This was my first Murakami novel and I really liked this story, though I felt it could have been about three hundred pages shorter and still succeeded nicely.
I also found Ushikawa's POV storyline a bit unnecessary to the novel. I feel he could have easily remained as a secondary character and still showed us his interactions to the hero's storylines. I would have liked to have seen Fuka-Eri's POV storyline. It would have been very interesting to see her mind at work first hand.
I loved Tengo's character, I often found myself rushing through Aomame's storyline to get to his. lol It took a little while for me to develop an affinity for Aomame. Ayumi's murder is when I finally began to connect with Aomame's character. I don't know why it took me so long.
I will certainly read more of his work. :)