Books

Catch 22

Friday, 30 January 2015 Current Issue 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…
Friday November 14 - November 20, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 46)

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.”
Friday November 7 - November 13, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 45)

1000 years of annoying the French

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 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 October 31 - November 6, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 44)

Veni Vidi Vici

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Lang Reid
Veni, Vidi, Vici is a Latin phrase that is known by most people, so it is understandable that author Peter Jones would use it for the title his latest book…
Friday October 24 - October 30, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 43)

El Narco

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Lang Reid
El Narco, The Bloody Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels (ISBN 978-1-4088-2243-2, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013) caught my eye in Bookazine (The Avenue) and was selected as this week’s book for…
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