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#373202 in Books Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2009-04-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.25 x .50 x 5.50l, .48 #File Name: 0316039020202 pagesLittle Brown Young Readers | File size: 27.Mb Nagaru Tanigawa : The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Eccentric, Witty Engaging Light Novel SeriesBy Shafiya NaherWhen I started reading this book, I was expecting a very a-typical rom-com sort of novel experience (mind you that I have not seen the anime and I didnt know anything about the story going into it). Even though the comedy aspect is there with a slight bit of romance tossed into it, it was surprisingly different and refreshingly entertaining.The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is about a highly intellectual girl who transfers to a new school. Everyone knows her


from middle school as an unapproachable, disturbingly eccentric young lady. Yet she ends up befriending a few people, starting with the one person who wasnt scared off by her blunt personality. This leads to the formation of an odd club. The members of the club are all very unique individuals with comical characteristics. They arent what they seem at first.The chemistry and interaction between all of the characters is fluid and natural. The humorous moments, especially from the first person perspective of our male protagonist, is sardonic and skeptical, at times even shrewd. The plot has so many unexpected elements that it kept me thoroughly interested the entire time I read it.I enjoyed this light novel very much and am greatly looking forward to reading the next installment. If youve seen the anime, I recommend you read the novels. I have heard from friends whove experienced both that the written version of the series is much easier to take in and understand than the show was. If youre looking for a light reading treat that isnt heavy or serious, but equal parts witty and engaging, Id totally check this out!0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A Strange Premise, but A Brilliant Story in This Light NovelBy MereChristianI'm a frequent visitor to the web site tvtropes.com. One time, several years ago, while on the site, I saw a page for a series of Japanese light novels that were translated into English, called the *Haruhi Suzumiya* series. I thought the premise was interesting, if somewhat weird, and read the first one, called *The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya*. It was... unique, to say the least, but still quite enjoyable.Before anyone says this, I know that that *Haruhi* books are out of favor with fans of Japanese media right now. It's often mocked and folks love to turn it into snark fodder. This is due to a variety of reasons that are beyond the scope of this review, but it means the series gets some flak, and I think unfair flak, and thus folks don't give it a chance to truly enjoy it. Please consider giving it a chance if you find it interesting as described herein. Anyways, back to the review.Let's clear up a few points first. Though Haruhi Suzumiya is the character that is the focus of the novel, she is *NOT* the main character. That would be our first-person narrator, Kyon. Kyon, by the way, is not his real name, but a nickname. So far, - I've read over half of the books - his name has not been revealed. So, you might be forgiven for wondering why the focus is on Haruhi if Kyon is the main character. That is because Haruhi is a reality-warping being, a god, or... something, no one knows yet, and the author is vague. Deliberately so. I think he's toying with us.The story begins with a mental monologue by Kyon on how he used to believe in the fantastic, and wanted it to be true. He desperately hoped to find time travelers, espers (people who have powers due to psychic or other phenomena), sliders (those that go between universes and dimensions), aliens, superheroes, so on. Eventually, as with giving up on a belief in Santa Claus, Kyon matured past these childish desires. Now, he just wants a normal high school life.Yeah, given the description so far, fat chance there.Immediately, he meets a weird, standoffish student named (you probably saw this coming, huh?) Haruhi Suzumiya. She announces in the class greetings (where everyone tells their name and such at the beginning of the year) that she wants any time travelers, espers, sliders, and aliens to come see her. The ordinary folks, she doesn't care about.Of course, everyone in the class is shocked and confused by this statement, but quickly move past it and begin to ignore the eccentric student. Though Haruhi is smart, incredibly beautiful, a great athlete, and has many other skills, such skills do not extend, apparently to the social realm. Hence why everyone avoids her. That is, everyone except for Kyon, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her. Really, it is barely an acquaintance, but for the strange girl, it is pretty much a friendship.Just a quick note to understand this. School clubs are important to high school life. They provide socialization, and have other functions. They aren't always required though. That depends on the school, really.Anyways, during their daily chats, Haruhi bemoans her inability to find an interesting school club to join, and Kyon mentions some spiel about innovation and so on. He comes to regret this pep talk. Somehow, this gives Haruhi the idea to start her own club, one dedicated to seeking out the strange and paranormal so that she may have fun with them.Haruhi quickly manages to rope (read: forced, intimidated) Kyon and other students into joining, and that's where things get interesting. Our narrator/protagonist discovers that the other members of this strange club actually *are* the very supernatural and super-powered types that Haruhi wants to meet, but can not tell her. Somehow, Haruhi has either always had, or just recently developed, amazing powers, and the whole world could be undone based upon her moods. Therefore, these beings have congregated around her to observe her. Whether she is a god, God, or just some new stage in evolution, no one knows yet. Maybe the actual God gave her powers. No one can agree, but they all know that she has amazing, earth shattering powers. What's more, this eccentric group tells Kyon that they need his help to pacify Haruhi in order for her not to subconsciously destroy the world. Yes, seriously.The above sounds so incredibly ridiculous, that it may surprise folks to hear just how good and fun this story is. Not to mention the type of best-seller that it is. Even with the recent blowback and scorn it gets from many, it still has some popularity. The reason is that the story manages to be thoroughly fantasy and fun, without taking itself too seriously into some sort of tract for the author's opinions on anything. It also crosses genres, managing to remain faithfully high school fantasy, romance, slice-of-life, and a whole slew of other story types, all at the same time. And it actually works.The author is quite talented at how he does his characterization. This ranges from very vague for the characters (especially Kyon) to more in-depth for others. Really, in this and future volumes it is so interesting to see the growth in Nagato's personality, for instance. Haruhi has an overbearing presence that is the focus of the other characters' attention, and Koizumi and Asahina are not as well fleshed out yet. Likely this is due to them having agendas of their own, but it gets worse when we don't see their thoughts as we do Kyon's. Kyon is not reliable as a narrator either, but as he *is* the one whose pov is the constant


one, we get some idea for who he is and his thoughts, feelings, so on, vague though they are. Of course, the fact that Kyon is snarky to the extreme and not honest with his own feelings hampers the audience's ability to get to know him, but that is part of the fun.I can't really think of anything to complain about, other than that as this is originally a *Japanese* story, with Japanese humor and so on, there might be some comedic dissonance for other audiences. It might rub you the wrong way if you don't realize that much of the stuff you will find to be out there is humor and not to be taken seriously. Once you get past the weirdness (or perceived to be so, due to cultural differences) of parts of the story, you will really come to enjoy this, as I did.Trust me, you won't regret giving this unique, strange, absolutely *hilarious* and fun light novel a chance.Rating: 5/5 Stars.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. as good as the anime...or the anime is as good as the novelBy ZarahI'm pretty sure this is the first Japanese Light Novel I've ever read. Heck, I wasn't even sure what qualified as a Light Novel before yesterday. I do now. I'm probably a bit old for it, but having seen the anime and read a few of the manga volumes I snapped up the chance to read the novel that sparked the revolution when given the chance. The plot is almost identical to the anime, so if you've seen it you'll know what to expect. But it's still worth reading the book so that you can experience Kyon's sarcastic narrative. He is wickedly funny, as well as all the hormonally charged things you would expect a normal (albeit polite) 16 year old Japanese boy to be. I did think Suzumiya came across a little crueler here than in the anime or manga, but still a lot of crazy fun.It was occasionally difficult to tell who was speaking and sometimes it was hard to decide what was meant to have been spoken out-loud and what was just Kyon's internal dialogue. (Is it a monologue if you're talking to yourself?). All-inall though the narrative style was easy and makes for a quick, fun read. I'd be up for more. Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn't know it!Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.The phenomenon that took Japan by storm - with more than 4.5 million copies sold - is now available in the first-ever English edition. From School Library JournalGrade 7 UpHaruhi Suzumiya, who dislikes boredom and has cravings to meet aliens, time travelers, and espers, decides to liven up things in her high school. She starts a new club, the S.O.S. Brigade, and takes over a classroom, some computer equipment, and, because she forces them to join, a big part of the new members' lives. Kyon is especially drawn in by Haruhi's demanding nature and her cute face. It is hard to imagine why, as she bosses everyone around, is moody and abrupt, and is generally unlikable. Soon, Kyon discovers that the other club members are some sort of aliens with powers that intervene in human affairs for the Data Overmind when certain humans have thoughts and feelings that affect the configurations of space and time. For some reason, Haruhi is one of those humans, and the interfaces try to use Kyon to intercept and influence her reactions and deflect problematic results. This novel goes nowhere conclusive, serving only as an introduction to a series of 10 sequels popular in Japan. Characters are sketchy and at times the story drags. The writing style has a mangalike sensation, with several manga drawings included. Interestingly, there is an excerpt from a new graphic novel based on the same story appended at the end, announcing the upcoming publication of it in that format, for which the tone and style of the narrative seem much better suited.Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.About the AuthorNagaru Tanigawa is a Japanese author best known for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for which he won the grand prize at the eighth annual Sneaker Awards.

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