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Updated: 2013-09-12T19:58:57Z

 



Andrez discusses The Tobacco-Stained Sky @ Booked Podcast

2013-09-12T19:58:57Z

Booked brings you another in our series of three author interviews. This one is a gigantic, just under two hour monster featuring Andrez Bergen, Jason Donnelly and returning for his third appearance, J David Osborne. So much masturbation is discussed, it’s almost shocking. It’s a great collection of discussions about recent or upcoming books, many […]

Booked brings you another in our series of three author interviews.

This one is a gigantic, just under two hour monster featuring Andrez Bergen, Jason Donnelly and returning for his third appearance, J David Osborne. So much masturbation is discussed, it’s almost shocking. It’s a great collection of discussions about recent or upcoming books, many of which we now really want to review for the podcast.

HAVE A LISTEN HERE

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Hard-Boiled Wit @ Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

2013-09-06T19:44:37Z

“To further the world-building exercise, there’s a new anthology coming out in September through Another Sky Press. This one’s called The Tobacco-Stained Sky, and is basically a fresh look at our near-future, post-apocalyptic and hardboiled Melbourne through the eyes of a whole crew of other writers and comic book artists. I also contributed stories there, […]

“To further the world-building exercise, there’s a new anthology coming out in September through Another Sky Press. This one’s called The Tobacco-Stained Sky, and is basically a fresh look at our near-future, post-apocalyptic and hardboiled Melbourne through the eyes of a whole crew of other writers and comic book artists. I also contributed stories there, further fleshing out characters from Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, something I continued in the short-story collection The Condimental Op that was published in July via Perfect Edge Books.”

READ MORE HERE.




Andrez Bergen announces “ASP’s ‘The Tobacco-Stained Sky’ anthology is now out there!”

2013-09-04T21:22:04Z

Like a fine drop of wine filtered into a dusty bottle stuck down in a dark, dim underground bunker, we’ve been brewing — er, cellaring — the anthology The Tobacco-Stained Sky for over a year, and now (at last) the beastie has been published. It’s just appeared on Amazon, but you can pick up the […]

Like a fine drop of wine filtered into a dusty bottle stuck down in a dark, dim underground bunker, we’ve been brewing — er, cellaring — the anthology The Tobacco-Stained Sky for over a year, and now (at last) the beastie has been published.

It’s just appeared on Amazon, but you can pick up the trade paperback direct from the publishers (Another Sky Press) for $5.46 + ♥ + postage.

Guy Salvidge (the other editor) and I are truly proud of this little number, which basically touts itself as a collection of short stories and comic book vignettes addressing post-apocalyptic noir.

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It’s also a journey back into the realm created for my novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (the rain washed near-future dystopia of last-city-on-Earth Melbourne), and if you want to brush up on that first, Another Sky Press are offering the epub/PDF versions for free — just hit here and scroll down the page.

Floyd and Laurel, along with Hank from that book, make guest appearances in TTSS, along with a bevy of other hard-boiled dames, grifters and gumshoes.

The list of those involved is as follows:

WRITERS
Gerard Brennan, Josh Stallings, Gordon Highland, Chad Eagleton, Chris Rhatigan, Paul D. Brazill, Julie Morrigan, Liam José, Tony Pacitti, Nigel Bird, Chad Rohrbacher, Jay Slayton-Joslin, Devin Wine, Guy Salvidge, Kristopher Young, and myself.

ARTISTS
Me, Matheus Lopes, Michael Grills, Marcos Vergara, Harvey Finch, Nathan St. John, Drezz Rodriguez, and Andrew Chiu.

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Check it out now if you have time/inclination as it’s an absolute romp.

AND READ MORE FROM ANDREZ HERE.




Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Acerbic Writing

2013-09-03T06:31:04Z

“Every goddamned thing about this Test grated. And let’s be honest here: ‘grated’ is just the wrong word to use. Maybe ‘vexed’ is better? I always liked the sound of ‘vexed.’ It was comfortingly old-school, like something that someone in a Jane Austen adaptation would utter, in a steely British accent, after he mopped his […]

“Every goddamned thing about this Test grated. And let’s be honest here: ‘grated’ is just the wrong word to use. Maybe ‘vexed’ is better? I always liked the sound of ‘vexed.’ It was comfortingly old-school, like something that someone in a Jane Austen adaptation would utter, in a steely British accent, after he mopped his brow, post particularly energetic fox hunt.”

Many people grapple with what the term neo-noir is. Andrez Bergen’s debut wraps up the definition in a nice little bow and amazing story.

His prose, like any good writer, is to die for. Verbose. Not repetitive at all. While heavy at times with a lot of introspection and general details, it fits the story. It works to set up a dark and dank dystopia called Melbourne. And it helps create the bleak nature to his novel as he points to the atrocities of this totalitarian state.

Could it be cut down to improve the pacing? Yes. But would it have the same effect? Probably not.

BY CALEB HILL. READ MORE HERE.




Gordon Highland is in ‘The Tobacco-Stained Sky’

2013-08-27T09:46:23Z

“A couple of years ago, I read Andrez Bergen’s excellent post-apocalyptic sci-noir novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and began a correspondence with the author, interviewing him for The Velvet and keeping in touch all friendly-like, as we do. A few books later, he re-approached Goat‘s publisher, Another Sky Press, about releasing an anthology of stories by […]

“A couple of years ago, I read Andrez Bergen’s excellent post-apocalyptic sci-noir novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and began a correspondence with the author, interviewing him for The Velvet and keeping in touch all friendly-like, as we do. A few books later, he re-approached Goat‘s publisher, Another Sky Press, about releasing an anthology of stories by other authors that he compiled (along with co-editor Guy Salvidge), all set within the well-developed universe of that first novel. I immediately jumped on board as a contributor, taking it as a challenge to write my very first story in that genre.”

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“In my story, ‘Plan E’, the Dome’s elite are known for their physical ‘enhancements’, so I thought a back-alley surgeon would provide a cool counterpoint-of-view to the crime focus of the original Goat. It’s also a vehicle for social commentary, while being a well-worn noir trope I could play against. I had a lot of fun devising technology and laws and playing within its existing geography, while working to keep such things in the periphery as if this were all routine. Being one who can’t resist a good twist, its framing device hit me over the head once I was nearly done, which hopefully earns a second read from a new perspective.”

READ MORE HERE.




Andrez Bergen interview @ Atomic Anxiety

2013-07-09T09:40:29Z

Welcome back, everyone, for the 14th installment of my Atomic Interview series. If you’re a regular reader of the Anxiety, you know I’m taking a break from writing reviews for the time being but I’m trying to make up for it with more interviews and some original fiction. I can’t promise any of this will […] Welcome back, everyone, for the 14th installment of my Atomic Interview series. If you’re a regular reader of the Anxiety, you know I’m taking a break from writing reviews for the time being but I’m trying to make up for it with more interviews and some original fiction. I can’t promise any of this will be the best thing you’ve ever read, but I can promise it’s better than listening to the guy in the next cubicle explain how he spent $15 emptying the snack machine of Combos just to make Roy from the IT Department angry. This time around I’m happy to welcome Andrez Bergen to the Anxiety. Andrez is the author of THE CONDIMENTAL OP (available here), 100 YEARS OF VICISSITUDE, TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT, and this fall will see the release of WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CAPES OF HEROPA?. You can check out all of Andrez’s available works at his Amazon author’s page. Mark Bousquet: Thanks for joining me for the latest Atomic Interview, Andrez. Andrez Bergen: No, thanks for inviting me on board. Mark: We’ll talk about a whole host of your books, concentrating on the soon-to-be-released THE CONDIMENTAL OP, but let’s start with the personal. You’re an Australian whose been living in Japan for over a decade now. How did you wind your way to Tokyo and what you do there? Andrez: I actually came here for a range of reasons—I love Japanese food, older movies by Akira Kurosawa, anime, manga, and even silly jidaigeki samurai TC shows. Principally, though, I came to Japan for travel as I very much respect the culture and history, and also the music. I was running a label called IF? Records and producing stuff as Little Nobody, and my game plan was to follow-through here in Japan with techno and experimental electronic music. I did that for quite a while, as well as journalism on the side—I specialize in music, food and cinema. In around 2007 I got back into writing fiction. But the continuous money-spinner? Teaching English. This pays the bills. And otherwise I’m trying to be a half-decent dad to my seven-year-old. Mark: I’m an academic focusing on 19th century American and environmental writing, meaning I do a lot of literary criticism to pay the bills and a lot of fiction writing on the side. It can be all parts frustrating, relaxing, inspiring, and tiring going back and forth. You write in multiple fields, as well. Can you talk a little about how you separate the different kinds of writing you do? Is that a seamless move for you? Andrez: Actually, good question—I guess, to be honest, I don’t really separate them at all. I’m constantly making stuff up in my articles, and plundering those articles for fodder in my fiction. They bounce out of one another. My articles on saké, fugu (blowfish) and sumo wrestling ended up being decanted into the novel I published last year, 100 YEARS OF VICISSITUDE. While I was researching that novel I came up against the March 1945 firebombing of Tokyo by 300 B-29s, and ended up doing an article about that as well. My mate Eva Dolan, another writer/journalist, recently called me a magpie and I think that name sticks. I like it. Mark: Let’s turn to THE CONDIMENTAL OP. How did this collection come together? What are people going to find between the covers? Andrez: This collection started out as a project I half-heartedly dabbled with in 2012, a way in which to archive some of my short stories and newspaper articles. I’m terrible at archiving and backing-up, so this gave me the excuse. But I was also working on my third novel and didn’t really have the time to fart around, so ended up shelving the compendium. I fou[...]



Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Nerd Culture Podcast

2013-04-21T12:39:03Z

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia, so right off the bat I’m hooked. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to be reading a book set in my hometown, especially a post-apocalyptic version of it! (the closest I’ve come is the comic Kranburn by Ben Michael Byrne). Most of […]

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia, so right off the bat I’m hooked. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to be reading a book set in my hometown, especially a post-apocalyptic version of it! (the closest I’ve come is the comic Kranburn by Ben Michael Byrne).

Most of the rest of the world is gone and Melbourne is often referred to as ‘the last city’. The rich and famous live comfortably opulent lives inside the Dome, which covers what used to be the Melbourne CBD. The poor and unwanted are forced to live in the harsh world outside the Dome, where crime is rife, the pollutants in the sky block 99% of the sun’s light, and acid rain is almost always falling. It is essentially a totalitarian state, where the Brazil-like government utilizes Blade Runner style Seekers to hunt down ‘Deviants’.

Like all good totalitarian governments, the definition of a Deviant is broad and can change at a moments notice to include anyone they want to target at the time. There is a touch of mystery involved, and to be honest it isn’t all that hard to figure out — but that doesn’t matter, because the journey we take with Floyd as he figures it out is so much fun.

READ MORE HERE @ NERD CULTURE PODCAST.




TSMG one of the Books-of-2012?

2012-12-26T23:37:55Z

What a great way to finish off the year. Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat popped up as one of the novels-of-2012 thanks to the people at Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews: “One of the best discoveries of 2012, Andrez Bergen’s debut novel is a delight, both for the noir/post-apocalyptic story and the tribute brought to classic movies.” Find […]

What a great way to finish off the year. Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat popped up as one of the novels-of-2012 thanks to the people at Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews: “One of the best discoveries of 2012, Andrez Bergen’s debut novel is a delight, both for the noir/post-apocalyptic story and the tribute brought to classic movies.”

Find out more HERE. Also, learn a bit about Andrez’s upcoming next novel Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? in this recent posting for Bleeding Cool.
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews

2012-11-24T23:53:43Z

Bookshops seem to be one of the endangered species of nowadays. It saddens me, more so since I love walking the bookshops’ aisles in search of new books, be them written by familiar and dear writers or by the new, waiting to be discovered, authors. And when a reader finds himself faced with a name […]Bookshops seem to be one of the endangered species of nowadays. It saddens me, more so since I love walking the bookshops’ aisles in search of new books, be them written by familiar and dear writers or by the new, waiting to be discovered, authors. And when a reader finds himself faced with a name that is a mystery at the time of the search, the cover is one of the things that attract – however the book titles are not to be neglected. This was the case with “Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat”, although the search did not take place in a physical bookshop, a title that allured me towards Andrez Bergen’s debut novel and pushed it on my reading table. Of course, that was only the initial impact, the promise of a dystopian tale with noir influences were the elements that presented the case of Andrez Bergen’s “Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat” with more power when it came to reasoning the reading of the novel. Post-apocalyptic fiction can be seen as a genre on itself. With the news feeds presenting our world as in brink of collapse it is a popular trend too, but not often the settings of these stories are diverse. However, “Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat” takes place in Melbourne, the only city in the wide world surviving an apocalyptic event. Why the world as we know it came to an end is a question that remains unanswered, as it is left the one of why Melbourne is the only standing metropolis following this catastrophe. But looking over the story of the novel these questions can be rendered easily rather personal curiosity and they held no importance for the development of the plot. These are only events that led to the present lived in “Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat” and together with assembling pieces create the setting of the story. An interesting setting, a society that did not die completely with the apocalyptic event, but continued its existence in an adapted form, keeping however plenty of its original features. The economic and political system and the social stratification adopt the characteristics of the new reality and not for the better. The society doesn’t seem to be willing to recover from the events that led it to the present situation, but on the contrary it appears to be nihilistic to the point of seeking its own total destruction. Because Andrez Bergen takes this approach with the setting of his novel the reader has an accessible way to relate with a society that although futuristic keeps plenty of elements of the surrounding existence. One of the surviving humans is Floyd Maquina, who haunts the land – to be read Melbourne – in search of deviants after his sick wife’s outrageous expensive medical bills has forced him to take a job as a Seeker. Not exactly a voluntary private investigator Floyd Maquina is obsessed with old movies and alcohol, both close to the point of addictiveness if that was not already passed. Possessed by his past, tormented by the present and with only the faintest shimmer of future in sight Floyd Maquina is not what can be called a hero. A hard-boiled detective that to a certain point encompasses the tropes built by the noir movies and novels he often quotes and mention, but with a unique voice and witty language and remarks. Sometimes all the references made can seem to be tiresome, but put on the obsessive nature of the character with old movies it can be passed easily. I believe that Floyd Maquina is a tribute brought by Andrez Bergen to his influences, but without making the character a mindless offering and losing its originality.[...]



Andrez Bergen interview: Chin Wag at the Slaughterhouse

2012-09-22T20:11:46Z

“Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat was my first novel, published in April last year through Another Sky Press in Portland in the U.S. It’s a mixture of noir detective story with dystopian sci-fi, as much influenced by Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick as it is by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The thing took half my […]

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat was my first novel, published in April last year through Another Sky Press in Portland in the U.S. It’s a mixture of noir detective story with dystopian sci-fi, as much influenced by Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick as it is by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The thing took half my life to cobble together, and I’m not kidding here.”

“It started out as a four or five-page short story, which then developed into the first version of the book in 1991. A second version came together in 2002, and by 2007 I had the deal with Another Sky and we seriously focused on putting together a final novel. Basically it’s a book about serious issues – fascist oppressive government, big business, environmental degradation, self-indulgent plastic surgery and the economic gap – undercut by a sense of humour (I hope) and a fetishist love for cinema. And alcohol. The narrator, Floyd, is a lush.”

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READ MORE HERE.