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The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya (The Haruhi Suzumiya Series Book 3)

The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya (The Haruhi Suzumiya Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Nagaru Tanigawa
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Welcome to Book No 3 in Japan's hottest series, the international phenomenon known as Haruhism!

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This third volume in the Haruhi Suzumiya series is a collection of four exciting short stories that chronologically take place before The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya.

The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya:
In her latest attempt to give the S.O.S. Brigade more public exposure, Haruhi signs the group up for the city-wide baseball tournament.

Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody:
It's like Back To the Future! In order to prevent an impending disaster, Mikuru takes Kyon back in time, where he meets Haruhi as a seventh grader.

Mysterique Sign:
The computer club president at school mysteriously disappears, and it's up to the S.O.S. Brigade to get to the bottom of it!

Remote Island Syndrome:
It's vacation time when a relative of Itsuki's invites the S.O.S. Brigade to stay at his island villa. But then a dead body turns up, and Haruhi and the gang get mixed up in a thrilling murder mystery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4300 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005Q5QCB0
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four SOS Brigade short stories 22 July 2010
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This third book in the `Haruhi Suzumiya' series of light novels is a collection of four short stories that detail events that happened between `Melancholy' and `Sigh'.

The first of these stories is `The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya' and sees the SOS Brigade and their friends partake in a baseball tournament. This was apparently the first Haruhi Suzumiya story that was officially published and while it is definitely as entertaining as the rest of the series, it does feel a bit lacklustre compared to some of the other parts of the series.

The nest story `Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody' is my favourite of the four stories in this book. When Haruhi decides that the SOS Brigade will be doing something for Tanabata things it leads to Kyon taking an unexpected trip with Asahina to three years in the past. This is a really interesting story that sheds some light on some things mentioned in the first book of the series.

The shortest story in the book is `Mysterique Sign' and it sees the SOS Brigade investigate the disappearance of the computer club president and how it connects to Haruhi. This is an interesting story which I like because it focuses more on Yuki Nagato who is my favourite character from the series.

`Remote Island Syndrome' is the last and longest story in this book and it is quite entertaining, even if the ending was something of an anti-climax. The story sees the SOS Brigade travel to a villa on an isolated island owned by one of Koizumi's relatives. While there the Brigade gets drawn into a mysterious event that isn't all it seems. This is a very good story and is probably my second favourite of in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 6 Aug 2014
The Haruhi Suzumiya series continues, I feel, to get even better and better. Instead of following a regular plot like the earlier iterations of the series, the third book is presented as a series of short stories, which I feel definitely makes it stand out among the other books in the series. I would recommend this book, and the series as a whole, to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 May 2013
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My son likes reading books like this he said it was brilliant sorry for not reviewing sooner as completely forgot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Far From Boring 1 July 2010
By Timothy Riley - Published on
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Considering that the second novel in the Haruhi series was my first review, it's only appropriate that I go ahead and review the latest addition to English translation of the series.

The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya, unlike the first two books, is not actually a novel, rather it is a collection of short stories taking place between the first two books. Fans of the anime will not find much new here as all four stories were adapted either during the first or second season, but they will probably be interested in finding out what scenes didn't make it onto the show.

The four stories contained in the book are the following:

1. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
The title story of the book follows the group's attempt at playing a baseball game. The story has a few minor differences from the anime version, but pretty much nothing new here.

2. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody
By far my favorite story in the collection. Kyon and Mikuru travel back in time to witness (and assist) in an event mentioned in a previous book. I don't know if there were any events different from the anime version as I have not seen the second season of the series, but the story stands out as one of my favorites.

3. Mysterique Sign
The computer club president goes missing and the SOS Brigade is hired by his girlfriend to look for him. I'll admit, this was my least favorite episode of the anime and the short story does nothing to improve on it. Fortunately it's also the shortest story in the book.

4. Remote Island Syndrome
The group goes on an island vacation to find themselves in a classic mystery scenario. My second favorite story in the collection and also the longest, taking up almost half of the book. Fans of the anime will notice many differences in this one. Probably due to length, the anime cut out several of the scenes, and curiously they also added a few that were not in the story.

The book stands as a testament to how well done the anime was. As already pointed out, while reading the book, I counted only a few scenes that were not shown in the anime, most of which were in the final story. While this was somewhat disappointing because that meant I knew everything that was going to happen, it still made me even more impressed with the anime. Assuming the translation is accurate, one can't help but be a little impressed.

While I would certainly suggest this for fans of the Haruhi Suzumiya series, this is far from the best book in the series. I'm going to have to go with 3 and a half stars, even though my review is listed as 4. Enjoyable book, but far from the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Suzumiya's Latest Both Entertains and Disappoints 30 July 2010
By Sammy Swartz - Published on
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The Haruhi Suzumiya series is one that seems to fluctuate wildly from incredible to mediocre depending on the volume. The first book, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, is a brilliant work that combines fascinating sci-fi concepts with outlandish humor, captivating characters, mysterious revelations, and even a little romance. Unfortunately, the second book, The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, lacks much of its predecessor's intrigue and feels a bit flat and uninspired by comparison. Many wondered whether the upcoming third book, The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya, would recapture the magic of the first installment. Well, the novel is finally available, but the question is not an easy one to answer.

In short, the most recent addition to the Suzumiya franchise both impresses and disappoints. This is due largely to its format--instead of being one long story, it's actually a collection of four short stories of various quality. For instance, the first tale chronicles Haruhi dragging the SOS Brigade into a baseball tournament. Naturally, things start to go wrong. And that's the plot. Sure, some of the events are amusing, but the story smacks of being akin to a "filler" anime episode rather than offering readers anything truly insightful or significant. Conversely, the second story depicts Kyon traveling back in time and inadvertently playing a pivotal role in certain future events. It's short, but this story is both a worthwhile and interesting read. The final two stories don't add much to the Suzumiya mythos, but do at least provide some insights into the supporting cast and are mildly entertaining.

Story quality aside, however, where this book really suffers compared to its predecessors is its readability. Sentences don't always flow well from one to the next, and, occasionally, even entire paragraphs are awkward to read. Most problematic is trying to follow Kyon's internal monologue; it sometimes appears that he's thinking/narrating when he's in fact speaking aloud to the other characters, despite there being no quotation marks to indicate as much. Characters will simply respond to what seemed to be his private thoughts, which can be very disorienting for the reader.

Overall, The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya is a rather lopsided effort comprised of both good and mediocre stories and writing/translation work that is generally decent but sometimes feels rushed or lazy. Major fans of the series should check this book out, but casual followers of the franchise will probably not be impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had friends like these... 1 Oct 2010
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Once again, in this third installment of the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series, Tanigawa-san has given us the stories about Kyon's long-suffering with a crazy classmate who may or not be the goddess of earth, a sexy and sweet time traveler, a monotone & bookaholic alien, and a shrewd and somewhat mysterious Esper. I'm speaking of course of Haruhi, Mikuru, Yuki, and Itsuki respectively. Out of all the stories in this light novel, I enjoyed "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" and "Remote Island Syndrome" the best. "Rhapsody" explains why Haruhi thought she'd met Kyon before, and that's all I will say about the plot itself. I thought that this story was one of the more interesting ones out of all the light novels so far. "Syndrome" is one of my favorites because of the setting. A secluded island with only a few people on it...sounds heavenly. However, a sudden hurricane flares up and the SOS Brigade finds themselves in the midst of a murder-mystery! In all honesty, the reason I love reading these books is because of Kyon. His sense of humor and his observations about his world are hysterical and yet right on the money. He's my favorite character in the anime series and the light novels. I also like Yuki, just because I think there's a lot more going on with her than she lets on. Anyway, I highly reccomend this and the other light novels!
4.0 out of 5 stars Recaptured the Magic 21 July 2010
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Assuming that all of the translations are correct, I must say that I'm impressed with this series so far. Some sentences didn't seem to flow, but I think that's how the translation went.

This book recaptured the magic from the first book, which I thought had been a little lost in the second. I'm very impressed in that this book is a collection of short stories because of how it forces the plot to be more stronger.

Even though I'm not a fan of baseball, I really liked the Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya. It's not surprising that it was also one of my favorite parts of the anime, and this story made it even better than the anime. This was one of the few stories to actaully get a belly laugh from me.

My second favorite story was Remote Island Syndrome. Even though it was a little cliche, I really liked it. I thought it was very well written, and if it was a little longer I think it could have been its own separate book.

Compared to how good my favorites, the middle two stories seemed a little mediocre. However they were still good to read, and I thought that they felt a little too much like the second book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Short Story Collection Deepens the Storyline 19 Feb 2014
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<i>The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya</i> is the third volume in the series, and takes a slightly different approach to relating the further adventures of Kyon's life dealing with Haruhi's annoying reality-warping abilities. Instead of one, unified story, we have four short stories.

These stories are a mix of short works for magazines and just something the author wrote that was too long for being published in a magazine, but too short for a full book. Thus, it was put here.

The stories take place around the same time period, where our characters in the SOS Brigade are preparing to finish their current school term, and go on vacation. It's a time for studying, and hoping you do well on your exams. Then, you get to have fun with friends. Or at least, this is how it OUGHT to be, but it can't be for Kyon and the others in the SOS, because Haruhi won't allow it.

Instead, Kyon, Nagato, and Asahina have to spend their time keeping Haruhi happy and occupied, lest she subconsciously use her reality-warping powers to wreak havoc in the world. Of course, they succeed, and of course, Kyon hates it. Or well, he <i>says</i> he hates it all. I have my doubts.

You see, Kyon is supposed to be not very book smart, and he claims to hate Haruhi. Yet, his narrative betrays a depth of knowledge in a vast range of subjects that is quite impressive. Also, for someone who claims to hate Haruhi so much, he certainly talks about her beauty and her smile a lot, and he seems strangely jealous when others get attention from Haruhi. Kind of tsundere-ish, if you ask me. Of course, he would deny it all, especially the last point, but that is part of the fun of the work.

Kyon fits perfectly the idea of an “unreliable narrator”. We can't tell what thoughts are really his, and what are not, if he is serious, if he isn't, and so forth. Does he hate Haruhi, or is he in love with her and in denial? Is he really intellectually average, or is he a genius who is just lazy? These types of questions come up a lot to a reader in this book.

The only thing I didn't like was that Kyon's narration, though certainly funny and entertaining, could verge on the whiny and slightly annoying at times. It's understandable having to deal with an amoral, selfish brat with god-like powers, who you have to keep entertained to keep the world safe, that one would be annoyed. Still, it is a bit too far with the constant whining at times. If the author can have Kyon get a little less whiny, it would be perfect. Perhaps as Haruhi gets nicer and more moral, as she is starting to do, this will happen in future books. It would be a nice parallel character development.

This is a really fun and cheeky light novel series, and I quite enjoy reading it.
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