The Last Boat to Samui is a collection of short stories written by William Peskett, a writer with an eclectic history including reading Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and has gainfully employed himself with teaching, marketing, journalism, corporate relations and more. However, he now lives in Pattaya and was the author of “If you can’t stand the fun, stay out of the go-go” which was reviewed a few months ago.
It would appear that the only way hardened criminals can go “straight” after being released is by having a “tell all” autobiography published. This week’s book is one of those. Blink (ISBN 978-1-780-57575-9, Mainstream Publishing, 2012) is the story of a Glaswegian, Ian MacDonald, as narrated to ghost writer David Leslie.
This week’s book is of the Sci-Fi genre. The Windup Girl (ISBN 978-0-356-50053-9, Orbit Publishing 2010) by Paulo Bacigalupi came to my attention in the Big C Extra Bookazine, in the section for young adults. Thinking that this might be an interesting exercise to see what is available for teenagers I made the selection. “Children 13-15 years” indicated the Bookazine shelf, but the back cover admits that the book contains “sordid sex”, which is not what I want my 13-15 year old children reading! (Having pointed this out, I am sure Bookazine has changed their records!)
The Bookazine store in the Big C Extra center had a stand featuring Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers. How could I pass that by? Worth Dying For (ISBN 978-0-553-82549-7, Bantam Books, 2010) is another 500+ page epic and is actually the one published before The Affair, the Jack Reacher book reviewed a few weeks ago.
With recriminations still abounding from the Red and Yellow forces (and add in the Army), this book is well timed. Bangkok May 2010, subtitled Perspectives on a Divided Thailand is just available in Bookazine Big C Extra. The book was edited by Michael J Montesano, Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Aekapol Chongvilaivan (ISBN 978-616-215-042-5, Silkworm Books, 2012) and those three writers have also contributed to some chapters.
Claimed to be the definitive biography of the band Queen’s front man Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones, the front cover simply features the man in his typical stage pose. The back cover has a tribute from Pattaya’s own rock authority Simon Napier-Bell, and it was that which prompted me to pick up the book from the Bookazine shelves at Big C Extra.
“Stuff” is something our household has in copious amounts. “Where is the stuff we use to clean the fridge,” is a familiar call. The location is given as, “In with the other stuff, where you left it last time.” That’s the beauty of the English language. It is so precise!
Another collection of essays this week from prolific author Christopher G Moore, called Faking It in Bangkok (ISBN 978-616-7503-13-4, Heaven Lake Press, 2012). Moore is probably better known for his Vincent Calvino Private Eye series with 12 books published plus 11 other novels on the shelves such as Waiting for the Lady, and the Wisdom of Beer.
With Blue Sky Development company advertising heavily that they have ‘found’ Atlantis, to see a book on the subject on the Big C Extra Bookazine shelves was too great a temptation to pass up. The Lost Empire of Atlantis has been written by Gavin Menzies (ISBN 987-0-857-82006-8, Orion Books 2011). Despite the fact that the book’s Atlantis and that of the developers are obviously not the same, I am quite willing to accept a spotter’s fee following their next sale. ;-))
Another of the Jack Reacher series from author Lee Child. The Affair (ISBN 978-0-553-82551-0, Bantam Books, 2012) is the 16th of the series, and hero Jack Reacher has an army of fans. To make the persona even more understandable, Lee Childs includes Jack Reacher’s CV at the front of the book, and he is a 6’5" giant, explaining his ability to look after himself in the combat situation.