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I love Murakami. His writing draws me into a mystery that makes me want to spend my entire day reading to find out what will happen next. And his characters dreamlike worlds always pack an emotional knockout punch along the way. This book is no different. I thought it was incredible. The tone and plot and structure of the book are perfect—and the point of view powerful. This novel is more straightforward and melancholy than his other books, but it’s an unforgettable journey.   High-res

I love Murakami. His writing draws me into a mystery that makes me want to spend my entire day reading to find out what will happen next. And his characters dreamlike worlds always pack an emotional knockout punch along the way. This book is no different. I thought it was incredible. The tone and plot and structure of the book are perfect—and the point of view powerful. This novel is more straightforward and melancholy than his other books, but it’s an unforgettable journey.

I finished California a month ago, but strange feelings still haunt me about the story. It reminds me of the experience as a kid after watching a frightening movie like Sybil or The Exorcist.   High-res

I finished California a month ago, but strange feelings still haunt me about the story. It reminds me of the experience as a kid after watching a frightening movie like Sybil or The Exorcist.

If you believe that a novel about three young anthropologists in the 1930s will not be your cup of tea—think again.
Euphoria is a fascinating journey that Lilly King brings to life with a brilliant narrative that captures the passions, desires and intricacies of a blossoming love triangle in the most foreign of lands for a westerner.

If you believe that a novel about three young anthropologists in the 1930s will not be your cup of tea—think again.

Euphoria is a fascinating journey that Lilly King brings to life with a brilliant narrative that captures the passions, desires and intricacies of a blossoming love triangle in the most foreign of lands for a westerner.

The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Michima. The prose is beautiful. A story and characters you will not forget. And it will make you say “Wow” several times.

The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Michima. The prose is beautiful. A story and characters you will not forget. And it will make you say “Wow” several times.

Michael Hastings was a gifted reporter for Newsweek and Rolling Stone, before he tragically died in an automobile accident in Los Angeles in 2013.
They discovered this manuscript on his computer, and fortunately it has been published, and unfortunately it will be his last published piece of fiction.
In my opinion, journalists who attempt to write novels are typically not very good at it. That’s not the case here.
The Last Magazine is compelling, hilarious, nasty, revealing and rollicking ride through the last throes of a big time magazine in the runup and first year of the Iraq War. I’m certain The Last Magazine would have been better if he had time to work with an editor, but it’s bursting with life, and you will not want to put it down.   High-res

Michael Hastings was a gifted reporter for Newsweek and Rolling Stone, before he tragically died in an automobile accident in Los Angeles in 2013.

They discovered this manuscript on his computer, and fortunately it has been published, and unfortunately it will be his last published piece of fiction.

In my opinion, journalists who attempt to write novels are typically not very good at it. That’s not the case here.

The Last Magazine is compelling, hilarious, nasty, revealing and rollicking ride through the last throes of a big time magazine in the runup and first year of the Iraq War. I’m certain The Last Magazine would have been better if he had time to work with an editor, but it’s bursting with life, and you will not want to put it down.

I’m a little late jumping on the Haruki Murakami bandwagon. But he’s an extraordinary writer. Murakami’s fiction and talent have no limits. What I find most appealing is the humor and offbeat story lines and voices that are as myriad and creative as Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I can’t wait for his new book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage that’s coming out in August 2014.

I’m a little late jumping on the Haruki Murakami bandwagon. But he’s an extraordinary writer. Murakami’s fiction and talent have no limits. What I find most appealing is the humor and offbeat story lines and voices that are as myriad and creative as Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I can’t wait for his new book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage that’s coming out in August 2014.