Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Lang Reid
Why do I have such a fascination for gangsters?  The only reason I can think of is that having been inculcated with the concept of being law abiding, I am…

Flight MH 370

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Lang Reid
The investigators have not even found the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH 370, but already there is a book about the mystery on the Bookazine shelves!  With a mixture of…


Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Lang Reid
My first exposure to a rock guitarist called Slash, was after hearing the band Guns N’ Roses which was led by a rather melodramatic and off-the-wall character called Axl Rose.

A Street Cat Named Bob

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Lang Reid
I did my usual browse at Bookazine in the Avenue, looking for some book or other to jump off the shelves and into my hand.  The biographies didn’t excite me,…

One Summer America 1927

Friday, 04 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By Lang Reid
I could have started this review by writing “Bill Bryson’s done it again.  Go to Bookazine and buy this book.  B. 468 for over 600 pages.  Bargain of the year!”…

Mango Rains

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Lang Reid
I was sitting having a quiet beer and chatting with Kim Fletcher, the Landlord of Jameson’s Irish Pub, when the subject of books came up.  In his opinion, one of…


Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Lang Reid
Outliers, the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (ISBN 978-0-141-04302-9, Penguin Books, 20090) follows on from his books The Tipping Point (How little things can make a big difference) and…

is it really too much to ask?

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Lang Reid
The book I have reviewed this week, is it really too much to ask? (ISBN 978-1-405-91413-0, Penguin, 2014) is the fifth volume of The World According to Clarkson.  These books…

What do you pack?

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Lang Reid
Most of the long time ex-pats who read the Pattaya Mail would relate to this book by Dr. Roberto Di Marco, “What do you pack (if you’re never coming back)”…


Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Lang Reid
Solo (ISBN 978-0-099-59034-7, Vintage Books, 2013) is a “follow on” in the James Bond novels, this one written by William Boyd with his James Bond now aged 45, which fits…

A Troublesome Inheritance

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Lang Reid
During my weekly trawl of the Avenue’s Bookazine shelves, I spotted the book by Nicholas Wade, called A Troublesome Inheritance, subtitled Genes, Race and Human History (ISBN 978-1-50420-623-8, Penguin, 2014).

Catch 22

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Lang Reid
There are not too many books that have provided new phrases for the English language.  Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 (ISBN 0-09-947731-9, 1961, Random House) is one of the foremost.

The Republic of Pirates

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Lang Reid
Pirates have flourished in our society for thousands of years.  From the Pirates of Penzance, to Pirates of the Caribbean to Somali Pirates and now some in the Straits of…

The Real Great Escape

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Lang Reid
The Great Escape is one of those movies that has attained ‘cult’ status.  With a star-studded cast including Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence,…

Fear and Loathing in Bangkok

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Lang Reid
There was almost no book review this week. The week I was due to pick one up from Bookazine was during the extended Pattaya Songkran, and I had this mental…
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