Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

I am reluctant to review this book because the book itself is not a complete work. By that I mean that there is no conclusion. This book contains the prologue and first three chapters of a longer tale that has yet to be published in America. At least for another month. Next month The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya will be delivered directly to my Kindle and I will be able to finish this story, but until then I will just sort of be scratching my head. 

We start off with the SOS Brigade in its second year, trying to recruit new members from the batch of incoming freshman. However, things take a bizarre turn (or do they?) when Kyon meets up with an old classmate as well as a few familiar faces who might or might not mean ill will toward the brigade. 

The prologue and the first chapter start off like a normal Tanigawa adventure might. We have Haruhi's hijinks, Kyon's snarkiness, and some behind-the-scenes trouble brewing. Then things get a little interesting in chapter two as the story splits into two different plotlines. By that I mean that at the end of chapter one Kyon gets a phone call and the caller in chapter two is revealed to be either a girl that Kyon doesn't know or a girl named Sasaki that Kyon knew from middle school. Both scenarios are told as if they are both true so we don't really know which plotline is real or maybe if both are somehow real. From there the two plotlines continue to diverge with no explanation as to why. 

Then things just stop at the end of chapter three and I am forced to wait until The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya to start chapter four. 

So the jury is out.

But the verdict is looking good if the second part can deliver and hopefully wrap everything up. I really do like the idea of one story telling two different ones simultaneously. The only difficult thing is keeping track of what is happening in story A versus what is happening in story B since the two stories are told in a mostly alternating pattern. 

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