Christopher G. Moore Updates: 7 August 2015

Dear Readers,

Working Magic in the Shadow of Time, is a personal contemplation I wrote two days back in Bangkok following a couple of weeks in Paris. Spending time on the road, in a different culture, offers the possibility of learning new things about a place and yourself. Experiencing what it feels like to let go and get outside of oneself happen on the road.

Iíve attached Jim Algieís Bangkok 101 review of Crackdown and The Age of Dis-Consent. Jim is a reviewer who not only reads books but thinks long and hard how they work and the context in which they are written. He brings those skills to look inside these two books.

You can read my review of Kevin Cummingsí Bangkok Beat at Kevin has undertaken the tasks of writing about the noir artistic scene in Bangkok; especially the one that emerged in the last couple of years and revolves around CheckInn99. Youíll find a lot of familiar names and new ones, too. Painters, photographers, poets, novelists, musicians and a kick-boxer!

Novels set in Thailand. A reminder to bookmark these novels set in Thailand.

Colin Cotterill, Bleeding in Black and White. I love Colinís sense of humor, his quirky brand of storytelling, and he knows how to knot the rope with enough tricks to keep you smiling and on the edge of your seat. Bleeding in Black and White is very good.

I am reading and enjoying Timothy Hallinanís The Hot Countries (A Poke Rafferty Novel). If youíve not read a Poke Rafferty Novel you are missing a very special series of novels set in Thailand. They are highly recommended. Look for my review of The Hot Countries in the next few weeks.

John Burdettís new novel titled The Bangkok Asset featuring Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the iconic luk-krung Thai cop, is receiving wonderful reviews and a good deal of word of mouth. I have friends emailing me how much they have enjoyed this novel. From first hand reports, John has gone another level deeper into the psychological and spiritual side of Thai culture. His ability to weave the essence of Buddhism into the characters and story makes his novels memorable.

One more book Iíd recommend for your library is Nick Laneís The Vital Question. It is a non-fiction examination at the huge increase of knowledge over the last decade or so. It is the story about evolutionary development of the stuff that is us and an exploration processes including those at the quantum level going on as you read this inside each of your cells. Each of us is made up of 40 trillion cells. That mosaic is virtual cathedral where life is one tile in a massive stained glass window. Nick Lane does for biology what Thomas Piketty (Capital in the Twenty-First Century) has done for economics; he has given us a new way to understand an essential part of ourselves.

Reading a good book still yields the best dividend. You will be enriched in ways that money canít buy.



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