Victor Santiago doesn't really like books. He just works here for the coffee.
What was the last truly great book you read?
Regeneration by Pat Barker. Cold Mountain and Atonement are
up there, too.
Are you a fiction or nonfiction person?
I do both, but fiction slightly edges out nonfiction.
What’s your favorite literary genre?
What the publishing industry refers to as "Literary Fiction."
Any guilty pleasures?
I'm not sure there's any such thing as a "guilty" pleasure.
If you like something, then it has merits, and you should ignore other
people's snobbery about it.
What is your ideal reading experience?
If you can cry at the end of a novel, or close the book and sit in stunned
silence for a few minutes, then you've really got something there.
Your reading habits?
On work days, about an hour in my office at the end of the night. On
my days off, add another hour lying in bed in the afternoon.
What were your favorite books as a child?
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, because it's about redemption.
The Encyclopedia Brown books, because he's basically a child
Who are your favorite heroes and heroines of fiction?
Sherlock Holmes, and various other hero-type guys.
Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did
you feel as if you were supposed to like, and didn’t?
The Road. I'm a fan of Cormac McCarthy, but it
was a chore to get through this.
Do you remember the last book you put down without
Tinkers by Paul Harding. I've been putting it down
and picking it up again for a year now. It doesn't urge you to
What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read?
Anything by Woody Allen or Douglas Adams. Steve Martin is a distant
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be?
I might say Hemingway, but I'm afraid he might punch me.
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