Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Bird Catcher, by Somtow Sucharitkul
I enjoy stories by Somtow Sucharitkul because Thailand seems underexploited as a SF setting, though Paolo Bacigalupi represents that part of the world well too. The Bird Catcher seems like more straight fiction, just a memoir about hanging with a serial killer, but it's a very rich story for all that. Made interesting by the description of the Police Museum in Bangkok, which seems to be a real place. The protagonist is passing on his story of befriending this monster, and even understanding to an extent what makes him tick. And it all seems to fit well in that weird, florid setting. Somtow (he also writes as S. P. Somtow) manages to describe Bangkok as more chaotic than Calcutta, which is saying something. This is a good story if you like horror with not too extreme (for today) doses of grossness. I give it 3 stars.