Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

 

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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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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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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Andrez Bergen interview @ neo-noir site The Velvet

“I’m chuffed you like that angle, since it came later on in the development of the story. Floyd, for me, always was a bit of a cynical last-hero-standing, a kind of Charlton Heston type circa Planet of the Apes or The Omega Man. Read more…


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Interview with Andrez Bergen @ The Next Best Book Club

“This particular yarn is one that’s bubbled away since it surfaced in a short story I wrote in the late 1980s. That short story was about six hand-written A4 pages in length, and was basically the dream-sequence from the existing novel; in that original tale, however, it was anything but dream-like. Read more…


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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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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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Melbourne/Australia launch party of TSMG, 10 August 2011

Care for a wayward synopsis?
In a tightly-wound nutshell, Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a sci-fi/noir/post-apocalyptic tome (with a sense of humour) – and it’s set in Melbourne, Australia, as the last city in the world. So we always had to do a book launch there.
The fact that it’s Andrez’s hometown is an added bonus.