Books by Philip Gabriel

GENOCIDE OF ONE by Kazuaki Takano
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The dense, erudite, multiparagraph lectures on microbiology slow down this better-than-average techno-thriller."
Best-selling Japanese author Takano blends cell-manipulating microbiology and pyscho-cultural social analysis, all while sending four men into the Congo to save the human race. Read full book review >
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Another tour de force from Japan's greatest living novelist."
Murakami (IQ84, 2011, etc.) turns in a trademark story that blends the commonplace with the nightmarish in a Japan full of hollow men. Read full book review >
PARADE by Shuichi Yoshida
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"A monochromatic sketch of emotional disconnect."
Five Japanese quarter-lifers disclose secrets and glimpses of their dark sides in a chilly slice of vérité from Yoshida (Villain, 2010). Read full book review >
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Orwellian dystopia, sci-fi, the modern world (terrorism, drugs, apathy, pop novels)—all blend in this dreamlike, strange and wholly unforgettable epic."
"Things are not what they seem." If Murakami's (After Dark, 2008, etc.) ambitious, sprawling and thoroughly stunning new novel had a tagline, that would be it. Read full book review >
WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Though the insights don't resonate on the level of his novels, as always Murakami employs his artful, lucid prose to good effect."
The celebrated novelist contemplates one of his favorite pastimes. Read full book review >
REAL WORLD by Natsuo Kirino
THRILLERS
Released: July 18, 2008

"Exasperating."
From Kirino (Grotesque, 2007, etc.), a tale of teens driven to extremes. Read full book review >
BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A superlative display of a great writer's wares. Absolutely essential."
Unrequited or lost love, unrealized dreams and bizarre experiences that unfold into deeper mysteries, in 25 stories drawn from the prominent Japanese writer's entire career. Read full book review >
KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2005

"A masterpiece, entirely Nobel-worthy."
Two mysterious quests form the core of Murakami's absorbing seventh novel, whose encyclopedic breadth recalls his earlier successes, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997). Read full book review >
STORM RIDER by Akira Yoshimura
Released: May 1, 2004

"Much less dramatic and satisfying than Yoshimura's tightly plotted earlier fiction. A disappointment."
Here's something different from the prizewinning Japanese author (One Man's Justice, 2001, etc.): a historical novel about a preadolescent boy who leaves his homeland and loses his nationality. Read full book review >
SOMERSAULT by Kenzaburo Oe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Oe (Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age, 2002, etc.) is a deeply flawed great writer, and Somersault, alas, is not one of his triumphs."
An intriguing but enormously overinflated 1999 novel, Oe's first original fiction since receiving a 1994 Nobel Prize, concerns an austere, embattled, and eventually self-destructive religious cult. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A rattling chronicle of violence and terror."
A supremely discomfiting piece of literary journalism of the effects of the Tokyo subway gas attacks, all the more disturbing on account of its subdued voice, from Japanese novelist Murakami (Sputnik Sweetheart, p. 75, etc.). Read full book review >
SPUTNIK SWEETHEART by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2001

"Reminiscent of both Antonioni's classic film L'Avventura and Murakami's own Norwegian Wood (2000): an irresistibly plaintive dramatization of the differences and distances that preclude and frustrate the human need for connection."
This latest from the acclaimed Japanese author of A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) andThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997) is an equally deft and affecting dramatization of recent postwar alienation and anomie. Read full book review >
SOUTH OF THE BORDER, WEST OF THE SUN by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Whichever, it's only middling Murakami—what we—all have to make do with until the next wild sheep or wind-up bird comes along."
This latest from the internationally celebrated Japanese author of A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997) eschews Murakami's trademark comic extravagance, offering instead a muted portrayal of dream-driven midlife crisis. Read full book review >