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Blog Archive November 2009


On Thanksgiving Day I had an accident. No one was hurt. No real damage done. It happened this way. I was at the Texas Lone Star Bar in Washington Square signing copies of The Vincent Calvino Reader’s Guide and The Corruptionist. The Guide is a small book–same size as a Lonely Planet phrase book. Fits snuggly like a pack of cigarettes into a shirt pocket.


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Posted: 11/27/2009 5:29:52 AM 


BOOK SIGNING: Lone Star Bar –Washington Square – Bangkok

Starting from 1.30 p.m. on Thursday 26th November 2009, I will be signing copies of The Corruptionist and The Vincent Calvino Reader’s Guide at the Texxas Lonestar Bar, Washington Square, Bangkok Thailand.
(Note to Readers: Texxas is spelled with double xx. It’s on the front of the building and no one has ever climbed up or if they have, never lived to tell about it, in order to remove the extra x.)


There will be free Thanksgiving Dinner as well.

Come early. The Lonestar is expecting a full house.

Free food never gets any cheaper.

If you are in Bangkok, please stop in and say hello.

Posted: 11/25/2009 5:04:39 AM 


Writing Novels Inside The Hive Mind

Something fundamental is changing in the hive mind. The thousands of human hives have been subject to globalization. These cultural, language and faith colonies are interconnected in ways unimaginable a hundred years ago.

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Posted: 11/20/2009 12:00:03 AM 



On Saturday 14th November, the Toronto Globe and Mail, crime fiction reviewer Margaret Cannon wrote:

*PAYING BACK JACK* By Christopher Moore, Grove Press, 352 pages, $24.95 This terrific series - nine books and counting - is better known in Europe than Canada, and it's about time everyone discovered Bangkok PI Vincent Calvino. Paying Jack Back is the best Calvino yet. This time out, he is hired to follow the mistress of a highly placed Thai politician. His client is a rich and shady U.S. businessman, obsessed by his son's unsolved murder. He's convinced that his lady will lead them to a killer but, as Calvino soon learns, this is no ordinary watch-and-report. There are many wheels within wheels turning in this excellent thriller.


Posted: 11/17/2009 2:46:36 AM 



Most writers receive fan mail. It various from week to week as to the number of emails I receive. I always try to reply to a reader. It is not an easy thing to write an author. Someone who makes that effort deserves to hear back.


People write for any number of reasons. Ever so often a writer receives an email from a reader that reminds him of that some good can from writing a book. To instill the love of reading has to be one of the best rewards any author can earn.


Dear Mr. Moore,

Hello! My name is Cliff. I am 15 year old and live in British Columba, Canada. I just finished your novel "God of Darkness" and wanted to tell you that I really loved it. I think you are an awesome writer and can't wait to read more of your work. I'm honestly not much of a reader and it normally takes me a long time to actually finish a novel, but I read "God of Darkness" in only five days. That is a record for me! Your writing really grabbed my attention and made me want to continue reading. I'm actually kind of shocked that I could get so much enjoyment out of reading. I want to thank you for that!

Anyways I was wondering if it would be possible to get an autographed bookplate? Or would it be possible to send you my copy of "God of Darkness" and have you sign it? I'm not sure how it works, but I could send you a money order or a self addressed stamped envelope if you'd like. Just let me know. I'd truly consider it a great honor to have your autograph!

Thank you!


Posted: 11/16/2009 3:22:41 AM 



About once a week I receive an email, which ask, “I’ve written a book. Now how do I get it published.”


The simple answer is: You need an agent if you want to get published. Make that a literary agent.


But how do I get an agent? Isn’t that difficult.


If you have written a great book, it isn’t that difficult.


But don’t you have to be established or famous or have a platform to get an agent?




There are  around 1,300 literary agents to choose from. Some agents are no doubt in the pecking order more well-placed, powerful and effective than others. Not all are open to take on new writers. You don’t want to waste your time submitting to an agency which has decided not to represent new authors.


Now 24 literary agents have stepped forward and told Writer’s Digest that they are looking for new writers:


“So if you’ve finished your novel, memoir or book proposal (and spent some solid time revising it), you have come to the right place to find your ideal agent—the one eager to sell your work to publishers. Read on to learn who made the list this year, and to find out what they want and how they want to receive it. Your agent match might just be waiting.” Writer’s Digest.

Posted: 11/12/2009 10:13:38 PM 



Matt’s latest blog titled Jerusalem’s a zoo got me thinking about what a great metaphor a zoo becomes when one examines the animal being watched and the animal watching. In The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkin talks about the concept of “Flight Distance.” It is a well-known concept for those who study animal behavior in the wild. Flight distance measures the distance, say a wolf would allow a human being to approach before taking flight. Compared to feral dogs the wolf takes off at a much farther distance. And a domestic dog rather than taking flight might wag its tail and lick your hand.

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Posted: 11/12/2009 10:13:31 PM 


How Christopher G.Moore crosses borders

Christopher G. Moore calls his P.I. protagonist, Vincent Calvino, "a cultural detective. He sifts through the evidence in a way that makes sense of the location and people living in Southeast Asia."

Over at Detectives without Borders, Peter Rozovsky discusses Paying Back Jack.

Posted: 11/12/2009 4:28:17 AM 



The availability of my earlier novels has been a problem for many years. The new technology has come to the rescue. The new format is called an ebook. The best known provider of ebook downloads is Amazon’s Kindle reader. My Calvino novels published by Grove/Atlantic in New York are on Kindle.


The Land of Smiles trilogy was published in the early 1990s in Thailand. A Killing Smile, A Bewitching Smile and A Haunting Smile are set during one of the most chaotic times in recent Thai history. All of the books remain in print. Alas, they have not been widely available outside of Thailand.


Now things have changed. There is a new way to deliver and read books.

You can download the entire series on a Kindle for about the same price as ordering one of the books online from Thailand.


A Killing Smile


The first in the trilogy is the classic: A Killing Smile. It can be downloaded in the States for $8.95.


A Bewitching Smile


A Bewitching Smile is available for a Kindle download also for $8.95.


A Haunting Smile


A Haunting Smile can be downloaded for Kindle for $8.95.


Hopefully the ebook edition (which is the same as the trade paper back edition) will bring a new group of readers to the Land of Smiles series. Pass the word along to friends and family.

Posted: 11/5/2009 12:24:18 AM 



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