Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

 

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Nerd Culture Podcast

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia, so right off the bat I’m hooked. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to be reading a book set in my hometown, especially a post-apocalyptic version of it! (the closest I’ve come is the comic Kranburn by Ben Michael Byrne).

Most of the rest of the world is gone and Melbourne is often referred to as ‘the last city’. The rich and famous live comfortably opulent lives inside the Dome, which covers what used to be the Melbourne CBD. The poor and unwanted are forced to live in the harsh world outside the Dome, where crime is rife, the pollutants in the sky block 99% of the sun’s light, and acid rain is almost always falling. It is essentially a totalitarian state, where the Brazil-like government utilizes Blade Runner style Seekers to hunt down ‘Deviants’.
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews

Bookshops seem to be one of the endangered species of nowadays. It saddens me, more so since I love walking the bookshops’ aisles in search of new books, be them written by familiar and dear writers or by the new, waiting to be discovered, authors. And when a reader finds himself faced with a name that is a mystery at the time of the search, the cover is one of the things that attract – however the book titles are not to be neglected. This was the case with “Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat”, although the search did not take place in a physical bookshop, a title that allured me towards Andrez Bergen’s debut novel and pushed it on my reading table.
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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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Melbourne book launch outcome

So I’m now back in Tokyo, after a two week sojourn in Melbourne – the more prominent Melbourne in Australia rather than its silly namesake in Florida, which is 32 years younger. I get parochial about this because the Melbourne in Australia is my hometown, and also the setting for my novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat – where, on 10 August, we Read more…


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Interview with Andrez Bergen @ Upstart

An expatriate Melburnian, Andrez Bergen’s passion for writing has led to his debut novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat. Radhika Chopra spoke with him before his much-anticipated return to Melbourne. Read more…


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Andrez Bergen interview @ Lip Magazine

“I loathed Blade Runner when I studied it in twelfth grade, and to the dismay of my class, I was extremely vocal about it. And just to clear something up: I aced the unit, so I did “get” it. But nearly ten years on, I still have nightmares about being forced to watch it. So when I was sent a copy of Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat by Aussie ex-pat Andrez Bergen and discovered it had been compared to Blade Runner, it made me a little apprehensive to flick through the PDF.

I shouldn’t have been worried, and flicking though became devouring every sentence. Read more…