Possibly my favorite Murakami. Feels like a more well thought out, grown-up Norwegian Wood, and NW used to be my favorite. I feel like I've spouted the same lines and thought the same thoughts as Hajime.
This also made me re-read his short story: "On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning" which is basically my favorite parts of his storytelling (Minus the surrealism) distilled into a 5 minute read.
Actually I just started that tonight. Ender's Game was GREAT! Loved it. I have a few nitpicks but nothing that won't stop me from reading it again sometime. As to Speaker of the Dead, I didn't get too far into it, thinking of starting something else instead then reading that next. I also finished Stephen Colbert's book today. Lots of insightful and funny stuff.
I'm not sure about putting Speaker for the Dead on hold, only because its so different from Ender's Game as far as setting and other areas of the story goes. I feel like if I were to have read something else between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead that when I came back to Speaker for the Dead I would be like what the **** is this, this isn't what I remember it being like? That would probably throw the whole thing off for me. I would suggest reading it now while you still have the desire to know what happens to Ender after the first book. I know I'm making the books out to seem like they are 2 books from totally different stories but alot of the central themes that were focussed on in Ender's Game are relevant in Speaker For the Dead, such as isolation and relationships. Pretty much what I'm trying to say is you shouldn't expect the same from this book as what you experienced in Ender's Game, but it is still a good book.
Goodreads is annoying the shit out of me lately since I started reading a lot again. They make it hard to change a book from "currently reading" to "have read" and vice versa. It should be RIGHT there, just one click away. Instead you have to navigate to another page and figure it out from there.