid-November
  • Start around mid-December
  • Start around mid-January
  • Start even later (please explain)
  • I changed my mind and I want to start earlier (please explain)

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oh, I was thinking next summer actually :joy: But December sounds good too

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Ah ok no worries, I didn’t have any idea what people meant with “large gap” so I just started somewhere :joy_cat: I’m sure we will figure out something for everybody.

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