i enjoy his books immensely. in college, my senior year, my english major friends read his works and raved but i never had time to read them. the day has come and i am better for it. i read after dark, one of his newer works first and then finally got my hands on Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Murakami journeys into the subconscious and plays with ideas in ways that are believeable and thought provoking. He also presents characters that are important and relateable. i think this story will be stuck in my head for awhile.