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    Do not pick up! Thailand calling

    These are my top 3 Thailand Books. Feel free to disagree or add your own.

    1. Thailand Calling. Dana Mather
    2. Private Dancer. Stephen Leather (remember when it was free?)
    3. The Big Mango. Needham

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    Once upon a time in the East - Steven Edwards

    Amazon.com: baldrick's review of Once Upon a Time in the East: Hot and Stic...

    Following in the footsteps of bestselling author Cornhole Ruin ( A klong too far ) and Somchai ( Eat , Drink ,

    drink , drink , sleep ), Steve has written a memoir of his flight to the good life in Nakon Nowhere , Thailand.

    "All my life-long, I dreamed of acquiring a Lau Khow addiction and concrete table set," writes the author, a

    British actor who starred in an episode of the BBC adaptation of american cables "Cops", When He, spotted a

    country shop with a classic concrete table set outside , he defied common sense and merged with the furniture.

    Never mind that the shop is moldering and insect-infested, the roof leaks and there doesn't seem to be any running

    water. Steve's account of paradise regained involves bushwhacking through the intricacies of Thailand country

    etiquette and battling the elements of nature (wind, rain and fire), to say nothing of the eccentric local

    population. Alas, the book reads, by turns, like a catalogue of the author's faux pas ("I have a leaking penis!")

    and a ponderous love poem ("I have facination with the betel stained mouth of old woman tittyporn"). Still, for all

    its false notes, the book describes life in the arse end of Issan - "lau khow , concrete table sets and yaba'd

    youths." Many readers will find this idealized portrait of a culture and a way of life most appealing. Steve's book

    seems poised to attract fans of Ruin , Somchai and others of the expatriates-in-paradise genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    there can be only one Once upon a time in the East - Steven Edwards
    There is no equal - except the sequel.

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    dont give up the day job !

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    To each his own but I rank this as my fav.



    Set in Thailand, England and Germany, Monsoon Country conveys the cultural tension between the East and the West, the clashes between the new powers and the old values, covering twenty-five years of socio-economic and political change in Thailand. This novel gives, as no fiction account about Thailand has yet done, insights into Thai life, particularly that of rural Thailand. Foreign writers writing about the Thai people look at Thailand from the - outside", but Pira Sudham writes about his people and country as seen from the - inside," thus giving us a fascinating work.

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    Tintin in Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    To each his own but I rank this as my fav.



    Set in Thailand, England and Germany, Monsoon Country conveys the cultural tension between the East and the West, the clashes between the new powers and the old values, covering twenty-five years of socio-economic and political change in Thailand. This novel gives, as no fiction account about Thailand has yet done, insights into Thai life, particularly that of rural Thailand. Foreign writers writing about the Thai people look at Thailand from the - outside", but Pira Sudham writes about his people and country as seen from the - inside," thus giving us a fascinating work.

    Yes, still remains a classic.

    There are easily dozens upon dozens I could mention as worthy.
    As we are limited to only three -

    Loyalty Demands Dissent ~ Sulak Sivaraksa
    Siam and the West, 1500-1700 ~ Dirk Van der Cruysse
    The King Never Smiles ~ Paul M. Handley

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    'My name Lon - you like me?'

    'Sleepless in Bangkok'

    'Thai Girl'

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    "The Shifters on tour" - a madcap ride through Thailand on The Shifters tourbus, as the lads try to take fame in their stride.

    Published by Oxfam University Press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ghost Of The Moog View Post

    'Thai Girl'
    What's Andrew doing these days?

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    A child of the Northeast is a novel about a year in the life of a village in Northeast Thailand during the 1930ís. It is also a tale about a world scarcely known in the West: the world of ďIsan,Ē which is what the natives call their corner of Thailand.



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    Free Thailand ebook Thailand Calling

    I've written a book and need some reviews. The book is called Thailand Calling by Dana Aaron Mather and is available for free download at Story Cartel for the next 10 days. You could also buy it at Amazon if you wanted. Can't post the link unfortunately

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    does it have sexy goats?

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    I read a little of it on the Amazon preview, pasted below - probably has some typos from the screen text grab -.
    Not sure it's my cup of tea if the characters are just mongers, especially if one is a bit gay into transvestites.
    The book of course could head in a totally different direction I guess .
    But I have way too many other books to read first to find out.
    Anyway well done for trying.

    A word of warning , the last author on Teakdoor peddling a book on Amazon , totally lost it .... The last we heard he was back in London, kept awake by a grunting sex mad couple in the flat above, and for some insane reason eating his way though the whole of the disgusting Wetherspoons pub food menu .

    1 Snapshot from Pattaya

    January 3, 2009. 11:30 a.m.
    Thereís Hans and Franz and the bald one we call David Hasselhoff all baking in the hot sun. There are dozens of them actuallyóat least a bus load, all red-skinned and dozing on the loungers that clutter the beach in front of the Jomtien Plaza Hotel. They are German businessmen from a company that they wonít disclose. They arrived at the hotel last night and early this morning, shortly after Nick and I had already planted our sun umbrellas in the sand, they flip-flopped their way across Beach Road and took up residence all around us. They had matching red bikini briefs and matching bellies that hung over them. Almost from the moment they arrived they annoyed me.
    They haggled with the beach attendant over the cost of the five-dollar beach umbrellas and then haggled again with the fruit sellers over the price of their fruit. They eventually passed on the sun umbrellas, but bought the fruit in bulk. I watched them cut it up with a hunting knife and then proceed to eat it in the manner of a sex crime: sucking on mango pits, slurping up pineapple chunks, and burying their faces into watermelon rinds until the juice ran down their chins and dripped onto their stomachs. In Hasselhoff s case, I saw the juice pool up in his belly button and stay there. I was repulsed.

    I was contemplating a move down the beach when the massage girls showed up to slightly improve the scene. They came down from the hotel dressed in their prim white-collared T-shirts and loose floral pants, and although not very young or beautiful, they were smart enough to offer the Germans a group rate right off the bat. The beach got quieter after that. The Germans got four-hundred-baht foot massages for three hundred apiece, and then one by one fell asleep like fat, hairy, babies ósnoring, drooling and exposing their deodorant-caked armpits to the sun. These guys just donít give a shit, I thought as I watched them sleep. They are ten thousand miles from everyone who knows them, and for all intents and purposes they are invisible.

    Of course, the worst thing about watching the Germans has been a slow realization that after seventeen days in Thailand Iím not much better than this. In many ways, in fact, Iím worse. Of the seventeen days Iíve been in Thailand, itís noted in my travel journal that Iíve been grotesquely drunk for twelve of them. Even during the daylight hours, I have been walking around the streets in a kind of stupor, looking at the pink taxis, the ladyboys, and the mirage-like heat waves coming off the pavement, and feeling not quite certain that it isnít all a dream. My behaviour has reflected this fact. In the past two weeks, I have vomited on the street once, and pissed in a public pool twice; I have kicked a dog, and slapped a ladyboy. At night-time, Iíve done much worse.

    Last night, for example, I walked into a bar called Lolitas and straight away stuck my cock into a young womanís mouth. I wasnít the first person to do this, and judging by the number of Minty-Fresh Scope bottles around I wonít be the last, but after I finished up I did something much worse than most. While the girl was still on her knees, I grabbed her by her thick black hair and tried to stuff a two-hundred-baht tip into her mouth. Even by blow-job-bar standards it was a step too far. The girl spat the money out and began to shout at me in Thai. She called me Baa, baa, baa (cra2y, cra2y, cra2y) like an angry sheep. She was getting ready to hit me with a beer bottle, I think, when my friend Nick suddenly appeared to intervene. Standing between us, he quickly explained to the girl that I was an American war hero on medical leaveóthat I was drunk, and jet-lagged, and heavily medicated, but not at all the sort of man that stuffs money into a womanís mouth. Spoken in the gentle form of Thai, this whopping lie seemed to charm the girl. She put down the beer bottle and began to complain in a quieter tone about rude customers, and a motorbike that had been stolen. At Nickís prompting I handed over another small tip (into her hand this time) and watched her anger completely vanish.

    Itís hard to believe now, but only met Nick a few weeks ago. I met him on my first night in Bangkok and in our first conversation he confessed a dissolving marriage, a drinking problem, several affairs, and an interest in ladyboys. I liked him immediately. In a sea of unsavoury characters, who tell you they are spooks, navy seals, and millionaires in disguise, Nick struck me as somebody who enjoyed telling the truth about himself. I felt I could trust him. More than this, I thought I could use a man like this on my travels. Nick spoke the language and understood the culture; he seemed to take perverse pleasure in telling me what to do. It seemed only natural that he should become my friend and travel advisor.
    http://www.amazon.com/Thailand-Calli...6525988&sr=1-2

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    Thanks for the warning Blue. Still a few days to download for free if you find the time. The book is much more than just a mongering book I think. Although there is quite a bit of that too.

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    You're not the Dana that used to write loads of readers submissions for stickman, are you?

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    $4,90 is not exactly free.

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    it's free here- for a few days, on sign up for the site and ticking the, agree to review the book, box.

    https://storycartel.com/books/thailand-calling

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    Thanks Blue! And to King Willy, no I am not that Dana, but I know the Dana you are talking about. He's a Stickman legend.

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    Reads like a sexually confused 12 year old special ed kid writing letters to penthouse magazine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaisersoze View Post
    Thanks Blue! And to King Willy, no I am not that Dana, but I know the Dana you are talking about. He's a Stickman legend.
    An absolute tosser is what I was gonna say. But OK. Your book is not my cup of tea, but good luck with the sales.

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    Thailand Calling a novel

    I've written a novel called Thailand Calling. It takes place mostly in the Pattaya and Bangkok bar scene. It's received some good reviews and is worth a look if you want a fun summer read. It's available from Amazon and other book sites. I would post the link if I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaisersoze
    It takes place mostly in the Pattaya and Bangkok bar scene.
    that's novel.

    Is there CIA involved?

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