I'm a fan, and I liked this book very much. The meticulous, slow Murakami narrative carries us, his readers, across the vast ocean of words that is 1Q84. I liked the pace, the slowness, appreciated the time to get acquainted with the main characters. Unfortunately, it's impossible to believe in many aspects of the book, from the main pillar of the story, the attraction between Tengo and Aomame, to the unpleasant Ushikawa, the set, and most characters. This book is one massive allegory, sometimes harder to decode than other, so will help being fond of Murakami. Suspend your beliefs and slow down, then pick 1Q84 up, and enjoy.
I have no doubt the two volume bio deserve the praise, but sadly this compilation is seriously lacking. I am certain that the first 50 years of Eisenhower's life deserve more than only the roughly 50 pages afforded here. I feel like I have a good handle on the soldier's and the President's accomplishments, but hardly know the man he was, only the one he became. Even them. Many passages are poorly stiched together - marking obviously where cuts were made. I'll blame the editor, more work is required to make a memorable bio.
I put off buying this book for a while because I was put off by the drawing style and colorization. How superficial... The author's choice of colour and drawing suits Asterios Polyp's story perfectly! At first glance, Polyp is some superficial jerk, but of course, like everyone he is more complex and what we learn early on about is life misleads us. The use of bold lines and colours, and the original utilization of some basic drawing techniques, more notably, Mazzucchelli crafts a clever narrative that everyone is bound to enjoy. Well worth re-reading a few times to soak up the more subtle aspects of the drawn narrative.