From the Bookshelf of The Sword and Laser

Start date
November 1, 2011
Finish date
December 31, 2011
Why we're reading this
Secondary pick for overachievers!

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Final Impressions
By Nick · 26 posts · 394 views
last updated Mar 26, 2013 12:35AM
Tengo's mother [spoilers]
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What Members Thought

Nov 27, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
While I do not believe that this is Murakami's strongest or most concise novel to date (particularly not his most concise!)... I do believe that it does a fantastic job of conveying that particular sense of longing and loneliness that are part and parcel of the human condition. There are many elements to the novel that I find entirely extraneous, but the narrative is enjoyable and the pacing was comfortable for me. There were points that made me think, "I need to set this down and take a break n ...more
Dec 25, 2011 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I have so much to say about this novel that I am almost out of words as to how to say it. In fact, most of what I want to say will most likely remain with me and not here in my review.

As usual, Murakami takes us on a whimsical journey ending in the least expected place. His writing is elegant and thoughtful as he develops this magical and intoxicating journey of Tengo and Aomame. He has an interesting way of leading you down one path, taking you on a detour without you even realizing the lanes
Mar 24, 2012 Kimberly rated it liked it
This was a really long book with a blah ending. It was all set up for a climatic exciting ending but the author gave in to happily ever after with zero splash. I'm rather disappointed in it, but I did enjoy the story leading up to the ending.
Nov 29, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: do-not-own
Dec 15, 2011 Eric marked it as to-read
Dec 12, 2011 Brittany marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: scifi
Nov 24, 2011 Bonnie is currently reading it
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