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Simon Bird
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Painter, writer, animated documentary film maker.
Painter, writer, animated documentary film maker.

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For anyone who has not read my eBooks, here are the animated versions to save you the hassle! I've worked out I'm more of a visual artist, so will be focusing on inspiring and shocking people through images - with perhaps only a few simple words... :-)

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All reviews are good ... even the more critical !!! Here is one such review of my self published eBook from Goodreads, and the accompanying book video. When you choose to publish an eBook your own way, you must accept it is not always to everyone's liking...

Sheherazahde Review
Shelves: nonfiction, china, feminism

Simon Bird and his girlfriend Katarina Karaskova have gone on a journey to find a true matriarchal society. They have written a book about each potential matriarchal society they have visited. This book is about the Mosuo of China. It is the third book in the series but the first book I read because I'm currently researching the Mosuo.

Simon is the sole author of this book. He mentions Katarina occasionally but her thoughts and opinions are not in here. Maybe she helped edit his manuscript but I would like to have read more about her opinions of what she saw.

Simon is a tourist, he has been around the world and visited many cultures. But he is not an anthropologist or a sociologist. He makes an effort to see all the prominent sites and talk to the people he meets, but it's all very anecdotal. On the other hand he brought up issues that I didn't see in the one academic book I was able to find. He has done a good bit of research on the history of the area and his bibliography has a lot more sources too.

Simon concludes that the Mosuo are a "pseudo matriarchy or even perhaps a matriarchal theme park!" I think that is a bit harsh. He really only talked to people who were involved in the tourism industry. The tourism and economic take over by the Han might eventually result in the Mosuo women being nothing more than a theme park attraction with the wealth and power in the hands of Han men. But it's not there yet.

The illustrations and "art" in this book are crude and amateurish. But the writing is interesting. I enjoyed reading it and will continue reading the rest of the series. For what it is worth this is an interesting first hand account of the Mosuo culture in 2017.

https://youtu.be/xdPCtHNgD1c

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Here is a review of my eBook from Goodreads, and the accompanying book video:

Sheherazahde rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, china, feminism

Simon Bird and his girlfriend Katarina Karaskova have gone on a journey to find a true matriarchal society. They have written a book about each potential matriarchal society they have visited. This book is about the Mosuo of China. It is the third book in the series but the first book I read because I'm currently researching the Mosuo.

Simon is the sole author of this book. He mentions Katarina occasionally but her thoughts and opinions are not in here. Maybe she helped edit his manuscript but I would like to have read more about her opinions of what she saw.

Simon is a tourist, he has been around the world and visited many cultures. But he is not an anthropologist or a sociologist. He makes an effort to see all the prominent sites and talk to the people he meets, but it's all very anecdotal. On the other hand he brought up issues that I didn't see in the one academic book I was able to find. He has done a good bit of research on the history of the area and his bibliography has a lot more sources too.

Simon concludes that the Mosuo are a "pseudo matriarchy or even perhaps a matriarchal theme park!" I think that is a bit harsh. He really only talked to people who were involved in the tourism industry. The tourism and economic take over by the Han might eventually result in the Mosuo women being nothing more than a theme park attraction with the wealth and power in the hands of Han men. But it's not there yet.

The illustrations and "art" in this book are crude and amateurish. But the writing is interesting. I enjoyed reading it and will continue reading the rest of the series. For what it is worth this is an interesting first hand account of the Mosuo culture in 2017.

https://youtu.be/xdPCtHNgD1c

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Here is a review of my eBook from Goodreads, and the accompanying book video:

Sheherazahde rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, china, feminism

Simon Bird and his girlfriend Katarina Karaskova have gone on a journey to find a true matriarchal society. They have written a book about each potential matriarchal society they have visited. This book is about the Mosuo of China. It is the third book in the series but the first book I read because I'm currently researching the Mosuo.

Simon is the sole author of this book. He mentions Katarina occasionally but her thoughts and opinions are not in here. Maybe she helped edit his manuscript but I would like to have read more about her opinions of what she saw.

Simon is a tourist, he has been around the world and visited many cultures. But he is not an anthropologist or a sociologist. He makes an effort to see all the prominent sites and talk to the people he meets, but it's all very anecdotal. On the other hand he brought up issues that I didn't see in the one academic book I was able to find. He has done a good bit of research on the history of the area and his bibliography has a lot more sources too.

Simon concludes that the Mosuo are a "pseudo matriarchy or even perhaps a matriarchal theme park!" I think that is a bit harsh. He really only talked to people who were involved in the tourism industry. The tourism and economic take over by the Han might eventually result in the Mosuo women being nothing more than a theme park attraction with the wealth and power in the hands of Han men. But it's not there yet.

The illustrations and "art" in this book are crude and amateurish. But the writing is interesting. I enjoyed reading it and will continue reading the rest of the series. For what it is worth this is an interesting first hand account of the Mosuo culture in 2017.

https://youtu.be/xdPCtHNgD1c

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Here is a review of my eBook from Goodreads, and the accompanying book video:

Sheherazahde rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, china, feminism

Simon Bird and his girlfriend Katarina Karaskova have gone on a journey to find a true matriarchal society. They have written a book about each potential matriarchal society they have visited. This book is about the Mosuo of China. It is the third book in the series but the first book I read because I'm currently researching the Mosuo.

Simon is the sole author of this book. He mentions Katarina occasionally but her thoughts and opinions are not in here. Maybe she helped edit his manuscript but I would like to have read more about her opinions of what she saw.

Simon is a tourist, he has been around the world and visited many cultures. But he is not an anthropologist or a sociologist. He makes an effort to see all the prominent sites and talk to the people he meets, but it's all very anecdotal. On the other hand he brought up issues that I didn't see in the one academic book I was able to find. He has done a good bit of research on the history of the area and his bibliography has a lot more sources too.

Simon concludes that the Mosuo are a "pseudo matriarchy or even perhaps a matriarchal theme park!" I think that is a bit harsh. He really only talked to people who were involved in the tourism industry. The tourism and economic take over by the Han might eventually result in the Mosuo women being nothing more than a theme park attraction with the wealth and power in the hands of Han men. But it's not there yet.

The illustrations and "art" in this book are crude and amateurish. But the writing is interesting. I enjoyed reading it and will continue reading the rest of the series. For what it is worth this is an interesting first hand account of the Mosuo culture in 2017.

https://youtu.be/xdPCtHNgD1c

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Here is my review of a new thriller/sci-fi novel about the underworld of Bangkok. It is apparently the first of a trilogy and much of it taken from the authors own experiences!!! 😳

Review by: Simon Bird on June 01, 2018 :
I have been to Bangkok, but not experiences the real seedy side of it's nightlife. I purchased the book because I liked the trilogy title: Land of Poisoned Smiles. I imagined the book to be unveiling the truth behind the famous girly bars, but what I found, was a disturbing psychological thriller, which was actually quite difficult to put down.

This novel follows the unfortunate adventures of an anti-hero character by the name of Damian Shaw. The story traces his rather naive belief that what is missing from his life - is basically a sex holiday in Bangkok. Although at first this is not so believable, it did somehow keep me engaged, because there has to be people out there who frequent these places, or this industry would fold up.
Anyway ... The central character develops slowly during the novel, the author Alexander Menyharth keeps you from getting to know him completely. This I hope will change in his later novels in the trilogy.
The story is fast moving and rather slapstick at first, but this changes into more of a deeper psychological chase, where Damian becomes infatuated by a certain Thai girl by the name of Nok. Nok is a likeable character and quite believable. It is obvious the author has spent a fair amount of time in these Bangkok bars! The location descriptions appear authentic also, and the balance of sexism is carefully managed, there are not really any explicit scenes and the narrative includes a number of female characters that are strong and independent.
The author keeps you reading by introducing a number of dream sequences at the beginning of the chapters, these I found a welcome escape from the main narrative, as it added depth to Damian's mindset and helped me to understand the twist from a thriller style to more of a sci-fi style by the end of the book.
The later chapters are where the story really deepens, and opens a wealth of possibilities for the next 2 books in the trilogy.
Without spoiling the book for anyone, the sci-fi twist is what makes this thriller novel. The author nits it all together quite subtly, so you are almost unaware of what the story is developing into, which I found interesting.

I would recommend this book to people interested in Thailand and it's seedy underworld, and also those looking for a different slant on thriller sci-fi set in our own world. The book is well written and easily read, as I would expect, because the author is a qualified psychologist and copy editor.
I look forward to the next 2 books...

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/835210

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My cousin Alex has published an amazing thriller/sci-fi novel about the underworld of Bangkok. It is apparently the first of a trilogy and much of it taken from his own experiences!!! 😳
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Buy it for a heated summer read on your phone or tablet, It's also on Apple iBooks and many others sites :-) Help fund his return to the land of poisoned smiles so he can finish the trilogy !!! 😲
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/835210

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My cousin Alex has published an amazing thriller/sci-fi novel about the underworld of Bangkok. It is apparently the first of a trilogy and much of it taken from his own experiences!!! 😳
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Buy it for a heated summer read on your phone or tablet, It's also on Apple iBooks and many others sites :-) Help fund his return to the land of poisoned smiles so he can finish the trilogy !!! 😲

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/835210

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My cousin Alex has published an amazing thriller/sci-fi novel about the underworld of Bangkok. It is apparently the first of a trilogy and much of it taken from his own experiences!!! 😳
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Buy it for a heated summer read on your phone or tablet, It's also on Apple iBooks and many others sites :-) Help fund his return to the land of poisoned smiles so he can finish the trilogy !!! 😲

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/835210

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This is my book video for - Land of Lost Male Rights
(EBook 4 in the Where Women Rule! Series)
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