I decided to provide myself with a pile of new reading material today, to add to the large piles of reading materials I already have in my apartment and to some extent, gathering dust. Hence my visit to Monument Books. The four novels I purchased, all of them based in or on Cambodia are: Tom Knox's fictional historical novel Bible of The Dead
, published last year by HarperCollins; part sci-fi thriller Impact
by prolific author Douglas Preston, out in 2010 from Pan Books with a Bayon face on its cover; the brand new novel by Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down
, based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond and rated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "one of the most inspiring and powerful books I've ever read." Last but not least is Adam Hall's Quiller Salamander
, published way back in 1994, with the secret agent on a mission to save Cambodia from Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Presumably he fails. I also forked out for a copy of the new Lonely Planet Cambodia guidebook, as well as Jean-Michel Filippi's Strolling Around Phnom Penh
, which was only published a couple of weeks ago, and takes the reader on seven walks around the capital to expose its heart and history.
When I got home, I added the books to the latest pile on my shelves, which remain unread to-date. They include the following: Kim Echlin's The Disappeared
; Sathavy Kim's memoir A Shattered Youth
; The novel Dogs at the Perimeter
by Madeleine Thien; John Lathrop's political thriller The End of the Monsoon
; A Model American
by Elsie Burch Donald; and Loung Ung's Lulu In The Sky
, just to mention a few.
Labels: Bible of the Dead, Impact, Lonely Planet Cambodia, Monument Books, Never Fall Down, Quiller Salamander, Strolling around Phnom Penh