Originally Posted by Zeppelin
I read Dance Dance Dance before I read A Wild Sheep Chase. There are some touching points but they are rather few. Plus, I found Dance Dance Dance to be a better novel, so I say stick to it.
To be honest, I felt that way after just having read Dance Dance Dance and The Wind Up-Bird Chronicles. Read one of those (and maybe Norwegian Wood) and you've seen what Murakami has to offer.
It kinda does feel like he mastered his form with Wind-up and after that it has been kinda downhill ride. Imo, Kafka was his last good book and only Nakato/Hosino side of the story was actually good, rest of the book not so interesting. Even the Nakato/Hoshino story went off the rails towards the end but after so many Murakami novels you are kinda used to it and expect things go off rails at some point.