Rosetta posted today with a summary for Skip Beat, so hopefully we'll be seeing the next chapter for FB come out in the next few days or so. It's going to be weird going to FB after being so engrossed in Saiunkoku. :P
Waaah! I think I'm broke. (No idea. That's bad. :P ) I finally put in my order to Amazon for books. I decided since it's spring/summer, there should be no stupid idiocy courtesy of the fools at DHL who don't seem to comprehend that courier service doesn't equal overseas flight time plus >5 days for local delivery. Yeesh!
So, yesterday didn't see too much progress as I discovered vol 3 for the novel has been reULed and fixed. I'm really looking forward to when the books get here. Reading novel scans on the computer is extremely hard on the eyes. >_< Anyhow, I'm not sure if I like vol 2 more or vol 3. ^^; They both have some really interesting character development.
I was thinking of posting a quick summary of vol 3, but really should do vol 2 first, and, when glancing through #2, I ran across Ryuuki's little nightmare at the beginning of the novel. *laughs* Poor Ryuuki! BUT... there's a page missing at the end of the dream / beginning of the next scene! Aaarrghh!!! Although even with the jump, it's easy to guess a bit of what happened in the middle. :P
Anyhow, this novel takes place in the summer in the midst of a heat wave, and it seems that during the three months since Shuurei left, Ryuuki's been sending her letters and gifts the whole time. ^^;; "It rained today, the fish in the pond are happy." But I love his latest gift to Shuurei. A curse doll. ^^;; Looks like Shou Taishi got him again. Of course, he does get his revenge later on. :P
Most likely there are some side stories that happen between book 2 and 3 (which takes place in late winter) from what I can tell. Book 2 is during the time up to when women are able to take the national exam. There are a lot of conditions placed on it, but the motion is eventually passed by the end of the book. Shuurei is then the first woman to take the exam. Book 3 is the story of post-qualifying exam, pre-assignment. Usually there's no major gap between the two, but when there's need, there's a delay in which the candidates are given appropriate assignments. By this volume though, Shuurei and Eigetsu (someone else who took the exam) have met Ryuuren (who isn't in the book except in passing mention, but poor Ran Shogun when he happens to hear Shuurei complain about Ryuuren to Eigetsu!) and Eigetsu's issue with alcohol is known by all except Shouka. Also, there's passing mention of some male ghost.
I'm thinking that these unknown bits are clarified in book... 6? which is a collection of short stories, but it's not one of the books that had been scanned from what I can tell. Also, between book 2 and book 4, Ryuuren comes to consider Shuurei and Eigetsu his friends but what made that come about isn't clear. Ryuuren's introduced and only mentioned in passing in book 3 as having been one of the people to take the exam (and some other complaints) but what exactly happened to get him to feel that way about the two and call them friends in book 4... Although it's also quite clear that he knows about Eigetsu and alcohol so again, it's most likely in the gap between books 2 and 3.
Anyhow, I think I'll get back to working on vol 1's prologue.