I made it!
It's an epic read and I'm still mulling over how I feel about it.
I'm glad I left some time between No. 2 and No. 3 otherwise I may have become annoyed at some of the developments or to be more accurate, the slow pace of development in No. 3.
The dream sequences started to annoy me, but just as I was feeling really bugged by them, they stopped. As did Ushikawa. I can see that he was used as a way to bring the two stories together, but he bugged me too. His ending felt quite satisfying!
I enjoyed the references to other books and authors.
The ending was satisfying.
Murakami's writing, his world, his characters were memorable and vivid. A little editing might have helped things along though.
But I will be reading more Murakami in the future.
In some ways this quote sums up the book ""No need to explain," Tengo said. If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation."