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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: another sky press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984559701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984559701
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, photographer and ad hoc beer and saké connoisseur who's been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 12 years.

He published noir/sci-fi novel 'Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat' in 2011, the surreal fantasy 'One Hundred Years of Vicissitude' through Perfect Edge Books in 2012, and illustrated comic book noir 'Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?' in 2013, again via Perfect Edge.

In 2013 Bergen also released 'The Condimental Op' (a collection of short stories, comics, and articles on music, movies and Japan) as well as co-editing 'The Tobacco-Stained Sky' anthology.

Bergen's next novel 'Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth' will be published in 2014.

Bergen has published short stories through Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, All Due Respect, Big Pulp, 'Pulp Ink 2', Another Sky Press and Solarcide, and worked on translating and adapting the scripts for feature films by Mamoru Oshii, Kazuchika Kise and Naoyoshi Shiotani.

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Then I eventually got to like his style.
Scychry
This is not your typical dystopian book, it was one of the more original I have read and I highly recommend it.
Ellie Rabbit
All up, it's a gripping ride with a sense of humour and a heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Knight on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
So I've been reading the collected works of Philip K. Dick in chronological order, just finished Flow My Tears...so much more to go!

I happened to pick this book off my shelf because I love Scott C.'s artwork and thought "what the heck, time for a little reading on the side while I wait for Confessions of a Crap Artist to arrive by USPS". I have to say, I am amazed at how well this fits the Dick style of surreal reality mind-screw with the amazing character development and deep philosophical questions.

Only quibble are the cultural references (movie/tv/etc) that feel a little like stumbling blocks as I reach the midpoint of the book.

FYI you can get the epub book for free (love the business model!) but I bought the paperback because I am happy to support the author and publisher and because, of course, I wanted a nice copy of Scott C.'s wonderful cover artwork.

If you're a fan of PkD, definitely pick this book up. I am betting you will find it as enjoyable and relatable as I do!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Wow. At the beginning, I was having a bit of trouble trying to orient myself with this nasty, rainy, harsh environment. But then, the story came more into focus, and the characters started coming alive. Jumping from real world to the virtual tests confused me a little bit, but as they seemed to really screw with the poor Seekers taking them, too, I just kinda rolled with it.

I really felt for Floyd in spite of his drunken existance. 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. I am fairly young and didn't find myself struggling to figure out the film references (but maybe I'm just a nerd, who knows?) and enjoyed the mixture of languages (which I also didn't need the reference guides for, but appreciated that they were there). The guides at the end were fun for me to read, because I felt Mr. Bergen was conscientious about his readers and wanted his story to be accessible to people of many cultures. I also liked that although the story was set in Australia, Australians weren't the only culture left on the planet.

Floyd is admirably tough and lovable, which takes some strength in a world where people get snatched away for no good reasons thanks to corporate greed and politics. He manages to pull himself from a helpless position in his world to a position of power to try and save people he cares about as well as society in general... at least, whatever's left of it, soggy with acid rain and scarred by stuggling to grow in a dying world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scychry on December 1, 2013
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The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne Australia. But that's just the setting. The story isn't really about what life is like there (though there's plenty of that in the book). It's about some personal stuff the main character has to deal with. And deal with it he eventually does. Bergen develops this very well. It may seem a little slow in the beginning but there is enough to hold your interest. The story gets better and better all the time, has a wonderful climax, and maybe even a better ending.

Bergen has a writing style that you may either love or hate. For me I had to get used to him and then he started to grow on me. That happened when I read 100 Years of Vicissitude (read that one before I read TSMG). He first sounded like he was parodying the old clichéd detective stories narration. But the more I read him the more I thought he was just influenced by that stuff. Then I eventually got to like his style. He does credit Dashiell Hammett and others as influences. Anyway, if you're put off by his style you may want to hang in there because, by the end, you may be glad you stayed with it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on December 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Andrez Bergen's Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (TSMG) is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia at an unspecified point in the future where the fortunate ones live an opulent life secure under the high tech Dome which encases the city. The less fortunate live a harsh existence in rundown areas on the outskirts of the Dome in a world where the sun seldom shines and acid rain seems to fall endlessly.

Our narrator, Floyd Maquina, is a Seeker. Employed by the government to hunt down so-called Deviants for what is euphemistically called "hospitalization," Floyd has the authority to terminate those who won't come along peacefully. It's something he's only had to do once, but that encounter weighs heavily on his mind, driving him to seek comfort in drugs, alcohol, and classic Hollywood films.

Indeed, Floyd peppers his narrative with copious references to films like The Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, The Big Sleep, and Brazil amongst others, and throws enough hardboiled slang around that a Tobacco-Stained Glossary and Encyclopedia Tobacciana are included as appendices.

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.
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