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Rogue One

Posted December 20 into Movies by John Birmingham

Took the fam to see this last night. Can't recall when I've enjoyed a Star Wars film as much. This being the end of civilzation, there has of course been a manbaby backlash to the penis shortage in the ensemble cast. It's only like 95% male, which is very misandrist.

But being an utter cuck, I fucking loved it.

I thought it meshed with the overall narrative much more smoothly than any of the rebooted and mostly reviled 'prequels' and it gives me real hope for where Disney might go with the franchise over the next decade or so. There's a lot of narrative infilling they could do.

I wont get into spoilers here, but anyone who hasn't seen the film should avoid the comment thread below.

Non spoilery reflections. The storyline was a deft melding of revenge motifs, a coming-of-age tale and a star spanning caper flick. The violence was much more instense than the original series, but not as bloody as last year's Force Awakens. It was still pretty intense though.

The cast was well balanced and the performances mostly great.

I thought the exploration of the 'dark side' of the rebellion was fittingly modern. It recalled the insurgency series of Galactica.

Effects? Top shelf, although I had a few uncanny valley moments with Moff Tarkin.

Script. B+

Rewatch value. Very high.

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Chris Salmon asserts...

Posted December 20
Great story, acting, effects. Thought the music was a but over done at times but still very much in the spirit.

Nice to see the galaxy so far away without so many super doopers, royalty, and associated wunderkind. These are the real folk of the Alliance. People not afraid to get their hands dirty.

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MordWa is gonna tell you...

Posted December 20
Funnily enough, the Tarkin effects didn't bother me at all; Peter Cushing was always a creepy looking dude. I though Leia was more distracting, and (sorry to moan) whoever in the Vader suit was damn near dancing, he was so spry-! I liked it, make no mistake...

Can't wait for Rogue Two, aye *wink wink*

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Stephen would have you know...

Posted December 20
Saw it on release day Liked it mostly more of an adult focus, some of those inspirational speeches were cringeworthy though. Seemed like someone had decided to add them after the main shooting, apparently a lot of reshooting and re editing was done, new scenes added some dropped to change the tenor of the film.
Worth seeing but not a great film but certainly better than the prequels, and also better then last years film The force Awakens

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tqft asserts...

Posted December 20
SPOILERS
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Donnie Yen almost wasted in this, pity he won't be back for more

Gilligan reckons...

Posted December 22
I respectfully disagree.

I know Mr Yen is usually a leading man (he was simply *epic* in Ip Man), but within the ensemble piece I thought Chirrut and Baze were an awesome double act. Yen's Force-sensitive nature was a great way of including the mysticism of the original trilogy without adding yet another "one of the last Jedi" character to the universe.

I also loved how he cleaned up the squad of Stormtroopers. Would've like a few more mid- and long-shots with a locked-off camera, but I got to see some solid wailing on dudes, and even the signature foot shuffle/plant thing from HK cinema.

I think he was used much more effectively than, say, Jackie Chan in Kung Fu Panda, who really only had a couple of lines so why bother?

Of course, YMMV.

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Vovchara has opinions thus...

Posted December 20
yeah, agree completely. The dark side of rebellion was spot on. Surprisingly funny jokes. For a rather dark narrative.

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Don Bagert ducks in to say...

Posted December 21
Lots of nice places with info on cameos and Easter eggs about Rogue One, although one I haven't seen yet is about that temple that Chirrut Îmwe was part of - whether it was related to the Jedi temples, one of which was seen in the "Path of the Jedi" episode of Star Wars: Rebels. (It was used to have Yoda - voiced by Frank Oz! - communicate with the Jedi Kanan in that episode.)

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Kristophr mutters...

Posted December 21
Thanx for the review. I think I'll go see it.

Yea, the virgin-TOWs ( the neckbeard crazy wing of the MGTOW community ) panned it. Which was a good review by itself.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
First Star Wars film that I won't see a second time in the cinema - and I think the minimum number of times I've seen a Star Wars film in the cinema (Caravan of Courage and Ewok Adventure excluded) is about 5.

Visually amazing, but a bit soulless. It's odd that there was all this stuff I wanted to see, but came out of the experience feeling a bit empty.

Rebellion comes across more in this film as a bunch of amoral ideological terrorists than freedom fighters - which I guess explains why the galaxy seems to be in a substantially worse state by Episode 7 when they are running things than it was when the Empire was in charge or even when things were failing during the end of the republic era. Revolutionaries who are willing to kill anyone to achieve their goals don't make great governments - and that's how the rebellion now comes off - just another faction lusting after power, not a group of selfless heroes overthrowing a tyrannical regime.

No wonder Luke fucked off after Jedi and didn't tell them where he was going. After Rogue One, it's pretty clear that unless you're already one of the elites like senator Mothma or Organa, the new regime won't be substantially better for you than the one with the old guy who can shoot lightning bolts from his fingers. Wonder how long the guy who ordered Jyn's dad's death waited before he set up some gulags and started the purges of people who may have worked with the imperial government. I'm guessing not very fucking long.

Would *love* to know what the original cut was like.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted December 21
These are all valid points, but another of seeing R1 is as the series growing up. It simply much more realistic than the original kids movies.

Blarkon asserts...

Posted December 21
I grok that - though wonder if a series ostensibly about knights with magic powers and laser swords is an appropriate canvas for a gritty grown up or realistic approach.

As many documentaries and reflections on the phenomenon that is Star Wars have suggested, ANH was a breakout film in the 70's specifically because it was unashamedly optimistic and simplistic in an age when other filmmakers were going for gritty realism.

I recall an interview with Lucas around the time they were making "Attack of the Clones" where he was asked why Star Wars wasn't grittier like The Matrix. He said he'd love to make a film like that, but it wouldn't be Star Wars. That audiences wanted the franchise to grow as they had, but that at its essence it was a story aimed at 9 year olds and that straying to far from that simplistic view of good and evil would compromise the essence of what made Star Wars different from a million other SciFi and Fantasy properties.

There probably is a balance that can be found between what is essentially a silly idea and gritty realism. It's just that a series where an overriding narrative philosophy was "once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny" doesn't seem to be too compatible with the idea of moral shades of grey.

"Give in to your hatred" doesn't seem like such a danger if the narrative ruleset is altered to allow more moral ambiguity.

I dunno. Isn't it possible that a theme or universe is more than just the art direction and internal history, but also about the narrative and moral rules put in-place by the creators - and that if those rules are broken in the wrong way, the integrity of the fictional setting itself "collapses"?

Gilligan would have you know...

Posted December 22
I've had a few friends come out of the film a bit cold, liking the individual bits/beats but not having the whole really gel for them. Me? I loved it. Much Rogue, would Rogue again.

As for the morally ambiguous Rebellion, I think JB's on the money when he talks about the series growing up.

I thought the attack on the hover tank had a very roadside bomb/IED feel about it, and I'd like to think that couldn't have been by accident. And if we are maturing the series a bit, the truth is that the Rebellion would've needed some straight up wetwork black ops guys and gals willing to do whatever if they wanted to defeat the Empire. One imagines that if you fully explored the activities of the Resistance in occupied Europe, probably not the entirety of the group covered themselves in whitehat glory.

It's almost like (acknowledging that he was working for the baddies) the Operative in Serenity. He knows he's doing, and is willing to do, terrible things to achieve his side's aims, and that in so doing there's no place in the New World for him. And he's OK with that. Cassian... similar thoughts, but maybe a little less at peace with it.

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Coriolisdave reckons...

Posted December 21
Enjoyed this, but found the music very distracting.. didn't seem to fit half the scenes, had absolutlely no subtelty (Vader on screen? QUICK, DEATH MARCH!).

Really hoping we get to see the original cut one day - judging from the trailer breakdowns on youtube it was a significantly different film.

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JBtoo mutters...

Posted December 21
Agree with the criticisms of the music - it was terrible.
The film was a lot bleaker than I was expecting. Felicity Jones was very good - pity we won't see her again.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted December 22
I'll see it this Friday but I have seen the CGI Tarkin and Leia clips via YouTube. I thought they were well done. It is interesting that they can digitally resurrect someone from the grave, and technically, Tarkin wasn't dead yet by this point in the series.


I think the ethics hand wringing is probably just another sign of the ongoing panic fest in the wake of recent events in November. I find myself chuckling heartily and moving onto the next train wreck.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted December 22
I haven't seen the film, I read the comments thread above, and now the film is ruined for me. I know I can only blame myself, but I am still bitter about the whole thing.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 22
Welcome back, 007. I hope we can look forward to some gratuitous sex and violence.

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SZF swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 28
Loved it. It's very much a "war movie" in the style of The Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare. More than anything, I came out of it struck by the thought that after growing up with the original trilogy, THIS was the sort of Star Wars movie I wanted to see as an adult. I've seen plenty of objectively better flicks, but very few that were as much fun to watch.

My only regret is it's a bit too Rated M for me to take my 6.5 year old (yet)...

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Dunkirk Trailer

Posted December 15 into Movies by John Birmingham

I've always thought Kenneth Brannagh should spend the latter half of his career remaking the great British war movies, including Zulu. (How good would Jason Statham be as the gnarly Sgt Major!?!)

Dunkirk isn't a remake, of course. And it's more Private Ryan than Dam Busters.

But it proves my point about Brannagh.

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 15
FROM Ian Andrew (author)*

That may well be your most brilliant idea ever - Brannagh to remake the classics - aww... a modern remake of Zulu though, gee that would have to be done with some care and great panache. Although a wonderful opportunity to set the record straight about Private Hook. Oh and Idris Elba would make a superb Shaka…
Others in the KB Classic series –
The Great Escape starring Ben Cumberbatch as Sqn Ldr Roger Bushell
The Dambusters – starring Nicholas Hoult as Wg Cdr Guy Gibson (dog’s names changed throughout)
633 Squadron – starring Simon Pegg as Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson (‘cos he does a good Jock)
The Longest Day – starring… well everyone with an Equity card ‘cos there weren’t half a lot of them in the original…

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*I'm reposting from Twitter because Ian had some issues lodging his comment.

Lulu reckons...

Posted December 16
Idris Elba would indeed make a great Shaka, but in the service of pedantry, I feel compelled to point out that the Zulu king at the time of that particular battle was Cetshwayo.

And I love the idea of Branagh remaking all of those classics.

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Sparty2 would have you know...

Posted December 15
Since its nearly xmas and we're on war movies, and I know I've posted this before but in honor of Rogue One and 633 Squadron
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OZq-tlJTrU
Thats how to do a remake.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted December 16
Nolan knows his business.


He definitely has a fixation with the grey tides, and frigid landscapes.

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted December 16
A Bridge too far - I also Think Pegg would make a good Monty (?)
Battle of the Bulge
What about the Pacific Theatre. Leave Bridge on the River Kwai alone as that cannot be improved. But, maybe Tora Tora Tora! or - even - Midway - (but maybe with unexpected arrivals from the future... no wait, NO ONE would believe that...)

insomniac mumbles...

Posted December 16
If Harry Fucking Styles can get an acting gig then surely there's a role for the Burgers as extras in the remake of Midway.

Dave W asserts...

Posted December 16
I thought the world was already broken vis-a-vis Nicholas Cage in anything.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon asserts...

Posted December 19
GI Blues perhaps? ; )

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Sparty2 ducks in to say...

Posted December 16
Rogue One is a good movie - and
And if you like "the bridge at Njimagen"
You'll love it. Not same plot (so no spoilers)
Just the feel.

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tqft ducks in to say...

Posted December 16
What's a War movie?
http://qz.com/864515/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-turns-50-years-old-today/
"But even as Leone’s directing makes torture entertaining, the film sympathetically, and elegiacally, condemns the horrors of war."

Remake with Chris Pine as Blondie?

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S.M. Stirling swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 16
Not quite a war movie, but "The Thin Man", perhaps?

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pi is gonna tell you...

Posted December 19
I'm not sure if any of you have ever read it, but Winston Churchill wrote a book detailing his involvement in the second world war. It was written in eight volumes, but thankfully, a condensed one volume tome was created that I read.

One of the things he makes a point of saying was that he was a stickler for process. Every decision he ever made was recorded for posterity, and while he might make a quick decision, anyone that ever received a command would receive the follow-up documentation that detailed what the instruction was. It was these that he used in order to piece together the books that he wrote at the completion of the war. It is a truly fascinating read.

One of those communiques had to do with Dunkirk. During the Axis attack a ship containing 3-4000 people was sunk. No-one knows exactly how many, because it had so many people moved to it in order to try and escape. All of them died. When Churchill received word of it he immediately censored news of the sinking, because he felt that such a calamity in a single event would cause significant issues with morale, with the view of releasing it when there was a better moment. The intensity of the conflict meant that it never came up for discussion again.

It was only when he was reviewing the documentation he was using for the books that he came about it again, and found that it had never been released, and so he finally told of it in his book. That's my defining memory of what I knew of Dunkirk. It was a true disaster.

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pi has opinions thus...

Posted December 19
It should also be noted that probably the most famous speech by Churchill was delivered as a response to this conflict. It was given one week after the evacuation of Dunkirk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc

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Stephen M. Stirling is gonna tell you...

Posted December 20
Dunkirk was a disaster, but not nearly as much of a disaster as losing the 350,000 men would have been. That was the only cadre of trained soldiers Britain had.

If the Germans hand't stopped their armor, they would have driven onto the beach in about another 2 days; they'd have had significant losses, but the entire force in the Dunkirk pocket would have been bagged, and they probably would have won the war.

The essential thing Britain did after the fall of France was "not give up". That kept the war in being, and that brought the US in to the European conflict.

This shows the crucial role of individuals. The main alternative to Churchill to succeed Chamberlain was Halifax, and Halifax wanted to negotiate a settlement after France went down.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted December 23
I've always hated Halifax, but for other reasons.

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Gilligan reckons...

Posted December 22
JB: Love me some J-Stath for sure, but the grizzled Sgt. Maj. needs to stay Welsh. If Pete Poselthwaite were still around he'd be a shoe-in. Robert Pugh could be grizzled enough, methinks. Rhys Ifans could do the attitude, but may be a bit wiry? We could also see what sort of Welsh accent Liam Cunningham can manage because, well, Liam Cunningham.

The other bit of fun would be casting the Michael Caine character (and of course ol' Micky C himself would need to cameo), as they need to be pretty enough and cocky enough to pull it off. Alfie Allen might manage it?

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Stalin's Hammer. New Cover

Posted December 14 into Books by John Birmingham

We never rest here at the book factory.

This bad boy will drop in January.

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Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted December 14
Fuck yeah.

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Peter in the bleachers asserts...

Posted December 14
What Rhino said.

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DaveC is gonna tell you...

Posted December 14
Attach exclamation mark to previous comments.

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Don Bagert reckons...

Posted December 14
Looks like it's Britain vs. USSR - you must have ditched a lot of material to eliminate the U.S. role ;-)

Julia Duffy as a Bond girl? It's a stretch...

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 14
There's an American version too.

Oldy reckons...

Posted December 14
Collect the set!

Don Bagert asserts...

Posted December 15
Ohhhhhhhhhhh...how silly of me, sorry!

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted December 14
Duffy looks like she's doing an Emma Peel pose.

Nocturnalist has opinions thus...

Posted December 14
The whole thing makes me think of the opening credits to "The Money or the Gun". I wonder if there's a way to shop a giant '90s Andrew Denton mullet onto the male figure.

Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted December 18
Hmmmm Emma Peel !

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Nocturnalist asserts...

Posted December 14
I notice the strapline says it "includes" the Cairo/Rome/Paris books. Does that mean there's extra material in this one?

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Sparty2 asserts...

Posted December 14
Harry wearing lifts - is that cause Duffy is tall ;-)
Its a good time to be a Birmo fan! (the only good thing to come out of 2016) - otehr than possibly Rogue One- we'll know tomorrow

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WA n'ker would have you know...

Posted December 14
Cool Birmo,
I reckon I'll buy a hard copy, but where from?
How about putting up a bit of a bibliography on here with links to your recommended merchants?
Don't get me wrong, I love your little emails telling me get this here and that there, but I'm really too fucking busy and shattered working in the apprentice factory all day to be downloading this app and that fucking whiz doovy.
I would love a simple CC pay and get a hard copy in mail.
I await your response kind scribe.

Pete mutters...

Posted December 18
I'm with WA n'ker on this one. Call me old fashioned but I like the whole ink - paper - turn the page thingo. Where can I get one?

NBlob asserts...

Posted December 18

I've just read my 2nd ever ebook. Both from His Birmoness. It was _ different, like mud crab is to sand or(blue swimmer /Dungeness crab . Different. Not bad as such, just uh different.

Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted December 19
conformist !

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jl mutters...

Posted December 15
Paper novel- sweet. Will purchase and put it in the collection.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted December 16
With. Bells. On.

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Launch Week

Posted December 12 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

I just moved up the pre-order date at iBooks, and checked the early bird discount at Amazon and with that, A Girl in Time is good to go.

Over the next 24 hours she'll roll out across the other online stores – and the pre-orders from iBooks probably won't drop until midnight in Cupertino, which is somewhere around close of business here later today – but I think I'm calling it launched.

Many thanks to everyone who dropped an early review. They help enormously.

The launch price, which I won't be talking about anywhere but here and the bookclub, is US $2.99.

It'll probably double at full retail.

Print is coming but I doubt it'll drop before Xmas. I also tried to get into Googleplay, so that Bill Ferguson wouldn't mock me, but el Goog told me to get fucked. So I guess I wont have the pleasure of watching them arbitrarily drop the price to free without asking.

Anyway, it's out on Amazon, Kobo and very soon on iBooks. (Ignore the Smashwords and INktera links)

You can get it via this universal link.

Will, my cover artist, tweaked the design on last time. I love it. As always, reviews greatly appreciated.

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JBtoo has opinions thus...

Posted December 12
Got it today on iBooks, thanks very much for the discount.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12
You are of course, most welcome. Read, enjoy, review.

spiral mumbles...

Posted December 22
dear god... i had no idea about this book!!! i'll buy it as soon as i can man!!! way too good a writer for me to pass on !!! keep them coming, i'll keep on buying!!!

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KreepyKrawly reckons...

Posted December 12
Purchased through Kobo, Review Submitted, will settle in to read tonight.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 12
Thx K2! I've never published direct to Kobo before. I quite like their product pages.

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Oldy reckons...

Posted December 12
Awesome. Just bought it, I'll knock it off in the next couple of days and leave a review.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted December 12
You da best, Oldy.

Oldy asserts...

Posted December 14
Loved it!
https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/aw/review/B01MSXR5WZ/RXFR0OYNIH2WG/ref=cm_cr_dp_mb_rvw_3?ie=UTF8&cursor=3

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she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted December 12
The email from iBooks telling me my pre-order was available was the best news I had all day. And then my productivity was shot because I was moping at my desk wanting to read my new shiny and I had to do stupid work stuff. Apparently reading at your desk on work time is frowned upon. WHO KNEW??


I want to savour this but I know I'll mainline it as quickly as I can because shiny new Birmo, so will get a review up for you ASAP :)

Rhino mumbles...

Posted December 13
You need to get another job that supports your doing the bidding of our Master. I cannot express how deeply disappointed I am right now. That review should have been written already.

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted December 13
I know! I am ashamed :(

Therbs reckons...

Posted December 13
Reviewing it and reading it are separate things. They're not necessarily interdependent. If I waited until I'd finished it poor old JB wouldn't get that immediate early hit of 5 star review goodness and we don't like him missing out on things do we? Besides, Rhino says to get it done.

she_jedi mumbles...

Posted December 14
OMG you guys, no pressure! A gushing 5 star review has been duly crafted and posted in iBooks, per my fan girl duty to our lord and master (all hail).

Rhino puts forth...

Posted December 14
Good job.

Of corse good is never good enough. But I appreciate you getting to it.

And I hope you know that I'm taking the piss.

Mostly.

she_jedi asserts...

Posted December 14
Of course! As am I, mostly :P

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foreverwar reckons...

Posted December 13
Just bought in from the UK beast of Bezos site.

It's taken the money, but I'm getting the whirling doughnut of doom on the 'thank you' page.

Here's hoping...

Thank you, Mr B, for this - the first few free chapters whetted my appetite.

foreverwar puts forth...

Posted December 13
Fuckwittery on my part - it was sent to the Kindle App on my iPad, I was looking in iBooks.

Doh!

Rhino puts forth...

Posted December 13
Unacceptable. Before the next launch you will drill the process until you get it right the first time every time. You cost yourself, and JB, TIME! Time that we cannot get back.

I expect better from all of you.

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insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted December 13
A Kindle purchase as always unless it's on paper. Once I can work out what day it is I'll post a review somewhere.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted December 16
It's Friday and I posted my review. I am slightly annoyed that it hasn't come up as a verified purchase. It may be something to do with whether I'm on Amazon US or AU, purchasing on one, reviewing on the other. Who knows?

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Vovchara reckons...

Posted December 13
It was a good book, thx JB. I didn't particularity liked Cady, but the charger itself was convincing. Sadly not your usual killer Barbi :)

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted December 13
Yeah, I decided not to go with killer Barbie this time.

Oldy reckons...

Posted December 18
It was a good choice. I didn't especially warm to Cady, but you're writing a self-absorbed millennial. And Georgia likewise didn't bring much to the table, she was basically a real-life Facebook friend. Skilfully done.
But I loved Titanic Smith, and the story was intriguing.
I'm glad it was something of a departure, and I look forward to more.

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Vovchara asserts...

Posted December 13
I mean character not charger, lol. I hate autocorrect...

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Peter Bradley reckons...

Posted December 13
Done! Bezos has delivered.

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted December 14
OK, People, why are there not more reviews written already? Steve Stirling took time out of diving into his piles of gold doubloons to write a review.

Dave W is gonna tell you...

Posted December 15
I have taken time out from diving into my pile of mildewy potato peelings and have written a review. Whilst humble, I should hope that it pleases my lords and betters.

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Rhino asserts...

Posted December 14
21 reviews on the Seppo Basrion of Bezos.

That is the bare minimum that I would expect to see.

Why are you disappointing me?

Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted December 14
I'll see how the cut and paste of my Oz Beezos review works at the Seppo one. hang on, there's also Goodreads.
Later.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted December 14
Worked well. Nice one.

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ntwinter swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 17
Loving this book. Half way through and I'm loving every minute/page of it. Great work JB :)
Amazon now has another 5 star review for you.

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Jevon Kasitch mumbles...

Posted December 18
Off Amazon to my laptop with no issues.

A great read, and review submitted. This one reminded me strongly of the paper back Sci-Fi I read in the 70's, of course with a modern take. I liked the different writing voice you used on this one. I was left feeling that it would be a good YA title also, based on the way the characters presented, and things flowed. Thank you for several quality hours of escape with some new friends.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted December 20
Thanks mate. I loved your review. I'm going to use it in an ad.

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foreverwar mumbles...

Posted December 20
Outstanding book, devoured it in one sitting - want more!

Five star review left on Amazon UK - you deserve no less.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted December 20
Cheers guv. Much appreciated.

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Meanwhile, back in alternate 1956

Posted December 6 into Books by John Birmingham

I like this Northrop Grumman drone for WW 3.1. It sounds a lot like the original Big Eye series from Weapons of Choice.

The flying-wing design incorporates twin counter-rotating propellers mounted on Tern's nose. The propellers would lift the aircraft, move it into position for horizontal flight, and then operate again vertically upon landing.

The shift to drone technology for ISR mission reflects the Navy's strategy of allowing surface ships to conduct surveillance and targeting missions without the aid of land- or carrier-based patrol aircraft. Tern also is intended to support Marine expeditionary missions using long-range, high-endurance unmanned aircraft.

The Navy envisions deploying Tern on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, which have several helicopter pads but no runways. Researchers also are hoping that the program can save money by allowing ships to host the aircraft without any significant modifications.

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Oldy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 6
Oh man, I'm so busting for this. Axis of Time (and those brilliant silhouette covers) was my gateway drug to life as a JB junkie. I've never seen Prince Harry the same way again

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted December 6
I can't wait to unveil the new cover for the Hammer anthology. It's gonna rock.

Don Bagert has opinions thus...

Posted December 8
Which color this time? :)

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Vovchara puts forth...

Posted December 7
well, you have had done something right, after abysmal failure to predict Clinton's presidency :P

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted December 7
Too bad we can't get some model builders to sit down with some models of original ships circa the 1950s and do some kitbashing with 1990 and later ship models.


And I'd love to see how the Hawaii Class semi-stealth carrier turned out over the ten years since Final Impact.

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ronS asserts...

Posted December 8
Life imitating art - again

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Jeats reckons...

Posted December 9
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/6299/darpas-revolutionary-fixed-wing-vtol-naval-drone-gets-the-video-treatment

Some videos of it.

This on the other hand reminds e more of a bug eye shape

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar

This was built in 1974 for the USAF.

Jeats has opinions thus...

Posted December 9
Sorry make that 1958-59 for the USAF

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Don Bagert mutters...

Posted December 11
So Rome was set in April and May of 1955 - does this mean a bit of time jump to get into the thick of WW3 in 1956? :)

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Pre-order A Girl in Time via iBooks for a discount

Posted December 5 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

Most of you would get the discount anyway, because you're in the bookclub, but for anyone who's just passing through and looking for a tasty saving, you can pre-order A Girl in Time for AU $3.99 on iBooks.

It'll be $5.99 on release. (Unless you're a subscriber, of course. Then you get a sneaky secret discount too.)

Anyway, this universal link will take you to your appropriate shoppe.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted December 5
Gonna wait 'til the magic discount eagle flies for this
one. Will come in nicely for lazy reading after my delving into Chris Allen's 'Intrepid' series whose hero, ex Oz army Alex Morgan provides lots of Havocky, 'splodey fun.

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Jeats swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 6
Just waiting for a Google Books or Amazon link and I will be ready to go.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted December 6
The 15th.

BrianC mutters...

Posted December 6
but... i want it now.

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she_jedi puts forth...

Posted December 6
Hmmm is the book club discount better than the iBooks discount? Because I pre-ordered on iBooks thinking that $3.99 for time travelling 'splodey goodness was a right bargain

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted December 6
Nah. They're the same. Apple offered me some promo juice for the exclusive, which I couldn't knock back. But my rule is the bookclub discount matches everything.

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she_jedi would have you know...

Posted December 6
Oh yay! Glad to be filling your coffers with Apple-bucks

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Bleeps001 puts forth...

Posted December 7
I currently work at the Mines in Pilbara and I am really struggling for a new book to read. Current one is hard going but I don't like to give up in the hope it will 'come good'.
Other than work not much to do on site.
I was saving the next episode of "Dave' for Xmas but the question is now , do I wit get "dave' and read him this week and save "Girl in Time" for the Xmas break and a floating beer in my pool ?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 8
There's a Dave Xmas Special coming. And it'll be free to everyone in the bookclub.

Rhino would have you know...

Posted December 9
oooooooo ... I hope that I made the cut for that.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted December 9
You did indeed.

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Ross Hewitt reckons...

Posted December 7
Ah you have got me reading again Thankyou! Fell into the mindless scroll for a while

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted December 8
I am all for mindless scrolling. It's my one only real skill.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 11
The idea being to get a swag of pre Christmas reviews to get "Girl" on the Amazon lists? I should read it first before doing the 5 star thing but that's not really compulsory when reach arounds are involved is it? Vote early, vote often.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted December 11
I had a full spiel composed, how AGOOT had changed my life, made me a better person, cleared up my tines & restored my eyesight, but it appears El Goog requires one to pay full price for multiple titles before one's opinion is valid or valued. Sorry JB. If you need me I'll be over here enjoying my ill gotten timetravelley goodness.

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted December 11
*cleared up my tinea* stupid auto correct

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 12
Just go drop it in at Amazon or Apple. Also, you remind me I have to publish to el Goog.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien puts forth...

Posted December 12
Book enjoyed again, reviewed and given as early Christmas gift to fellow reader friends. Thanks again for this gem!

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 12
Thanks mate. Much appreciated.

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Don Bagert mutters...

Posted December 15
A sentence from the first draft of my review: "This is without a doubt the best-edited e-book ever!" Unfortunately, it ended up on the cutting room floor LOL

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