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February 17, 2005

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I have to admit that I love Haruki Murakami's writing. After reading The Wild Sheep Chase three summer ago, I have devoured many of his novels, stories and non-fiction, and have rarely been disappointed.

Kafka on the Shore is yet another fantastic journey from the author, blending magnificent characters into his surreal landscape where all paths lead to the ending. Murakami creates fantastic scenarios and characters, but all fit into this tale like a classically hewn crossword puzzle, and the story gains momentum as the pieces come together. This is the best book I've read this year (so far), do yourself a favor and give Murakami a chance to win your literary heart.

I have been pawing my next book, Schott's Original Miscellany, by Ben Schott, for a couple of years. The book, "a unique collection of essential trivia, uncommon knowledge, and vital irrelevance", should interest me, the walking "plethora of useless knowledge" (as my father used to joke).

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