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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya #4)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  912 ratings  ·  35 reviews
What if you woke up one morning, and everything changed?

It's one week before Christmas Eve, and Haruhi and the S.O.S. Brigade (a club for her high school's strangest and most extraordinary students) are gearing up for holiday festivities. But just before the fun kicks off, Kyon, the only "normal" member, wakes up in a weird alternate dimension, one where Haruhi attends ano...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published July 31st 2004)
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Sean O'Hara
The story so far: On the surface Haruhi Suzumiya seems to be an ordinary if hyperactive Japanese schoolgirl, but in reality she is a being of immense power, possibly even God herself. Luckily for the rest of the us, she doesn't realize any of this. She's surrounded by the SOS Brigade, a club she started for the purpose of discovering aliens, espers, sliders, and time travelers. Ironically, the Brigade is filled with exactly the kind of people she's seeking, though none of them have any intention...more
Timothy Stone
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is another quirky adventure in the life of Kyon, the only normal member of the SOS Brigade, created by Haruhi to have lots of fun seeking out the strange and paranormal. It is also where things take on a decidedly more fantastic turn than even the short stories and longer stories in the previous three books.

Kyon and the rest hear their tyrannically over-exuberant leader's plans for a Christmas party, and go about to prepare for everything. Everything seems to...more
I wasn't all that thrilled with the last book in this series, so I took a long break from reading the light novels just so I could clear my head. I have to admit that if I hadn't already had this book sitting on my shelf, I might not have started back in on the series but now I'm glad that I have. This book was far better than book three was.

What I liked most about this entry was that it addressed the idea of what would happen if Haruhi was never around. Would Kyon really be enjoying his life?...more
My favorite of the Haruhi books that I have read. In previous books, I have loved the situations and characters, and I have laughed at Kyon's reluctant passivity in the face of Haruhi's steamroller personality, but this is the first time that he takes an active role in his own fate and it makes him a much more compelling character.
I don't know if this is a translation issue, but there are many instances where a line is not spoken by the main character but is responded to nonetheless. I belie...more
Kayla Ashley
By far the best Haruhi Suzumiya novel so far. :)

If you liked the first three, or even if you didn't, this one is worth checking out! The plot is absolutely fantastic. What happens if you wake up one morning and everything you know to be true has changed?

This would be a 5 star book, but since it's a translation I found the wording to be weird at times. I think it's hard to translate these books from Japanese to English because one of the things that makes it really great is Kyon's humour. He's...more
In this fourth volume, the first with all new material for me, Nagaru Tanigawa sets up an It's a Wonderful Life scenario where Kyon wakes up in a world (not quite) without Haruhi Suzumiya and he's the only one who remembers how things should be.

Filled with Kyon's typical sardonic self-narrative that he occasionally speaks out loud, yet somehow this story really finds a heart as he learns who is behind the change, just how much he misses the world from which he came, and, ultimately, that he has...more
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is very likely my favorite Haruhi novel, with the only other major contender being the first in the series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

The plot is outstanding. Not only does it tie in with some earlier events, it also sets up future adventures. This novel also features one of my favorite parts of the series: intersecting time lines. The story, while told by Kyon as always, is much more about Nagato and it is nice to see character development for her. I...more
Carrie Stevens
This "Very Special Christmas Episode" is absolutely my favorite story about Haruhi Suzumiya to date -- and that's not because Kyon wakes up one day in a world that has never heard of her. It's because this book is the trope-breaker that, as it unravels, changes everything we know so far about Kyon's universe(s?) and pulls Nagato out of her settled role as magical furniture and into her rightful place in the spotlight.

I could write about this story forever but the more I say the more likely I'll...more
Dominic R. Buttery
After two disappointing but necessary novels, Tanigawa releases one of the most spectacular plot twists I have ever experienced. I find it difficult to express the thrill of this book, the film is a film and separate from the series for good reason-this book deserves its own film. It will blow your mind and leads to the other 6 novels; not to mention the sheer catharsis Kyon endures. Wondrous, absolutely wondrous.
Anita Truong
To date, this is probably my favorite of the Haruhi Suzumiya series. And a thought occurred to me that maybe I liked it the most because I haven't seen the anime movie adaptation yet and so I could be readily surprised for the strange twists and delighted by my own logical guesses as to those surprise twists. I don't know if this is why, but there's no way of knowing now, so I might keep this in the back of my mind.

Aside from Harry Potter, Dean Koontz's Phantoms, and select few Michael Crichton...more
Gavin Yee
When i first watched The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya tv anime. i really didn't like it... i didn't like the tone of the humor or the pandering of to what boys want... and the fact that even though there was a plot it didn't really go anywhere.

But when i saw the trailer to The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie, the tone seem to be very different... and it seem like the plot may go somewhere... And when i Finally saw it... i say is one of the best movies i have seen and that is saying a lo...more
So, at first you think this is a standard 'It's a Wonderful Life'-style plot. It's Christmas and Haruhi is being her domineering self, putting Mikuru in a sexy Santa dress and telling everyone they are having a secret party on Christmas Eve. Kyon goes to bed on 17 December, completely normal... and wakes up on the 18th to realize that suddenly Haruhi and Itsuki have never attended North High, both Yuki and Mikuru are normal high schoolers, as is Ryoko Asahina, who incidentally is sitting in Haru...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
It's all right, but I think people overrate this a little bit. Kyon wakes up in a world where everyone seems entirely normal, and the SOS brigade doesn't exist. Haruhi goes to a normal school, and everyone else seems to have no memory of the real world except for him. Can Kyon fix this, and does he even want to?

It's an okay plot, but the differences between worlds aren't all that weird, and too much time is spent on Kyon floundering through the alternate world. Not enough is given to establish w...more
This is the fourth part of the series started with "The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya".

This time, the plot gets really serious, because Kyon realizes he's living in a world where Suzumiya and the rest of the SOS Brigade doesn't know him. Neither do they have powers. Kyon will do his best in order to fix the situation and return to the original state he knew and loved.

After two volumes with almost nothing engaging at all, "the disapearance" brought us a chance to rediscover the awesome potential...more
This is why I love Nagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya books: "Everything had been normal up until this point." and this, "Game over. If this was somebody's idea of a psychological attack, they'd certainly succeeded. A job well done. So, who was behind this experiment? Was it Haruhi, the Data Overmind, or a new enemy of this world . . ?" and, before I get too carried away, one more quote I loved was this one, "Obviously I had less imagination than a cave cricket."

There are many reasons to love Har...more
Having seen the movie beforehand, I was curious to see how the book played out. In this, a rare instance, I think the movie prevailed.
That being said, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the book. In fact, there were so many things right with the book: Kyon's narrating voice, the characterizations, the pace. I've come to truly appreciate the former of the three in this series of light novels. With the exception of the second book (I won't go there... see my other review for details), I found...more
Reseña completa en mi blog:

La Desaparición de Haruhi Suzumiya es una novela excelente, llena de giros sorpresivos para muchos, reveladores para otros. Todavía mejor para mí porque se centra en mis dos personajes favoritos: Kyon y Nagato. El primero tiene una charla consigo mismo para admitir si prefiere una vida tranquila o el terremoto Haruhi. Nagato en su versión humana va a mostrar más sus problemas internos y sus deseos. Si antes daba pena, ahora puede...more
"Tanabata, 3 years ago" to Haruhi-universe is what "November 1955" is to Back to the Future

And while "what if" alterna-timelines are awesome, do wish the book had more time to spend there
Christopher Stilson
As coherent time-travel stories go, this is up there with Steven Moffat's Doctor Who episodes as fine examples of how to do timey-wimey machinations properly. Apart from the complex plot, this entry in the series offers a chance for Suzumiya-san to see herself from an outsider's perspective, which amazingly raises more questions about her character than it resolves. The best praise I can offer would be to explain that I don't normally like the kind of awkward scenarios that arise from this kind...more
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの消失) is the fourth book in the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series, and once more Tanigawa continues the excellent progression started in the first book. Kyon, the main character, must solve the mystery of the disappearance of his friends, and Tanigawa is able to not only give excellent insight into Kyon's mind but also make the situation, in spite of its fantasy-esque setting, believable and one is invested in the characters.
Nathanael Booth
The novels in the Haruhi Suzumiya series seem so far to be pretty hit-and-miss, and her exploits are better fitted to the short story, but "Disappearance" is pretty solid; at 180 pages it’s shorter than the preceding two, and it benefits from being so compact. It is, of course, a juvenile novel and some of the timey-wimey stuff seems a bit half-hearted (particularly at the climax), but overall this novel is a reasonably smart, breezy read.
Josh Price
Wonderfully engaging, but then again, I thoroughly enjoy the series to begin with, and every series gets engaging with an unexpected, wonderful little twist that sends the mind racing!
I think this was my favorite Haruhi book so far. Instead of being a gathering of short stories as the other books really are, this one was a coherent novel from start to finish and it had a satisfying conclusion. I can't wait to see the movie.
I really liked this volume. It was nice reading a story with an actual, I guess story. I think some of the other ones I read before were like a collection of short stories which wasn't very exciting to read. Can't wait to read the next volume.
Jul 19, 2011 Zach added it
The writing is absolutely terrible. Either Nagaru Tanigawa writes like a 7th grader, or Chris Pai doesn't know how to translate Japanese sentences. Yen Press, for god sakes, hire a writer to rewrite these novels before you publish them.
Lucas Suárez
NI AHÍ CON LA PSU, excelente historia. De igual modo que con otros relatos, el soporte escrito deja mucho más claro las eventualidades que el medio audiovisual. Diversión para el mundo, disfruten.
I saw the movie then read it. It was pretty much like a script. Very fun though, You can't never have to much Haruhi. Unless its the endless 7s.
Mon Zafra
i loved the movie. writing is bad like the other books. but it could have been just the translation.
the golden witch.
A really good translation of the fourth book. Yen Press, I am very pleased with your work. <33
Christopher Lunsford
I thoroughly enjoyed how this part of the Haruhi series twisted my emotions!
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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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