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Reading Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie while walking down the street, wearing an eye-catching Skinny Puppy t shirt. It's for his book group (the book not the t shirt). Also in hand--Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale. It's the seventh book in, what he called the most recent epic fantasy series. Apparently, becuase the author is Canadian, it took until book five for Americans to catch on to, which was really great for the readers because usually in an epic fantasy series, you have to wait long stretches for the next books to come out. The author has been turning them out at a good pace since the mid 90s.

In his book group they have read If on a winters night a traveler, by Italo Calvino--a good book group book because it's really a love letter to readers, though the group found it grating and self-impressed; and Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan, which he said was good for what it was. It's cyberpunk noir and reads with movie pacing. Next in the lineup is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon.

His favorite books--As She Climbed Across the Table, by Jonathan Lethem ; Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami; A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick.

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A hungry couple, cuddled up side-by-side in front of Pizzaria Delfina, waiting for a table at 9:30pm, and, with spine of the book perched on that bump where their touching knees met, reading Practical .Net for Financial Markets, by Yogesh Shetty and Samir Jayaswal.

In the light reflecting off the holy books in front of the church, El Santo de Israel, on Valencia Street, reading Insight Guide to the Philippines, by Francis Dorai. Four years ago, while on vacation in the Philippines he saw a woman. It was love at first sight and they got married. Now, he is trying to get her over to this country. He enjoys reading books about World War II and the Philippines, and books where the two subjects collide that involve General MacArthur.

His favorite books of all time are the The Kent Family Chronicles, by John Jakes. The main characters are fictional but the background is historical, taking the reader from America in the time of the colonies until the end of the 1800s.