The New York Times (Times Premier) has just published an article titled "The Murakami Effect" by Pamela Paul, which talks about the review by Patti Smith from last week's NYT Book Review (see the link the August 5th post) and the illustration by Yuko Shimizu accompanying the review.
(for this link to work one needs to have access to Times Premier).
Also, Salon.com has published a review by Laura Miller. The piece is titled: "Murakami's understated triumph: What Japan's most celebrated writer knows that American novelists don't. " Miller says that Murakami tends to write long novels ("mammoth and intricate doorstops) like 1Q84 and shorter "mood pieces" like After Dark or Sputnik Sweetheart. She includes Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki in the second group and Miller praised its "direct, neutral, unvarnished and unprettified prose style."
To read the review go to: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/06/murakamis_understated_triumph_what_japans_most_celebrated_writer_knows_that_american_novelists_dont/