Hello fellow Wanikanizens!
A long time ago, someone I can’t quite remember (@sirvorn maybe…?) mentioned the No 6. novel series, providing a link much like this one where you can read a sample (about the first 8 pages of the book).
At the time it was too difficult for me, but for some reason the name was memorable enough to stick, even though I had literally no idea what the book was about.
About a month ago I gave it another go and noticed that I could read it pretty well without a dictionary. Since this was the first time I could do this with a book (I’ve played games, but I tend to eventually get hopelessly lost after a short while without visual aid), I decided to buy it!
Also, since I can’t find the thread where it was mentioned and it’s probably locked anyway, I thought I’d create a new one. Maybe this recommendation will be of use to someone whose reading comprehension skills, like mine, are a bit lacking, making it difficult to find the right book!
Anyway, I’ve been slowly making my way halfway through the first one (my reading speed in Japanese is a dazzling 5 pages per hour :b) and am really enjoying my read so far. I’m worried that I’ll eventually grow frustrated at my snail-like pace, but so far it doesn’t bother me.
So far my strategy has been to only look up words with unfamiliar kanji (since I wan’t to learn as many kanji as possible) and so far it’s been working out for me. I don’t understand every word or every sentence, but I’m following the plot without a problem.
As everyone probably already has assumed, reading feels super useful, so I’m kinda stoked (hence all this rambling). It’s also really fun how you can intuit a lot of difficult sounding words from context and simpler words or kanji you already know, stuff like 死後硬直 (rigor mortis) 環境管理システム (environment control system) 人工授精 (artifical insemination, which only made sense to me because they’d been talking about 精子/sperm just before it)
I just kinda wish that in the few cases when they use furigana, they’d not just use it on the very first mention of the word… especially having to look back to an earlier chapter to see how a name was read is a bit of a pain.
(Also, in case you care, I tend to buy books and stuff from cdjapan, shipping from Japan is pretty expensive but seems to cost roughly the same on other sites so しょうがないね・・・)
Finally, no spoilers please! I actually want to know literally nothing that happens (so maybe creating this thread is stupid )
TL;DR: I started reading the No 6. Novels. They’re comparatively easy. I like it a lot thus far. You might too. You can try reading it here. Don’t spoil anything