He's definitely one of my favorites ... and a strong candidate for my favorite or all time. I find almost all of his writing to be a bit off the wall, intriguing, though-provoking, and always easy to read.
I found 1Q84 a bit long, and not quite as engrossing as some of my other faves. But then I read his next novel – "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki ..." It's way up high on my list of fave Murakami novels. Highly recommended!