Haruki Murakami

I am looking forward to this new novel, After Dark, coming out in May. Murakami is one of the few authors whose books I actually really wait for and buy in hardcover. I enjoy his novels better than his short stories for some reason, his latest Kafka on the shore was such a great page turner. I highly recommend it and you know if you bundle it with this, you most likely will get free shipping! ;)

5 Responses to “Haruki Murakami”

  1. Kean Says:

    It’s funny you should say that; I’m much more a fan of Murakami’s short stories than his novels! (“The Second Bakery Attack” and “Honey Pie” still stand as his best work, in my opinion.)

    But really, all this does confirm is that he’s pretty damn good at what he does, no matter the length of his stories. :)

  2. Enrico Says:

    Hey Kean, interesting indeed.
    I did love the Elephant vanishes … thoroughly … those short stories were awesome, but his last collection, Blind Willow, Sleeping woman, which I am in the middle of right now, I am having a harder time getting excited about.
    I love a short story that leaves me with a question or two, but the latest ones are leaving with too many questions and wishing for more.
    Put that together with the fact that I immensely enjoyed Kafka on the shore and there you have the reason why I am especially looking forward to a new novel coming our way …

    e

  3. Kevin Richter Says:

    Hey, Enrico, I absolutely love Murakami’s books, he’s probably my favourite author. He’s certainly the only author I’ve gone out looking for more books of theirs as I just can’t get enough. Kafka On The Shore was amazing, so I totally agree with you there. I love how he writes totally normal situations and makes it so interesting at the same time, and then writes fantasty situations as if they were the most normal occurance. He’s brilliant! Will definitely have to pick up this new book.

    Take care,
    Kev

  4. John Hoffman Says:

    LOVE Murakami! probably my favorite author as well. I really enjoyed Kafka, but WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE is still my favorite. A truly brilliant writer. Thanks for pointing this out, I may even pre-order it.

    I too enjoy his novels in comparison to his short stories, but I really enjoyed the story in Elephant Vanishes where the couple holds up a fast food joint in the middle of the night merely because they are starving. It was funny and odd.

    john

  5. Randeep Katari Says:

    I agree, I read the Wind Up Bird Chronicle many years ago, and remember really loving it, I had no idea that he even had a new book or even Kafka on the Shore…will definitely have to check it out. Love your work!

    -R.