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The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya

(Haruhi Suzumiya #10-11)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Where Haruhi goes, trouble follows!

The two storylines from The Disassociation of Haruhi Suzumiya continue, introducing a new inductee into the S.O.S. brigade who may be more than just the eager freshman she appears to be. As the two realities converge, the SOS Brigade learns that the new member may have the ability to bring the two story "timelines" together... and save th
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Yen On (first published 2011)
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Laura Guimarães
Captain's log:
31st of March, year 2017, 23 hours and 26 minutes
6 years
Still no sign of new content for the Suzumiya Haruhi series.
Hope has not been lost, re-reading procedure has been completed.
TV series also has been successfully re-watched, motion picture included.
Sanity levels decreasing, tests show that the subject was induced to watch every episode of the "Endless Eight" arc, [...]the subject enjoyed the experience.
Upon reading the afterword the subject felt bad for the author, 'keep it up
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars out of 5!

Contrary to widespread belief, I do not think The Surprise is the last Haruhi Suzumiya novel. In The Observation, which is a fan book of Haruhi Suzumiya full of Noizi Ito's colorful illustrations, Tanigawa states that he plans on continuing the series after this book. So Haruhi fans, rejoice!

Anyway, onto the review. This is probably my favorite of the Haruhi Suzumiya novels so far. Aside from being humorous thanks to Kyon's deadpan snarking narrative, it is also very interesting
Aug 24, 2022 rated it liked it
E finalmente chegámos ao último volume conhecido da saga! Que grande viagem!

Este livro continua directamente depois do anterior, em que temos duas coisas a acontecer ao mesmo tempo. De um lado, Haruhi encontra membros para o seu clube e todos se divertem. Do outro lado, um conjunto de pessoas tenta substituir a SOS Brigade. Qual é o verdadeiro?

Haruhi é um livro estranho, porque o nosso narrador - Kyon - não parece uma pessoa normal. Apesar de ele constantemente dizer que é normal, que é mediano
May 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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And that's the end of the initial run! Kyon's (view spoiler) We get some unanswered questions, but leaving them that way feels right, in a sense. I would have loved to see the rest of the material animated, and I feel like we never got that because of the approach the anime took with "Endless Eight." It's such a shame. The ending was strong!

The Epilogue reminds me a lot of Steins;Gate, where
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novel
I'm puzzled by the need the author feels to mention the name of every single character we have been introduced to in this series every two pages or so whether they are involved / relevant to the topic at hand. Ten books into the series, the readers should already know who they are, and what they can or cannot do in a given situation without having to be reminded every so often. It makes you doubt the fact that you actually liked and cared for these characters.. now they feel like they're kind of ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Final book FINALLY!

Well its over. Having read this entire series I can say that these last two books were a complete and total waste of my time. The ending was so cliched and the author did nothing but repeat himself over and over. It seriously felt like the publisher said "we need 1000 pages, yesterday", when the author actually only had 20 pages written.

All and all it was a cute series, but not something that I will be revisiting anytime soon or that I would recommend to anyone. The whole thin
Aaron Eames
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Surprise continues the story of The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya. The world has forked into two separate timelines while Kyon was innocently taking a bath (he’d probably make a dry remark about Marat or Archimedes…) Unlike the latter, Haruhi doesn’t need a lever to move the entire universe, she just isn’t aware that she can! The final (or so it seems) instalment in the franchise, Kyon contends with an old school friend; a rival brigade comprising an alien, a time traveller and a esper; an ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novel, sci-fi

I first read the Haruhi Suzumiya novels on a whim. Long long ago I tried reading the manga and I hated it, but after that I noticed Haruhi Suzumiya popping up everywhere. When I found out it was originally a novel series and it was available in english I decided to take a chance and read it. Then my obsessive need to read read read till the end happened so I bought vols 1-9 and read them as fast as possible. My compulsion would not let me stop, whether I liked the story or not mattered littl
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got around to finishing this series I began years ago. It meanders a bit too much, and it really didn’t need to be as long as it was, but I didn’t hate it. Overall a good conclusion to the series.
Justin Paramanandan
What a way to end the series! Gets you all confused and then a revelation at the end...
Tamish Goyal
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-novels
Good conclusion. The climax was good and promising but a little dull in writing. The explanations were not entirely satisfactory
Although there were some good surprising moments.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting 8 years for next book to appear but no hope, so I just say f**k it and read it all, and I immediately find out why author never be able to finish it.

In this book gone the lovable protagonist(Kyon) his wittiness, sarcasm, and snark comment in this book is gone, not only that the protagonist keep saying same thing and not doing anything remarkable. In this book Kyon just whinny character that can't do anything it just keep finding excuse to stand there and do nothing, it make t
Lucas Aubrey Paynter
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya is structurally one of the odder novels I've read. The book is the second and third parts of a story begun in the previous novel, The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya, and most of the story runs on two concurrent time line.

While one time line deals with the SOS Brigade searching for new recruits and largely comes off as a "life as usual" for the crew, the second follows the narrator Kyon dealing with rogue factions of the time travels, aliens and espers that have b
The final volume in the hit Haruhi Suzumiya series concludes the bifurcating timeline adventures that began in the preceding volume. The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya continues to split the story's action into two parts or timelines that eventually reunite in a somewhat confusing manner, though the paradoxes and confusion of time are common themes to Tanigawa's series.

The characters of the Anti-SOS Brigade and their motivations are explored more fully, and the reader gets a more detailed explorat
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is more of less my candid thoughts about the series of novels as a whole.

For the last book in a series with such a great legacy, The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya was merely "okay." Having to stretch out the final story between two (originally 3) books makes the pacing crawl at times, which makes the relatively simple and predictable plot all the more painful to endure. It didn't bring closure to the series, it simply seemed like any of the other books after Disappearance. Overall it seems as
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was much better than I initially anticipated it would be. The Dissociation was good but I felt it didn't really differentiate much between the alpha and beta timeline till the very end of the book. The Surprise continues the two concurrent storyline and eventually merges them together to create something truly fun and interesting. This is the Haruhi series at its best when its just being zany and fun. While I still think that the Disappearance is the best thing to come out of this series I ...more
Ígor Augusto
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, you should read "The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya" before this one, since it's a direct sequel. The later novel ended with a cliffhanger, and this one finishes the arc.

Again, the story is told from two different dimensions, and, now, we are never explicitly told which story we are reading, so you just need to pay attention and find out. That's quite an exercise, mainly in the last portion of the book.

Great novel. Can't say much without spoiling, but if you've liked the previous nov
Carrie Stevens
I can't believe it's over! This was a quite satisfactory ending, even if I had some continuing issues with the split timeline gimmick. (I liked the idea of it and was excited for the mental exercise of tracking it all! In practice it was actually kind of dull to track, because the two timelines weren't given equal weight in plotting. So much more could have gone wrong, and I wanted it to!) I read it awhile ago and don't remember much more than that.

Anyway, on the whole I really recommend the ser
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book conclusively wraps up the Haruhi series, and does so with a sense of satisfactory closure.

Throughout the story, gaps from the previous events that took place were filled, giving the reader a real sense of continuity and also significance to what might previously have been a minor event. The exposition delivered in the epilogue (by none other than Koizumi, of course) answered most of the questions that arose throughout the arc, and in the final climax. It almost seems signature of the
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-novels
It has been five years since this journey began, which turned out to be the trigger for a much, much larger reality. In the years since, far greater worlds were discovered, far grander stories were told. But none of them would exist hadn't Haruhi gotten into my life. She was the beginning (at one point, everything), and her legacy will be ever with me.

If I had to explain how had I gotten to "the division point of every possible outcome" five years ago, I would guess it was because Haruhi Suzu
Dave Meister
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuing side by side timelines continued from the previous novel in the series. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, I wish that the author had chosen perhaps to add a new member of the SOS brigade rather than what was done. It felt... cheap. However, I did enjoy the novel despite this fact so apparently the author knows better than I do. :)
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To truly enjoy this book, you need to have read The Dissociation.... That being said, I thought it was a nice way to wrap things up. There were a few hints at what was to come, but I wasn't left feeling as though I needed those stories to be written. As a fan, I'd love to read more adventures, but it seems like it was time to end it. ...more
Ashley Will
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
entertaining yet sometimes difficult read with multiple timelines occurring, now that I have finished the series, I want to watch the anime
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am glad to have found this series!
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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.

Other books in the series

Haruhi Suzumiya (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #1)
  • 涼宮ハルヒの溜息 (Haruhi Suzumiya, #2)
  • The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #3)
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #4)
  • 涼宮ハルヒの暴走 [Suzumiya Haruhi no Bōsō] (Haruhi Suzumiya, #5)
  • The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #6)
  • The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #7)
  • 涼宮ハルヒの憤慨 (Haruhi Suzumiya, #8)
  • 涼宮ハルヒの分裂 (Haruhi Suzumiya, #9)
  • 涼宮ハルヒの驚愕 (前) (Haruhi Suzumiya, #10)

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