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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review by Elizabeth A. White

“With one foot planted firmly in a futuristic world where Seekers routinely undergo Matrix-like virtual reality “tests” to ensure they are still in the fold and capable of carrying out company orders, TSMG manages to simultaneously have its other foot rooted in an authentic, throwback, hardboiled detective vibe. And it is in that fuzzy blending of post-apocalyptic and old-school noir that TSMG carves out what is one of the most wonderfully unique books I’ve had the pleasure to read… Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Drying Ink

“Though this might seem a dystopian slice of life, it’s far more, and seemingly disconnected events tie together in a fantastic ending. I had my doubts (who doesn’t, with a debut? Endings are hard), but Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat genuinely succeeds in both surprising and surpassing your expectations. And as a reviewer – we have secret plot-senses – that’s rare… Referential, inspired, and occasionally defying any expectation whatsoever, this is an odd read that you really should try.”
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ A Flawed Mind

“The dystopian Melbourne of TSMG, pitched at some distance into the future, has the unique distinction of being the only city left in the world. Unfortunately, things are not going terribly well in terms of civil liberties, the political climate or the environment. In fact, things are comprehensively fucked up on all fronts, and the portrait painted is of an overcrowded, polluted metropolis groaning under the control of a government vested in corporate interests and busy herding non-conformists and misfits into extramural death camps styled as ‘hospitals’…

“Oh, and on a final note, you will thoroughly enjoy the company of the protagonist, Floyd Maquina – he is Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Verbicide

“And then the girl from the Activities was standing before me. You remember her, the one from my recurring dream. The one I murdered, even if I don’t exactly remember the details. She stood before me, a hole the size of a football cut into her stomach, her hands cradling her innards.”

Those are the kind of stark descriptions of the grotesque and fantastic that litter Andrez Bergen’s debut novel. Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi noir caper that comes on quick and relentless, and doesn’t quit until the last words. Read more…


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Review @ SF Book Reviews

Excerpt: “Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat is an incredible novel, completely unexpected and with such a wonderfully rich and unique style that is simply mesmerising, unmissable..”

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TSMG review by Gordon Highland

This is a really entertaining noir tale set in a near-future Melbourne: our only city left, post-apocalypse. Blade Runner meets The Third Man is an apt description.

Floyd, our hero, is a “seeker” who Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ The Future Fire

“The dim and gritty atmosphere is expertly set, using a massive amount of references to film noir and pop culture, courtesy of our narrator’s nostalgic love for film and all things reminiscent of simpler times… A compelling, well-written narrative with fantastic imagery and a perfectly set tone… This book does a fabulous job of highlighting the complexities and dangers of current world social, economic and political climates. Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Farrago Magazine

“The author’s self-deprecation helps ground his writing, preventing him from self-indulgence and losing himself in intellectual pretension… All in all Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat is a great read: a well-rounded book from an well-rounded individual [that] easily translates into this expat Australian’s homage to Melbourne and its culture.” Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review by Guy Salvidge

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a novel that manages to be hardboiled and playful at the same time. What might otherwise be unremittingly bleak fare is lightened significantly by Floyd’s filmic imagination and his wisecracking wordplay. With little to sustain him (his diet seems to consist mainly of vodka, salt and vinegar chips, chocolate almonds and cigarettes), Floyd must struggle against both inner and outer demons. Read more…


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The National Virginity Pledge reviewed by Small Press Reviews!

“A frenetic, jangled, edgy, tragic, disturbing joyride through angst-ridden Middle America, The National Virginity Pledge feels like a cross between a David Lynch movie and a trip to your favorite dysfunctional uncle’s house — and I mean this in the best way possible.”
-Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews

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