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Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth by [Bergen, Andrez]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3888 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Edge (25 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KSNCRZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,330,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The creative genius that is Andrez Bergen has created yet another amazing cross-genre fantasy/crime novel hot on the heals from his amazingly successful Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa and the hauntingly beautiful 100 Years of Vicissitude.
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!
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A beautiful story, well told with fascinating characters and some unexpected twists and turns. When I saw the subject matte I honestly paused and wondered if it was for me. Glad I took the plunge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... genius that is Andrez Bergen has created yet another amazing cross-genre fantasy/crime novel hot on the heals from his ... 25 July 2014
By McDroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The creative genius that is Andrez Bergen has created yet another amazing cross-genre fantasy/crime novel hot on the heals from his amazingly successful Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa and the hauntingly beautiful 100 Years of Vicissitude.
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, multi-layered story. Highly recommended. 29 Jun. 2014
By Shawn M. Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently finished reading Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, Andrez Bergen's soon to be published new novel. Words really can't describe how much I am impressed by his latest effort. Suffice it to say, I was totally blown away. While containing many of his usual themes, he really takes his storytelling to new levels. Anyone who has visited this page knows what a big supporter I am of Andrez, and this, in my opinion, is his best tale to date. Here's a short synopsis, followed by some thoughts.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Layered Marvel 27 Jun. 2014
By Lori Alden Holuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The year is 1986. The place is Nede (say it ‘needy’) Australia. Mina Rapace is sixteen. She’s dealing with familiar woes that come with her age–challenges at school, fitting in with her friends, dealing with boys, obsessing over comics and music, clashes with family. We’ve all been there.

That’s the outer layer of the onion that is Mina’s life–just the thin, papery brown top layer. Let’s peel that off and take a second look. Mina’s music is goth, her comics are vintage and she knows them frighteningly well. Her friendships are toxic, and that includes a rather startling imaginary one. Her mother is dead and her brother is a horrid beast. As for the boys… impossible and abusive relationships are all she knows.

That plump onion still has more layers to scrape through, bringing fresh tears to your eyes as each is revealed. By the time you reach the center of that pungent orb, you’ll discover it’s been rotting from the inside all along.

But, to continue my analogy, onions are a traditional source of strength and healing. Even as Mina copes with her increasingly rotting life, she exhibits a surprising strength in the face of circumstances that would defeat most.

Those of a certain age will enjoy the nostalgic details of the ‘80’s, reminisce with every song reference, and smile at the fashion choices of the day. But you’ll do so while hanging on tight by your fingernails. I had faith in Mina, even when it seemed absurd to hold out hope. She didn’t fail me. In the end, somewhere in the jumble of mixed emotions I was wrestling with, I felt compelled to applaud.

Ice Planet Goth may be a difficult read for delicate sorts, but it’s well worth the journey. I knew by page three that I was in it to the end. I could never resist an onion, truth be told.

As a bonus, fans of Andrez Bergen’s previous novels may recognize some familiar references. One made me grin, and another made me cheer out loud.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bergen at his best. 9 Feb. 2015
By Benoit Lelievre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Well, it was on everybody's lips but it didn't have a name yet: Andrez Bergen's magnum opus was a home run waiting to happen, but WAIT NO MORE, READERSHIP. DEPTH CHARGING ICE PLANET GOTH is a feverish, digressing and pop culture obsessed coming of age novel about a young and nerdy goth girl named Mina, who's struggling with the abuse of her older brother Patrick and, ladies and gentlemen, it is a triumph.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HOLLIES AND GOTH 25 Sept. 2014
By Robin Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Way back when I went to a concert featuring The Hollies.
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.
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