"But," you then go on to ask, "is there actually enough material here to fill a book? I mean, 'Year One' had thirty parts, and Boy Scouts ½ in Japan is only on part 10! So isn't that like only a third of the material? Must be a pretty thin book!"
"Not at all," I then go on to explain. "It is actually thicker in page count then either of the previous two books. And no, before you ask, that isn't because I did something sneaky like use a 30 point font. This ain't a large print edition!"
"But," you then ask, because apparently you just really like questioning everything I say, "how is this possible?"
And to answer that, I may as well share an excerpt from the Forward of the book.
Frankly, I thought it would be a lot longer until we got to this point. After all, the third novel was intended to contain all of Boy Scouts ½ in Japan, and as of right now, Boy Scouts ½ in Japan is only about a third done.
After writing Boy Scouts ½ in Japan, part 9, however, I decided I'd just throw what I have so far into the format of the previous two novels and have a gander at the page count. I figured I could then save the document, and years later when Boy Scouts ½ in Japan did get finished, I'd have a head start on putting together the book version.
Imagine my surprise when the page count of what I had so far actually looked not too far from the length of the previous two published novels. In fact, throw in Martha's To Conquer the World and Jason's epically lengthy Of Possible Alternatives, and we'd actually probably exceed the length of the previous books!
And all this with Boy Scouts ½ in Japan only about a third done!
"Well," I thought at this point, "I may as well finish Boy Scouts ½ in Japan, part 10, throw that in as well to round things off nicely, throw a 'Part One' into the book's title, and make myself a third novel!"
I haven't ordered myself a copy yet, though, which is likely to be the next thing I do after I tell you all about it. So, like I said with the recent publication of the paperback version of Book I, order at your own risk! I'm sure it is fine... but until I have one in hand to examine, I cannot guarantee that with absolute certainty. (But if you're really worried, just wait a few weeks and check back. If you don't see me ranting about it and/or you do see that it is still for sale, you'll know it has the official Matt seal of approval!)
And finally, just a reminder. In part to keep costs as low as possible for you, and in part because I have vowed many times never to personally profit from Boy Scouts ½, so the book is being sold for the bare minimum that Lulu.com allows, just to cover what they charge for the printing process.