Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami,  Alfred Birnbaum The truth is, this isn't the best Murakami book I've read. To me it doesn't seem as sophisticated as some of the others, and I had a few issues with the prose that I've decided to put down to translation issues.

I can't decide whether to give this four or five stars, because even if it's not completely brilliant for Murakami, it's still pretty brilliant. The plot is interesting and strange. The literary allusions are many (and I'm sure I only recognized a few). The best part was the philosophical implications and questions. This book doesn't solve any philosophical problems, but it brings them to the forefront and makes you think.

So, no, it's not my favorite Murakami, but it is still really good.