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Not his best,
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This is worth reading for fans of Murakami. Very promising sounding storyline - N.Korean soldiers occupy a southern Japanese city and look set to take over the whole of the south island, Kyushu, while a band of damaged, dangerous and deranged adolescents watch from their hideout, initially in excitement, but then in anger and plan to take action after the government proves inadequate to the task. Has a lot of Murakami's hallmarks and a host of interesting characters. Unfortunately, it also has a much larger host of dull, inconsequential characters who do and add nothing. Murakami is at his best describing crazy kids doing crazy things. When it comes to describing government workers and the workings of government...well, it's just not him and it shows. The novel's also far too long - should've been edited down to about half its length, which could have made it into something great.