In case you’re curious, the opening pic is from a Haruhi doujin about a dinosaur that makes itself at home in Mikuru’s cleavage.
Onto the point of the post: I read the Haruhi light novel. Here’s how it happened:
Before the part-time philosophers get on my case about the inevitable role of directorial discretion or the impossibility of two things ever being exactly the same, no, you’re wrong. The anime is exactly like the light novel. 100%. Except without that out-of-order episode idiocy. With that said, the rest of my comments shouldn’t surprise you.
A few more thoughts:
Overall, it’s a solid read, though I’d probably enjoy it more if it hadn’t been spoiled by the anime (assuming I wouldn’t drop it before page 76). I’d also enjoy the book more in Choose Your Own Adventure format. Holy shit that would rule. I demand royalties if it ever comes out.