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The hot-button issues of religion and culture — sometimes wrapped in controversy and suspicion — make a compelling foundation in Ausma Zehanat Khan’s second novel about Esa Khattak, head of…
Friday February 5 - February 11, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 6)

Author kicks off new series with ‘Orphan X’

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Jeff Ayers (AP)
Gregg Hurwitz delivers a masterpiece of suspense and thrills with his latest novel, “Orphan X,” that invokes the best of “Batman,” ‘’The Bourne Identity” and “The Equalizer” films. The Orphan…
Friday January 29 - February 4, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 5)

Bryson finds plenty to love and lament in the UK

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Rob Merrill
Bill Bryson has pulled off quite a trick in his decades of travel writing.  With every book, he manages to make readers wish they could go for a walk with…
Friday January 22 - January 28, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 4)

Actor David McCallum writes crime novel

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Oline H. Cogdill
David McCallum — yes, actor David McCallum of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “NCIS” fame — confidently embarks on a second career in his highly entertaining debut that mixes the…
Friday January 15 - January 21, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 3)

Diana Athill offers up enchanting new memoir

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Ann Levin
Diana Athill, 98, still has a few things to teach us about growing old with dignity and humor and grace. Her latest memoir, “Alive, Alive Oh!” follows the unlikely literary…
Friday January 1 - January 7, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 1)

‘Bread, Wine, Chocolate’ makes environmental issues tasty

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Kevin Begos
The lands, waters and atmosphere of our planet are under tremendous stress from the appetites and endeavors of more than 7 billion people, and such issues often make for grim…
Friday December 25 - December 31, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 52)

‘Ashley Bell’ is one of Dean Koontz’s best

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Jeff Ayers (AP)
Dean Koontz outdoes himself with his latest journey, which solidifies his reputation as one of the best storytellers in the book business. Koontz’s stories get labeled as horror, but the…
Friday December 18 - December 24, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 51)

A Geek in Thailand

Friday, 18 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 51 By Lang Reid
A book with possibly the world’s most colorful cover arrived on the review table. A  Geek in Thailand (ISBN-0-8048-4448-2, Tuttle Publishing) has been written by Jody Houton, the Geek in…
Friday December 11 - December 17, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 50)

Truman Capote’s early stories worthwhile for fans

Friday, 11 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 50 By Beth J. Harpaz
The Early Stories of Truman Capote” collects 14 short fiction pieces by the writer, including some that were published in his high school newspaper in Greenwich, Connecticut, when he was…
Friday December 4 - December 10, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 49)

‘The Promise’ is intense, thrilling mystery

Friday, 04 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 49 By Jeff Ayers (AP)
Robert Crais takes the most popular characters from previous novels and shakes them up in “The Promise,” an intense and thrilling mystery. Private Investigator Elvis Cole is asked by the…
Friday November 27 - December 3, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 48)

‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye tackles climate change in new book

Friday, 27 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 48 By Jennifer Kay
The science is clear and the warnings are dire: Man-made climate change is happening and will adversely affect human life on this planet. Both the effects of climate change and…
Friday November 20 - November 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 47)

King ponders death in new 21-story ‘Bazaar of Bad Dreams’

Friday, 20 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 47 By Rob Merrill
Stephen King has always addressed his “Constant Readers” in prefaces or afterwords to his books.  He likes to share what inspired him or what he was thinking about when he…
Friday November 13 - November 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 46)

Barrymore’s not-a-memoir ‘Wildflower’ is fun read

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Mike Householder
Countless celebrities have penned autobiographies.  Not a lot are like Drew Barrymore’s. And that’s a good thing. “Wildflower” bounces around chronologically and thematically and generally refuses to bend to the…
Friday November 6 - November 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 45)

Superb new biography of the King of Pop

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Ann Levin
Steve Knopper begins his superb biography of Michael Jackson with an anecdote about a protest against school integration in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, in 1927, more than three decades…
Friday October 30 - November 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 44)

John Grisham returns with ‘Rogue Lawyer’

Friday, 30 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 44 By Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
John Grisham’s latest novel, “Rogue Lawyer,” introduces Sebastian Rudd, a criminal defense attorney who takes on cases others want to avoid. In the world that Grisham reveals from Rudd’s perspective,…
Friday October 23 - October 29, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 43)

Author uncovers ups & downs of online dating in ‘Popular’

Friday, 23 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 43 By Lincee Ray
Makeup artist and self-proclaimed science nerd Lauren Urasek was surprised when a reporter from a major New York magazine contacted her to interview “the most popular girl on the dating…
Friday October 9 - October 15, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 41)

Creeps and laughs in Atwood’s ‘The Heart Goes Last’

Friday, 09 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 41 By Rob Merrill
“If you do bad things for reasons you’ve been told are good, does it make you a bad person?”  That’s the question on the mind of Margaret Atwood’s heroine near…
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)

Crackdown

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…
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