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Interview with Andrez @ The Six-Degree Conspiracy

“In the first-person narrative of his first novel, his character struggles to fit the black fedora of Harry Lime, of Graham Greene’s The Third Man. And while the narrator nervously tries to describe himself through the movie’s black-and-white images, he jells into shape through his street-smart voice, describing the skank-life in Melbourne’s far off rotting future.”
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Interview with Andrez @ Today’s Paige

I first wrote Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat as a 4-page short story when I was in my early 20s, and writing was my single passion. Then I kind of got diverted and spread-out with the asides you just mentioned. In 1992 and again in 2001 I fleshed out the story to manuscript form, and then shelved it on both occasions to collect dust. Somehow I dragged it back out in 2007, wiped it down, and began writing Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, the novel, with great help from my editor Kristopher Young at Another Sky Press — who decided to publish it.”
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Dead End Follies

Some people I know could kill for an original idea.

Other people I know have originality broken down and streaming in their blood. Life’s unfair. Andrez (really, Andrew) Bergen belongs to the second category. He has the Originality Gene in his DNA. TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT might be quoting and referencing about a hundred pop culture products, but all put together, it adds up to something you’ve never read before. A twentieth century obsessed law enforcement worker in a secluded city, in a distant and totalitarian future. Yeah, exactly. It’s as crazy as the premise sounds. But beyond being crazy, it’s a bold, borderline reckless experimentation with storytelling.
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Aust Crime Fiction

Something very strange happened to me recently. I loved a book, thoroughly enjoyed reading it, couldn’t put it down at points, and still have absolutely no idea what the hell was going on. None whatsoever.

Post-apocalyptic Melbourne again. Not my favourite place at all, although in TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT we don’t seem to be too far in the future, and we don’t seem to be that far from current day Melbourne, particularly in the way the city is divided into the have’s and the have nots. The division is by way of the Dome – uptown paradise where rampant consumerism and mindless bullshit rules (doesn’t sound all that far-fetched does it?). Outside the Dome we’re talking dangerous, run down, mean streets, bars, fast food, and nasty goings on (another tick in the not that difficult to believe column).
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ The Nameless Horror

I’m waaaaaaay later (to the tune, Finder tells me with its ‘file info’ stats, of a whole year) to this than I wanted, and I haven’t yet even finished it, but here’s the non-quite-complete book review for Andrez Bergen’s superbly-titled darkly humourous sci-fi film noir hybrid thing Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat.

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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ All Due Respect / Pulp Ink

Last year, Andrez Bergen leaped onto the scene with Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, with a cover and title that thoroughly convinced me of the book’s appeal before I’d ever read a page.

This summer, his second book, One Hundred Years of Vicissitude, will be released, and I was lucky enough to get an early look.

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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You?

I’ve seen The future and and it’s… Noir. Tobacco-stained noir, at that.

Andrez Bergen’s brilliant Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is set in a dystopian version of Melbourne, in a not-too-distant future, after some sort of catastrophe has wiped out the rest of the world.
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Interview with Andrez @ The Atheist’s Quill

INTERVIEW: JUNE 2012

Atheist’s Point of View (APOV): When did your love of all-things noir start?

Bergen: I grew up on the cinematic version of the genre. My parents and their friends were always watching it, and I think I saw The Third Man for the first time when I was in primary school. Reading-wise, I really started to enjoy books by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett in my 20s, which was the time I explored a more international take on noir by filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa. I’ve always had this affinity. I think I’ve seen the Humphrey Bogart version of The Maltese Falcon at least a hundred times. Really.

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Review of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat @ Read 2 Review (5/5)

“Being that the book is set in Australia, the dialogue has a lot of Australian slang and terms to it and this is why it stands out. It doesn’t try to emulate any other sci-fi story but rather takes concepts that have been done and adds its own voice to them. This makes an otherwise tired story really interesting. Add to that plenty of plot twists, conspiracies and Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Comic Attack

When it’s not done right, cyberpunk ranges from laughably bad to horrendously awful. So when I received Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, I wasn’t sure how a cyberpunk novel with such a bizarre title would turn out. Early in the novel, though, I did figure out one thing. This would be different from any cyberpunk novel I’ve read. Read more…