The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya Series #1)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9780316039024
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: Haruhi Suzumiya Series , #1
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.70(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

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.

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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
encrypted12345 More than 1 year ago
This review will attempt to be objective as possible though it should be noted that I absolutely love this series. Now then, I should first state that saying I love anime is about as pointless as saying I love movies or novels since all three are but mediums to convey information like stories or facts. Without spoiling the story, I will explain why this series of books is so well loved. First of all, it takes many genres and puts elements of all of them to create a unique piece of work. We have all heard of mystery and science fiction, but few authors can convincingly combine the genres of slice-of-life, romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, philosophy, and drama into a single piece of work. Second, the narrator Kyon is quite a unique choice to make the narrator. His overly sarcastic narration gives the reader a giggle once in a while, his monolouges give the reader something to think about, and he makes both over the top comparisons and obsure allusions. Fermat's last theorum is definitely not in the curriculum of a high school math class. I should know, I'm a junior taking Calculus AB AP, and I highly doubt Calculus BC refers to it. More than that, it's the fact that he seems a reliable enough narrator, but entire essays can be written about how unreliable a narrator Kyon is. After all, a reliable narrator should be courteous enough to give us his real name. Third, this series is known for its deep, deep characterization. Don't get me wrong, the plot is interesting, but it's the character development that makes this series so much loved. Every main character is given time to develop (some more than others), so even if you don't like one of the characters at first, by the time the fourth novel comes around, you'll appreciate all of the characters more. Fourth, this novel series is very deep. Remember your high school literary class where you learned and were forced to analyze novels? Those analysis skills will be very useful in this piece of work. It takes a couple of rereads to get everything this novel has to offer, and there's even seemingly innocuous phrases and actions that foreshadow the events in future novels! Much of the characterization is derived from the subtlest of actions that even the unreliable narrator thinks is insignificant. However, flaws exist like in everything else. It takes good number of pages for the story to take off and the title character fits almost all of the criteria to be diagnosed with antisocial disorder even by the end of the first book. As such, her actions are ... objectionable. Regardless, this novel is a very entertaining read. If you want an unique book that has been praised as genre-defying, then this book is for you.
psylence More than 1 year ago
Granted, I may be biased because I saw and loved the anime series based on this book before I read it but I think anyone would find this book charming and quirky, anime fan or not. As its own separate entity, the book moves smoothly between each episodic scene starring its cast of colorful characters. The book doesn't carry much weight as I had to stop myself from blowing through it too quickly, but they may also be a sign of just how much I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooo funnny.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The book that the 2006 hit anime was based upon, 'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya' comes translated to the US in paperback form. An enjoyable light read, even for those who've' already seen the anime, though the story is practically identical and would not generate any new surprises for those familiar with the show.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Kyon had given up all his childish fantasies before entering middle school. Starting high school he had no ambitions beyond getting up the steep hill to his classes. Things started looking more interesting when he notices the cute girl sitting behind him. The only problem is that when she introduces herself as being in search of aliens, time travelers, sliders and espers, it is clear she is a little off her rocker....or is she?The idea that the creation and destruction of life, the universe and everything could lie in the hands of a high school girl is a little too horrifying to contemplate. Add in the fact that said high school girl turns out to be a sadistic lunatic in a sailor suit and things just get really scary. There are parts of this book that I really like, the wild theories, Haruhi's determination in finding weird things to make every day life more exciting and many of Kyon's one-off lines all made this an enjoyable read. The plot was really out there and very imaginative with a story that is quick and fun. Not so enjoyable was Haruhi's harassment of Asahina which was too alarming to be charming and everyone else's complicity (not to mention Kyon's secret enjoyment of it) in allowing it to happen was disturbing as well. As far as the translation itself went, it struck me as pretty seamless. Very nicely done. Generally an interesting story with some great quirks but also some disturbing issues.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Attention American Rearers: You WILL experience culture shock while reading this novel. If you are unfamiliar with the inner-workings of Japanese private schools, the way sexuality is portrayed in their books and films, or have never read an imported comic book, you¿re going to have to keep an open mind when reading The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. But, if you¿re willing to try something different, this novel is a real treat. One boy¿s mundane existence is thrown upside down when he starts high school in the same class as Haruhi, a girl rumored to be a little strange, and who tells the class she¿d like to meet people interested in aliens, espers, and time-travellers. Because she demands it, they start a club, the S.O.S. brigade, and soon are off on fruitless ¿ if exhausting ¿ adventures in town. But what Haruhi and her cohorts don¿t know is that our universe¿s very existence is in her hands. And it may be in danger. Tanigawa¿s novel is the beginning of a promising series ¿ come find out why Japan already loves the S.O.S. brigade so dearly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a manga. It is a ligt novel. It is nevertheless excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is based off the animae/ manga. It is pretty good
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For those who have watched the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, you won't be learning much more than you did watching the show, instead you are treated to a few more instances listening to Kyon's humorous if not callous internal dialogue. For those that somehow stumbled into this, I would recommend first watching the anime, as the novel is more the next step forward for strong fans of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the first episode of the anime.Should i buy this manga?The anime was ok.I mean I only saw one episodd,but it looks fun.Should I get this manga??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watched the animes on youtube when my brother was looking fer naruto last month loved it better then my sister loving a guy named sasuke all day she loved the esper dude lol shes 8 but i didnt care my dad loved it too mom liked it as well i think the esper dude smiled too much lol
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Yes there are mang books. For some silly reason none of them have samples, so you better have google at your disposal. About the yaoi thing... there ARE some non-yaoi manga but you have to look hard for it. B&N is full of poorly writteen literary smut for some damn reason, and it's really irritating for those of us that aren't qoute-unquote "open minded" (as B&N puts it). I just guess that this place attracts those kinds of people, sort of like tokyopop. Tokyopop was just loaded down with crap artist and yaoi hounds. It might be because both B&N and TP don't have an ounce of quality control.
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I never noticed what the new nook update did. Plus no more infinite Yaoi!!!!!!!!!
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