A review for the trilogy as a whole,
This review is from: 1Q84: Book 3 (Paperback)
A great story about some great (and typically Murakami-esque) characters. It felt a bit slow in places, but the writing style kept me hooked and the intermittent references to mysteries such as the Little People and the crow really piqued my curiosity. I loved how the story left questions unanswered, and reflected the in-story best seller 'Air Chrysalis' - a complex fantasy, which, although revealing little about its fictional world, grabbed readers attention thanks to its gripping style and curious plot. Very nicely done.
I was left thinking about it for days afterwards, which I always see as a sign of enjoyment. Murakami takes such care over his characters, and I always find that you can't help missing them a bit once you've finished one of his books! The book didn't quite make 5 stars because I got the feeling that it could all have been done in fewer pages, but I would absolutely recommend it to fans of the author nevertheless. If you are looking for your first Murakami read however, then look elsewhere (Kafka on the Shore, Hardboiled Wonderland).