かがみの孤城 (Kagami no Kojou) Book Club

My books have arrived! :grin:

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(Happy Cake day! :birthday:)

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Count me in! I like how the cover looks… Though I might be a bit (hehehe, who am I kidding “a bit” XD) lower level, but I’ll try to keep up

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The good news is, out of the 82,000-something total kanji that appear in the novel, by mid-level 15 you should recognize about 58,000-something of them (about 70%).

The bad news is that even at 70%, it may still be a chore. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

(For the curious, unique kanji total is 1,700-something, and by mid-level 15 in WaniKani covers almost 500 of them.)

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Wow, that’s quite detailed :sweat_smile::thinking: How do you know that btw? I mean the amount of unique kanji in the book…

Also, thank you :pray: I am feeling a bit more sure about my decision to join this book club :sweat_smile:

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It's a bit complex of a process.
  1. Buy book (or books as the case may be) digital.
  2. Run through program to remove DRM. (Don’t send this copy to anyone!)

  3. Copy the HTML files of chapters into a single file. (Optional.)
  4. Run regular expression find/replace to remove all non-kanji characters.
  5. Run regular expression to split file content to one kanji per line.
  6. Sort file. (Optional.)
  7. Copy and paste list of kanji into a spreadsheet, and use a countif formula to count how many of each kanji there are.
  8. Convert formulas to values (copy + paste as value).
  9. Remove duplicates.

That gives you number of unique kanji (rows in spreadsheet) and number of total kanji (sum of the countif column).

For Linux users, steps 6 through 9 can be done with command line tools. For my own use, I’ve written Ruby scripts to magic everything after step two for me, and I have a Google Sheets spreadsheet to check WaniKani levels to do stats and graphs.

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Wow, you’re amazing! That’s some quest, but I’ll try, because it seems to be worth the hustle…

:bowing_man:Thank you so much!:bowing_man:

If you’re interested in it for just this book (at least to start), feel free to make a copy of my Google Sheets spreadsheet. The tab named “Kagami” is for this book’s kanji. Type “Kagami” into the yellow box on either the “Stats” or “Charts” tabs for details on the kanji per WaniKani level.

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You are a saint :pray::bowing_man: Your kindness knows no bounds. I am very grateful. I bet all who’d come across your post will be grateful as well.

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I am glad to see a fair amount of interest in this book club! And a bunch of people are interested in doing a read-aloud!

I would like to encourage all you good people to vote in the poll on the start date of the club. Currently that poll is not very representative. Even if you have no real preference, you can select a range of dates that suits you.


Also, if there is anyone who has a physical copy of the book and wants to help me with page numbers for the schedule, here are the start lines for the parts that are not new chapters, they are always at “flowers”:

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week 2 - こころの部屋には、大きな姿見があった。
week 3 - 「あの、その、ペナルティーの内容についてだけど」
week 5 - その翌日も、こころはまた城に行った。
week 7 - 「ね、女子だけでお茶しない?」と、その日、アキが誘ってくれた。
week 9 - 翌週になると、アキもなかなか城に来なくなった。
week 10 - お母さんとケンカをした翌日は、こころは城に行かなかった。
week 12 - みんな毎日来るわけじゃないし、
week 16 - 平日の昼間だったら、中学の子たちには、誰でも合わないで済む。

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Unfortunately, I only have the tankobon version of the novel, so I can only provide page numbers for that:

Page Numbers - Tankobon

Week 1: pg 10
Week 2: pg 27
Week 3: pg 48
Week 4: pg 61
Week 5: pg 85
Week 6: pg 102
Week 7: pg 116
Week 8: pg 135
Week 9: pg 155
Week 10: pg 171
Week 11: pg 188
Week 12: pg 201
Week 13: pg 214
Week 14: pg 237
Week 15: pg 258
Week 16: pg 276

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I haven’t decided if I’ll try to read along, and already I’m being tested on kanji+vocabulary. After spending a moment pondering on what 姿身 would be, it turns out it’s actually 姿見 :wink:

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Good catch, thanks! How do those stupid options even get into the IME? :man_facepalming:

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Page numbers for the bunko version

Week 1: page 14
Week 2: page 38
Week 3: page 67
Week 4: page 84
Week 5: page 118
Week 6: page 142
Week 7: page 162
Week 8: page 188
Week 9: page 215
Week 10: page 238
Week 11: page 262
Week 12: page 281
Week 13: page 299
Week 14: page 330
Week 15: page 358
Week 16: page 384
Book 1 ends on page 411

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There is one なる too many in this sentence :wink:

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Shoot! I can’t even blame the IME for this one :sweat_smile:

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Thank you @softlyraining, thank you @wiersm!

I added your schedules to the OP. I decided to keep them as separate tables rather that making one big messy one. Hope that works fine for everybody.

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In the Bookwalker schedule, I noticed you also added “page numbers”. Unfortunately I don’t think this will really help anybody as page numbers on Bookwalker books are highly dependent on the device’s screen size and the user’s font size settings. E.g. I’m nowadays reading books on my mobile, and for book 1 I get a page count of 668 (for book 2 the page count is 590). That’s waaaay off from your 327 total pages :sweat_smile:
I think for digital books it is more helpful if you could specify the last part of the ending phrase, and maybe a percentage, in the schedule. Otherwise at least I would have no idea where to stop when there’s a week’s break mid-chapter.
(Happy to help with the percentages if you want!)

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I agree, will do.

Please do!

I’ve already read this book back in May/June, but I’m happy to see more people reading it and am definitely looking forward to read your impressions. I’ve seen some comments that it starts slow, but personally, I was hooked from the very beginning. Tsujimura’s introspective writing style makes it very easy to empathize with the characters and it’s definitely one of my favorite things I’ve read in Japanese.

As for the difficulty level, it doesn’t have the kind of complicated lore or specialized vocabulary that may make other works a little tedious at times (especially the jidaigeki/fantasy ones). I personally found it very pleasant to read from start to finish – the writing is both rich and digestible.

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