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TitleDoes Your Meter Work?!
Author(s)Jim Soliski
PublishedApril 2004
PublisherWestern Publishing
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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
A collection of funny short travel stories. "Does your meter work" is a collection of short travel stories. The author, Jim Soliski, describes experiences on a big trip through Asia. The book starts with a foreword describing the trouble Jim had getting the book published. A somewhat weird way to start a travel book. The rest of the book is a collection of short stories, sometimes closer to the anecdote level than a complete story describing events on his travels through Asia. He describes how certain things are somewhat of a culture shock to him. The duration of his travels and his taking up jobs and getting in touch with the local people raises his experiences above the level of the simple tourist. The format of the book (short stories) makes it an easy read.

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Does Your Meter Work?! is the first question that experienced travelers ask of unregulated taxi drivers in foreign lands; it’s also a chronicle of fascinating experiences by veteran travel writer Jim Soliski. Does Your Meter Work?! is a crazy-quilted paper-back anthology of Oriental and Occidental wanderings that have been published in fifty-some publications around the world including The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Examiner, The St. Petersburg Times, Travelers’ Tales, Outpost Magazine, and most of Canada’s major papers. You can read about: a day at the Philippine cock-fights; debating New York’s delis before white-water rafting through the Nepali Himalayas; diving for cover from time-share sales rascals in Mexico; galumphing over South-East Asia’s highest peak in Borneo; falling in love but having to go; assault rifles up the snoot in Sri Lanka; hitchhiking under a guardian angel's wing from Brunei to Bangkok; and immersing a foreigner’s heart and body in the ineluctable mysteries of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. All told, a menu of 44 stories. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll read some stuff you didn’t want to know, and when you’re done, you’ll think, "Whew…that was quite a ride."

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