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Murder mystery meets science fiction in Bangkok

The Bangkok Asset (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #6) by John Burdett (2015) 322 pages @@@ (3 out of 5) There are five previous novels in John Burdett's Royal Thai series featuring Bangkok police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and every one of them is strange. The detective is a devout Buddhist (a former monk) and prey to the supernatural fantasies so common in Thailand. In some [...]

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Recommended Fiction & Nonfiction

recent books reviewed

Over the past eight years I’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books worth reading on this blog: mysteries & thrillers, science fiction, current nonfiction, and popular novels. I thought it might be useful to group some of the most informative ones by topic or author. I plan to post one such grouped review each week for the foreseeable future along with my posts of the recent books reviewed on this site.

To get us started, here are 18 excellent standalone mysteries and thrillers (plus 66 others).

In the meantime, here are nine others that already appear on this site. I hope you’ll find them useful.

Fiction

Nonfiction

Happy reading!


Latest Posts


Nonfiction

Why the Spanish Flu of 1918 was a greater disaster than World War II

A future pandemic of devastating proportions is all too possible given our limited understanding of how to predict the emergence of new strains of killer flu. Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney (2017) 352 pages @@@@ 4 out of 5 If you're unfamiliar with the history of the Spanish Flu of 1918, or if your understanding of th [...]

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Trade Fiction

A grim but hopeful view of New York underwater in 2140

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (2017) 624 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Finalist for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel What will life on Earth be like a century from now once the oceans have risen fifty feet or more? This is the central question the acclaimed science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson sets out to explore in his ambitious new novel, New York 214 [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

Murder mystery meets science fiction in Bangkok

The Bangkok Asset (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #6) by John Burdett (2015) 322 pages @@@ (3 out of 5) There are five previous novels in John Burdett's Royal Thai series featuring Bangkok police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and every one of them is strange. The detective is a devout Buddhist (a former monk) and prey to the supernatural fantasies so common in Thailand. In some [...]

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Commentaries

46 dystopian novels reviewed here

Dystopian novels figure prominently in the work of some of the world’s best science fiction writers. When Donald Trump entered the White House, and a fearful public began to contemplate the possibility of disastrous consequences from his erratic and authoritarian behavior, dystopian novels such as 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale surged back onto the bestseller lists. In prep [...]

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