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I am a writer, a reader and a collector of books including some prized first editions. My first edition collection is modest. It includes The End of An Affair by Graham Greene (signed). Collecting books is a passion for many readers. For others it is an investment. Whatever your motivation for buying a book to add to your library price is always a consideration.

Since my books were published by various Thai publishers over the years, and the print runs were modest by large publishing house standards, in recent years, the second hand market has seen my books register eye-popping prices. Below is an example of the some of the prices. A reprint edition of Spirit House (as seen below) on offer for $449.

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Posted: 6/23/2009 5:27:04 AM 

 

East is East, and West is West and never the twain shall meet. Or said Rudyard Kipling. Always beware of the half truth; it trips people up, makes them swallow a half as if it were the whole.

 

The truth is in 2009 they do meet—online, chat rooms, Skype, bars, shopping malls, Starbucks, museums, bookstores, and through mutual friends. Why is that suddenly the whole concept of globalization shuts down the minute sex enters the equation? This is no longer Rudyard Kipling universe. But from the opinions and reviewers I’ve read about a recent book (see below) by IHT journalist Richard Bernstein, it is as if the sun still never set on the British Empire.

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Posted: 6/18/2009 6:40:38 AM 

 

Writers, by their nature, observe, notice, and process life. That is the conventional view. But what happens when the accelerated is pressed to the floorboard, and life becomes a blur. How well can we observe and make sense of the jumbled motion?

 

Life in Bangkok flies by at warp speed. One sanctuary is a park off Sukhumvit Road. A place of peace and contemplation located deep inside the boiling pot of daily distractions. Everyone is looking for meaning and most are looking for it in the wrong place. The destination isn’t so much a place for the state of mind a place creates.

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Posted: 6/17/2009 6:07:51 AM 

 

Anyone who has learnt to speak Thai understands the difficulty of the task. Mastering a new vocabulary, grammar, and syntax requires patience and practice, and if one is persistence, after a few years, you find yourself speaking and understanding the language.

 

Why is learning a new language such as Thai so difficult. Part of the answer is that our brains have been wired for a grammar and syntax template that is alien to its counterpart in Thai. That is what makes literal translations, well, so literal, and often so over the top funny. There are entire websites devoted to the humorous translations found throughout the world.

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Posted: 6/16/2009 5:36:11 AM 

 

Pundits have for the past year danced around those shoveling dirt onto the grave of traditional publishers. Not that publishers will vanish into the hole any time soon. But the emergence of ebooks seems ready to drive the mass of readers to electronic readers. 

God of Darkness is the ebook you’ve been waiting for. You have the chance to read one of my standalone novels on a different format.

 

God of Darkness is available as an ebooks that can be downloaded to a variety of readers.

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Posted: 6/12/2009 3:47:17 AM 

 

One of the great challenges to creativity is the Internet as a portal to seemingly unlimited information. Entering that portal turns many of us into yak shavers. We finish with one yak, then another comes along, and another and at the end of the day, the floor is covered with pretty much an indistinguishable amount of yak hair which we’ve done nothing to weave into the next magical garment of the mind. Piles and piles of that hair build day after day until we no longer remember why we came to shave the yak or what in God’s name we will ever do with all the hair we’ve found.

 

We are not alone.

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Posted: 6/10/2009 1:17:39 AM 

 


Images of Bangkok are used by Tito Haggardt who shot this book trailer for The Risk of Infidelity Index.
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Posted: 6/8/2009 2:59:41 AM 

 


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Dying under mysterious circumstances in Thailand if you are a famous American actor is bound to attract international coverage. I first saw the first coverage on Thursday night on the BBC news around 10.00 p.m. News of Carradine’s death has been picked up in virtually every major newspaper around the world. David Carradine’s death in a Bangkok hotel on 4th June 2009 will shine a spotlight on Thailand, the tourism industry and police investigations and methods used when a foreigner is found dead.

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Posted: 6/5/2009 12:21:39 AM 

 

“The Heisenberg uncertainty principle states that certain pairs of physical properties, like position and momentum, cannot both be known to arbitrary precision. That is, the more precisely one property is known, the less precisely the other can be known. It is impossible to measure simultaneously both position and velocity of a microscopic particle with any degree of accuracy or certainty.”   

 

On the quantum level Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty explains the weirdness of the state of a particle. The act of observation will fix the state. What does this have to do with writing or reading fiction? China Miéville makes a case drawing upon Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty. And in my view, there are some problems with making such analogy.

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Posted: 5/27/2009 2:44:52 AM 

 

Writers and boxers stand their ground and try their level best to win by a knock out. But it has always been easier to identify who wins a boxing match. With fiction, things aren’t so easy. Writers expose our inner most secrets. Readers stagger against the emotional ropes when realize what they believe as reality is little more than a tissue of selfishness, deception, hypocrisy, or irrationality.

 

Think of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four. The full power of the state is often complicit in the delusion manufacturing and distribution machinery that converts injustice and unfairness into its opposite. Thus books are banned, writers jailed, exiled or murdered. Schools become indoctrination centers. Teachers become the agents of official truth. A serious writer, like a boxer, must be able to take a punch, too. Most of the writers I know can.

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Posted: 5/26/2009 2:21:17 AM 

 

Two writers who set mysteries in foreign settings that you should read: James Church and Matt Beynon Rees.

 

Sarah Weinman is one of the most thoughtful and insightful crime fiction critics, and if you’re not reading her Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind you are missing a gem of a website. Recently Sarah interviewed James Church who writes a series set in North Korea with features police inspector O. I’ve read A Corpse in the Koryo and highly recommend it. Only someone with first hand information about North Korea could hope to produce a book with such splendid details about the functioning of the bureaucracy and working relationship among the North Koreans living in a totalitarian state.  Church is direct about what he sees as the keys involved in understanding the country: “North Korea is a bureaucracy, it is Asian, and it is a totalitarian state inhabited by human beings.”

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Posted: 5/25/2009 6:43:52 AM 

 

Recently Colin Cotterill and Timothy Hallinan were in Bangkok.

Tim as a thriller set in Bangkok that will be published in New York in August 2009. Breathing Water is getting a lot of advance rave reviews.  Tim’s earlier two novels set in Bangkok have received a great amount of attention; deservedly so as his Bangkok series shows how a master can take menace to a new level. Colin’s publisher Soho Crime is also releasing in August The Merry Misogynist. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the aged and antic national coroner of mid-1970s Laos, continues this internationally prize winning series to bring in thousands of around the world.

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Posted: 5/13/2009 1:01:35 AM 

 

Martin Amis’s article in the Guardian explores the life and writing of J.G. Ballard.

This observation caught my eye:

 

“His [J.G. Ballard’s]imagination was formed by his wartime experience in Shanghai, where he was interned by the Japanese. He was 13 at the time and took to the life in the camp as he would ‘to a huge slum family’. But it wasn't just the camp that formed him - it was the very low value attached to human life, something he saw throughout his childhood. He told me that he'd seen coolies beaten to death at a distance of five yards from where he was standing, and every morning as he was driven to school in an American limousine there were always fresh bodies lying in the street. Then came the Japanese. He said "people in the social democracies have no idea of the daily brutality of parts of the east. No they don't, actually. And it's as well that they don't.’ ”

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Posted: 5/3/2009 10:27:39 PM 

 

The week of 4th May, my Spanish publisher, Paidós will release the Spanish edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index. The Spanish title is Alta Infidelidad 432 páginas. ALEA ISBN: 9788449322624.

 

Here’s a glimpse of the cover for Alta Infidelidad

 

You can find copies for sale on the Internet here and here.

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Posted: 4/29/2009 4:53:39 AM 

 

Matt Beynon Rees who writes the international award winning Omar Yussef series interviewed me recently. If you haven’t read The Collaborator of Bethlehem, you are missing an insiders view of the dynamics behind the internal violence inside of Palestine. He’s walked the streets and knows the people, their history, culture and language. And his books give you a dimension of the human face behind the news headlines.  

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Posted: 4/20/2009 11:28:03 PM 

 

Adaptation to the world has always been, Darwin teaches us, a struggle. And uphill battle where casualties are the norm. Many fall aside. And when that happens, it is often labeled failure to adapt. Terry Eagleton has written a piece that links the role of capitalism to the shedding of beliefs in the sacred. The contradiction is in the continuing emotional resonance of metaphysical values in daily life--whether they become a source of inspiration or one of parody. Jon Stewart’s Daily Show popularity suggests the preference is leaning toward the latter.

 

The Western audience in search of spiritual transcendence, at least in the traditional ways, has increasingly shrunk in influence in the modern secular world. Their voice is one voice among many. Again in the West, the central role and legitimacy of the institutions traditionally vested with a monopoly over spiritual values have eroded over time. The question is what scope is left for such institutions to play in the modern political world. That is the essential unanswered (and perhaps at his juncture unanswerable) question of our time. How it is officially answered is the line drawn in the sand between cultures.

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Posted: 4/20/2009 10:26:59 PM 

 

Some in the media have called it Black Songkran. Demonstrations over the traditional Songkran festival turned ugly and violent. Soldiers, APCs, and tanks were in the streets. Buses burnt. Confrontation found the Reds and the military and police on opposite sides (most of the time). Then suddenly it was over as quickly as it started. The demonstration was called off and the protesters in the thousands who had camped out at Government House left, loaded into buses provided by the authorities.

 

This is a blog devoted to books. There are a number of such political blogs that have given a blow-by-blow account of the events over the last week. Foremost would be Bangkok Pundit which contains a good source of foreign reporting, local Thai newspaper and TV reports as well as the English language newspapers in Bangkok. If you scroll down, you will find a number of related blogs that present points of view on the current political situation.

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Posted: 4/16/2009 5:57:39 AM 

 




I had the chance a couple of weeks ago to go on a Chao Phraya River cruise. My Swiss friend Marcel Emmenegger (making the victory sign) was the organizer, assembling people to visit Punntara Resort. Our group was composed of friends of Marcel and Khun Peerapong.

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Posted: 3/31/2009 5:12:37 AM 

 

Bangkok has a large expat population. No one can hope to know everyone living here. Sometimes people slip through the cracks that you wished you’d had sat down for a couple of hour conversation. Only you find out about them too late. A case in point is playwright and filmmaker Ronald Tavel. He died a few days ago on a flight from Berlin to Bangkok. Apparently he’d been a resident in Thailand for a dozen years.

 

This is from the New York Times:

 

“Ronald Tavel, a playwright and screenwriter who brought a bawdy sense of the outrageous to some of Andy Warhol’s early films and helped mold the Off Off Broadway avant-garde theater movement in the 1960s and ’70s, died Monday on a flight from Berlin to Bangkok. He was 72 and had lived in Bangkok for the past 12 years.”

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Posted: 3/30/2009 5:35:32 AM 

 

On Sunday 22nd March The Japan Times ran a review of Paying Back Jack. 

 

Review Mark Schreiber under the title Tale of a fallen woman and other intrigues, concluded:

 

“It's easy to see why Moore's books are popular: While seasoned with a spicy mixture of humor and realism, they stand out as model studies in East-West encounters, as satisfying for their cultural insights as they are for their hard-boiled action.”

Paying Back Jack is out in hardback edition published by Atlantic Monthly Press in October 2009 and in the UK by Atlantic Books in December 2009.

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Posted: 3/23/2009 10:23:51 PM 

 

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