Re: RARA-AVIS: Bangkok 8

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 29 Jul 2006

Holy cow, Miker, your review echoes my own thoughts (not sure I enunciated them as succinctly when I posted them to this board back when "Bangkok 8" came out.) almost verbatim.

I was pretty disappointed by the ridiculous ending, though, and that on and ON about the differences between Thai and American thinking, to say nothing about the protagonist's "arhat" status, his blathering about the mystical visions he had, and having them blend into "reality," etc.

OK, so in retrospect, maybe Miker actually liked it a bit better than I did.;)


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Robison
  Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 5:27 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Bangkok 8

  Finished this a few days ago. It started out decent
  and tapered down to mediocre. I grew tired of the
  continuous exposition on the differences between Thai
  and American thinking. Although I didn't know the
  solution to the mystery, I did know exactly what the
  protagonist was going to do about it very early on.
  Another problem I had was that all the characters
  alternated between tough and in-control and
  marshmallow, depending on what the plot called for at
  the moment. And the detail of the crime concerning
  the difficulty of drugging the snakes turned into a
  red herring. The ending was cutesy.

  It wasn't really bad, but I'm not onboard for the


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