This weird tales novel I have would be more agreeable if it was a proper bunko instead of whatever the wide-han version is called, with the equivalent of four bunko pages on each wide page. Makes for a big heavy book, is what. Also if it were a bit weirder as to the tales; am finding it oddly slow. But looking through the freebies -- past illustrations, summaries of previous vols, you name it-- I come upon a list of Works Consulted, from which I learned that the series' Kagyuu-type novelist was actually a real person. Hence I am to read this as half historical novel, I fancy.
I gather his prose is difficult even for the Japanese, and as Soseki is still making me weep through Sorekara, I might actually look at some translation or other if the library has them (unlikely). Or read the online ones.