It's amazing that they're finally being translated and published here.
Shaft's animation and the voice acting really brings a lot to the series so I can see why it is really difficult to get into the book series. It's a totally different monster that took me a good few chapters to get into it.
I haven't seen it in book stores but I have seen the series at my local comic book store.
They also released the cover for the last Bakemonogatari book recently
Looks waay better than the second one.
ive been reading 1Q84, but its been slow going. thats mostly my fault, because im lazy and it basically takes me having nothing else to do before i sit down to read, even if i really enjoy the book im reading.
Dunno why I'm only just seeing this now. Dude I frickin' love Murakami and that book I couldn't put down!
His stuff can border on plain everyday life but for some reason that really engrosses me.
Gotta say I think 1Q84 is probably his best work, it mixes slice of life (if you can call it that in fiction), thriller, mystery, and paranomal.