Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24
Thailand prides itself on being the hub of many things, some of which are not so complimentary. I have even heard it said that Thailand has become the hub of…

Star of the Backroom Boys (Vol 1)

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Lang Reid
To get a book reviewed, publishers send a copy to the Pattaya Mail office and hope that the mail room boy puts it on the top of the pile on…

1000 years of annoying the French

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Lang Reid
I re-read this book 1000 years of Annoying the French (ISBN 978-0-552-77575-5, Bantam Press, 2010) by Stephen Clarke, a writer who these days lives in Paris, and found it just…

Don’t Worry - Be Grumpy

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 By Lang Reid
The author of the book reviewed this week is a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm). He was born Peter Betts in London, United Kingdom…

The Age of Dis-Consent

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Lang Reid
Christopher G Moore is one of Thailand’s foremost authors. His Vincent Calvino series has 15 titles, his other novels 11 titles, non-fiction has five and he has three anthologies which…


Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Lang Reid
There must be very few people in the developing world that have not heard of Manny Pacquiao. Judged to be, by the boxing world, as the greatest pound for pound…

A Kim Jong-Il Production

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Lang Reid
North Korea remains an enigma in today’s world. On one side we hear of starvation and underground atrocities. On the other hand we are regaled with pictures of thousands of…

Churchill and Empire

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Lang Reid
Lawrence James, the author of Churchill and Empire, Portrait of an Imperialist (ISBN 978-1-7802-2481-7, Phoenix Publishers, 2014) has released this book on Winston Churchill at a most opportune time, being…

Catch 22

Friday, 30 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 5 By Lang Reid
I mentioned the book Catch 22 to a group of 50 year olds the other day. They professed ignorance which I thought was very sad, so I make no excuse…

The Battered Butterfly

Friday, 23 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 4 By Lang Reid
Jake Jacobs is an American writer whose previous two books have been on backgammon. This one is his first thriller. He is American but has lived in eight countries and…

Americans in Thailand

Friday, 16 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 3 By Lang Reid
Just before the end of 2014, a heavy book package was delivered to the review desk. Hard back books, for me, represent something to savor. There is a feeling of…

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Friday, 09 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 2 By Lang Reid
How to Win Friends and Influence People, written by Dale Carnegie, (ISBN 978-1-4391-9919-0, Pocket Books, 1936) has been on the shelves for over 70 years. It has had the copyright…

The year’s best book?

Friday, 02 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 1 By Lang Reid
At the end of each year, I sit back and review the reviews, to come up with the book that appealed the most. This year it was Andrew Marr’s History…

American Sniper

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Lang Reid
American Sniper (ISBN 978-0-06-237657-2, Harper, 2014) proclaims itself as the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. From the outset, I am not a war buff, but am…

Sweatshop Greed

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Lang Reid
Sweatshop Greed (ISBN 978-1-481-06833-8, self-published, 2013), is a first novel for Aussie expatriate Michael Conlon, which came to me directly from the author. For that alone, he scored brownie points…

Pop Darrell’s Last Case

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Lang Reid
One of the more prolific expat writers is Dean Barrett with numerous books covering several genre, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry and children’s books. Whilst he may be a China…

Are you smart enough to work at Google?

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Lang Reid
“Googling” is these days an international pursuit. So much so I am amazed they haven’t made it into a reality games show for TV. William Poundstone, author of “How would…

Theodore Boone - The Accused

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Lang Reid
Something different this week. A John Grisham novel, the third in his Theodore Boone series, with the target audience being 10-15 year olds (eighth grade students in the USA).

The Killing Chase

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Lang Reid
Hot on the heels of his first book The Killing Code, author Craig Hurren has come out with the sequel, The Killing Chase (ISBN 978-150240-967-6, 2014). I reviewed The Killing…

Hardwiring Happiness

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Lang Reid
Hardwiring Happiness proclaims that it will reshape your brain and your life.  In fact, the New Scientist even goes as far as stating that this book “might change your life.”
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