- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Perfect Edge (July 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782796495
- ISBN-13: 978-1782796497
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,531,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth Paperback – July 25, 2014
About the Author
Andrez Bergen is an expatriate Australian author, journalist, DJ, photographer and musician, based in Tokyo, Japan, over the past eleven years.
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In DCIPG, we are introduced to Mina, a sixteen year old (soon to be seventeen) schoolgirl. Also along for the ride are her small circle of friends, and Animeid, her invisible friend (Yes, you read correctly. Ani also happens to be a bird woman.) Recently having lost her mother (which her friends are unaware of), she's bothered by her lack of emotion. As she trudges through her life, it becomes more apparent that she is a bit of a mystery, especially to herself. So she sets out to find out who she really is, helped along by Ani and Angelika, the new girl at her school. Along the way she visits the Depth Charging Planet Goth, finds love, seeks to find out who Ani really is, and sorts one of her tormentors. Oh yeah, and uncovers a murder mystery.
I'll start out by saying that I invested a lot, emotionally, into this story. A great number of the happenings within I have some amount of experience with. Moreover, I deeply cared about Mina and her well being, due to Andrez portraying her in such a realistic light (Also, she has excellent taste in movies, music, and is a talented hack-writer. Reminds me of someone I know. ;)). Her journey to find her place in the world (and later, to find a world where she has a place) is something we have all gone through, to one extent or another. She learns to face her abusers, and stand up for herself, becoming a more complete person. That's the crux of this story. Despite some of the fantastical goings-on, Mina could be you, or me, or all of us. I challenge you to read this and not feel any emotion for her and her struggles. The writing and characterizations overflow with life, and the mystery holds up; I definitely didn't see the ending coming. An excellent tale of the unreality of reality, and how to survive in such environs, and thrive.
To close, I'd like to say that this is one of the best stories I've read in quite some time, hands down. Andrez has really outdone himself on this one. Is this book for everyone? That's not for me to say, but I definitely think it SHOULD be! Gripping, engrossing, can't put down, what have you. It contains a little bit of everything, just like real life. You should get your hands on it and find out for yourself.
Depth Charging follows the life of an misfit teenage girl as she tries to make sense of her screwed up life, relationships and self-worth. That, you may think, is a bit of a basic recipe but then Bergen has piles of magic dust available that he slowly and subtly sprinkles bringing this novel to life like a waking giant, leaving almost imperceptible breadcrumbs for the reader to pick up and follow as the story morphs into a fantasy, dream-like murder mystery with Bergen's trademark cultural references spinning around the text like a snowstorm.
This is very clever writing a complex tapestry of colours and patterns all woven together with an ending that will make you squeal with delight!
Bergen's crazy, stacatto, pinball-like literary style is right at home narrating the adventures of a young girl escaping her hopeless world in every possible way she can. It's not wild enough to be impertinent and it's not serious enough to be melodramatic, DEPTH CHARGING ICE PLANET GOTH uses the perfect tone to deal with serious teenage issue, swerves around clichés and pitfalls of the genre and culminates in a strange coming of age/YA/mystery hybrid. If you have to read a Bergen novel, read this one.
I had not seen anything like it up to that night.
Little kids. Men and women dressed for the evening. Rock and rollers. Hep cats in blue jeans and t-shirts. Young and old, rich and poor.
Whoever would have guessed an audience such as this for a band such as The Hollies? Not me.
I am reminded of that October night in The Queen Elizabeth Theatre as I think about Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth by Andrez Bergen.
What did I find there? Louis Prima, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, the films of Luis Brunuel and Ed Wood, claustrophobia, tension, murder, mystery, romance and more unusual developments than you can shake a stick at.
I wonder what sort of audience this book will find?
Three cheers to Andrez.