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Postby dvr » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:46 pm

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Kenny wrote:I'm a fan of Murakami, but at the same time I can definitely see that he's got a distinct style, and there are things that I wish I could talk him out of putting in every book

Tropes:
* Cats
* Music references, especially jazz and classical music (this part is fine with me, I'm always down to download a new album)
* Detailed descriptions of cooking (I'm whatever about)
* Sexual stuff (completely unerotic to me, I've always wondered if it's a translation thing because it's like legit "My penis was hard now")
* 90% of the protagonists are the same exact "notably and anonymously average japanese man who loves to cook, listen to jazz and has a missing woman problem but sleeps with other women in the meantime") More than a few of these are named (when named at all) Toru or Toru Watanabe I read once is supposed to be a "John Smith" style very common name

I say all this and at the same time I think a lot of his books are really really good.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is probably his "masterpiece" and it's really great, Kafka on the Shore is the one I love the most, and Norwegian Wood is the one that made him famous, is one of his "most normal" and is also really good and decent length.

I'd read any of those before reading anything else by him.

Non-fiction, but his Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche is excellent as well



Glad you posted this. Didn't know he wrote that
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Postby chad » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:27 pm

it's sad that ppl would rather talk about murakami over hot fairy princes but w.e
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Postby deadbass » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:34 pm

Tell me more about The Cruel Prince. I'm intrigued.
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Postby chad » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:43 pm

hello...thanks user deadbass. basically three human girls are stolen away to the world of fey. they are brought up with fairies, who often treat them cruelly, as they tend to think less of mortals. i love the classic mythology ("fairies can't lie but will bend the truth") mixed with rly current anecdotes of how humans are hoodwinked (lured in via burning man loll) etc.

there are many hot fairies, lies, murder, and court life intrigue! also a lot of fantasy tends to be rly whitewashed/eurocentric so it's refreshing to see something a bit different. i enjoyed it v much and think it would appeal to fans of Vampire Diaries, purple girls & more
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Postby Kenny » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:45 pm

It was only 0.99 ton Amazon so I bought it
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Postby deadbass » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:45 pm

That sounds coooool. Who is the best character(s)? Is this a series?
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Postby warmhouse » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:46 pm

Should I make a Murakami thread
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Postby Kenny » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:46 pm

Do it!
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Postby Kenny » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:48 pm

Have you read the Sookie Stackhouse books chad?
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Postby chad » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:48 pm

It's a trilogy, the next one comes out in January. IMO the best character is Jude. She's the morally grey heroine who wants to be a knight but also has crushes and stuff. Her older sister vivi is pretty good, but is a few degrees away from slipping into Mary Sue territory

A lot of people seem to have issues w Prince Cardan, and I totally understand it (he's arrogant, wounded, etc) but the author described him so hotly and I'm absolute trash for debauched fairy princes
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Postby chad » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:50 pm

Kenny wrote:Have you read the Sookie Stackhouse books chad?


I haven't! Actually I dunno if I love southern gothic as much as many ppl do but it's a good season for trying it out
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Postby Kenny » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:57 pm

I've only read the first one but I thought it was really good, a good page turner. Interesting idea bout vampires having become normalized in society but just a bit of fun. I haven't watched True Blood but I guess they get darker/more serious
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