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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat [Kindle Edition]

Andrez Bergen
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Book Description

Cut to Melbourne, Australia–the most glamorous city in the world. It also happens to be the only one left standing, but nevermind that, we’re there now and I’d like you to meet your narrator, a certain Floyd Maquina, a likable chap with one hell of a story to share. See, the powers that be are knuckling down on the Deviant menace that plagues the city, and our boy Floyd’s unknowingly got himself in the thick of it. Cue guns, intrigue, kidnappings, conspiracy and all sorts of general mayhem that make for cracking good headlines.

Does Floyd stop the bad guys? Does he get the girl? Does he make Humphrey Bogart proud? Grab some popcorn and read on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Another Sky Press (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 11 years.

He published noir/sci-fi novel 'Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat' in 2011 and the surreal fantasy 'One Hundred Years of Vicissitude' through Perfect Edge Books in 2012.

He's currently working on #3, titled 'Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?'

Bergen has published short stories through Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, '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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future Is Tobacco Stained Noir. 1 Jun. 2012
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I've seen The Future and and it's ... Noir. Tobacco- stained noir at that.

Andrez Bergen's brilliant Tobacco-StainedMountain 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.

The city itself is split into different parts. The uptown area is known as The Dome, a squeaky clean and shining consumerist paradise where the plastic surgery enhanced and empty headed rich live.

Outside the Dome, though, it's a little different. These are dangerous and mean streets, riddled with run down bars, fast food joints.

And Deviants.

Now, most Deviants are 'relocated' elsewhere, keeping the city straight, but some go on the run and it's the job of
the Seekers to track them down.

Floyd Maquina is such a Seeker, enrolled so he can afford to
pay for his wife's hospital bills. Maquina is a great creation - a boozy, chain-smoking,smart mouthed amalgam of every Private Eye you've ever seen n the silver screen.

Since the late part of the twentieth century, so many of us have seen the real world filtered through the television or film cameraman's lens.

And Floyd Maquina is just one of those people.

As is Bergen, of course. T obbacco-StainedMountain Goat is littered, almost cluttered, with cultural references from
Sam Spade to Kurosowa to Cabaret Voltaire to, more obviously, Blade Runner. And is in danger at times of drowning in the stuff but it doesn't, due mainly to the great characters and Andrez Bergen's witty, snappy and immensely
addictive writing.

With Tobacco-StainedMountain Goat , Bergen has created one of the most vibrant, inventive, exciting, funny
and purely enjoyable novels I've read since I don't know when. There's no other way to say it: I loved this book and I want more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future Ain't So Bright 10 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As far as post-apocalyptic books go, I'm that reader who loved Stephen King's The Stand and the Dark Tower series. But for some weird reason, I haven't tracked down many more books that can be considered an end-of-the-world story. Maybe as I get older, that concept is a hell of a lot scarier to me? Whatever the case, I'm glad I broke out of that slump and gave Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat a chance to shine. Because that's what it does. Through all the acid rain, poverty and injustice of Bergen's imagined future Melbourne, this story manages to dazzle.

The book made me feel out of two eras, not just one. Floyd (the protagonist) has a strange obsession with the old Bogart movies based on Chandler and Hammett novels and many more of the black and white 'classics', and although I'm not as schooled in that era of cinema as I'd like to be, I was led expertly through the references through context and gentle hinting. And when I got really lost? Well, there was that handy 'DVD extras' type of content at the back of the book, ready and set to help out.

Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat offers us the good, bad and ugly in humanity projected to its most dire hour and convinces us that the villains can't win every time.

Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detective-Noir Story Meets Post-Apocolyptic Hell 31 Mar. 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A mad carzy world! 4 Feb. 2012
By McDroll
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Have you ever read a book that you've been really looking forward to but after you're a few pages in you just know that it isn't for you? Read on, I've got more to say!

Andrez Bergen's Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is amazing, outstanding, clever, entertaining, (oh heck! how I wish I could write like this...) and the book that I almost gave up on.

We've all experienced one of those guys in the pub who is a total film buff or music geek and once he's got you in his gaze doesn't stop telling you about rare 1972 picture disc imports by Pink Floyd until you have literally collapsed in a heap under the table. You know how painful that is, right?

I had that feeling of dread when I started reading this amazing (yes it is wonderful) book. How wrong was I? 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.

Once I had connected to the Dr Who / Star Trek part of my brain, everything fell into place. Floyd, the protagonist, could easily be David Tennant trying to evade the Cybermen as he tries to find out why society has become so corrupt and ultimately saves the planet yet again mashed up with trials on the holodeck on the Starship Enterprise.
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