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Every author has there own private reasons why they devote precious hours of their lives to writing a book. For this author, it is the passion I have for constructing the narrative and characters. Writing for me is unlocking a door to a room where I enter into the fictional realm. This realm feels as real as the real one. The line between sanity and the loony bin is remembering there is such a distinction.

I have far more control in the fictional world than in the real world, where like everyone else, control over most things is elusive at best.

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Posted: 12/25/2009 12:10:32 AM 

 

On Sunday 20th December 2009 I will be speaking about The Corruptionist and The Vincent Calvino Readers Guide at the Pattaya Expat Club this Sunday.

 

From the Pattaya Expat Club newsletter:

 

“Our Main Feature on 20 December is the foremost expat novelist interpreting Thailand, Christopher G Moore, who has two new books – an epic detective thriller ‘The Corruptionist’ set against the Bangkok backdrop of anti-government occupation of Government House, plus a pocket Reader’s Guide to the Calvino private eye series. It is Christopher’s 8th annual literary talk to the PEC members. He will discuss the new novel for half the feature and has requested an on stage interview with Richard Ravensdale from PEC, one of his tv and book review critics, to probe his work. He will also do a book signing. The Corruptionist is Baht 499. The Vincent Calvino Reader's Guide is Baht 249. Published in Thailand by Heaven lake Press. Buy a copy of either book on Sunday, and get The Risk of Infidelity Index and/or Paying Back Jack for 50% off retail price. Other selected backlist titles will be on offer with a good discount as well. A good time to stock up on ‘Calvino’ titles that you haven't picked up.”

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Posted: 12/17/2009 11:42:19 PM 

 

A piece I wrote titled "Inside The Hive Mind" has appeared in the
December/January issue of the Brooklyn Rail, a literary magazine located in New York.

"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: 12/14/2009 5:07:31 AM 

 

One definition of a friend is someone who takes the time and care to listen to your story. They let you narrate without interruption or noise. They await your validation as to the worthiness of the story told.

This is why it is very difficult to find a friend in the modern world.

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Posted: 12/10/2009 10:45:47 PM 

 

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY CHRIS COLES
11TH -30TH DECEMBER 2009
AT THE OPENING OF THIS EXHIBITION on 11th December 18.30 hrs
CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE WILL LAUNCH AND SIGN HIS NEW BOOKS

“THE CORRUPTIONIST’ AND “THE VINCENT CALVINO READER’S GUIDE’

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Posted: 12/9/2009 3:37:46 AM 

 

Marketing. Brands. Giveaways. These are the sacred pathways to converting a person to a new religion. Thailand is largely a Buddhist country. The usual figure is 90% of Thais would tick the box labeled Buddhism if asked to choose their religion. You need to mix in animism, Brahmanism and capitalism to get a full understanding of the religious landscape.

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Posted: 12/3/2009 9:38:50 PM 

 

The Corruptionist
Kevin Cummings’s 2nd December review

 

Loved "The Corruptionist". Has all the characters we have gotten to know, including Bangkok and the icy urinal at Lonesome Hawk. Nice homage to George in the beginning as new characters were developed. Perfect.

Takes a farang to places he would like to go, but hopefully has the good sense to avoid (unless the basement ...of... his brain overrides logic), like protests at government house and educates to the point of uncomfortableness re the real life 2003-2004 war on drugs.

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Posted: 12/2/2009 2:26:35 AM 

 

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY CHRIS COLES
11TH -30TH DECEMBER 2009
AT THE OPENING OF THIS EXHIBITION on 11th December 18.30 hrs
CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE WILL LAUNCH AND SIGN HIS NEW BOOKS

“THE CORRUPTIONIST’ AND “THE VINCENT CALVINO READER’S GUIDE’

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Posted: 12/1/2009 4:10:33 AM 

 

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 

 

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.
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Posted: 11/25/2009 5:04:39 AM 

 

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.

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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.

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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?

 

No.

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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 

 

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.
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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.

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Posted: 11/5/2009 12:24:18 AM 

 

It doesn’t happen often but when it does there the effect has the same disorientation as cultural shock. I am talking about the twisted mental state that comes from crossing an international date line. Last Monday I left Cooper Square Street at 6.30 p.m., walked across the street and caught a taxi to Centre Street. The fare for that short trip was with tip $8 or about the same it cost for the 27K journey from my condo in Bangkok to the airport. But that is another matter. The EVA shuttle picked me up at 7.00 for Newark Airport. The flight departed on time at 11.00 p.m. and I caught some sleep on the seven hour flight to Anchorage. After topping up the fuel tank and crew change we were off two hours later. It was 12 hours flight time to Taipei. Another two hours on the ground for the final three-hour plus flight into Bangkok.

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Posted: 10/30/2009 5:22:08 AM 

 

On Monday I am off to New York City where the 10th novel in my Vincent Calvino series will be launched on 6th October. Also while in the United States, I’ll attend Bouchercon in Indianapolis. I will participate on a panel “Murder at the Edge of the Map” moderated by Leighton Gage and including Tamar Myers, Yrsa Siguroardottir, and Michael Stanley...

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Posted: 10/2/2009 5:03:24 AM 

 

You can buy a copy of Enemies of Memory in the UK. Details below.


Christopher G Moore Enemies of memory: A novel       
Despatched from the UK by fully insured mail within 48 hours.
Money back guarantee. [Publisher: White Lotus]
[Bookseller: amazon.co.uk] Buy From:     amazon.co.uk - $ 7,124

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Posted: 9/29/2009 5:17:57 AM 

 

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