Book Excerpts I've collected from the Internet:
Excerpt of Stephen King's "The ballad of the Flexible Bullet".
The first chapter of "The Seville_Communion" and "The Fencing Master" by Arturo Perez-Reverte. This is ths same guy who wrote "Club Dumas", which the movie Ninth Gate was based on. (Oh, here's a study guide for "The Club Dumas", in case you are into reading groups.)
The first chapter of James Burke's "The Knowledge Web".
"Why I Love Christmas" - by John Waters.