Mike Fook’s Latest Fiction Book – Free for Download

Thailand’s Sickest – a fiction work from Mike Fook, is free at the link below. You’ll sign up for Mike’s email list to get it, but if you don’t really want to be on it and notified of new books he’s putting out – just unsubscribe from the list after you get your book. You can have the file in any format you require for your ebook reader – PDF, ePub (for Apple devices and Nook), mobi (for your Kindle).

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Thailand Writers

There are a few good Thailand writers out there – and I’m calling “good” according to what I enjoyed reading.

The best Thailand writer, is, of course – Mike Fook. If you haven’t read Mike’s books you aren’t reading books about Thailand at all. (tongue in cheek).

Other Thailand writers I enjoyed:

Paul Garrigan

Stephen Leather

Christopher Moore

And, who was that guy that looks like a cross between James Taylor and Burt Reynolds? Damn I forget his name, but I did enjoy reading his website a lot – but it was 4-5 years ago and I’ve forgotten his name, site, and books. I’m sure someone knows who I’m talking about.

There was another writer that self-published. I think he was from Ireland, but again – damn if I remember! Ok, i’ll go research this stuff as this post is quickly going down the shitter as entertainment. I’m not even laughing… hold a sec. Nope – couldn’t find anything on the guy. Ok, searched more and found him – David Young.

Ok, the James Taylor look alike I cannot find anywhere. He was a writer from YEARS ago – and was on the web and findable back then – now he’s been lost in the glut of info on google. He had a book about marrying twin sisters or something like that – anyone remember? He had the worst site in the history of the web – bad text on bad website – and it hurt my eyes to read – but I read a lot anyway and liked what he was saying. Anyway – he’s lost in the mix – no idea who he is now.

I’ve not read anything by Timothy Hallinan – but I might break down and buy something. Maybe just contact him and go for a swap on books or something.

Are there any other writers that you enjoy?

I know many people like the following – but I can’t get into the style…

John Burdett, Jake Needham, or the guy that did My Thai Girl or Thai Girl 2004 or something like that – Andrew ______. I used to correspond with him for a bit, but man that was a while back. Ok, Andrew Hicks – there, I looked it up.

Out of the 1,000 stories I’ve read at StickmanBangkok I found about 3 writers I enjoy. Korski, Dana (not my style, but I can appreciate the guy’s writing), and another guy that isn’t coming to mind at the moment. I don’t think any of them have written books though.

Are there any women writers in Thailand that you enjoy reading? Catherine at Womenlearningthai.com writes very well and I enjoy the heck out of her site, but I don’t think she has a book. Richard Barrow writes a great factual based story – but I don’t think he has written a book, but he did help that Thai guy in prison for drugs, Gor, write one.

Tell me about writers you like – I’d like to find some more good ones.

Cheers!

Thailand Ebook Prices Cut to $2.99

We cut the prices of all Thailand ebooks to $2.99 – 4.95. Regular prices before were $9.99.

You can still get the Buy 2 get 1 FREE and the Buy 3 get 2 FREE deal.

So, buy 5 books for less than $10.

ThailandEbooks.com

You can also find most of the ebooks at ThailandeBooks.com at Amazon for the same price. Buy at Amazon if you want the Kindle formatted ebook which is matched to the Kindle’s specs. Buy at ThailandeBooks.com if you want the PDF which you can read on your computer, smart phone, IPad, or whatever else you use. The PDF ebook photos are color. The Kindle only has Black and White.

Both Amazon and ThailandEbooks.com give you the download immediately.

I know ThailandeBooks.com works from your mobile phone, so you can browse the site and buy, paying with Paypal, and download – all from your phone. We did it as a test with a Nokia 5800 xPress music phone – not the latest and greatest, but worked fine. I’m sure it will work with iPhone and other new phones.

Where to Buy an Amazon Kindle in Thailand?

Kindle for Thailand

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6 inch – Works in Thailand!

I’ve been considering purchasing one of the Amazon Kindle’s here in Thailand and was wondering where to buy it, but also – asking myself, “Does it even make sense to buy a Kindle in Thailand?” I have about 15 books there, (here’s one) – but, I’m not really a book reader anymore. I’ve read a couple on the software Kindle that works on my PC – but, haven’t bought a Kindle in TH yet.

Turns out – it does make sense to buy one of the new 6-inch WIFI + Free 3G Kindles in Thailand. And you get FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING – so, you really can’t beat this deal.

With the new updated Kindle it now works for free 3G or EDGE/ GPRS connection in 100 countries across the globe. Thailand is one of them. It doesn’t say that the 3G works – in Bangkok for the Kindle, so I’m guessing it’s just EDGE all around the country, which is what the coverage map showed for Thailand and, really, is fast enough for text and most web photos.

The new Kindle is available at Amazon and even if you’re here in Thailand you can buy it and get free shipping to your home in Thailand for $189 at this link (my affiliate link):

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6 inch – Works in Thailand!

Now, in order to order the correct Kindle for Thailand you need to notice this little box on the right at that order page:

Step 1 - to order Kindle for Thailand

See it there? Click where the arrow points.

You’ll get a small pop-up in the middle of your screen.

Scroll down through the options and choose “Thailand” and then you will see this below:

Step 2 ordering Amazon Kindle in Thailand

Click “this separate page.” where the arrow points. Now that will take you to the correct order page for International Kindles that work best with Thailand’s wireless network (and presumably other international networks).

How the Kindle works is that you can buy books straight from your Kindle from anywhere in Thailand using the wireless phone connection to Amazon. Your Kindle logs you into your account. You buy what you want and instantly download your books. They say it takes all of 60 seconds to get your ebook.

These new Kindles can hold up to 3,500 books. There are many free ebooks at the Kindle Store too – so you can try them out. Kindle allows you change the font type, size, the size of the lines of text, and the amount of contrast. With the new Kindle that you can have here in Thailand – you can read the text in bright Thailand sunshine at the beach, the contrast is that good.

There is a delay in shipping right now of about 3 weeks. If you order today they’ll ship it on September 10th, 2010 is what I was shown. I haven’t ordered yet, still figuring out which bank card to use. I think it’s time to jump into the ebook market instead of reading paper books. The Kindle takes the place of a lot of books I’d rather not carry when I travel.

If you buy a Kindle in Thailand write in and let me know how it all goes for you – I’ll post it here if you want.

Cheers,

Vern

Update 1/20/11:There will be a new Amazon Kindle coming out – it must be in the works by now, but there is no word on it at all. The current version is perfect for reading books – and I mean perfect – that’s what it was made to do – not be a “do everything” device. What it isn’t fine for is surfing the internet, watching videos, and typing email or books out. Is Amazon going to go that way and make the Kindle MORE than just an ebook reader? Remains to be seen. I hope not. I don’t think they really have much chance to “do it all” and beat the IPad and other tablets coming out soon. Best to stick with what they know – epaper screens, and add some more basic multimedia functionality.

What do you think?

Note – you cannot use your Amazon Kindle to find girls to date in Thailand. Find girls here.

Thailand Book Selection

Here is a Thailand book selection for those of you that don’t know what to read. You can download these books in minutes and be reading them from your computer, iPhone, or whatever else you use.

Thailand Book List:

Cleansed an action-thriller adventure novel set in Patong Beach.

Living in Thailand What is it like to live in Thailand? If this is something you’re considering – read the book by Pete Mees and get a good idea what living in TH is all about.

Moving to Thailand – Are you considering relocating to Thailand to live for a short-time, or retire? Use this Thailand book for guidance.

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Thailand a collection of all the good information available online and off, with a healthy dose of personal experience to round it out. A very comprehensive guide.

Thai Black Book by Tom Wilson. How to stay as safe as possible in the Land of Smiles – ideal for visitors and long-term expats.

Learn the Thai Alphabet in 1-Hour! Damon has created a much copied, groundbreaking system in this Thailand book that works very fast. Maybe not an hour – but, 2?

25 Ways to Make Money in Thailand without Teaching Many come to teach and find out after a semester or a year that it just isn’t what they want to be doing. Thailand’s great cost of living means there are any number of ways to earn a sustainable living. Learn 25 ways to accomplish this online.Joys Thai Food Recipes Joy’s 50 best, 100% authentic Thai recipes. A classic!

Joys Thai Dessert Recipes Joy’s TOP 20 Thai dessert recipes. A must have!

Coming soon:

  • Spicy Thai Diet!
  • The Ultimate Guide to Muay Thai
  • Finding a Thai Wife in 30 days or Less

All Thailand books can be downloaded just after you process your payment. If you want a format different from PDF, just ask.

ThailandeBooks.com is your Thailand book resource.

Giving Away 10 Free Copies of “Cleansed” EBook

The first 10 readers to email me and request a copy of “Cleansed” – a vigilante thriller set in Patong Beach, will receive it free. (ThaiPulse -[at]-g m a i l com)

Currently it sells here:

Cleansed ->

Thailand Writers Needed – Your Own eBooks

Thailand eBooks logo

Thailand based writers needed. Create your own ebooks and sell them through a digital publishing platform. You retain all rights to your work.

What’s an eBook?

A short, focused digital book usually in PDF format, but also in many other formats so the digital ereaders like Amazon’s Kindle, or the iPhone or iPod Touch can read it too.

Ebook Topics Needed?

Anything goes except something that might offend Thailand’s Royalty, or affect negatively Thailand Tourism or other business. Oh, you wouldn’t want to slander anyone either. Stay away from the usual “Farang in Jail for Telling it Like it Is” topics.

Process?

Idea. Write. Edit. Format. I can change to all the ebook formats for you. You can sell on my site and any other site you wish. You can sell it on your own if you wish too. If you sell at our site you’ll make 75% of net. At $9.95 per that’s about $6. Know what it would be if you wrote a paperback book? About $1.50 per book sale. If you produce multiple ebooks or have a great seller we can negotiate the split to be more in your favor. If you’re a well-known writer we may waive our commission altogether just to have your ebooks on our site.

What Formats Do You Create for Authors?

EPub, Mobi, PDF, TXT, LRF, RTF, literally everything that ereaders use. No charge to convert your books. Your formatting has to be right – I can give you formatting tips before you submit your final product to me. As new formats are created – we add those too. When (if) the new Apple iPad comes out we’ll have a format that will work on it.

Why eBooks?

Here’s a list of 50 reasons why ebooks are better. From an author’s point of view I know you can come up with a few more.

Where Will my eBooks be Sold?

One of two sites:

ThailandeBooks.com – ebooks focused on Thailand topics.

AsiaBlackBooks.com – a site dedicated to only ebooks pertaining to Asia. Write about Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, you know – Asia.

7 E-Books at ThaiPulse.com

I decided to make all the e-books available at ThailandeBooks.com since I know they’ll sell better there.

E-Books available at ThailandeBooks.com:

  • Joy’s Thai Food Recipe E-Book, 99 pages of Authentic Thai Food Recipes
  • Joy’s Top 20 Thai Desserts Recipe E-Book, 50 pages of great Thai desserts
  • Thailand’s Sickest, Mike Fook Novel of vigilantism in Patong Beach, Thailand.
  • Living in Thailand, by Pete Mees. An expats first couple years
  • 22-Day Meditation Course (meditation without religion)

Everyone is Asking about “The Book”…

I’ve received a lot of email lately asking about what the book I’m writing is about… I’ll try to explain it here.

I think most regular readers know that I’ve been writing a book over the last couple months that originally was to be about my time in Thailand. I have had some nutty experiences, due to my own nature and curiousity about life… Also due to some mistakes, some grave, that I made both here and abroad.

If I can say one thing about my life, I’ve lived it my way. I’ve done what I wanted to do… I’m not held back by tradition, by guilt, by fear of getting caught. I love to experience new things – and while I don’t consider myself an adrenaline junky, I do think I have this weird desire to always be finding something new going on – to get into, to find out about… to experience.

After I’ve been friends with someone for a while and I’ve opened up a bit about my life and shared some of the experiences I’ve had the person will usually at some point say something like,

“Holy shite, you’ve done more in your life than anyone I’ve ever known…”
or
“You’ve had such an interesting life…”

or something like that. Now, when I heard these things over the years I didn’t really give them much credence. I thought – yeah, everyone has a life kind of similar to mine… we’ve all done things that were a little outrageous, different, odd… we’ve all experienced things just in the course of our lives that were fun, cool, and worth telling others about.

I’ve only recently come to believe that I’ve experienced more of these things than the average person…

Couple that with this uncanny ability to remember like a movie rolling in my head, situations that were funny or fun and I think I might have what it takes to write an interesting book about my life.

So, this book started out as a “vern’s last 3 years of misadventure in thailand” type book. It is now more like,

“Vern’s last 41 years of misadventure…”

Highlights of the book…

– As a 13 year old sitting in a forest for 12 hours in 18 degree (Fahrenheit) windy, snowy weather in Northern Pennsylvania with no food, no way back to the camper… my uncles had forgotten where they dropped me off at 4:30 am that day as we began the first day of doe hunting season.

– Details of my two near death experiences at the hands of Oahu’s wicked surf, once on the North Shore and once on the tamer south shore.

– Marrying a Canadian supermodel, moving from Honolulu to NYC and becoming a Paparazzi photographer.

– Giving 80 year old men with elephantitus of the bollocks in an old folks home anal temperatures… cleaning colostomy bags and rubbing medication on a 94 year old woman’s vaginal lips that were red and chaffed.

– A shark grabbed a large trout I caught while wade-fishing in Florida. I had wrapped the stringer line around my then girlfriend who was pulled by her neck into me as the shark knocked me sideways pulling us both. We were just able to get the stringer off her neck in time…

– Losing a poisonous copperhead snake in mom’s yard.

– Driving in the Presidential motorcade.

– Bizarre meditation experiences in which I thought there was a very distinct possibility that I was losing my mind… (later found out I was losing my mind, my ego… but that it was a good thing – not a bad thing…)

– Drinking underneath the kitchen of a very popular bar in my small hometown with my team mates from my soccer club. We ordered steak sandwiches, french fries and drank quarts of beer on a tab… This had been going on for scores of years before we got there. Oh – I was 13 years old.

– Stealing garbage bags full of pot (marijuana) from a local dealer, cutting down each plant with a pocket knife and stuffing it into the hefty garbage bag.

– Riding across a bridge full of holes on my bmx bike as it was under contstruction and closed to all traffic, falling and slicing my hand open, requiring many stitches.

– Having a knife held to my throat as a 7 year old that wouldn’t give one of the local bullies a ride on my bike.

– Stealing the family car, crashing it, fixing it and getting it back home before anyone knew what happened.

– Stealing a case of Molson Golden from a neighbor’s porch, drinking it and getting violently ill (at 12 yrs).

– Being threatened by Woody Allen as my friend homed in on us with his zoom lens from across the street (New York City, East side)

– Finding a dead man in the alley close to where I lived in New York.

– Being interviewed by the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations as a possible spy for Russia.

– Losing 250,000 Thai baht in Thailand as a result of extortion from various officials – don’t want to say more for now…

– Eating what was supposed to be a thoroughly COOKED scorpion and ending up in the hospital with breathing and heart problems.

– Dying on the floor of my apartment in St. Petersburg, Florida after an allergic reaction to Aunt Jemima’s pancake syrup caused my usually absent asthma to kick into high gear, leaving me passed out on the doorstep of the apartment clutching the phone as the 911 operator tried to get more information…

– Talking to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

– Being threatened by Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick

– Publishing photos in NY Daily News, New York Post, People and Globe Magazines…

– Seeing Iman’s new breasts at a photo shoot. Other insight into top model’s lives…

– Meeting David Byrne in Central Park

– Meeting Robin Williams in Central Park

– Arriving just after an elderly man pushed his wife out of the way of a NYC bus and, in doing so was run over and decapitated by the bus…

– Doing a photo shoot with Miss America

– Dinner with Bruce Willis

– Winning the Stock Market Game as a high school senior and flying to NYC first class to have a tour of Wall Street and the Stock Exchange.

Stuff like this. I’ve left out maybe 50 more things that are in the book that make it nice reading as well. I try hard not to put stories in the book that are only funny to me and my family, because I have LOTS of those and you’d bore of them eventually.

Most biographies have a general underlying theme about the life of the person being chronicled… for this book, the general theme is the variety of experiences that I’ve had over the course of my life. Some happened to me and some happened because of me.

I think it will be a really good read… I’ve got 120,000 words finished now and I still haven’t written about my time working in the mental health system with a woman that drown her 2 kids, the young guy that had over 200 personalities that killed his landlord and his wife with a hatchet and burned their house down… the guy who was reliving killing himself over and over and over… my schizophrenic aunt that told me jesus was on her left shoulder and the devil on her right and they were both giving her advice…

I didn’t write about the time I was trapped in my office with two teenage boys with major mental health issues that wanted to avenge some wrong they felt I caused them… I was searching the office for weapons I could use to put through their eyes before they killed me.

I didn’t write about the time the chair came flying through the window of the office in the early morning hours (2 am?) as I relaxed for what was supposed to be a quiet night at the supervised apartments facility for mentally challenged individuals.

I didn’t yet write about working with a spam king to help him send 3 billion emails per month.

I didn’t write about the mentally insane guy in New York that was telling me he was Jesus Christ and who had burned stigmata into his feet with a lighter I guess… Years later I saw his photo in a newspaper as having pushed a woman to her death in front of a NYC subway train.

There are many things that won’t get told, but the ones that I do share in the book should make the book interesting and hopefully successful on some level.

I’ll try find a publisher in NYC or Chicago and see how that goes.

If I can’t find a publisher for the book I’ll release it as an ebook – for free on this site and the www.thaipulse.com site and I’ll make it interactive with photos, maps, videos, everything possible so you can see the background media to get a better idea what each story is about…

Books are SO limited in what they can give… most give just words. Word stories are nice, but having it backed up with color photos, wav clips, Videos, Google Maps, Google Earth shots, songs, whatever, would make the stories come alive a lot more.

So, I’ll try for a book publishing first and if just nobody interested, I’ll go the online route…

So, that’s what the book is about…

I’ve got so many stories that I’m trying to pick and choose which to keep in the book and which to toss.

If anyone knows someone that can edit a book (American preferably) and would like to do it just to get the credit in the book once it’s published – please let me know. I don’t have $ to pay an editor unfortunately and if I don’t find one I’ll rely on my sister to do it… she has a degree in English Lit – she can edit a book, yes? Lol – we’ll see…

Learn the Thai Alphabet in 1-Hour! – groundbreaking system gives you the easiest, fastest method to learn the difficult Thai Alphabet in a fraction of time it takes everyone else. Not a joke! It seriously works – I’ve reviewed this book.

Cleansed – a fiction novel set in Patong Beach. Vigilante justice.

Living in Thailand – What is it like to live in Thailand? Could you do it? Follow one man’s journey.

Moving to Thailand – What is involved in moving across the globe to live in Thailand? What is it like? All your questions answered.

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Thailand – There have been a couple attempts at books that cover this subject. We have reviewed them and found them seriously lacking. Here is a very complete book on the subject.

25 Ways to Make Money in Thailand without Teaching – Many come to teach and find out after a semester or a year that it just isn’t what they want to be doing. Thailand’s great cost of living means there are any number of ways to earn a sustainable living. Learn 25 ways to accomplish this online.

Joys Thai Food Recipes – Joy’s 50 best, 100% authentic Thai recipes. A classic!

Joys Thai Dessert Recipes – Joy’s TOP 20 Thai dessert recipes. A must have!

4 Books to Read on Vacation in Thailand!

I don’t read books much anymore, but spending a lot of time on the trains and buses over the course of my time traveling around Thailand I picked some used books up just to stave off the boredom that builds up on a 12 hour trip. I don’t have an IPod video gadget and my laptop battery is done in 90 minutes to 2 hours depending what I’m doing.

Books don’t need batteries. The following books are the ones I really recommend.

I never read books in their entirety. When I hit a spot that the book starts to get boring or is about something I could give a yank about, I skip it. Sometimes I skip whole chapters, sometimes I skip the whole middle of a book! With this list of books I skipped very little. In fact, I think only the Girls, Guns, and ganga did I skip anything at all.

Read these!

Books about Asia that were good…

Girls, Guns, and Ganga…
A free-flowing book that got me to identify with this guy’s easy going lifestyle… but he was wrecked on drugs a lot of the time!

The Bangkok Hilton –

Story of a girl from England that was put in jail in Thailand and England for a long, long time for attempting to transport drugs country to country. This one is a sad story that is about a serious mistake and loss of freedom for so many years… If I’m mistaken about the title of this one let me know – I read two about westerners that were in jail here – one was an English girl – and that’s the book I liked… there was another one – and I hope I’m not confusing them…!

Books about Asia that i’ve read recently that ripped my heart out..

The Sorrow of War – Bao Ninh

This one is from the perspective of a guy in the Vietnam war… the part about him having a girl that he loved and that loved him at the beginning and what that turned into – and then what happened at the very end as it’s revealed is farking heartbreaking and takes “sick” to a new level…

The Sorrow of War
Bao Ninh
[translated from the Vietnamese]
Minerva 1994

Bao Ninh’s The Sorrow of War is a powerful Vietnam war novellete. Sometimes there is difficulty understanding from which perspective it’s being written – and that’s cool! Kien, is the writer. The story jumps backward and forward in time between the events. Kien looks at the whole timeline of his life, but the majority is on the events of the war – from his perspective.

3 September 1995

First they killed my father…

This is a story about the Cambodian Kmer Dynasty nightmare. Just ridiculous the amount of hell that the Cambodians endured for not really understanding what was going to happen to them or why it was happening. This one tells the story from a little girl’s perspective. Her family is forced to work on the farm and she is one tough little girl – but it kills you to know that she is so tough at this very young age…

Here are some other books at ThailandeBooks.com you should check out – readable on iPhone, Blackberry, Mac, PC, etc…

Learn the Thai Alphabet in 1-Hour! – the easiest way to learn the Thai Alphabet.

Cleansed vigilante fiction set in Patong Beach by Mike Fook.

Living in Thailand are you relocating to Thailand? What will your move be like? Find out here before you move.

Moving to Thailand relocating to Thailand.

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Thailand Finally a book that covers everything!

25 Ways to Make Money in Thailand without Teaching Teaching works for some, but for most? Nah, they tire of it or don’t try it in the first place. Here are other ways to make cash while in Thailand.

Joys Thai Food Recipes Joy’s 50 best, 100% authentic Thai recipes. A classic!

Joys Thai Dessert Recipes Joy’s TOP 20 Thai dessert recipes. A must have!