Originally Posted by Piobaire
Sounds like how many of us felt when ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll HOF when Rush had not even been nominated yet.
Those Swedes stick with their own.
Murakami does better the FEWER books of his you read. The first few you read are like a breath of fresh air; you've never read anything quite like them. Unfortunately, you like them so much you want to read more. I've read all his stuff in both English and Japanese... it was a mistake. He is one of the most limited in theme, limited in scope, repetitive, and poorly edited authors alive. When the second half of his hefty novels don't even come close to tying up any loose ends, po-mo (non-Japanese speaking) lit critics say how amazing and cool it is and the craft of a master. Then you realize that it was just that he didn't edit the last half of the book and they rushed it into publication because anything new from Murakami in Japan will sell like gangbusters.
Quoth Raymond Chandler (when asked about the chauffer in "The Big Sleep")... "Oh, him? I totally forgot about him." (or something like that)