A first book for author Craig Hurren, but one that seems to have caught the imagination of the reading public, with several insisting I review The Killing Code (ISBN978-148-234-969-6, 2013, self-published).
This week’s book is very different from the more usual ones reviewed in this column. Richard Watson, a futurist, has put together a very thought-provoking book titled 50 Ideas you really need to know, The Future (ISBN 978-1-78087-159-2, Quercus Science, 2013).
Ever wonder where all these mega-rich Russians came from? You know the type - the ones who buy and sell football teams, own mega-expensive motor cars and yachts. Well, this week’s book Outlaws Inc. (ISBN 978-0-283-07132-4, Sidgwick and Jackson, 2011) might just give you the answer, and it revolves around selling off unclaimed State assets.
When I originally picked up this book Romancing the East (ISBN-13: 978-0804843201, Tuttle Publishing, 2013) I thought it was an anthology collated by well-known writer Jerry Hopkins. I could not have been more wrong as was painfully obvious when I began to read the first chapter called “Joseph Conrad”. These chapters were not re-hashed writings from the great authors such as Rudyard Kipling, Pearl S. Buck, George Orwell, Graham Greene, E.M. Forster, et al, but were dissertations on their writings by Hopkins himself.
One of the biggest problems with travel manuals is that they go out of date too quickly. Prices are wrong, or the enterprise has shifted or gone bust (many places close before they have their grand opening).
A ‘Kiss and Tell’ book this week, with a lady going by the name of Scarlett O’Kelly detailing what it is/was like to be a professional escort, read sex worker.
Paying For It (ISBN 978-0-241-96323-4, Penguin, 2012) begins with the usual provisos you would expect such as false names (both hers and the clients), backgrounds, towns, and anything that might pinpoint her or where she worked.
Noam Chomsky has made a name for himself (and justified) as being a deep thinker who believes in democracy and also the fact that everyone should be able to view and comment on political directions. Unfortunately we know this is not a universal situation.
Kristen Rossi, the managing director of the Travel Easy Asia group has published an instruction manual called Maid in Thailand. Undoubtedly the stimulus to do this came from her own experiences as a newbie in Thailand who ended up with a Burmese maid. As she writes in the foreword, “Sometimes the reality (of having a maid) is a complete and total melt-down when you can’t make yourself understood dealing with the simplest of tasks. To top it off, if you think you are frustrated, just think about how your maid feels! Miscommunication can leave you both with quite the mess to clean up.”
Death in the City of Light is a thriller, in every sense of the word. However, as opposed to the many thrillers on the Bookazine Big C Extra shelves, Death in the City of Light (ISBN 978-0-7515-48 45-7, Sphere Publishers, 2011) is a true story.
I selected this book, Voodoo Histories (ISBN 978-0-099-47896-6, Vintage Books, 2009), subtitled “How Conspiracy Theory has Shaped Modern History” from the Bookazine Big C Extra shelf, thinking this was going to be a feast of voodoo influences. It isn’t, or wasn’t.