Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Now Reading: 地球星人)

Yeah, it’s like a third of the length. Unless you’re saying all books being solid text is the same…

130 pages in the Tsubasa Bunko version, to be specific

Anything with words is the same!

More what I mean is, I just seem to find a solid page of Japanese text hard to get into. In that regard, the main difference between Penguin Highway and Toki wo Kakeru is just that the former has more of it.

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Do you just not enjoy books in general (including in English)? Or is specifically the difficulty / mental processing needed to read a Japanese book?

So they’re the same in that they’re books :laughing:

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My own submission! (I plan to propose キノの旅 as well, but I’m still secretly hoping for a miracle in the beginner book club vote).

紅霞こうか後宮こうきゅう物語ものがたり

Summary

女性ながら最強の軍人として名を馳せていた小玉。だが、何の因果か、30歳を過ぎても独身だった彼女が皇后に選ばれ、女の嫉妬と欲望渦巻く後宮「紅霞宮」に入ることになり――!? 第二回ラノベ文芸賞金賞受賞作。

My dumb translation (still a better job than google translate): Shougyoku, even though she is a woman, is known for being the strongest warrior. However, for some reason, this woman who was still single in her thirties got chosen to become empress, and got to enter the “Palace of crimson mist” where women’s jealousy and hope swirls !? Received the second ラノベ文芸賞金賞 prize.

Note: 後宮 is the residence of the wife/wives of an emperor; I couldn’t work it in the translation.
Rereading that makes me cringe, anyway, so whatever. You are more than welcome to do a better job.

Availability

Here’s the actual book: https://www.amazon.co.jp/紅霞後宮物語-富士見L文庫-雪村花菜-ebook/dp/B00XIZN34O/
Also available as an ebook in there.

Personal Opinion

I’ve been recommend that book by a friend, and know nothing beyond the summary. The interplay between the different characters is supposed to be very interesting, plus, it’s nice to have a book with a (literally) strong woman as lead character. Since being a warrior doesn’t really help in the political game, I expect that she will have to start from pretty much the bottom rung, anyway.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • I’m told the dynamics/ political play are pretty interesting. There’s also a bunch of action that starts happening from volume 2, for those who are more into that.
  • Short! Story ends on page 266.

Cons

  • Fake historical setting. May make things a bit harder.
  • It’s a long series, with 11 volumes as of now.

Pictures

First three pages in one image: (from the ebook 立ち読み, checking how much it covered, I was surprised to see it was three whole pages)

FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CAN’T TAKE LEGIBLE PICTURES OF THE ACTUAL BOOK SEND HELP.

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

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:expressionless:
Japan why you

Writing seems kinda interesting though

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image

If @Naphthalene is voting “just right” I’m sure my head will explode trying to read it.

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I was finding the sample confusing for a bit until I wrapped my head around it.

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The latter. I just read an entire 300-page English novel yesterday, practically in one sitting. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Just gotta push through the mental block then. Set a rule for yourself: No manga until you finish a real book.

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I dunno. The last time I studied Japanese, I had a very real problem where reading Japanese text only made me super sleepy and exhausted. It got to where I started playing porny VNs just to try to keep myself awake?
It hasn’t been a problem this time and I have no real idea why. Could be the changes to my brain from just eight years, could be that I’m on antidepressants now… I don’t know. But it was a problem I didn’t know how to solve at the time.

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Manga are perfectly real books.

I’m also reading なぜ?どうして? :slightly_smiling_face:

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I don’t consider manga real books, but maybe that’s just me. :man_shrugging:

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Heresy.

VNs are a nice transition point though. Pictures, but less than in manga so there’s still text description. Voice acting that can usually be repeated at will.

VNs take a lot of time though. I bought Steins;Gate over a year ago and still haven’t played it in Japanese or English…

:upside_down_face: Okay, guess I’ll find some more books. Sorry I keep missing these details guys.

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I was flipping through the pages, and there are a bunch of historical/period/whatever you call that vocab (and thus kanji). They all have furigana, though, but yeah, that’s going to be more challenging for me than a 時をかける少女.
That being said, that book is on floflo, so it should be fine.

Personally I’m inspired by your eagerness

I don’t have anything to suggest really, except maybe Haruhi because I already own it but haven’t read it…

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That’s probably a terrible idea haha. Might as well suggest the Monogatari Series while you’re at it. :stuck_out_tongue: