Friday August 21 - August 27, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 34)

Weiner explores idea of soul mates in ‘Who Do You Love’

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Lincee Ray (AP)
Author Jennifer Weiner delicately sets the stage for a story detailing the celebrations and challenges of romance in “Who Do You Love.” She chronicles a relationship that spans 30 years.…
Friday June 12 - June 18, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 24)


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…
Friday April 10 - April 16, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 15)

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…
Friday March 13 - March 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 11)

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…
Friday March 6 - March 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 10)

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…
Friday February 27 - March 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 9)

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 February 20 - February 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 8)


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…
Friday February 13 - February 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 7)

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…
Friday February 6 - February 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 6)

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…
Friday January 30 - February 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 5)

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…
Friday January 23 - January 29, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 4)

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…
Friday January 16 - January 22, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 3)

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…
Friday January 9 - January 15, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 2)

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…
Friday January 2 - January 8, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 1)

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…
Friday December 26 - January 1, 2015 (Vol. XXII No. 52)

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…
Friday December 19 - December 25, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 51)

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…
Friday December 12 - December 18, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 50)

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…
Friday December 5 - December 11, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 49)

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…
Friday November 28 - December 4, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 48)

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).
Friday November 21 - November 27, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 47)

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…
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