The light novel version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
is a mixed bag. Both Haruhi and Kyon are colorful characters, creating a dynamic which is amusing to see. However, the other three members: an extremely unemotionally girl, a passive girl that is constantly abused by Haruhi, and a boy that does nothing but smile—is a little too flat for my taste. Some more proactive characters would be nice.
Also, there seem to be some issues in translation. For example, sometimes I can't figure out who is speaking due to the absence of dialogue tags at times, and the references to American songs is a blatant attempt to dodge copyright issues. At least Kyon makes up for it with his clever commentary.
The first book was filling, but it was a little shallow.
So if you're a fan of the anime adaption or like a laid-back plot with slice-of-life, you may like this. Otherwise, go read a fantasy series. This is a little too post-modernism and genre-dependent for even a hardcore bookworm like me.
: 2 1/2 out of 5