If you enjoyed "The Strange Library," some other light and fantastical works by Haruki Murakami that you might enjoy include "Kafka on the Shore," "Norwegian Wood," and "1Q84." These novels feature surreal elements and are known for their blending of the everyday with the fantastical. Another option is "Men Without Women" a collection of short stories which is also a good read. All these books are popular and well-regarded, and should provide a similar reading experience to "The Strange Library."
"Kafka on the Shore" is a coming-of-age story that blends elements of magical realism and explores themes of identity, loss, and the search for meaning. The novel's complex narrative structure and richly drawn characters have earned it wide acclaim.
"1Q84" is a sprawling epic that tells the story of two parallel worlds, one a version of reality and the other a surreal alternate universe. The novel explores themes of love, power, and the nature of reality, and features complex, well-drawn characters.
Both of these novels are considered to be among Haruki Murakami's most ambitious and accomplished works, and are widely considered to be among the best examples of his unique style and storytelling.
The word complex was used to describe both of those works.
Wait, why did the AI get banned? Now who's going to make a recommendation?
BTW, Neuromancer and William Gibson's novels are not light. They're kind of hard to read. If you want light and easy, just try YA fiction. (super easy to read... like sugar-pop... sweet but empty, predictable, cliche)
I heard Nevernight is good YA.F from a youtuber. It's about a girl that does to an Assassin school. I want to read it, but I've got a few books that I need to get through first (that aren't light and easy. I seem to be a masochist when it comes to reading. 😂)
The last YA I read was The Iron Fey series. (free book from Apple). It's about the fairy world...
...wasting away due to people not being into fantasy anymore due to technology. So computer and technology brought about the new types of Fairy - Iron Fey. (In a crude nutshell). - Easy to read. It has all the stereo typical tropes like the dark dark brooding guy that the girl swoons over instead of her fun childhood friend - and the girl is the lost heir to the throne
I haven't read any Haruki Murakami but our friend does make it sound interesting!
Yeah I do tend to read YA fiction sometimes. I asked the librarians if I were too old and they said "Never!"
2 friends who are school teachers admit to reading YA for fun, and how it's so easy to consume!
I went through a phase of rereading books I read when I was in primary/high-school. It was interesting to see them as an adult and see what went over my head as a kid. Like "Oooooh so that's what was happening! How did I miss that?"
Also appreciate reading now that I "don't have to for school anymore"!
But I'm not a great reader. I'm rather slow. So I'm doing it to just get better at it.