Originally Posted by PalJoey
I like some of Murakami's books more than others. 'Norwegian Wood' didn't get me quite as much as 'Kafka' or the 'Wind-up Bird' books. It is better, though, than 'Hard-boiled Wonderland' or any of his short stories I've tried. It all might be down to the translation, though.
I have read Wind-Up, but dropped it 100 pages before finish. To me it suffered from the same illness 1Q84 suffers from, namely the randomness and lack of orientation.
I had difficulties following the convoluted plot(s) and after a while completely lost track of things, with characters disappearing from the plot (seemingly forgotten) and situations hardly explained...
To me Murakami is a short story / short novel writer, who tends to loose track of his ideas when given too much paper. Therefore i mostly enjoyed Norwegian Wood and After Dark (many core themes are recycled in many of his works).
of course these are my personal experiences and yours should differ.