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Short stories for a fast new year

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:

The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
Little, Brown and Company, 2012

The SOS Brigade is back. This time around, they’re up against a student council president bent on shutting down the literature club — and by extension the SOS Brigade as they have commandeered the club’s room for their own purposes.

This eighth installment of the Haruhi Suzumiya series is made up of two short stories chronicling the continued misadventures of our favorite brigade.

In “Editor in Chief, Full Speed Ahead!,” the gang comes together to publish a literary newsletter to prove the legitimacy of the literature club and avoid displacing not just themselves but Yuki Nagato, the literature club’s sole member and the SOS Brigade’s resident alien-slash-bookworm.

In “Wandering Shadow,” a classmate asks the brigade to investigate a dog park that has her dog and the rest of the local dogs spooked.

In typical Haruhi fashion, the title character faces these challenges head on with her usual enthusiasm and fervor, while the rest of the brigade goes along with things to keep her happy, ensuring the world’s continued existence.

Having read the entire series so far, I have to say that I’ve really come to admire Haruhi’s can-do attitude and how failure is not an option. If Haruhi wants something, she goes for it, and possible goddess or not, that’s something all of us could use every now and then.

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