I've read four of his books so far
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World > Kafka on the Shore > 1Q84 > Norwegian Wood
So NW is the worst of his I've read so far. But it's still decent tho.
Entry level hipster bullshit for kids who think they're deep and quirky but never deliver.
They haven't even Oe.
I'd go Wind Up Bird Chronicle>Norwegian Wood>After Dark>Kafka on the Shore>Hard Boiled Wonderland>Kafka on the Shore>Tsukuru Tazaki>IQ84
I thought 1Q84 had some really great moments, but there were just stretches of hundreds of pages where the same shit kept happening. I felt like it could have been half as long and worked, and he pretty much has done the same thing in shorter works.
I haven't read After Dark or Norwegian Wood, but I will forever stand by Hard-Boiled Wonderland being his best book. Its clarity of plot and emotion can't really be beaten by anything else of his I've read. That said, Wind-Up is an amazing book, probably comes second ahead of Sputnik Sweetheart for me.