Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:
The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
Little, Brown and Company, 2013
In the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series, we find the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) entering a new school year.
As brigade chief Haruhi, resident alien Yuki Nagato, esper-boy Itsuki Koizumi, and “normal” member — and narrator — Kyon enter their second year of high school, and time-traveler Mikuru Asahina enters her second year, it is clear things are not going to be business-as-usual for the five friends — even with the group’s unusual membership and even more unusual, deity-like leader.
It all begins when Kyon runs into Sasaki, an old classmate from middle school. What starts as a seemingly random run-in quickly escalates into something more, as Kyon learns his old friend may actually have abilities much like those of Haruhi. This discovery leads to two versions of the same story being told. Kyon meets individuals from other organizations, who are doing things similar to his fellow brigade members — they are watching over Sasaki, just as Yuki, Itsuki, and Mikuru are doing with Haruhi.
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