REVIEW: After Dark by Haruki Murakami

The moniker is usually associated with the Big Apple, but in his 2004 short novel, Tokyo as depicted by Murakami could also be captioned ‘The city that never sleeps.’   Amid the exposed underground elements of the neon-lit, bustling metropolis such as noise-filled garages, 24/7 diners, eerie office blocks and love hotels, is Mari, an…

A case for the long short story

It only takes a skim through Amazon Kindle books to confirm what most of us know, that short stories have become extremely popular. Recent increases in the sale of short story collections  can only mean readers are happy with shorter work, can’t it? In this digital age, isn’t it natural to reach for the concise,…