I do, however, give Murakami H. the honor of funniest title for a book about an earthquake (神の子どもたちはみな踊る, not that after the quake nonsense). I've gone through the effort of buying it, though I haven't gotten around to actually reading it yet. Who has time for that?
I have enjoyed not only the story of Sixty Nine, but also learning some 九州の西の端 dialect. I was quite surprised to learn that the grammar for continuous action and states are, unlike in standard Japanese, two separate constructions. The power of reading!
Yudan Taiteki wrote:
It depends. I don't think it's ever a necessary evil to "read" through something where you have to look up 75% of the words. There are other, more efficient, ways to increase your vocabulary than this...
If you have to look up everything you read, then you're in over your head, but using a dictionary by itself is not a bad thing, IMO. I still come across terms I'm not familiar with in my reading.
While it's easiest to learn through understandable input, I don't know exactly what that is. Perhaps the next best thing is enjoyable input. I only ask myself only one question, "Do I want to [continue to] read this?" I don't even bother with, "Do I need to?" There are very few things one needs to do in this life; there are many more things which can be apologized for afterwards.