I'm reading Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library now. Twas a gift. And the present tense is correct. I could have read it cover to cover tonight but the library isn't open until Tuesday and I won't be able to pick up my requests until I get off from work. Besides, I don't mind enjoying this one over a couple of days. Murakami is very good at writing people who aren't drones but who basically do what they're told. Which is arguably most of us in real life.