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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 has opinions thus...

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 would have you know...

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 mumbles...

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 mumbles...

Posted December 16
Nolan knows his business.


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

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DarrenBloomfield has opinions thus...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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 has opinions thus...

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 mutters...

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 mutters...

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 mumbles...

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 mutters...

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 has opinions thus...

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

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Gilligan mumbles...

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 has opinions thus...

Posted December 14
Fuck yeah.

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Peter in the bleachers ducks in to say...

Posted December 14
What Rhino said.

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DaveC puts forth...

Posted December 14
Attach exclamation mark to previous comments.

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Don Bagert is gonna tell you...

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 would have you know...

Posted December 14
There's an American version too.

Oldy mumbles...

Posted December 14
Collect the set!

Don Bagert puts forth...

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

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Therbs puts forth...

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

Nocturnalist mumbles...

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 has opinions thus...

Posted December 18
Hmmmm Emma Peel !

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Nocturnalist is gonna tell you...

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 would have you know...

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 puts forth...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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 mumbles...

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 ducks in to say...

Posted December 19
conformist !

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jl has opinions thus...

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

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

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 reckons...

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

John Birmingham puts forth...

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

spiral reckons...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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

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Oldy swirls their brandy and claims...

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

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted December 12
You da best, Oldy.

Oldy mutters...

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 asserts...

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 would have you know...

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 has opinions thus...

Posted December 13
I know! I am ashamed :(

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

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 asserts...

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 would have you know...

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 ducks in to say...

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

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foreverwar mumbles...

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 mutters...

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 ducks in to say...

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 is gonna tell you...

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 would have you know...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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

Oldy mutters...

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 puts forth...

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

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Peter Bradley has opinions thus...

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 mumbles...

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 puts forth...

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 puts forth...

Posted December 14
Worked well. Nice one.

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ntwinter puts forth...

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 puts forth...

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 mutters...

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

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foreverwar asserts...

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 is gonna tell you...

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 puts forth...

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

Don Bagert ducks in to say...

Posted December 8
Which color this time? :)

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Vovchara reckons...

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 mumbles...

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 mutters...

Posted December 8
Life imitating art - again

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Jeats has opinions thus...

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 mumbles...

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

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Don Bagert is gonna tell you...

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 ducks in to say...

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 reckons...

Posted December 6
The 15th.

BrianC reckons...

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

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she_jedi is gonna tell you...

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 is gonna tell you...

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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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 ducks in to say...

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

Rhino reckons...

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

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted December 9
You did indeed.

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Ross Hewitt mutters...

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

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

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

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Therbs ducks in to say...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

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 is gonna tell you...

Posted December 12
Thanks mate. Much appreciated.

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Don Bagert reckons...

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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Lucky thing I finished that book

Posted December 5 into Games by John Birmingham

Because I just found out there's a new single player Mechwarrior game coming out. I played soooo much of the old version back in the 90s and it's a shock to see it with these souped up graphics.

Engadget has your briefing here.

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KreepyKrawly mutters...

Posted December 5
Hopefully they don't screw it up like MWO. I was a top-tier founder for MWO, started out great, then succumbed to the QQers and get rich quick publisher.
The turn-based Battletech game is set for beta soon, and looks cool.
The one thing that I hope will save MWO is the new game runs on the unreal 4 engine.

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Gilligan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 14
I wonder if you'll be able to jump in a Locust, run in under their arc of fire, and just chop the legs out from under them like in the original Mechwarrior.

That'd be sweet. :)

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