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The Age is my new favourite

Posted February 16, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

A dip o' the propellor beanie to Anthony for spotting this nice wrap of the Hooper series. I missed it:

"Dave was great fun to write," says Birmingham. "I let all of my own worst aspects boil up to the surface like poisoned warts and then I popped them all over the page.

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BigWillieStyle puts forth...

Posted February 16, 2015

I read that review in the SMH on the weekend. Are the first two books both out now? I'm planning to clear out the moths from my wallet and buy "Emergence" this weekend.

BTW, I read "Felafel" on the weekend. Really liked it. Do you still have the fridge badge in your possession?

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted February 16, 2015
Resistance is due out first of march, but that means physical copies in store a week before, if you can find an amenable bookseller.

BigWillieStyle asserts...

Posted February 16, 2015

My bookseller is heaps amenable.

I still need to know. The fridge badge that was nicked in Melbourne in "Felafel" - is it still with you?

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted February 16, 2015
It is not. Much of my former life seems to have gone missing shortly after I became married.

Sudragon is gonna tell you...

Posted February 16, 2015
Is UQ having a scavenger hunt for O-week? give them a picture and make it a high scoring item then let the feral first years loose!

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tarl reckons...

Posted February 16, 2015
Are any of the Dave books out in the rest of the world? Or are they still Oz-only?
You should persuade your publishers that a coordinated release benefits everyone - by delaying the international release, you lose the benefit of your blog's publicity as well as being unable to share any positive press.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted February 16, 2015
Oh, Tarl, if only I could take you to my meetings. The release was supposed to be coordinated, but my local publishers just could not resist the siren's lure of Christmas sales.Next time. I promise.US release starts April.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted February 16, 2015
I am tired of your lies. That's all you know - secrets and lies!

NBlob asserts...

Posted February 17, 2015
Others might call that Fiction.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted February 17, 2015
Touche, you little bastard.

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Jon reckons...

Posted February 16, 2015
I finally got off my arse and bought emergence Birmo, loving it , I hope my contribution to a new hovercraft helps.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 16, 2015
It all helps, mate.

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted February 16, 2015


I just want you to know JB that I used up the last of my free Age articles for this month to read once agin 'bout your Daveness - I trust that counts for something in this Sky Lord-forsaken realm.

GhostSwirv over and out- by sheer coinkydink a Subway meal awaits, although the Collins special sauce is a bit oily.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted February 16, 2015
It counts, but if you go in thru Brisbanetimes there is no paywall.

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JG has opinions thus...

Posted February 16, 2015
Nice write up. Have pre ordered a hard copy of Resistance.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted February 16, 2015
Now you are my new favourite.

JG asserts...

Posted February 17, 2015
Your new favourite? I could have one of two reactions to that, JB:
1. You say that to everyone, hussy, or,
2. Gosh! Golly gosh! Does this mean I need a better 'tag' other than 'JG' (here we go again)? You know I didn't get anywhere with such Olde Worlde beauties as 'Blue Tongue', 'Red Roo', the standard 'Joanna G', and other assorted names that I can't remember. Everyone else has found their name in the search of the Holy Birminghomme nom de nom.
My cynical side tends to opt for option 1 at being your latest favourite (although that has doubtless changed by now).
I do, however, recognise your reputation as Sky Lord 1 among Birminghamity in the stroposphere of Birminghamoverse, JB.
Joanna
P.S. GhostSwirv is not my father, despite my postgrad studies in writing, editing, and publishing. I do not work in a bookshop (more's the shame).

Halwes asserts...

Posted February 17, 2015

Does anyone really know who their father is?

Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted February 17, 2015

Did you get a chance to have a look at Nona and Me? <A href="http://www.clareatkins.com.au">www.clareatkins.com.au</A>

JG mutters...

Posted February 17, 2015
Have it with me, Halwes. Only 67 pages of Leviathan (and the bibliographic notes) to go, and then I'll be straight on to Nona and Me. Must finish both before Resistance comes at me. I'm a one-book-at-a-time kinda woman. Shit. Only two weeks to go. Whip me. Reading is like running - I love them both, but I have to force myself out of inertia at times.

Halwes reckons...

Posted February 17, 2015

Like I said, it is aimed at teenagers but the story is real enough. Living in Arnhem land, I thought I was immune to sorry business and ceremony. I've been to more ceremony than I can remember but to see it written down so accurately really brought some of the sad scenes back very strongly. Also the descriptions of whitefellas in town mirror my own youth. Surprising how not much changes in 40 years. I got lucky when I was a kid becasue my parents never taught me racism. I got adopted by a Yolngu family when I was very young and got a lot of flack at school and work because I would always put an alternate view to the accepted, hateful, ill informed norm. We are getting a cyclone here. Probably this week sometime although I've never seen a tracking map that's been accurate yet. I'm hoping it's small and no one gets hurt but, if it blows the roof off my house, I can get the insurance money and build a new one!

JG has opinions thus...

Posted February 18, 2015
Glad you enjoyed the book, H. I couldn't get in to it (read less than half, quickly) but then again, I don't like YA fiction. The characters seem like 13-14 year olds (rather than 15-16 year olds). Nevertheless, the author writes well, although I don't like so much dialogue in a book, although she writes dualogue well. Also setting, character, conflict. She captures the angst of youth well. Realistic, as you said (although I'd have placed the kids as being younger). Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. Got the general drift and the tensions between cultures. Just don't enjoy reading YA fiction. A good book for younger audiences.

Halwes mutters...

Posted February 19, 2015

It was mainly the suicide and funeral scenes that grabbed me with their realism. And at the end the white boy really dumps on that girl in a way that I could picture as very realistic. I've finished Emergence, which was good fun, and am halfway through another called The Good Earth. It's good but sad.

JG has opinions thus...

Posted February 19, 2015
Great realism. Have finished Leviathan. Fabulous. John should get an honorary doctorate for it. Loved Emergence. Can't wait for Resistance to come out. Good luck with the cyclone. Should hit (or miss) Brisbane soon enough. All prepared.Joanna

Halwes would have you know...

Posted February 19, 2015
And good luck with your cyclone too. Ours is bashing up Galiwinku right now with cat 4. No fun for them but 100 miles from us.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted February 20, 2015
Jeez mate, even a hundred miles is a bit close for Cat 4.

Halwes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 20, 2015
Everything good here, most are cyclone coded buildings here now and all we got was a heap of gusty wind and rain anyway. No sustained cyclone wind howl to terrify everyone. The power didn't even go off. Galiwinku and Ramingining got smashed but are pretty much to code there too and no reports of injury so far. I went for a surf on the storm surge high tide this morning and it was sensational. A rare event because all the lizards will be up the creeks scowling at the cold, windy weather and trying to get warm ! Good luck with your storm Queenslanders.

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GhostSwirv reckons...

Posted February 17, 2015

I'll have you know JB that I sired a child with the express view of nurturing her love of reading and the handling of books.

Guided her secondary education towards the pursuit of excellence in English and English Literature.

Advised her to enrol in a university course specialising in Creative Writing and further studies in Publishing and Editing.

Encouraged her to take up part-time employment in a reputable chain of booksellers to supplement the cost of her studies with the overarching purpose of having her now in a position of accessibility and responsibility.

Just to be able to pre-order a copy of 'Resistance' ... I truly hope you realise the sacrifices that the 10,000 make to stay in your good graces.

GhostSwirv over and out to continue manipulating intergenerational change for the sake of Birminghamity.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted February 17, 2015
You have pleased your Lord.

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GhostSwirv mutters...

Posted February 17, 2015


Are you the SKY LORD?
(Said with Thresh-like trepidation and dreadful fear)

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted February 17, 2015
Well, he is "a" Sky Lord.

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Drew in the Scray asserts...

Posted February 18, 2015
I read that review in The Age and immediately grabbed Emergence from Google Play and devoured it over the weekend - been ages since I fell into a book - Ascendance this weekend for sure

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Drew in the Scray mumbles...

Posted February 18, 2015
Woops mean Resistance on the 24 feb - can;t wait

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted February 18, 2015
You are my new favourite. Did I mention that?

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He's baaaack

Posted February 3, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

Choppered in today. Looking gnarly and not a little hungover.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted February 3, 2015
Dibs.

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pedrogb reckons...

Posted February 3, 2015
I have it preordered on KindleI can't waitBring it on!

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spoke mumbles...

Posted February 3, 2015
How do you pick different covers for the different regions? US like axes and we dont? More 'splodey or less 'splodey on some covers? It's all a mystery...

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Abe Frellman would have you know...

Posted February 3, 2015
Trade you some snags for one?

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JG puts forth...

Posted February 3, 2015
Woohoo! Love it! What a magnificent cover. Gorgeous. Hope you'll sign it--and Leviathan--for me, once Resistance hits the Brisbane bookshops.
Trekking nicely through your incredible Leviathan. Halfway through, and hope to finish it by the end of next week.
Joanna

Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted February 4, 2015
Leviathan is a great read isn't it? I visited Sydney, which is where I was born, recently and it made me look at the place with new eyes especially the mass grave site at Wynyard and walking up George St.

JG swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 4, 2015
It sure is a terrific read, Halwes. Fascinating and intricately researched. Just wonderful. I lived in Sydney for a while back in the late 80s. Nice to see my great-great-great-great-great grandfather (First Fleeter, Henry Kable) mentioned a few times in the book.

Halwes puts forth...

Posted February 5, 2015

That is great when you can connect to your heritage like that. I loved that there are things in Leviathan that we'd never have known about if they hadn't been so researched. A lot of the history that I already knew was left out so as to accommodate inconvenient facts that had been whitewashed away. You don't get an account of NSW history like Leviathan from school learning. Not where I went to school anyway.

JG reckons...

Posted February 6, 2015
Spot on. The detail of research in Leviathan is mind boggling. No wonder it's an award-winning tome. I studied a course in Australian history as part of a major in history at the ANU (and several Indigenous Australian courses at the ANU as part of an anthropology major), and I am still learning an incredible amount about Australian history from Leviathan. I'm really glad we've got this important work of history from JB. Only hope it is promoted on schools and universities. It's fascinating and immensely readable.
What an extraordinary writer you are, John.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted February 6, 2015
I seem to remember reading an interview with someone from the State Library of NSW. He started talking about Leviathan and the amazing amount of time JB spent at the library researching the book. JB was a fixture, he said. Seemingly, always there until late. Then you would arrive in the morning and there would be JB giving you a cheery greeting. The library guy said, he took him probably too long to twig that JB was actually sleeping in the library. Maybe JB could confirm or deny.

Halwes would have you know...

Posted February 6, 2015

Can I push a book to you JG? Nona and Me by Clare Atkens. It's fiction however the characters and situations are based on real events. It's aimed at teenagers I think, I was touched by the reality of it though, and it gives a very real picture of life in Arnhem Land. A character in the book, Mrs Reid, is based on a good mate who strives every day to assist kids in a difficult learning environment. And the redneck characters are real enough too.

JG has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2015
Ta, Halwes. I'll check it out next time I'm at the library.

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Vovchara asserts...

Posted February 4, 2015
still waiting for the first part :'(

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted February 4, 2015
Time to activate unavailable book underground railroad* connection.
*Seppo specific historical reference.

Murphy reckons...

Posted February 4, 2015
Through Wayne Manor, right?

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted February 4, 2015
Same extra royalty from Booktopia?

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Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted February 4, 2015
Yes, saw he had a copy last night. I waited in the dark for JB to come by so I could mug him and scarper with an early copy, but he must have taken a different path. Bugger....

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted February 4, 2015
March 1 release, which is a Sunday. Shipping retail copies from Oz would give a March 4 arrival for international destinations.

Murphy would have you know...

Posted February 4, 2015
We are go!

Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted February 5, 2015
Allllll Aboardddddddd!!!!

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted February 4, 2015
One please! I'll have to hide it from my son (aged 9 by the way - I'm all about responsible parenting, me) who immediately wanted to know when the next book comes out when he finished Emergence, and will I buy it the moment it comes out so he can read it! I shall be reading it first, its my money after all!

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted February 4, 2015
So BB66 how did you explain cockpunching?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted February 4, 2015
I've met the lad. I suspect he could suss it for himself.

Therbs mumbles...

Posted February 4, 2015
Bondi lads learn that stuff in kindergarten.

Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted February 5, 2015
Considering he had just finished American Sniper before this I reckon he had it sorted. Funnily enough Therbs, some kids at his school were doing that cockpunching thing - we explained that one NEVER does this (and to either tell a teacher or react accordingly)

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Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted February 4, 2015
I guess so. Mine was advised by a group of my mates recently to "Go Ugly, Go Early and Avoid the Rush". he came back 47 minutes later to tell the drunken morons that he understood it. Given that I am sure he will understand cockpunching and likely try it out on his brother for shits n giggles.

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BigWillieStyle is gonna tell you...

Posted February 4, 2015
Utterly off-topic, but the muscular Scandinavian fellow who plays The Mountain on "GoT" just broke a 1000-year-old record at the World's Strongest Viking Competition. Managed to walk a few steps carrying a log that weighed 650 kilograms. Six! Hundred! And! Fifty! Fucking! Kilograms!

When Toned Abs found out, he apparently called the bloke a big girl's blouse and challenged him to an arm wrestle.

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted February 5, 2015
Off topic too.

So Birmo, you were part of the group that chose 'mansplain' as 2014 word of the year?

Why the frak wasn't it 'splosion'? Very disappointed here. :(


damian mutters...

Posted February 5, 2015
To be fair, 'splosion isn't really that new. And mansplain is a pretty good word, one that was sorely needed

w from brisbane reckons...

Posted February 5, 2015
On this topic, I heard Susan Butler (Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary) being interviewed by Richard Aedy on Radio National's The Media Report today. Butler asked Aedy whether he was familiar with the word manspain. Aedy replied, 'Yes, my wife explained it to me'.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted February 5, 2015
*mansp

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted February 5, 2015
*mansplain. I'm having a few problem with my Ipad/Burger interactions

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted February 6, 2015
Well you see W, there's this thing called the Internet. It's not an actual real thing, like say a car, its more a virtual thing, an agreement. Anyway that agreement depends on a series of protocols...

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted February 7, 2015
A play on an old joke...
The Rhino and The BattleMaster.
The Horde paused to regroup before making a final push past the hastily thrown together barricade that separated them from their afternoon meal of man hearts and blood.
Before the Horde could charge, the door opened and out walked a large, middle aged man wearing a kilt and carrying a glass of clear liquid on ice with limes
"They sent out the fattest of them thinking that it will sate our appetites. This is but an appetizer."
The kilted man slurs, "I am The Rhino and I challenge the BattleMaster. When I win, you will leave and make war no more."
The Battle Master pushes his way through the throng and points his bloody ax at The Rhino. "I see no weapon puny one. You are a piss poor Champion."
Wobbling a bit, and taking a deep slug of his drink, the Rhino replies, "My weapon is this. I can take you to the heights of joy and to the deepest pit of despair. Come close and prepare to feel joy."
Slowly, the BattleMaster approached. The Rhino beckoned him to bend down so that he could whisper in his ear. Whatever the Rhino said must've been surprising because the the BattleMaster gasped and then started laughing so hard that he couldn't catch his breathe. Doubled over with laughter, tears streaming from his eyes, the BattleMaster choked out, "Human, you were half right, you did deliver me to the heights of joy with that jest. I will gladly kill you quickly in appreciation."
The BattleMaster raised his ax to deliver the killing blow.
"WAIT" screamed The Rhino. "Now stand back and bear witness to your despair." With that he downs the remainder of his drink, throws the glass to the pavement, reaches down and lifts his kilt..
The BattleMaster looks, the battle ax dropping from his now unfeeling hand and clattering to the ground. Tears once again streaming from his eyes, but this time it is not tears of laughter but tears from the deepest, darkest pit of despair any Hunn has ever felt.
"You win, Champion. We will make no more war upon the humans."
The Rhino went back to the door and told the others to come out. "It's safe now, they're gone."
The crowd surrounded The Rhino. "We watched the whole thing. What did you tell him that made him laugh?"
"I told him that I was hung like 2 Hunn."
"And to make him cry?"
"I showed him."

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Fluffy ducks in to say...

Posted February 27, 2015
Reading Resistance now. Dude, I fucking love these books. Funnier than the possibility of George Bush Junior getting re-elected. Oh, wait. Never mind that. The books are funny. I'm glad I gave up television years ago, so I can read obsessively and discover cool authors and fun stories. Between that and the hookers and blow, I have all the entertainment I need.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted February 27, 2015
Now Fluffy is my new favourite.

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted February 28, 2015

I take possession of my very own copy of Resistance on Tuesday, courtesy of my own careful forward planning regarding the employment placement of an offspring.

If it can match the excitement and sheer brilliance of the latest fan fiction tomes them I think we're in for a ripping good read and a splodey night in.

GhostSwirv over and out

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Nice review in the SMH

Posted January 24, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

By Cameron Woodhead, no less. Who normally likes his books impenetrably thinky.

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pete has opinions thus...

Posted January 24, 2015
Woodhead. Forgive me, a random thought.

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted January 24, 2015
Nice one. If you'd held a gun on me last month and forced me to write a review, this is pretty close to what I might have written.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted January 24, 2015
"Not original enough?"JB look away & waterproof your pockets.I've read maybe 150 history books. Never found one vaguely like Leviathon. Not in theme, structure nor narrative. I almost gave it up around P30 as it was So out of the ordinary.
I've read N articles on foreign policy, never one with the tanto-like cut through of Appeasing Djakarta.
HDWAFIHH describes grunge & slacker culture >10 years before Mud Honey. I still don't know of another text that acknowledges the important role of brown couches on late 20th century western civilisation.TBF, not so much.
WoC is for me a story about societal change while greed & self interest are the Fuel of any era, leavened with xtra choice 'Splodey. I've read the 1st battle a dozen or more times.
And who bought The Rhino to a world so desperately in need of one?
Pfft. Original?

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted January 25, 2015
Meh, I skipped that first sentence -- was halfway through a bottle of wine on top of 6 bright belgians and some cider when reading this last night. Agree with Bob's remarks per originality, pushing the boundaries of form (or genre) and all that.
Guess I was distracted by the Vogon reference: many of the younger crowd now are familiar with HHGTTG (rather than merely Harry Potter) so they come across as knowledgeable.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted January 25, 2015

I often suspect this blog would blow over .05 on a Friday or Saturday night.

How do the USAnians do it, walk the line, touch your nose, recite the alphabet backwards?

Rhino reckons...

Posted January 27, 2015
NBob ... we do it with panache. That's how.

NBlob mutters...

Posted January 27, 2015
I wouldn't expect it to be otherwise.

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted January 25, 2015
Love the Vogon reference.

Now we just need a certain as yet unnamed Hunn to recite poetry while engaged in battle with The Dave.
Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Halwes would have you know...

Posted January 25, 2015
Just got back from Sydney and my copy from Pulp Fiction was here waiting. I've devoured a couple of chapters and am loving it. Saw the book with a prominent display in Dymocks George St and at Mascot Airport prominently on the top shelf. Hope you are moving a few. Sydney is fucked. I visited quite a few old friends and all of them had some kind of ice horror story that had affected their kids or their kids friends. Man that stuff is bad. One beautiful little girl that I last saw 20 years ago when she was 8 was completely fucked on it and will never work again. All she wants to do is score and it's pretty cheap too which I suppose is the main attraction. You can't find pot easily but everyone wants to sell you fucken ice. I think we are in trouble and that's from an old anti prohibitionist like myself. What did we expect though.? We became so good at prohibiting the recreational drugs that our highly intelligent and resourcesful kids just went at made their own.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted January 25, 2015
I presume that "ice" is meth.

How horrible, mate. I am so very sorry to hear that it is doing to you what it did and is doing to us.

Halwes mutters...

Posted January 25, 2015
Yes I think it's the same poison. One mate spoke for two hours about what it had done to his beautiful family and it was a true horror story. He'd worked so hard to get those kids housed and educated and thought he was on the home straight to get them into work, relationships etc when his family was completely torn apart. I think I'll stay in the bush.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted January 25, 2015

What people seem to fail to grasp is; Ice / Meth was crafted, designed, engineered. As much as a BMW or a novel. It wasn't just laying around. Some Fcker actually invented it. Then the recipe spread through the western world.

But if you think meth is bad (destroying people, families, communities) you aint seen nothing yet.

The profound revolutions in neuroscience & the global dissemination of that information, the amazing developments in synthetic chemistry, + Non-state unregulated actors with nefarious porpoises and access to the knowledge and capacity are combining into a perfect storm of drugs of abuse.

Word I hear is that India, Bangkok & southern China are experiencing ODs, narcotic induced psychoses, and related behaviours like they've never seen before. Some of the Rape Culture in India can be attributed to this.

I know no better way to enslave someone than to get them addicted to a drug of abuse. Intelect, upbringing, moral rectitude nothing makes one immune from addiction. Information can help break down taboos & encourage users to seek help, but no-one ever gave up anything because of a brochure explaining the potential harm.

Now it would seem some Non State actors are deliberately setting out to develop the Next Big Thing.

Dangerous days ahead.

Halwes, until reading & listening about the above, I was as anti-prohibition as yourself. Now I'm just scared.

I strongly doubt poor old Guv-O-Saurus can respond in anything even approximating an effective way.

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Halwes mutters...

Posted January 25, 2015
I'm glad I'm not bringing up teenagers anymore. I've seen seasoned pot smokers on the floor crying for their mother after smoking that Kronic shit so I'm sure your comments about synthetics are very well informed. This, as you point out, is pretty scary. I do think though that, if we didn't have such a harsh prohibition on pot, then people may still be just smoking that instead of the synthetic crap. I know there are people that say pot causes mental illness but it doesn't seem to do the damage that the synthetics do. The only problem I ever had with pot when I was a fun loving teenager was cops.

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Guru Bob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 27, 2015
That review was in The Age down here as well...

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Without Warning is book of the week at Googleplay

Posted January 22, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

Not to be outdone by iBooks, el Goog is giving away the end of the world for only $4.99

Megadeath and good times for less than the price of a cheeseburger.

Serving 'em up here.

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted January 22, 2015
Time to engage another generation of Rhino fans ... And some love for that gaggle of secondary, supporting characters as well.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted January 22, 2015
Totally!

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Bangar would have you know...

Posted January 22, 2015
How does that price affect the bottom line? Considering that printing the book is the cheaper part of it's price who is losing out?

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It's not often I share space with Tim Blair, but

Posted January 14, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

... The Dave did muscle his way into the Tele, today. I await my invite to drinks in the Columnists Executive Lounge.

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pitpat reckons...

Posted January 14, 2015

That is fantastic. I have been waiting for the lit crit view where the book is called a misandrist diatribe with a responding article calling it a misogynists diary. With this piece I guess the wait is over, the Tele will surely explore the complex sub-text and the post modern paradigm shift that signals humanities existential angst in the perennial battle of the other that is so eloquently expressed in Emergence.

And if not I hope there is a noticeable increase in sales.

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WarDog ducks in to say...

Posted January 14, 2015
Congrats John :-)But where the fuck is the next one already ..

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Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted January 14, 2015
Drinks were made, but they disappeared after a mysterious figure in a ashen coloured robe wandered through the lounge. The glasses now all contain what appears to be traces of rodent droppings, and the mostly empty bottles now smell, frankly, of rats piss.

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Rhino mutters...

Posted January 14, 2015
OK ... looking for this on The Telegraphs site and zip, zilch, nada. 14,438 articles in the last weeks about JK Rowling and Harry Potter ... but no #TheDave. WTF?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted January 14, 2015
Hmm must be premium content.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted January 14, 2015
Welll .. that's fucked twice tonight with no dinner. No wonder I'm feeling a stogie coming on.

Dick mutters...

Posted January 14, 2015
Lucky bastard

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peter in the bleaches has opinions thus...

Posted January 15, 2015
I also tried to find it online at King Ruperts Sydney version of the truth and accurate reporting and could not find it. Any chance of a link?

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Smashdragons reviews The Dave

Posted January 12, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

One of the nicest reviews yet.

"So where do I begin… I fucking loved this book!!! It is evil… evil and hilariously entertaining. Birmingham has someone managed to craft a tale that is not only morrish and addictive but also hilariously dark and offensive at the same time. I can’t recall laughing as much as I did from reading Emergence (raging demon boners and Dave’s facebook statuses spring to mind as examples of humour… seriously… you have to read it to understand)."

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Rob would have you know...

Posted January 12, 2015

really loving emergence. Love all the in jokes and JB motifs running through the book. Especially the discussion with Dave and getting out the old persuader and the nurse.

I did in fact laugh out loud, when my wife asked what I was laughing about, I told her and she laughed too. So she will read it after I'm done.

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Sennafumi would have you know...

Posted January 12, 2015
For the lazy readers... Emergence audio-book version?
(and for the love of God, not Scott Brick - maybe Ray Porter, he does the smart arse hero thing well)

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 12, 2015
Couple months I reckon. I don't choose the narrators. I do like the guy who does Stephen King's The Stand.

Sennafumi mumbles...

Posted January 13, 2015
Getting off-topic but....
Who chooses the narrator?
And whilst I am thinking of it, who chooses the production company?
Do industry powerhouses like King have the power to rule in these decisions regarding their own work?

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Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted January 12, 2015
my copy had'nt arrived when I left home for Sydney for a couple of days. I am really looking forward to getting into this now. Sydney has taken on a whole new aura since I finished Leviathan recently. There are certainly some ghosts especially around the mass grave site at Wynyard where I'm staying There is a big Emergence display in the front window of Dymocks on Pitt st. Hope you are moving a few units there.

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Matte mutters...

Posted January 12, 2015
Dear John,
For entirely and completely selfish reasons ... have you ever considered (and would begging help) releasing ARC copies? I always loved John Ringo for that - there something undeniably sexy about having an 'advanced reader copy' and i am sure we loyal followers would be more than happy to reciprocate by passing on spell check issues ...
Aside from that - please let me add to the choir in saying how much i absolutely and utterly loved this book !!
cheersmatt

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted January 12, 2015
Matt, if I ever signed a deal with Baen, for sure. But my gatekeeper class old skool publishers would have kittens at the very idea.

NBlob mumbles...

Posted January 13, 2015
Interesting "Gatekeeper class" publishers. Like Aegis Class Guided Missile Destroyers. What features of the Gatekeeper Class allow train spotters to identify them? Particularly prominent lunches, forward mounted Anti-Piracy systems, Close In Weapons Systems?

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted January 13, 2015

I think reviews of this sort would really benifit from a few other story metrics to go along with the "I fucking loved this book.." comments. For example before I part with the hard earned (well fairly low level effort earned, I have a white collar job) dollars would like to know:

  • what's the ratio of exposition/explosion(s)?
  • percentage of book devoted to deep reflection on the ulitmate futility of exisistance, the 'French Philosopher Factor. (yes I am looking at you Zone One, promise me zombie apocolypse instead I get a meditation on the human condition ppff!!!
  • snappy Whedonesque dialogue per major character
  • righteous payback on the bad guys/evil monsters/ alien lizards (Harry Turtledove shows how to write the smack on evil space lizards.

needless to say I have already bought the book Birmo, just not going to read it till all three books are out.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted January 13, 2015
Barnsey, ordinarily I am loath to disagree with you - primarily because I am afraid of you - but you should read it now. Half the fun is talking about it with your mates and the wait isn't really very long to wait for the next one.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted January 13, 2015

No I am afraid I cannot as

"I am constant as the northern star, of whose true-fixed and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament. The skies are painted with unumbered sparks. They are all fire and every one doth shire, but there's one on all doth hold his palce. So in the world. 'Tis furnished well with men, and men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive, yet in the number I do know but one that unassailable holds on his rank, unshaken of motion. And that I am he. Let me a little show it even in this."

A famous person said that once. I am sure it ended well for him.

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted January 13, 2015

Huzzah Sir Huzzah.

A beacon of temperance and solidity In this whipped-cream world of instant self gratification. A dose of abnegation is what this country, Nay this world needs.

More than ever, because we wallow with a surfeit of WiFi sylphs dripping serotonin-stuffed delights in a saturnalia of entertainment and comfort we should deny, straighten, Sparta-ise our existence. Periodically. Within reason.

Anyone want an XL hair shirt? Never used.

Barnesm asserts...

Posted January 13, 2015

Damn Straight!

and here I mean straight in a geometric non-perjoative rather than sexual/gender dynamic sense of the word,

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted January 13, 2015
This bloke is called Smash Dragons.
C'mon JB. You had this bloke's photo on your desk when you were writing this series. Every morning you muttered, 'My friend, this one is for you.' <insert maniacal authorial chuckle as the author's claws rattle across the keys>
Great review, though.

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