地球星人 🌏 Book Club ・ In progress

Welcome to the 地球星人 Book Club!

This is part of the Intermediate Book Club.

Where to purchase

Digital: Amazon · Bookwalker · Kobo
Physical: Amazon · CDJapan

Schedule

Week Start Date End Page End % End On Page Count
Week 1 November 27th 16 4 変人なのだった。 11
Week 2 December 4th 33 10 色に染まっていた。 17
Week 3 December 11th 47 14 End Chapter 1 14
Week 4 December 18th 68 21 教室を飛び出した。 21
Break December 25th
Week 5 January 1st 87 27 見つめながら眠った。 19
Week 6 January 8th 103 32 じっと見つめていた。 16
Week 7 January 15th 124 38 End Chapter 2 21
Week 8 January 22nd 149 45 立ち尽くしていた。 25
Week 9 January 29th 173 53 End Chapter 3 24
Week 10 February 5th 193 59 End Chapter 4 20
Week 11 February 12th 215 66 止めることができなかった。 22
Week 12 February 19th 235 72 End Chapter 5 20
Week 13 February 26th 257 78 繁殖しようとしていた。 22
Week 14 March 5th 279 85 「暗いとき」の中にいた。 22
Week 15 March 12th 297 91 染め上げていた。 18
Week 16 March 19th 315 96 End 18

Vocabulary

Please read the guidelines on the first page before adding any words.

Trigger Warnings

The book gets very dark and explores topics that could be considered disturbing or triggering. I do think that these warnings contain significant spoilers, and that the book is best enjoyed going in blind, so please only read them if you feel you need to.

Earthlings Trigger warnings
  • Abusive family
  • Cannibalism
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Manipulation
  • Mental abuse
  • Murder
  • Pedophilia
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse

Membership

Will you be reading with us?
  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Maybe
  • No

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Which version will you be reading?
  • eBook
  • Paperback
  • Hardcover
  • I’m not reading, but I :heart: polls

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Reposting:

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I won’t be joining this particular book club but as someone who has read this in translation, y’all are in for a wild ride. I might peek my head in just to see people’s reactions. Enjoy!

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@Phryne since I’ve read the translation, I’m happy to come up with a discussion question or two each week like for コンビニ人間.

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You are a saint! I think we’d all love that!

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By request, this is a wiki now!

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Take it away @jhol613 :grin:

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Excellent! Hopefully I’ll have the schedule up in the next week or so for the paperback, and I’ll count on some helpful e-bookers for percentages/locations.

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Proposed Schedule

Week Start Date End Page (PB) Pages
Week 1 November 27th 16 11
Week 2 December 4th 33 17
Week 3 December 11th 47 End Ch 1 14
Week 4 December 18th 68 21
Week 5 December 25th* 87 19
Week 6 January 1st 103 16
Week 7 January 8th 124 End Ch 2 21
Week 8 January 15th 149 25
Week 9 January 22nd 173 End Ch 3 24
Week 10 January 29th 193 End Ch 4 20
Week 11 February 5th 215 22
Week 12 February 12th 235 End Ch 5 20
Week 13 February 19th 257 22
Week 14 February 26th 279 22
Week 15 March 5th 287 18
Week 16 March 12th 315 End 18

*Potential holiday break around here, contingent on polling

This schedule is a bit on the fast side so I’d like to open it up to discussion. If we look at recent IBC picks, 君の名は, 博士の愛した数式, and 夜市 fell within a 14-15 page per week average. With コーヒーが冷めないうちに, the IBC didn’t realize it was over the typical length limit until after it had won the poll, so members chose to compensate by reading at a fast (compared to typical) 20.5 page per week schedule in order to finish in a reasonable timeframe. My proposed schedule averages 19.5 pages per week. This seems reasonable to me, but I don’t want pace creep to make the IBC less accessible to people making the jump from the BBC or to other people who have less experience reading who are looking to challenge themselves.

Some mitigating factors:

  • Text density is on the lighter side
  • Language is fairly accessible
  • There’s ramp-up time built into the proposed schedule for the first few weeks
  • There’s a manga buffer so the two high-paced books aren’t directly back-to-back
  • This book is on the longer side for the IBC, so a fast-ish schedule makes sense to keep the timeframe reasonable

I have no issues modifying the schedule if several people prefer to slow it down for the sake of accessibility, so please don’t hesitate to vote, even if you’re not certain whether you’ll participate! My biggest goal with the club isn’t to finish a few weeks faster, but to introduce as many people as possible to one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors and hopefully help increase others’ (as well as my own) confidence with reading Japanese novels.

  • I like the schedule as-is.
  • I think we should slow it down a bit.
  • Other (Please elaborate in a comment)

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As I have both コーヒーが冷めないうちに and 地球星人 in the bookwalker version I compared the scheduled average number of bookwalker pages per day (on my tablet and with my 200% zoom setting) for both books. I got an average of around 8.5 which seems ok for me, although there is some spread between the weekly tasks, from 11 to 25 book pages.

The first three weeks (11, 17, and 14 pages) comprise the first chapter. The only other way to divide it cleanly (i.e. each week ending at a section break and each new chapter starting with a new week) would be to have a 25-page first week. Even setting clean breaks aside, I figured the better solution would be to have a bit of a ramp-up early-on for folks to get accustomed to the style, and hopefully lessen the effects of the inevitable first-few-week dropout wave. Outside of that, other than one light 16-page week everything falls in the 18-25 page/week range.

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That’s fine. I couldn’t see where the actual breaks are as I don’t know the paper book’s pagination. I will skip the current IBC manga, so I will be able to read ahead of the schedule and take a break later on if needed.

The schedule looks great. I’m just not sure about the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s. There may be even more time to read, or no time at all. I guess either reading ahead or catching up later can solve that potential problem though.
I read the sample in English (much quicker) and I was hooked, so I’m definitely in. Looking forward to it.

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Oh, so I was already wondering whether the book does have chapters at all.

Yep, that made understanding the schedule much trickier to me as well. @jhol613 Maybe you could add that information to the schedule? I mean things like “end of chapter x” or “break in chapter y” or something? I find it much more motivating to read a larger amount if I know that there is the end of a chapter to be reached or the like :sweat_smile: and it would also make the irregularities in the schedule more relatable to me.

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I’m in the same boat regarding the holidays. I think I’ll program in a week-long break from the get-go if nobody objects

I updated the proposed schedule to include chapter breaks. I’ll add more info (e.g. end phrases, ebook locations) once we’ve settled on the schedule.

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Thank you! That adds so much information for me, e.g. why do we have the 25+24 weeks in the middle etc. - looked very random at the start but now that makes perfect sense.

BTW for those who haven’t bought the book yet, there is a 50% cashback on Bookwalker currently.

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I’ve been checking it daily on Amazon for weeks and still no decent offer :unamused:

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It’s still some time, maybe we get lucky :sob:

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I just posted the finalized schedule. I would be very appreciative if somebody with the ebook could post ebook percentages and/or kindle locations.

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