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Take a break from that 1,000 page novel. You can get a great read completed in less than 24 hours.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel - Haruki Murakami is amazing. There is magical realism, but not the deadening stuff of GMM, and there is humor and mystery, and a bunch of interesting characters... plus: the way Jay Rubin has translated this 600 plus page book, makes it read away, like the plate of spaghetti with which it starts.