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  • polymetrica 1:59 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Novel】涼宮ハルヒの溜息 / The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 

    More like The Sigh of polymetrica, which was my reaction while and after reading. This will also be the last novel review for a long while, I believe.

    Title: 涼宮ハルヒの溜息 (Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki) / The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
    Author: 谷川流 (TANIGAWA Nagaru)
    English Translator: Chris Pai
    Illustrator: いとうのいぢ (ITO Noizi)
    Volume: 2nd
    Genre: Light Novel (Comedy, Supernatural, High School)
    Status: Ongoing, currently at 9 volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 published in English by Little, Brown and Company and Yen Press.
    My Rating: 5/10

    Summary: The SOS Brigade, under the directorship of Haruhi, makes a movie to screen at the school Cultural Festival. Tsuruya makes her debut in this volume.

    Review: I disliked this volume even more than the first one, as it was not only infuriatingly mediocre, it was immature and just not fun to read. The entire thing was about Haruhi being her usual bossy self and getting people to do things with little to no direction, and the others trying to accomodate her demands to the best of their ability. I found it pretty overboard that she’s torturing Asahina like that, and congrats to Tanigawa for making the reader have sympathy for Asahina, but for me, it was temporary in that it wore out in the middle, and I also thought that the events that happened to evoke pity for Asahina were overdone and really repetitive. After my sympathy was depleted, I turned to disliking Haruhi even more since she continued to be unreasonable, unproductive, and just annoying. Another reason as to why I didn’t sympathize with Asahina anymore was because Kyon was kind of reeling in her suffering, making typical male teenager remarks like how cute her squeal is, or how even her scared face was adorable. There were some saving graces in this book, though, and those would be Kyon’s frustration with Haruhi (whose feelings echoed my own), and Nagato’s uh, action scenes.

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    • Baka-Raptor 6:19 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why couldn’t you write this review four days ago when I added this book to my online order to get free shipping?

      • polymetrica 1:20 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Because four days ago, I didn’t feel like torturing myself by reading this book.

    • kaye 11:23 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m really digging the cover of this one. If I ever do pick it up it will most likely be for the pretty only haha.

      • polymetrica 11:24 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The paperback version of the first volume also features a similar graphical cover.

  • polymetrica 3:35 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Novel】涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 / The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 

    Another novel review…You might be sick of this by now, but please bear with me. This is also one of the few instances where something Haruhi-related will appear on this blog.

    Title: 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) / The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
    Author: 谷川流 (TANIGAWA Nagaru)
    English Translator: Chris Pai
    Illustrator: いとうのいぢ (ITO Noizi)
    Genre: Light Novel (Comedy, Supernatural, High School)
    Status: Ongoing, currently at 9 volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 published in English by Little, Brown and Company and Yen Press.
    My Rating: 7.5/10

    Description: This is the English version of the first volume of the Suzumiya Haruhi series, penned by Tanigawa Nagaru and illustrated by Ito Noizi. Melancholy won Tanigawa the grand prize at the eighth annual Sneaker awards (a light novel award from Kadokawa Shoten), and the novel has gone on to be adapted into an anime of two seasons produced by Kyoto Animation, two iterations of manga by MIZUNO Makoto and TSUGANO Gaku, five video games, a radio show, and an upcoming movie adaptation for the fourth novel. The original light novel series currently has 9 volumes out, and is still ongoing.

    Summary: Kyon is a student starting his first year at high school. In his class is an odd girl named Suzumiya Haruhi, who introduces herself with a declaration that shocks Kyon. Kyon talks to Haruhi one day – an action which he will regret since Haruhi then proceeds to turn his life upside down with her detemination to fulfill a certain wish of her’s.

    Review: This novel is the very definition of what a light novel is – A fun, engaging, and entertaining read that doesn’t let you think at all, but makes just enough sense to not make you question any of it. To put it slightly negatively, it’s mindless entertainment in the form of writing. It has no substance, and it needs no substance. While you’re reading it, you feel that it’s very engaging, but after you read it and proceed to try thinking of what you’ve just read, you won’t really be able to recall it since it’s so unsubstantial it just went over your head. Melancholy is exactly like instant gratification, and is ONLY there for satisfying your immediate need for entertainment. It has great rereading value in that it’s just mediocre enough to make it unimpressionable, while be just good enough that you enjoy it in the process.

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