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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (The Haruhi Suzumiya Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Grade 7 Up–Haruhi 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
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About the Author

Nagaru 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. Tanigawa is currently working on the tenth novel about Haruhi Suzumiya and the S.O.S. Brigade.

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  • File Size: 3369 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UTNPH4
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Lumiere on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Almost every single review here is about volume one of the manga. This is NOT the manga, but a translated light novel, which means there's no pictures other than a few pages of colored illustrations which I believe is by Noizi Ito (who designed the Haruhi characters, as well as Shana characters), and the manga preview. The light novel is what started it all, so this novel is the reason the anime and manga versions even existed.

Do not base the reviews on all the reviews talking about the manga, because this is not the manga. The quality of this translated light novel is very good, and the hardcover makes it look very nice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron C. Cash on May 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This light novel has a fascinating style of narration that feeds the action to the reader in a descriptive and comical way. The first-person perspective lends to the narration in a texturally exciting fashion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shugo Takahashi on May 18, 2009
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Just to start this off here for people who may be confused: This is NOT a manga. This book is a LIGHT NOVEL. Light novel is a Japanese term used to describe a small novel primarily targeted at teens and young adults. There are FEW PICTURES in this book and it is MOSTLY WORDS. If you are looking for the first volume of the manga of the same name, it can be found here: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 1

After watching the hit anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as it was coming out in Japan back in 2006, I proceeded to read fan-translated versions of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, which is where the story originally got its start. The story goes far beyond what the anime covers and it's very well-written and entertaining. The series alternates between serious adventure and sidestory hijinks with small mysteries that the SOS Brigade indulges in. For any adolescent anime fan, this is a fun and interesting read, especially with nine more volumes coming down the line.

The first volume on its own, however, may not be quite as appealing to fans of the anime who aren't die-hard Haruhi fans. The anime is pretty closely cut from the original story, so the most extra content fans who have seen the whole anime will find are a few extra thoughts from Kyon (he's the sole narrator of the entire story) and the ever-so-slight variation in detail now and then. The real volume Haruhi anime fans would want to wait for is the forthcoming The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, due out in October of this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Lester on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. It's the perfect storm: a zany, thoughtful, laugh-out-loud, joy ride of literature were you have no idea what could happen in the next couple of pages, let alone the next couple of chapters. I have to admit that I haven't had this much fun reading any other book in my life (and I've read hundreds of them).

A quick summary: The story revolves around a young girl named Haruhi Suzumiya who makes it clear that she has no interest in normal people or mainstream ideas. Instead, she seeks out the extraordinary: aliens, time travelers, sliders, and espers -anything involving the paranormal. The story is told through the lens of the surprisingly normal Kyon, who becomes Haruhi's confidant and the first member of her unauthorized after school club which deals in anything out of the ordinary: the SOS Brigade. She quickly recruits three more students to her club: the silent bookworm Yuki Nagato, the meek and charming Mikuru Asahina, and the mysterious transfer student Itsuki Koizumi. Though they seem for the most part normal, Kyon soon learns that there is more to this club and it members than meets the eye, and that the world he lives in may just so happen to literally revolve around Haruhi.

This book is great for both the hardcore reader who may be getting bored of their standard action/thriller/fantasy books, and also for those who dislike the long 300 to 700 page sagas which take a long while to read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D.Sky on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'll be honest, I didn't enjoy the manga and I enjoyed the anime even less. I thought the whole Haruhism fad wasn't for me, but I decided to check out the light novels anyway.

The books are sooooo much better than both the manga and anime. This book is a great introduction to the world of Suzumiya and genuinely interesting. I'd recommend you pick up the next book in the series at the same time you order this one, as you'll blast through this book and want more Haruhi immediately.

Also, the books have a fabulous design.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anton D on April 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for both Haruhi fans and those who have been recently introduced to this wonderful series. It is very well translated and doesn't leave those who are not accustomed to Japanese culture completely confused. Also, the art work and colored pages are extremely beautiful. A must buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Invalidwords on January 31, 2012
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If you are not a Japophile you may find this novel difficult to understand. Even if you are, in many ways, it's a difficult story to follow.

That said, there's a reason this book started the craze that it did. It is a very fun story with a unique cast of characters that, somehow, manage to feel 'authentic' in their universe. Much of the content is easy to view as intellectually shallow, but a more complete look at the work does reveal it to be quite a bit deeper than one might expect. The Japanese have a fondness for exploring the themes of mortality and existentialism, and Haruhi does a poignant, if amusing, job of that.

My reading was aided by having watched the anime which, on a separate note, is incredibly well done and follows the book essentially to a T. It is important to understand, however, that the book did come first. There's actually a manga based on it as well which I haven't read myself, but I've heard its the weakest part of the franchise.

Japanese to English is never easy and never perfect, but the translator here does a pretty good job. Awkwardness only occasionally seeps into the writing, and doesn't negatively affect the reading overmuch.

All in all, for the three dollars I paid for it (cheapest book I ever bought!) the physical quality of the item and the enjoyment I got out of it were well worth the price.
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