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Announcing second new book: Curious Encounters of the Human Kind – Indonesia, and coming soon: Share Your Journey

Posted on 31. Oct, 2015 by in News and Events

Announcing second book of the Curious Encounters of the Human Kind series
Special ebook price of 99 cents for one week only
Paperback also available

ISBN: 978-2-940573-03-5
Buy on Kindle US
Buy on Kindle UK

I’m pleased to announce the release of the second of five books in the Curious Encounters personal travel tales series — a collection of stories I’ve written based on my 45 years of living and traveling in curious corners of Asia. 

This is Indonesia as you’ve perhaps never imagined, full of memorable people, startling happenings and unexpected moments of humanity and introspection, giddiness and solemnity, avarice and ambition.


Curious Encounters of the Human Kind – Indonesia will be available in paperback and ebook November 1, 2015 on Amazon and through other online retailers (but it’s available now for my friends).


Some of the true traveler’s tales in the book: 


Why do prominent modern Indonesian sultans continue love affairs with the Mermaid Queen? Why is the island of Flores Ground Zero for Hobbit sightings? How does a Papuan hunter juggle the preachers and other do-gooders who want a piece of his soul? Why did a now-neglected spice cause historic mayhem among greedy Europeans? Why did a spirit who the medium claimed was Moses want to talk with me?  Why does it make good business sense to make friends with the dragon princess? Why is discovering a new plant species almost as good as sex? What is the allure of Waltzing Banana Island? Can an elderly village woman armed with just a broom and gumption kill giant mosquitoes ‘til they’re dead?


Some pre-publication reviews:

“The Curious Encounters of the Human Kind series is a delicious stew of improbable characters and intriguing stories, served up in thoroughly pithy style, and with a hearty dash of irreverent humour.”

—Tim Hannigan, author of Raffles and the British Invasion of Java and Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: the Incredible Story of Southeast Asia’s Largest Nation


“Constructed on a base of strange but true personal travel adventures, Curious Encounters adds elements of history, an edgy sense of humour, mysticism, political-incorrectness, current affairs and memorable characters you’ll wish you had the pleasure to meet on your travels.  Consider each book in this series like a good curry — the result is more than the sum of its parts; each tale has its own zing.  Travel with these books to the little-visited corners of Asia, and savour them.

—Jason Brooke, director of The Brooke Trust


“The spirit of Kipling in contemporary Asian journalism. This collection is essential reading for anyone who wishes to pass beyond even the unbeaten track, right to the heart of Asia.”

—John Burdett, author of Bangkok EightBangkok Tattoo, and Bangkok Haunts


“In the great tradition of Asian reporting. The humanity of Somerset Maugham, the adventure of Joseph Conrad, the perception of Paul Theroux, and a self-effacing voice uniquely his own.”

—Gary Braver, bestselling author of Tunnel Vision



For the first week only (through November 8), I will offer the ebook at a special price of 99 cents/pence (prices may vary when ordered from other markets).

Buy Now on Kindle US

Buy Now on Kindle UK


After the introductory period, the ebook price will be $4.99.   


If you prefer a real book (I understand), you can buy the book as a paperback for $11.95 — visit Curious Encounters of the Human Kind – Indonesia paperback 


Curious Encounters – Himalaya
December 1, 2015
Curious Encounters – Borneo
February 1, 2016
Curious Encounters – Southeast Asia
March 1, 2016

May I ask for your help?
If you enjoy the books, I would greatly appreciate if you could:
1.  Share your thoughts with me through email – I’d love to hear about your personal travel adventures and writing accomplishments.
2.  Tell your friends about the books.
3.  Write a review for Amazon. I understand this takes a bit of energy, but your honest feedback helps other readers and goes a long way in  generating sales. The Amazon review page is semi hidden – it’s here, scroll down to Customer Reviews, then click the box Write a customer review.
 I would be very grateful. Thank you.

Also Coming Soon!

ISBN: 978-2-940573-15-8



January 1, 2016



Share Your Journey is an easy-to-use handbook for people who want to write their personal stories but aren’t sure how to start and how to make it interesting. It’s based on the writing workshops I’ve run in more than twenty countries.


Share Your Journey is to good writing as Joy of Cooking is to good food. I wish all my students had this book before taking my writing classes; hell, I wish I had this book earlier in my career. It’s smart, fun, and every page contains nuggets of essential advice.”

—Gary Goshgarian, professor of creative writing,

Northeastern University

Thank you,

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Amazon author page: Paul Sochaczewski