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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ I Meant to Read That…

“Yes, it is littered with references to so many aspects of 20th century culture that if you were to pile them all up and take them to the recycling depot you would need an articulated lorry, but as the story starts to kick in and you begin to get a handle on what’s going on in this post-apocalypse world inside some huge plastic dome in Melbourne (trust me, it works) you will get totally hooked on this Orwellian Brave New World where the rich are protected from every hardship and the rest struggle to get by amid acid rain and polluted food supplies. Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ The Kindle Book Review

“I really felt for Floyd in spite of his drunken existence. I hurt for him, I was angry for him, I was right along with him as he started to reach out for loved ones as they started slipping away, family and friends alike. Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ The British Fantasy Society

“Bergen has great affection for film noir, gangsters and cool broads with a shady past. Jokes and references zip past and clobber the reader, so many that an encyclopaedia, glossary and film/reading list are included should you want to check those you have missed. The atmosphere is similar in style to the movie Blade Runner whilst the structure is from The Maltese Falcon.

“Witty and literate, the book skips along at a lively pace… Floyd is a likeable character, the low down gumshoe in need of a quick buck and Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ bare•bones e-zine

“Floyd sees everything through a haze of references to film noir, hard-boiled detective novels, Japanese films, you name it—all the things that bare*bones readers love to read, watch and quote! Read more…


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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…