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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

mikibooks's review against another edition

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4.0

Muy entretenida. Tanto o más que el animé y mil veces mejor que el manga. En algún momento tengo que leer también las novelas que le siguen a esta.

syls01's review against another edition

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3.0

I'm free

adequate_squatch's review

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1.0

I’ve never been a big fan of manga, which is probably why I’d never heard of this novel until quite recently. Apparently, it’s more or less the Japanese incarnation of Twilight. Not so much because of vampires and romance, but moreso because it’s a sub-par novel that has become an international craze. At least enough of a craze for its English translation to have a display near the front of Borders. When I mentioned it to my manga-nerd friends, they knew exactly what I was talking about. The novel has been adapted into a graphic novel, as well as an animated TV show. I figured it was about time for me to get my claws into it.

The plot of the novel caught my eye, and was the reason I picked it up in the first place. The narrator, Kyon, attends his first day of high school and meets Haruhi Suzumiya, a beautiful and sour young lady who soon becomes infamous for her strange behavior and self-proclaimed disinterest in “ordinary humans.” Together, Kyon and Haruhi start up the SOS Brigade, whose aim is to find espers, aliens, and time-travelers. More importantly, the SOS Brigade is supposed to keep Haruhi occupied so that she won’t destroy the world with the amazing power that she unknowingly wields. As Kyon gets dragged along for the ride, he discovers that his life is not as ordinary that he thinks, and probably never will be ordinary again.

My biggest beef with this novel is how much it tells and how little it shows. I don’t want Tanigawa to tell me that Haruhi is angry. I want to figure out that she’s angry by the way she slams her books on the desk. I don’t want Kyon to say that he’s hot, I want the imagery of his sweat-soaked school uniform. The lack of this type of description made the book very boring for me, and it took me over two weeks to finish its 224 pages, just because I couldn’t read more than a few without losing interest.

Beef number two was the overuse of similes. Tanigawa is apparently very fond of them, and they’re not particularly good similes. Sometimes there were several in the same paragraph (like college kids crammed into a phone booth?).

I was disappointed. The premise of the novel was very good. There were times when the novel surprised me with phenomenal insight just when I was about to throw it in the trash. Unfortunately, Tanigawa failed to expand on the more interesting aspects of the plot, and mostly stuck to describing the characters mundane day-to-day school lives in lifeless detail.

One more thing, it irked me how every main character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya seemed to be uncommonly beautiful. I like to see flaws in my characters. It makes them more real. Mikuru Asahina could have had a crooked nose from a childhood accident. Or Haruhi could have had frizzy, untameable hair. But they didn’t. Tanigawa described them all as being close to perfection, and that annoyed me to no end.

Why are you so popular, Haruhi? Maybe I’ll just never understand what draws the masses. At any rate, this will probably be the last time for a while that I’ll try anything manga-related.

floppytelex's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

a_thousand_suns's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

granbeck's review

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1.0

If you approve and feel interested in reading about sexual predators and their adventures, this book is for you!

There is very little good that can be said about this book, I felt appalled at the very beginning at the main character's descriptions of his female schoolmates. Objectifying, sexualised and clearly made for the pleasure of male readers to imagine. When then it was clear that sexual and emotional abuse was part of the story, and being normalised at that, I frankly felt for throwing the book out the window. I didn't though, I read the whole damn thing to make sure that no one would be able to tell me that the only reason I didn't like it was because I didn't finish it.

The story is subpar, the language poorly translated and the characters substandard; I don't recommend this to anyone.

hexijosh's review

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3.0

I waited a really long time for this book to come out but had forgotten about it completely this year until I came across it in the book store.
I had originally seen bits and pieces of the anime, as most Americans have, and was anxious to read the original novel. While I enjoyed it as a whole, the anime is pretty much an exact play-by-play of the book. Even the dialogue is nearly identical between the two, which is good for hardcore fans, I suppose.
To be honest, I didn't find the book as hilarious as the series as I believe they had to leave a lot out in translation. Understandable. But I think they could have at least found good equivalents for the jokes.
Even though, I do recommend this to fans of the series or to someone who just wants a weird light read that you can polish off in a single day.

zaggeta's review

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4.0

A splendid book that not only adds to the enjoyment of the anime, but very rightly can stand by itself.

saine's review against another edition

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4.0

Para ser sincero eu pensava que era só um slice of life normal com um romance básico mas DAMN THAT TOOK A TURN.
Quero muito ler o próximo livro.
Adorei .

incognateo's review

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adventurous funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0