Lang Reid

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 16:21

This is How Surviving What You Think You Can’t

I have never been a great fan of “self-help” books.  If they were that good, why are the Bookazine shelves loaded down with so many self-help titles?  However, with a review stating “The last self-help book you’ll ever read,” I broke my rule and took “This is How Surviving What You Think You Can’t” by Augusten Burroughs (ISBN 978-1-250-03210-2, Picador Publishing, 2012) home for review.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:34

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife was a first novel for A.S.A. Harrison, who unfortunately died earlier this year.  It has received many rave reviews with the Daily Mail rating it as “Dark as Hell and totally engrossing.”  Library details are ISBN 978-1-4722-1684-7, Headline Publishing Group 2013.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:58

The Malice of Fortune

Italy 1502 is the setting for this absorbing historical thriller, providing the reader an insight into the times of the Borgia family Popes.  Entitled The Malice of Fortune, and written by Michael Ennis (ISBN 978-0-09-957979-3, Arrow Books, 2012) it was made available by Bookazine in The Avenue.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:27

The Thai Dragon

This book is a police thriller, and a bloodthirsty one at that.  Written by Guy Lilburne, this book The Thai Dragon (ISBN 978-616-91211-6-9, 2010, 4th Edition, Dragon House Publishing) embodies the old adage, “write about what you know”.  Author Lilburne was in the police force for 30 years with 27 of them as a detective, so his hero Sgt Danny O’Brien is a believable detective.

Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:43

Air America revisited

One book that has been truly a best seller is Air America.  On the Bookazine shelves again, it is the sixth reprint of Christopher Robbins original 1979 exposé of Air America, the CIA’s secret airline and published by Asia Books in Bangkok (ISBN 9-7897-4830-3).

Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:31

Knew when I was 20

There is a quotation attributed to Mark Twain which goes something like “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  When I saw this week’s review book on the Bookazine shelves (What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, ISBN 978-0-06-204741-0, Harper Collins, 2009), I rashly believed that it would be one of the self-help books, full of quotable quotes and the principles of ‘feel good-ness’.  I could not have been more wrong.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:36

Jet Black and the Ninja Wind

I have to admit that I approached this book with more than a modicum of dread.  My knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture is sparse at best.  I remain confused as to which item on the Japanese buffet is sushi and which is sashimi.  However, I do know that the worst hangover of my life was after drinking hot sake to excess one evening.  I have abstained from Japanese liqueur ever since.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:55

Phantom Lover

Another anthology of thrilling tales (that is the promise on the front cover) from story teller Jim Algie, a well published author who has traveled the world and has managed to recount the tales from his wanderings.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:38

Painted in the Tropics

The subtitle for Painted in the Tropics is The Life and Times of Swiss artist Theo Meier, and is a biography of the man who spent many years in Chiang Mai after tasting many countries in the South Seas when younger.

A very different book this week.  Vow - A Memoire of Marriage (and other affairs) (ISBN 978-1-4088-2780-2, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013) was written by Wendy Plump and is a first person expose of herself, with no limits!

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