My Reviews

Casting a Critical Eye Over Other Books

George Orwell Brigade Reclaims His Turf

The spirit of George Orwell, and his writings in 1984 and Animal Farm, is alive and giving hell to amoral authoritarians everywhere in this new anthology In a digital age and so-called “post-truth” era of fake news, when attenuated attention spans have...

Bangkok Noir: The Tell-Tale Art

Crime and corruption, hookers and hitmen, the new anthology Bangkok Noir makes a case for hardboiled crime fiction in the Thai capital with bullet points. Jim Algie reads you their writes In the middle of 2011, some eight years after the Thai government’s “War on...

Review: Vulture Peak by John Burdett

THE PEAK OF THE FLESH TRADE By Jim Algie Starting with the first shot, the brilliantly warped Bangkok 8, the series of John Burdett mysteries starring the Thai-American detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep have traded on flesh: of sex workers and the transgendered, the skin...

The Great Godparents of the Bangkok Bargirls Memoir

No two books about prostitution in Asia have created so many imitators and detractors as the recently reprinted A Woman of Bangkok and The World of Suzie Wong, or inspired so many appalling memoirs about Bangkok bargirls By Jim Algie Years before the obscenity trial...

22 Walks in Bangkok: A Book Review

A new book maps out more than 20 walking tours of Bangkok that show some different sides and rough edges to the pedestrian-unfriendly capital. Most visitors come away with the impression that Bangkok is not a city for walking. Vendors, stray dogs and food carts hog...