I didn't go through the previous posts but I hope there isn't such. Have you guys read the trilogy? I've been reading it for three years now, having at times this compelling urge to read a bit of the book (I have the all-in-one book) and finally finish it. I find it tedious, lengthy, with no real action, just hints of action. The trilogy starts off on quite an interesting note but you lose any interest in the next fifty pages describing ordinary lives. Then there is another subtle hint of something interesting going on, which, even if exposed, is, again, ordinary. All three books give the impression of trying to be mysterious, cryptic, the kind of "nothing is the way it seems" but it doesn't work, in my opinion. The characters are interesting but they are as if prevented from acting for there to be three books instead of one, so they indulge in indolence, absent-mindedness or obscene conduct. Murakami is my favourite writer (that being true, I've read woefully few of his books) but this trilogy almost seems to be written by someone else. I've read Norwegian Wood which won him popularity and it's for a reason; there's a tenth of 1Q84 mystery in it but it's at least five times more interesting, even without the inexplicable. And you can relate to the characters. I've also read Kafka on the Shore which is also mysterious but unlike 1Q84 grabs your attention. Raises your interest, is sometimes outrageous but always interesting. You keep on reading. My opinion is that Murakami should have written one book instead of three.