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Book Review: The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya

March 16, 2013

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Well, this is certainly annoying. I meant to do a book review some time during the week, but things happened, some of which were health related. Anyway, a while back, I got an ebook from Barnes & Noble. Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

A few months after the SOS Brigade was formed, Kyon's school is having a cultural festival.

While each class and club is doing their own thing, Haruhi decides that her group is going to make movie. However, when filming begins, things in the real world start to go awry.

Now, Kyon and the others must either force the filming to stop or devise and ending that will return the world to normal.

I am not too sure about this one. While I somewhat liked the last book, this one was not really quite high on the list. There were a few funny parts. The funniest that would come to mind is that Haruhi thought that she could make a better movie than what she saw on television. I cannot really say that it was hilarious, as it was similar to some feelings I got. I may make mistakes in my writing on this blog, but I have encountered some instances where I knew I could write a better story than what was presented, namely the things featured on the Syfy channel. I somewhat enjoyed the filming phase portions of the book to, but probably not until the weird things started happening. The fact that there were some funny parts and the incidents that happened during filming were quite interesting made this somewhat enjoyable.

Although there were things that I liked, there were certainly some issues. Much like the anime counterpart, which was released in the episodes that were packaged as season 2, as listed on my episode list and the Haruhi Wiki also lists, I just was not that amazed by the events that happened in this book. Once again, Asahina does pretty much everything Haruhi has her do, even if it is by force. Asahina is a teenage girl, so she should be able to handle most situations, just like I expect Kagome to not be constantly screaming out Inuyasha's name every time she is danger. I really doubt a girl would let another girl do to her what Haruhi did to Asahina here. Another thing that was not so great was that everyone just seemed to sit back and let Haruhi torment Asahina, all so they do not make things in the world any worse than they are right now. As much as I find it annoying that Kagome does not deal with things herself in the Inuyasha franchise, somebody at least comes to her rescue. Here, however, the only time somebody comes to Asahina's rescue is near the end of filming, and pretty much the book. Another thing that was not so great was that there were words missing and/or whole bunch of typos. While I can forgive this kind of error in works by writers like Weston Kincade, since I am not perfect in that category myself, this just is not one of those times that I can overlook the issue. Also, the dialogue was a bit hard to follow here. Things were definitely indented right, but who exactly said what ends up being on the next line, instead on the same line as what they said. As much as I enjoy the fact that these are being officially translated, so I do not need to look up the book equivalent of fansubs, I at least expect the publication to be done just well as what many people believe traditional publishers can provide, even if a lot of the stuff coming out is just riding the same wave created by works like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Twilight. If they cannot do that, then they do not deserve to be on a pedestal. The thing that did the most damage to the book, like the anime counterpart, though was that I just did not really care about what was going on throughout much of the book. If this is what the series is like, which I cannot say because I am not as up-to-date on this one as I am with Detective Conan (Case Closed), Cage of Eden, and Negima!, I do not see how this gets as much love as it does. Then again, this is coming from a person who thinks Twilight is just a mash up of vampire stereotypes and only has one thing that is actually new, but stupid, due to the first movie. Outside of those things, nothing much comes to my mind. The fact that the book was not very interesting, had mistakes on a level I cannot overlook, and that everybody let Haruhi torment Asahina just made this terrible.

Despite the good that I found, this felt like a waste of time. Fans of the Haruhi Suzumiya will probably enjoy this, but as for everyone else, it should probably be avoided at all costs.

What are your thoughts on The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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