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

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,995 ratings  ·  178 reviews
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.

Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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First of all, this is the first novel of "Haruhi Suzumiya" series. It's the prose format novel. It's not the manga version. I just want to explain it to avoid confusions. I was really eager to read this book since I've researched that on Japan, this book series beat on sales to the "Harry Potter" series, and I'm not going to compare or trying to make a fuzz of what series is better, just it got my attention since any book series that can compete on sales, on any country, with "Harry Potter" book...more
Jul 02, 2009 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: mystery-lovers
This is a review of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, volumes 1-7. I'd give the first few only 3 stars because they aren't as involved as the later ones: you reach the best parts as the puzzle pieces add up and create a bigger and bigger picture. The reason I didn't give the series five stars is that some stylistic choices don't translate well into English. Kyon is an extremely introspective narrator; metaphors are frequently bloated by English standards; the plot unravels so slowly that you don...more
Jay H
I read this novel because I wanted more of the story after watching the anime, and because books always have more to offer than their movie/tv show counterparts. Well it was a huge disappointment. Everything, and I mean every single scene in the book was incorporated into the anime so there was nothing new, and the writing was so bland that it left almost no motivation to finish the book. I do feel that a lot of the voice is lost in translation, but even so there could've been so much more to of...more
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 nov...more
Sean O'Hara
The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is about a 14 year old Japanese schoolgirl.

(Well, there's a surprise. When was the last time you came across a light novel that didn't have a teenage girl as the protagonist? Japanese authors write about schoolgirls the way Americans write about middle aged white guys.)

True. Although to be fair, Haruhi isn't really the protagonist. She's more a force of nature. The real protag of the story is the narrator, Kyon. He doesn't want to be the hero -- he'd rather be a...more
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...more
Lindley Walter-smith
First of all, I'm really glad some Japanese light novels are making it into English. And there was a lot to like in this one - the science fiction plot, the ambiguity about who is the real source of power and strangeness - everyone in the novel seems to think it's Haruhi, but it's amazing that every event turns out to play to exactly what Kyon wishes for - are really original and enjoyable. There was a lot I found appealing and fascinating.

What wasn't appealing and fascinating was the relentless...more
Jun 12, 2010 Rhockman rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rhockman by: Federiken Masters
El argumento es absorbente pero peca en exceso de protagonista "concha vacía" (Suena mejor en inglés).

Hice un intento muy fuerte por despegarme de la imagen de la portada y hacerme mi propio elenco de personajes de carne y hueso... pero está escrito para que sean personajes de manga.

Creo que hay otra historia igual de interesante en el libro, distinta a la que transcurre en el relato; y me imagino que es la de un autor bienintencionado con una idea interesante y la de un vacío creativo en el inc...more
Sahar Muhaisen
يعني أنا مش عارفة شو أحكي..أنا شاهد مشافش حاجة

ال3 نجوم للشيء اللي بيشبه الشعر اللي بآخر صفحة..لا أكثر ولا أقل
Colin Bruce Anthes
When I found the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, I was ecstatic. This comic splash, seamlessly travelling from cosmic science fiction to familiar high school nostalgia, was a masterpiece. “What I find incredible,” I said to a friend and co-watcher, “is that it’s so much more than just genre fiction.”

I have now read the first three books. They are no more than genre fiction.

The norm, of course, is for film and TV adaptations to capture a part or an essence of the book, and then f...more
I had an awesome experience discovering Haruhi Suzumiya's world.

What I knew about this collection before started reading was almost nothing, apart from the visual appearance of the main characters due to the anime. This was a bit misleading, given the fact that at first glance it looks like a school manga with all the well-known clichés. After reading the first part of the history, I can say that this is still true, but there a lot more in this plot that turns the story into a really appealing w...more
Ah, the memories of watching the Haruhi Suzumiya anime all came back as I read through this first novel in the series. Obviously, the novel goes into much more detail than the show.

And since I've watched the anime, I already knew what was to come, and the "surprising" events didn't catch me off guard, although it still was enjoyable to read.

It's a light read, which slowly starts off normal enough. The reader gets insight into the mind of Kyon, as it is through his perspective that he is the narr...more
Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Manga books are the best. I am such a huge fan of The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The art style is the best. And i am so in love with Haruhi Suzumiya she is the best character out of all the characters in the series. I don like the other characters as well. i just like/love Haruhi Suzumiya more. And when somebody dosen't understabnd this. All they need to do is take time and open up there mind. And they need to watch season 1 and 2 for The melancholy of Haruh...more
Lottie Eve
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya(such a long title!) is a very delightful, fun, and quick read that will bring a smile to your face. I recommend it to readers the age of 13 and up. I would say for all ages but there are a couple of scenes that are little mature(although not to over the top).

This book is filled with delightfully fun characters. Haruhi is a very entertaining character. She is funny and a will go to extremes to get what she wants and when I say extreme I mean extreme(no wonder nob...more
This is the first volume from the infamous (?) Haruhi Suzumiya series. I was familiar with most of the plot thanks to its anime adaptation, but boy wasn't it a great feeling to recap all the shocking scenes and revelations about each SOS member on papar all over again!

Haruhi is actually one of those rare series I enjoy a lot despite lack of love for its heroine. Yet one has to admit that only when all characters are gathered in front of Haruhi as one entity (Team SOS) do we get to see the best...more
Timothy Stone
I'm a frequent visitor to the web site Recently, while doing so, I saw a page for a group of Japanese light novels that were translated into English, called Haruhi Suzumiya. I thought the premise was interesting, if somewhat weird, and read the first one, called The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was... unique, to say the least.

Let's clear up a few points first. Though Haruhi Suzumiya is the character that is the “focus” of the novel, she is NOT the main character. That would be...more
Lori Nakagawa
For those who like Japanese Manga or know much of Japanese culture, this is an entertaining and imaginative read. I'm not such a big fan of Manga, but since it was a novel it was better to me. Haruhi is a cute but overly determined high school girl in a city "where nothing exciting ever happens." Well at least until Haruhi arrived... This was a very popular book in Japan and will be to those who are in touch with the culture there.
A student recommended and then loaned this book to me because he wanted someone else to read it (so he could then talk to them about it). How could I say "no"? This was a quick, fun read--think anime/manga style but written as a traditional novel.
my first manga - enjoyable read although obviously written for YA audience.
Sillydog144 Yahoocom
More of 2.5 stars. Didn't really have much of a plot, but some parts I liked.
Jan 11, 2010 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, japanese
Cute but a little too male-Japanese-fantasy for me.
Alyaa Hasab Allah
عادي اوي
عادي جدا
Realmente creo que la versión que me conseguí no tiene una buena traducción (era hecha por fans) porque , a pesar de entender la historia, la manera en que se cuenta da mucho asco. Había errores en los tiempos verbales y el lenguaje utilizado era bien penca. Pero bue, el día que aprenda japonés me leo la versión original.

Si bien, para mi, no es la gran historia, es interesante. Los distintos personajes tienen características distintivas que los hacen muy queribles, y sus distintas personalidad h...more
John Paul Baila
a book that has a lot more to it than just some humorous fantasy. the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has a pretty straight forward story line, however it engages in multiple theories of philosophy having to do with time, paradoxes, and many interesting thoughts involving sci-fi and fantasy. many of these theories are bluntly expressed in the story while some are not so easy to see. if given some thought, these ideas can cooperate with everyday life and it become clear that the author want us to s...more
May 05, 2012 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: books
Light novel indeed. This is a short book and it's meant to be. That isn't a bad thing, but if you want more meat, especially if you have seen the anime, then you definitely have to grab the sequels alongside this one.
The story takes the perspective of Kyon, a first-year Japanese high school student. The first day he meets Haruhi Suzumiya, a strange character to begin with. His almost unintentional friendship with her puts him into the worst situations; ones that deals with the supernatural that...more
E. Anderson
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 hig...more
Unfortunately, having seen the anime first, I feel that the first volume of the original light novels offers little additional insight to the characters and their situations as the anime was such a faithful adaptation. Many lines from the anime were apparently lifted directly out of the book. Also, because I watched the anime first, I can't help but compare it to the book.

As a light novel, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a funny and entertaining read. I did pick up on some details that I d...more
I enjoyed this book. The narrator (poor Kyon) has a sarcastic edge to him despite finding out that the world quite literally revolves around the emotions of one bored bossy chick. Haruhi is a funny and slightly twisted character and I dig that. The book lost me whenever they tried to incorporate the supernatural or the scientific phenomena because it was done so badly like a half ass afterthought. Luckily it only came up a bit in the middle but then it kinda ruined a few chapters near the end. T...more
"Having pushed such thoughts(aliens, time travelers, espers)to the corner of my mind, I entered high school without a care in the world-And met Haruhi Suzumiya."
Kyon has just entered a normal high school, he's carefree when he enters school and he gets average marks and he's not the most athletic person in his class. He sits in front of Haruhi Suzumiya, a girl no one has ever seen smiling but really athletic and smart and has no friends. When he makes the mistake o...more
Sydney →☺
Jun 11, 2010 Sydney →☺ rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Someone looking for a light book
As soon as I watched the anime for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, I was instantly confused. I gave it up for a long time because I had no idea what was going on. Eventually, I read the manga for this and I immediately loved it. I knew that I didn't give it enough of a chance, and I went back and watched the entire series -- it was amazing. Not too heavy, but very entertaining and humorous. So when I learned there was a book for this, I was instantly nervous it would be ruined or shoved into...more
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Nagaru Tanigawa (谷川 流 Tanigawa Nagaru)

Nagaru Tanigawa is a graduate of the Kwansei Gakuin University School of Law. In 2003, he won Kadokawa's Grand Prize for Literary World for his work on the Haruhi Suzumiya series.
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“As I looked at her from the side, I became newly aware of the softness of the curves of her face. Nagato said she was the "potential for evolution." According to Asahina, she was a "time warp." Koizumi treated her as "God." Then what about me? What did "Haruhi Suzumiya" mean to me?
Haruhi was Haruhi and nobody else. I wasn't going to use such overblown language to dodge the question. But I didn't happen to have a decisive answer. Isn't that natural? If someone points to the classmate sitting behind you and asks, "What is she to you?" How are you supposed to respond? ... No, sorry. Guess that's still dodging the question. Haruhi wasn't just a classmate to me. Of course, she also wasn't the "potential for evolution" or a "time warp," much less "God." She couldn't possibly be.”
“Just look at the Chinese characters used for the names of the days of the week. Color-wise, Monday (Moon) would be yellow. Tuesday (Fire) is red. Wednesday (Water) is blue. Thursday (Wood) is green. Friday (Gold) would be gold, Saturday (Earth) would be light brown. sunday (Sun) would be white.” 0 likes
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