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

Nagaru Tanigawa
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Book Description

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.

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Welcome Japan's hottest property-and the international phenomenon known as Haruhism!

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3369 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel & Manga Review 8 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Because Amazon is copying the reviews from both the first volume of the manga and the novel of `The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya' I will have to review both with this one review.

First the original novel.

I had heard a lot about the `Haruhi Suzumiya franchise for a while and while I have yet to see the anime series, I had read a couple of volumes of the manga before coming to read the original novel that started it all and I must say that it is greatly entreating. The story follows the regular student Kyon as he begins what he thinks will be a regular life at high school but all this changes when he meets Haruhi Suzumiya and gets dragged into her strange world.

I found the book to be extremely enjoyable. The book seemed to be well written and translated and the story itself is thoroughly engaging and the characters greatly interesting. I am generally not much of a fan of first person narratives but I do feel that it worked in this case with Kyon's narration being very good. The story itself is very funny and also does touch on some more philosophical points as well.

Overall I found the novel of `The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya' to be a very good read and I will definitely be getting the other books in the series.

Now the first volume of the manga.

While the manga adaptation of the Haruhi Suzumiya is very enjoyable and probably well worth five stars in its own right, it probably isn't as good as the original novel. The manga follows the same plot as the book but with some of the major events of the story happening in a different order and while there is nothing wrong with this, it is a bit jarring after having read the novel. The artwork is good and the use of super deformed artwork is actually quite funny and fits the tone of the series well.
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I'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-in-all though the narrative style was easy and makes for a quick, fun read. I'd be up for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 19 Mar. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great novel and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It is great read for anyone and I highly recommend buying a copy. I ordered the hardback edition and I must say it is a great release and with the original Japanese cover art it is great for collectors. If you are new or already a fan of the Haruhi series then definitely buy a copy as I would rate this 10/10. Absolutely Amazing
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, annoying localisation 25 Jun. 2009
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I'm coming at this from the point of view of someone who's watched all of the anime so far (the 14 original episodes and the two new ones that have aired this year so far) and will be watching the new episode later today. I'd read bits of the fan translated novels on sites like Baka-Tsuki but was always put off reading too much because I didn't want to spoil anything, preferring to get all the revelations from the anime.

The problem with this book isn't the source material (i.e. the original Japanese light novel) but rather the way in which it's been localised for western (well, American) audiences. While the Haruhi Suzumiya novels are indeed set in a high school, and while they are named after the heroine, it's a lot more of an ensemble piece and, actually, it's more like Kyon is the main character rather than Haruhi. Haruhi is more the "MacGuffin" of the plot (Wiki it if you don't know what it means) than the heroine; it's more about everyone else trying to keep her happy. As a silly analogy, it's like in the movie Speed. The main character is Keanu Reeves' character, not the bus. The bus is the MacGuffin - everyone else has to keep it from dropping below 50.

The problem is that this book, this translation and localisation, seems to be trying to make out that Haruhi is the main character. It turns it into something like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Sabrina The Teenage Witch by setting up the story as "schoolgirl with superpowers!" and aims it at teenage girls. This mentality is only blatantly obvious in the blurb and general presentation of the book, but actually permeates every aspect of the translation. I won't say that the original stories are some deep metaphysical masterpiece, but they ARE a lot deeper than "hey girlfriend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 29 Jan. 2014
By splug
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This is bonkers story about a cute japanese girl that has a thunderous temperament and may be God without realising t.
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