yuki nagato’s 100 books

Flimsy excuse to post some summer reading suggestions. What does this have to do with anime… uh… look at Bunny Girl Yuki!


Here’s some books that I’d suggest to Yuki to help her watch over Haruhi:

Gladwell’s Blink, which principles I apply to my instant history reviews (i.e. thin slicing the new season).

Easterbrook’s The Progress Paradox, which could explain why Haruhi is never completely happy.

Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, just for the Haruhi is God herself conspiracy.

Well’s War of the Worlds, a political commentary on the globalization and colonization of India and Africa disguised as a sci-fi epic, just like how Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is nothing more than a vehicle for Mikuru-run Moe Modes.

Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors, her list needs more good sci-fi short stories, and I’m not talking about Tales from the Dominion War (which I’ve sadly read as well).

Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, do not go backpacking with Haruhi. I repeat: do not go backpacking with Haruhi.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, I can only imagine Itsuki and Kyon travelling to Mordor, with Itsuki trying to fumoffu Kyon, with Kyon saying, “Your face is too close.” In fact, let’s make this happen.

Powell’s My American Journey, my favorite chapter in the book is how Powell goes into his rationale for naming things the way he does. Fantastic piece of insight into marketing and news manipulation… how do you think I come up with headlines for AoMM? :)

Tsu’s Art of War, to help her get the most out of her lambda driver.

Euripides’s Medea, my dad once said to me, “jason, never buy a boat.” After reading this tragedy, I know why. Sage advice.

Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, for the Vanishing of Haruhi Suzumiya arc.

Säckinger’s Broadband Circuits for Optical Fiber Communication, just kidding. (My summer reading… OTL.)

Okakura’s The Book of Tea, for Mikuru-run.

Gatou’s Full Metal Panic, just to complete the circle, maybe have Chidori give Sagara a copy of Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as a present during the A Very Dancing Christmas arc, which if Kyoto Animation doesn’t animate, I may go on a four state killing spree.

Tried not to repeat authors that Yuki already has on her list, or else I’d suggest Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land and omitted as obvious ones like Rashomon, just because the story is as jump as is, and also omitted books your English teacher may make you read, like Sound and the Fury and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Here’s the original list cut & pasted from an anonymous post on 4chan:

This is the complete translation of “Nagato Yuki’s 100 Books” from Dec.2004 issue of The Sneaker Magazine (Kadokawa Publishing). Enjoy!

(JP) Japanese books
(I) Koizumi Itsuki’s choice
(Y) Nagato Yuki’s choice
(*1) Notes

Nagato Yuki’s 100 Books Non-Japanese books section
1. The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
2.(*1) Endymion by Dan Simmons
11. Best SF Collection Vol.12 (The Puppet Masters, The door into summer) by Robert A. Heinlein
15.(Y) Collision with Chronos (Collision Course) by Barrington John Bayley
16. The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr
18.(Y) Permutation City by Greg Egan
19.(Y) The Terminal Experiment by Robert J. Sawyer
21.(*4) Phenomenology of Spirit by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
22. The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull
24.(I) The Red House Mystery by Alan Alexander Milne
28.(*2) The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
29. The Dumarest Series by Edwin Charles Tubb
32. The History of Magic by Eliphas Levi
36. Pao-pu Tzu (The Philosopher Who Embraces Simplicity) by Ko Hung
38. Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune
40. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
41.(Y) The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
42. Iliad by Homer
43. The Complete works of HP Lovecraft by HP Lovecraft
44. The Bishop Murder Case by SS van Dine
45.(*5) The Woman in the Wardrobe by Peter Antony
46. Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
50.(I) The Uplift War by David Brin
51.(Y) Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
53. Dictionary of Symbols and Imagery by Ad de Vries
55. The Book of Damned by Charles Fort
56. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
57. The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
60. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
61. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
63.(I) Thinking of the Earth from Mars by T. Flowing (unknown book)
66. The Case of the Restless Redhead by Erle Stanley Gardner
67.(I) The Innocence Of Father Brown by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
69. Hothouse (The Long Afternoon of Earth) by Brian Wilson Aldiss
70.(Y) Ringworld by Larry Niven
71. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
72.(Y) The Starry Rift by James Tiptree Jr.
74.(I) Top Storey Murder(Top Story Murder) by Anthony Berkeley Cox
77. The Viaduct Murder by Ronald Arbuthnott Knox
80. The HOG Murders by William Louis DeAndrea
84. Darkover anthologies by Marion Zimmer Bradley
85. —- by — (written in decipherable language)
89. The Prince of Darkness: Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History by Jeffrey Burton Russell
91. Felidae by Akif Pirincci
92. Tiger! Tiger! by Alfred Bester
94. The Fifth Sally by Daniel Keyes
95. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
97.(Y) Inherit the Stars by James Patrick Hogan
100. — by – (written in decipherable language)

Nagato Yuki’s 100 Books Japanese books section
3.(JP) Ouroboros no Gisho by Kenji Takemoto
4.(JP)(I) Soutou no Akuma by Arisu Arisugawa
5.(JP) Mouryou no Hako by Natsuhiko Kyougoku
6.(JP) Nukarundekara by Tetsuya Sato
7.(JP)(I) Crape o Nido Kueba by Tori.Miki
8.(JP) Tasogare by Rintaro Norizuki
9.(JP)(I) Natsu to Fuyu no Sonata by Yutaka Maya
10.(JP)(Y) Yuuyo no Tsuki by Chouhei Kanbayashi
12.(JP) Babring Souseiki by Yasutaka Tsutsui
13.(JP) Kanpon Kokui Densetsu by Ken Asamatsu
14.(JP) Pascale no Hana wa Nagakatta by Hajime Komine
17.(JP) Alien Youzanki by Hideyuki Kikuchi
20.(JP) Fukkatsusai no Tame no Requiem by Chihiro Arai
23.(JP) The Philosophy of Godel by Shouichirou Takahashi
25.(JP)(I) Jukkakukan no Satsujin by Yukito Ayatsuji
26.(JP)(I) Vinus no Meidai by Takeshi Maki
27.(JP)(Y) Gohyakukounen by Jin Kusagami
30.(JP) Meitantei no Okite by Keigo Higashino
31.(JP) Yugen to Bishou no Pan by Hiroshi Mori
33.(JP)(*3) Oedipus Shoukougun by Kiyoshi Kasai
34.(JP)(I) Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
35.(JP)(Y) Joker by Ryuusui Seiryouin
37.(JP)(Y) Satsujin Kigeki no 13-nin by Taku Ashibe
39.(JP)(I) Mousou Shizen Kagaku Nyuumon by Suzune Kikukawa
47.(JP) Tondemo-bon no Sekai by Togakkai
48.(JP) Gadara no Buta by Ramo Nakajima
49.(JP) Akuryou no Yakata by Reito Nikaidou
52.(JP) Tsuki ni Yobarete Umi yori Kitaru by Baku Yumemakura
54.(JP) Tsubakihime o Mimasenka by Masahiro Mori
58.(JP) Dead Soldier’s Live by Masaki Yamada
59.(JP) Kurayami no Naka de Kodomo The Childish Darkness by Outarou Maijou
62.(JP) KiriKiriJin by Hisashi Inoue
64.(JP) Kyuuketsuki Denshou Ikeru Shitai no Minzokugaku by Eiichirou Hiraga
65.(JP) Alien Deka by Mariko Oohara
68.(JP) Shouwa Kayou Daizenshuu by Ryu Murakami
73.(JP)(I) Kisou, Ten o Ugokasu by Souji Shimada
75.(JP) Yume no Ki ga Tsugetanara by Hiroyuki Morioka
76.(JP) Stardust City by Yuuichi Sasamoto
78.(JP) Kane nara Kaesen! by Yutaka Ookawa
79.(JP) Umi o miru Hito by Yasumi Kobayashi
81.(JP)(I) Shikou suru Monogatari SF no Genri, Rekishi, Shudai by Katsuhito Morishita
82.(JP) Dogra Magra by Kyuusaku Yumeno
83.(JP)(Y) Tasogare ni Kaeru by Ryu Mitsuse
86.(JP)(I) Shounen Esper Sentai by Aritsune Toyoda
87.(JP) Eccentrics by Sakumi Yoshino
88.(JP) Taiyou no Sandatsusha by Housuke Nojiri
90.(JP)(I) Sokonuke Choutaisaku by Eiga Hihou Henshuubu
93.(JP) Third Contact by Kazuo Kobayashi
96.(JP) Mozu no Sakebu Yoru by Gou Ousaka
98.(JP) Dekirukana Returns by Rieko Saibara
99.(JP)(I) Umi ga Kikoeru by Saeko Himuro

(*1) Endymion is the third book in the Hyperion Series. Yuki is seen reading the second book The Fall of Hyperion in episode 2 of anime, and she lend the first book Hyperion to Kyon.
(*2) Yuki is seen reading this book in episode 3.
(*3) Yuki is seen reading this book in episode 4.
(*4) Yuki is seen reading this book at the libraly in episode 5.
(*5) Yuki is seen reading this book in episode 6.

Additional notes of 100 books

This is the list of other books that Yuki has read in anime.
a. The Fall of Hyperion by by Dan Simmons (episode 2)
b. (JP) Tetsugakusha no Missitsu by Kiyoshi Kasai (episode 4)
– This book is the prequel of (*3) Oedipus Shoukougun.
c. (JP) Mahjong Hourouki 1 Seishun-hen by Tetsuya Asada (episode 6)
d. (JP) Hadae no Shita by Chouhei Kanbayashi (episode 7)

6 Responses to “yuki nagato’s 100 books”

  1. Cool. Darkover’s in Yuki’s collection. I think I’m in love. Damn it, I AM IN LOVE.

    Throwing in a few of mine.

    1.Anything by Christian Jacq. Goshdarnit, it is good Reading.
    2.Starship Troopers. It’s a classic. And it’s Heinlein.
    3.Kara no Kyokai. I know it’s in Japanese, but…
    4.Any of the Battletech Novels written by Michael A. Stackpole. Hell, let’s throw in the Star Wars Novels written by him as well.
    4.The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is wonderful.
    5.Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Thomas Harris writes better than Dan Brown, and you know it.
    6.Anything by John Grisham. I suggest The Runaway Jury and The Last Juror.
    7.The Trilogy in Five Parts(You know, Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy et al?), by Douglas Adams. Hey, if we have timetravelling doormats, whar be the Douglasian references?
    8.EarthSea Cycle, by Ursula K. Le Guin. If you should know, she writes some fine science fiction as well.
    9.Dune, and pretty much everything on Dune.(Frank Herbert)

    Honorable Mention: Anything from Roger Lancelyn Green. I like how he retold the ancient myths.

  2. HEGEL?

  3. 56. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

    ^ Awesome. That is a great book that everyone should read.

    Things I’d recommend (simply because I’m such a giant Fantasy whore):
    A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (unfinished)
    Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (unfinished)
    A View from the Mirror quartet by Ian Irvine
    Redwall series by Brian Jacques
    Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

    Angels and Demons is far superior to Da Vinci Code.

  4. A few other books that I would recommend:

    “1984” & “Animal Farm”- George Orwell
    “Of Mice and Men” & “Grapes of Wrath”- John Steinbeck
    “Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”- Robert Tressel
    “Discworld Series”- Terry Prachett
    “Snow Crash”- Neal Stephenson
    “His Dark Materials Trilogy”- Philip Pullman
    “Catch-22”- Joseph Heller

  5. Kurt Vonnegut anyone?

  6. I spotted one book that Yuki is seen reading in the ‘Someday in the Rain’ anime episode that doesn’t appear on the list you’ve given: Risa Wataya. Keritai Senaka (I Want to Kick You in the Back). Akutagawa Prize winner 2003. (English translation by Julie Neville. One Peace Books. ISBN 1935548883)

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