Jee Hyun K.
I really enjoyed this book. Characters are compelling, and I appreciated all the stories and developments each character had to offer. Main reason I don't give 5 out of 5 is that as someone who read >10 Murakami books, some of the plot progression became very predictable, based on my experience with his books. However, I thought 4 (rather than 3) is more appropriate because this novel is more grounded in reality than surrealism. I love both, but it was very refreshing and new to be taken on a magical adventure by Murakami I felt as though I could also experience in my own life. Narration was overall good but sounded robotic at times, with the narrator having the habit of ending each sentence with a monotone from the middle of the sentence. My hubby thought he sounded like Siri as well. It's not a masterpiece like 1Q84 (strongly recommended!) but definitely a solid work by one of the best writers out there.