Rainy day activities

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Wet Tokyo with visitors isn't too much fun. It's pouring rain and chilly today. We opted to stay in this morning and read books, order in a bento lunch and just relax.

What are we reading?

John: Kiln People by David Brin. Souls can be copied and imprinted onto clay bodies, effectively allowing you to make disposable clones to do all your boring work and mankind's dangerous jobs. A detective story within a detective story to discover what makes a person a person.

Kris: Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Murakami is a contemporary Japanese author whose work is a blend of Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut. This is my favorite of his books--weird occult dreamscapes set to jazz with a mystery to solve as well.

Tod: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde. Witty British novel and a sequel to The Eyre Affair, about a literary detective, Thursday Next, and her exploits with the LiteraTecs and JurisFiction. It's full of things that made me laugh aloud. Can you beat a book that has Miss Havisham and the Cheshire Cat in the same room?

Me: The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson. What if the Chinese took over the world after the plague in the Middle Ages? Told as a series of stories following a group of souls' reincarnations progressing through time. An interesting premise but slow reading.

In contrast to today's slothy agenda, we hope that tomorrow's forecast sunny weather will let us go out to Mt. Takao for a walk.

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