Another book of ‘noir’ anthologies, edited by the well known writer Christopher G Moore. Phom Penh Noir (ISBN 978-616-7503-15-8, Heaven Lake Press, October 2012) follows on from the excellent Bangkok Noir publication, which was also edited by Christopher G Moore.
I make no excuse to re-running my review of this week’s book. One of the all-time classics of English literature, but having been written five decades ago, there are a couple of generations who have not been exposed to it. Joseph Heller’s masterpiece Catch 22 (ISBN 978-0-099-53601-7, Vintage publishers, 1994), is a book that has been reprinted many times, and will continue to be.
I am not a geek. I do not have one geeky bone in my body, but I am in awe of those of my acquaintance who can move around the cyber world with a minimum of “clicks”. I have also had a credit card ‘compromised’, to use the current terminology for theft, but I later forgot about it as the bank reimbursed my account and sent me a new card.
The singer in front of the Rolling Stones, the longest running band in the history of the world, is Mick Jagger. Whether you like his music or otherwise, Mick Jagger is a world recognized figure. I actually like the Stones and always have done, and even attended one of their open air concerts. I was not disappointed.
A new book from John Burdett this week. Burdett is remembered for his previous Bangkok books, Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, Bangkok Haunts plus the Godfather of Kathmandu. Vulture Peak is his latest book (ISBN978-1-47210-517-2, Corsair, 2012) and is now available on the Bookazine shelves.
My dear Scottish mother detested the French. She forgave the Germans for their couple of hiccups. She was sympathetic to the Poles. She tolerated the Spanish. But the French? Even French cheeses were not welcome in her house.
There have been so many books written by ex-inmates of the Bang Kwan jail (AKA Bangkok Hilton) that I began to feel there must have been writing classes included in the incarceration. Unfortunately, not all are well written.
With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) looming in 2015, I thought it might be prudent to learn something more about the ASEAN before that date. There on the Bookazine shelves would appear to be the answer - a very slim volume (just over 50 pages) to explain ASEAN. Almost the definitive ASEAN for Dummies publication, or something similar. And the price was only B. 114. What a bargain!
My local Bookazine in Big C Extra was having their stock-take, so I decided to re-run Private Dancer which I consider to be one of the most important books of the decade.
Oscar Pistorious is rather well known these days, especially after he became a medal winner in both the London Olympics and the London Paralympics. This book, Blade Runner - My Story (ISBN 978-0-7535-4085-5, Virgin Books, 2012) tells of his life leading up to the competitions themselves in London.