Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Currently reading: コーヒーが冷めないうちに)

Yeah, I’m obviously just judging by the anime since I haven’t read the book, but I can say that there’s a reason for why I mentioned this part:

I don’t know if the book will be exactly the same as the anime though.

I think SAO, the Sayaka light novel, and the rwby light novel are some of the only Japanese books I have that don’t do this, so that definitely seems to be true.

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I’m waiting for the promised day to come, when a work can be marketed toward young Japanese men but have the confidence that it doesn’t need to titilate them to be read.
I may wait a long time.


I have read many books that do not do that, but they aren’t targeted toward the same audience, I guess.

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For what it’s worth, the author of SAO said in a recent interview that he was trying to move away from such things in his newer books. (He just mentioned it in passing though, he spent most of the interview trying to convince SAO fans reading the interview to also read yagakimi)

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I feel this. Feels like I’ll be done with WaniKani by the time we finish a book here :open_mouth:


夜市 (Night market)



妖怪たちが様々な品物を売る不思議な市場「夜市」。ここでは望むものが何でも手に入る。小学生の時に夜市に迷い込んだ裕司は、自分の弟と引き換えに「野球の才能」を買った。野球部のヒーローとして成長した裕司だったが、弟を売ったことに罪悪感を抱き続けてきた。そして今夜、弟を買い戻すため、裕司は再び夜市を訪れた――。奇跡的な美しさに満ちた感動のエンディング! 魂を揺さぶる、日本ホラー小説大賞受賞作。


A mysterious city where ghosts sell various items, “Night market”. Here you can obtain any item you want. When he was an elementary school student, Yuuji got lost in the market, in exchange for his own little brother, he brought “Baseball Talent”. Yuuji grew as the baseball club’s hero, but he continued to feel guilty about selling his brother. So tonight in order to buy his brother back he visits Night market again.
A miraculously beautiful and moving ending. It shakes the soul, and won the prize for number one horror in Japan. (let me know if you can write a better translation, or actually find one.)


Personal Opinion

Short, interesting, and made by the same author who wrote autumn prison which we enjoyed very much. There’s also an audiobook that you can buy to read and listen along to. Might help increase your reading speed.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Short
  • Interesting
  • Audiobook available


  • ??


Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

0 voters


I am learning 憂 right now on my level. Maybe it’s a sign.


You posted a page from the other book. Suddenly Minami sensei is touching our left earlobe again :wink:


voice rasps
It is your fate
Join the 憂鬱
Forever will it dominate your destiny but in a good way

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憂鬱 seems like a bad emotion to be dominated by. :stuck_out_tongue:

P.S. It’s going to take me forever to go through all these samples…


Thought I double checked it :thinking:

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But it leads to enlightenment on the path to Haruhiism.


You know, I haven’t even watched the anime yet. I’m mostly put off by the multiple possible watch orders. For that reason I even book the first volume of the light novel in English (haven’t read it yet), and I wouldn’t mind reading it in Japanese too. I just think I need something to ease me into the more intermediate books (*cough* キノの旅 *cough*).

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Also are we excusing ペンギン・ハイウェイ due to it having pictures or no?

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I still think it’s too long. The no-furigana version probably doesn’t have any pictures, and it’s still over 350 pages.

How many pages is it, again?
@seanblue answered that.
That’s a shame though :confused:

I’d say we wait until next time. If things go swimmingly well, we can upgrade the reading speed, and thus increase the limit.


387 …


this 10 character requirement and now a complete sentence


I’m a strict devotee of broadcast order, but grits teeth to each their own!

Edit: largely because if you watch in chronological order, the climax is like episode 5. Because light novels are like 5 episodes. So… they mix it up with stuff from the other books (I think) in the show, in a way that is intentionally confusing but kind of adds to the fun imo.


That’s what I was thinking as well. If it’s easier than other books nominated, we probably can do it faster. But it might be good to flesh out the process with another book first.


By the way, we got 8 nice submission in the blink of an eye (give or take a few hours).
I’m so exited! I want to read everything! :green_heart: