四畳半神話大系 (The Tatami Galaxy) 🎓 Advanced Book Club

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Discussion Threads and Reading Schedule

Week Start Date End Phrase End Page End Percentage Page Count
Week 1 April 8 脳裏を流れた。 36 8% 31
Week 2 April 15 抜け出したのである。 66 16% 30
Week 3 April 22 end of chapter 1 96 23% 30
Week 4 April 29 その老婆に出会った。 128 31% 32
Week 5 May 6 「城ヶ崎に合うのだ」 164 40% 36
Week 6 May 13 end of chapter 2 199 49% 35
Week 7 May 20 end of chapter 3 297 73% 98
Week 8 May 27 end of book 397 99% 100

After a poll during Week 5 we decided on a rather dramatic speed change.

Old schedule for reference
Week Start Date End Phrase End Page End Percentage Page Count
Week 7 May 20 羽貫さんは言った。 232 57% 33
Week 8 May 27 と名づけることにした。 263 65% 31
Week 6 June 3 end of chapter 3 297 73% 34
Week 10 June 10 無視し始めた。 330 82% 33
Week 11 June 17 四畳半横断の旅に出る。 364 90% 34
Week 12 June 24 end of book 397 99% 33

Discussion Rules

  • Please use spoiler tags for major events in the current chapter(s) and any content in future chapters.
  • When asking for help, please mention the chapter and page number. Also mention what version of the book you are reading.
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Are you planning to read The Tatami Galaxy with the book club?

  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Maybe
  • No
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If so, which version will you be reading?

  • eBook
  • Paperback
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For the fans of the digital media, I just noticed that the book is on sale at BookWalker until 2023-03-02T14:59:00Z.

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There are four chapters in the book, of roughly 100 pages each. More specifically, chapter 1 is 92 pages, chapter 2 is 103 pages, chapter 3 is 98 pages and chapter 4 is 101 pages. There are very frequent visual breaks in every chapter, roughly every one or two pages, so we can easily stop anywhere. Do you think we should take two or three weeks per chapter? Maybe 3 weeks for the first couple of chapters, then go faster for the last two?

  • I prefer 3 weeks per chapter (roughly 30+ pages per week)
  • I prefer 2 weeks per chapter (roughly 50 pages per week)
  • I prefer starting slow for the first two chapters, speed up later
  • I have another idea (please explain below)

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Just thought i would bump this post to get more votes in the poll. I would prefer 3 weeks per chapter just because I think if I get into something else while reading I will be more likely to still maintain my reading for the club. 50 pages I would need to probably schedule out and I don’t know if I would be able to keep up at that pace. 8-10 pages a day is right at that line of taking up a lot of my “Japanese time.”

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If we also take into account that the book is graded a very high level 43 on Natively, it makes sense to at least start slow. I’m thinking of drawing a schedule of ~30+ pages per week and maybe hold a poll halfway about possibly speeding up if the book turns out to be not as hard as currently graded. Unless someone disagrees?

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That sounds find to me. If I am half way I will probably be more motivated to finish. Starting out though I can already predict myself falling off.

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Tentative schedule is up. If someone has a physical copy I would be grateful if they could provide the actual page numbers, as mine are bound to be off.

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Just got home. I’ll do it in a sec.

These are the pages in the physical bunko edition of the book.
脳裏を流れた。36
抜け出したのである。 66
その老婆に出会った。 128
Chapter 1 Ends 96
「城ヶ崎に合うのだ」 164
自転車を走らせた。 227
Chapter 2 Ends 199
ことなきを得た。 259
Chapter 3 Ends 297
自分だけなのだ。 327
なぜか涙が出る。 357
End of book Ends page 397

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Thank you! I see that the way I divided the last two chapters is not very even.
Should we move week 7 and week 8 to the next section, ending respectively at 羽貫さんは言った。(57%), and と名づけることにした。 (65%)?
And then week 11 two sections over to 無視し始めた。(82%) and week 12 several sections over to 四畳半横断の旅に出る。 (90%).
I’m hoping this would work out better. Could you check at your convenience? (no rush)

I gotta prepare dinner, but yeah I’ll probably do it some time tonight or tomorrow night.

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We have more than a month before we start, there’s really no rush :slight_smile:

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羽貫さんは言った。232
と名づけることにした。263

無視し始めた。330
四畳半横断の旅に出る。364

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Fixed. Sorry my internet was buggy for a min there.

Thank you! Updated the schedule, it’s much more balanced now. :slight_smile:

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No Audible JP means I cannot speed run it at 1.2-1.5x! ):

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The anime is not too different from an audiobook at 1.5 speed. lol

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:scream: but interesting recommendation (:

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I haven’t decided if I am going to try to read this book along with everyone or not, is this a good representative sample of what the book is like? I ask because I want to know if I can handle it before I buy it, unless someone wants to send a picture of a page for me to look at? :pray: