Friday, February 4, 2011

Haruki Murakami - After Dark

My review of Haruki Murakami's After Dark is now up on Strange Horizons. I think the suspense of the whole matter (and yes, there was suspense) was broken when I mentioned that Strange Horizons had purchased one of my reviews a bit back, but it's still a damn fine day. I've already spent about half an hour staring at the thing (it says my name up at the top of the screen; how's that even possible?) but you guys are free to look too.


  1. Hell yeah!

    Good on you, Hat. I hadn't realised that was you there, but what a gorgeous write-up.

    Needless to say I profoundly disagree - having come directly from Kafka on the Shore, After Dark only left me feeling deflated. But that's hardly the points, and you make a fascinating few, Nathaniel. It's been years; perhaps I'll give After Dark another shot, get myself good and ready for IQ84...

  2. Thanks, Niall. To be fair, I haven't read Kafka on the Shore yet, as I'm still fairly new to Murakami. I'll make it my next Murakami now, though.

  3. Oh, it's so good! There are baffling cats and wise old hobos and everything. His best - that I've read.

    I'd steer cleer of the capsule biography about jogging if were you, though...

  4. Baffling cats? Wise hobos? I am intrigued. Very, very intrigued. Before now, I was hesitant about Kafka on the Shore because I keep assuming it would be filled with Kafka references that would go right over my head, as I've read near no Kafka, but I suppose I shall take the plunge and see what I find.

    About the running-focused book, I'm ambivalent. On the one hand, it's Murakami, which makes it interesting. On the other, it's a non fiction book about running, something I'd never consider picking up by another author.