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    Ravens' feast

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/12/2018

    » This reviewer's understanding of historical novels is that the authors do historical research on their topic, using actual figures and imaginary ones where need-be, to write essentially factual and hopefully interesting stories. But not all historical novelists follow this form. Some are more concerned about their own largely fictitious story than the actual events behind it.

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    Fit for a king

    Life, Published on 25/12/2018

    » To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of King Rama VII (King Prajadhipok) on Nov 8 this year, Boon Rawd Brewery Company has released the book Glorious King Prajadhipok, aimed at promoting awareness of the king's work and contributions to the country.

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    Getting away with it

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 23/11/2018

    » From 1977 to 1988, there were at least 1,436 alleged cases of arbitrary detention, 58 forced disappearances, 148 torture, and 345 extrajudicial killings in Thailand. We know these figures because an NGO investigated and reported these cases at a time when the idea of human rights excited optimism about justice and the rule of law. Amnesty International encouraged international activists to protest individual cases. Thai authorities investigated and whitewashed each case. This became standard procedure. After a time the NGO gave up. Nobody was punished.

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    The way we were

    Life, Published on 23/11/2018

    » The history of Bangkok is fascinating. But the textbooks in history class or the stories told by our grandparents can only tell us so much. We need to take a closer look if we want an understanding of what life here was really like more than a century ago.

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    Let the children come

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/11/2018

    » Have you ever considered taking your kids to a library? The place may seem out of touch and not so relatable, as we already have much of the information we need right at our fingertips, with internet access.

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    Slow-burning terror

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/10/2018

    » Gearing up for Paramount's remake of Pet Sematary next year, let's take a look at Stephen King's classic work from 1983 and one of the scariest horror stories ever told. Dr Louis Creed gets a new job and moves his family to the small town of Ludlow, Maine.

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    Barbed humour

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/10/2018

    » It was as a soldier boy in President Truman's "Police Action" that I first visited Asia -- South Korea and Japan.

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    Turning cheeks and pages

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 06/09/2018

    » Egyptian mummies who come to life as sexy nymphets. Thai princes driving fast cars. A Thai superwoman who casually murders several husbands. Starlets touting breast-enhancement techniques. For a book about "nationalism and identity in modern Thai literature", this volume has a few surprises.

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    Isis destroyed

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/09/2018

    » As most of the hijackers responsible for the 9/11 outrage were Saudi Arabian, it stands to reason that the US would take the kingdom to task. Instead, Washington turned its ire on Afghanistan and Iraq. How could that be? In fact, it made sense. America is Saudi's biggest oil customer and didn't want it to stop flowing, the more than 3,000 dead at New York's Twin Towers notwithstanding.

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    An accessible yet enchanting reimagination of Romeo & Juliet

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 31/08/2018

    » "Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree: Believe me, love, it was the nightingale." Romeo And Juliet, William Shakespeare

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