Yeah, but Terry never had a Bowser in his stories.
I've been hitting this study guide hard and wishing for a full orchestral score of this work. Talk about epic!
Even though Murakami’s books sometimes read oddly like glorified airport novels, I think that’s part of their « postmodern » aesthetics, and above all, the guy has an uncanny ability to describe a slightly twisted state of reality. His stories have a strong, if definitely non-standard, internal logic, very much like the logic of dreams. I find he’s been redundant in his career, and sometimes his novels appear as drafts of more accomplished ones published later. 1Q84 is no exception (it actually recycles themes from « The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle »), but overall, this might be his greatest achievement. It’s brilliant IMO.