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Where should Smith and Cady go next?

Posted January 17 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

It occurs to me I haven't run a proper spoiler thread to discuss A Girl Time, so I might cheat and have this entry do double duty.

Having figured out the basic mechanisms of The Watch by the end of GIRL, they're now set up to adventure through the 29 alternate realties Titanic Smith created every time he jumped.

We know from the text that some are in the future, some in the wilderness and a surprising number are located in narratively convenient European settings.

He's been to London a couple of times. And Rome obviously. I can't help feeling they'll end up in ancient Greece and Nazi Germany.

But where else would a couple of good looking time travellers be likely to find themsevles in a long running franchise?

Assume it's a spoilerific free fire zone in the comments.

56 Responses to ‘Where should Smith and Cady go next?’

Matthew McNeill mutters...

Posted January 17
Altamont 1969. Counter culture, violence, confusion. The Stones
Hell's Angels.
Really enjoyed the first one. Cheers Matthew

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted January 17
Interesting question. Somewhere medieval? Or back to Calvary Cross? Too brave?

Anyway aren't you supposed to be writing a space opera right now?

I don't care. Just sell me new words to read.

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Jo MacD puts forth...

Posted January 17
Early colonial Australia?
What a pain having to write a time travelling woman though. Constantly wearing the wrong clothes or speaking out of turn. I wonder if there could be a future time that's similarly restrictive for Smith? Seems impossible to even imagine.

Ceramic has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
I think both Smith and Cady would be considered an anomoly in Mesopotamia.

Sumerians of Mesopotamia invented minutes and hours.
Maybe the watch makers could have started there, or a rogue agent could've settled there?

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Sumerian Civilization: Inventing the Future
Before the Sumerians, a day began with the sunrise and ended with the sunset. People went to work from when the sun was positioned at a certain height in the morning sky and returned to their homes when it set. It was the Sumerians who divided the day from the night by time, by increments of sixty-second minutes and sixty-minute hours which made up twelve hours of night and the twelve hours of the day.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
The first place Smith landed, which he did not recognise, was Australia, but before human settlement. Abut 50K years ago.

Ceramic ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
I did wonder if it was Australia. Cool.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted January 17
Far future where their immune systems aren't up to scratch (although Smith is already at a disadvantage for future bugs). Or alternatively somewhere in europe during the plague.

Although it is a massive cliche they can always get caught in ancient mayan culture just when the spanish arrive or about to get sacrificed at an eclipse (even though those guys were meant to be good with calendars and probably had eclipses covered)

insomniac puts forth...

Posted January 17
Didn't Mel Gibson cover the latter in Apocalypto?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 18
Hmm, I somehow have this feeling that the watch is a magic aspirin that cures all ills.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
I was wondering about disease etc.

And yes Gibson did do this. As well as Mark Twain iirc, and TinTin and Enid Blyton. And a quick google search reveals that Columbus apparently pulled this in real life with a lunar eclipse! I guess the cliche has to start somewhere.

How about a stop over in the far future. Would love to see a bit of speculation. No morlocks though . . . or is there?
Or they drop in (or possibly out) and need to hang out with Dead Heads for 24hrs. Everyone loves a bit of counter culture reference and psychedelic drugs : )

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted January 17
Smith might get a thrill being at the birth of Jebus.
Will he get to see Chester again? That would be nice.

Ceramic asserts...

Posted January 17
Oh Jebus I hope he gets to see and pat Chester again.

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she_jedi mutters...

Posted January 17
France during the reign of terror. Ancient Egypt in the time of Akhenaten, or Tutankhamen. The Abrolhos Islands during the Batsvia shipwreck :D

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Vovchara mumbles...

Posted January 17
Russia 1917, somewhere around Petrograd. :) Or couple years earlier, to help Stalin rob the Bank.

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
Europe around 1666 is nice period... Madeira in the 1860's meeting empress Elizabeth of Austria or Paris around 1900. Take your pick

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jl mumbles...

Posted January 17
France, Hundred Years War. Berlin, April 1945. The Pan-American Federation, 2342. Wow, so many directions to go here. Or, speaking of the Hundred Year's War, you could get a double hit of plague and ruinous conflict- Calais, 1347. For something nice, agree with Dirk above, Paris 1900-10.

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
If they land anywhere in the US post 1860, Cady should set up trusts with future investments laid out in envelopes with dates. LOL.

Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
I was also thinking along the lines of 'Back To The Future" style sports betting cash grabs when they need funds. Mmmm. there'd have to be something stopping them from going crazy with that stuff. Maybe Titanic has a set against gambling and forbids it.

Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted January 21
Get stock in Carnegie Steel and Standard Oil.

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Jeats would have you know...

Posted January 18
Maybe mention the Rum Corp in our very early colonial history. It would be a bit of a laugh and I doubt many people know about it.

Maybe they could run into Kolhammer and the like before the transition...

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted January 18
This is the second Rum Corps vote. I might have a look at them stopping over in Sydney, however briefly.

jason reckons...

Posted January 18
If you need some good research check out Leviathan. Should save you a stack in research.

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jason has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
I love a good cross over, World war 2 just after the transition.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted January 18
This.

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted January 18
18 April 1930. The day there was no news. Cady and Smith just wander around bored for 24 hours. ;-)

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
This is also a good idea.

Vovchara mutters...

Posted January 18
Can never happen, Cady will find troubles by her very own in the middle of the desert ????

MickH reckons...

Posted January 19
yeah, sometimes they need a break or PTSD will set in

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WarDog has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
Hanging Rock to pick up some extras.

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Abe Frellman is gonna tell you...

Posted January 18
Deadwood - feels like home to Smith, but something's not quite right. I, too, would put in a vote for Australia. Either Rum Corps Sydney or WW2 Brisbane, with the latter also providing crossover opportunities: HMAS Havoc gets a reprise.

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Lulu would have you know...

Posted January 18
Vienna 1913: Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Stalin in the same city. Also Freud, Klimt, etc etc.

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MickH mumbles...

Posted January 18
Keen to answer this but I'm only half way through the book, so I didn't read all of the spoilers.
I have to say JB that I'm really enjoying this story. IMHO your best yet. Waaay better than Dave

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted January 18
In a visit to 15th Century Holy Roman Empire they see one of the new fandangled printing presses being demonstrated by Johannes Gutenberg. Next bounce is late 1990's and Cady notices one of the first e-readers in a store window.

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 18
The two of them arrive in a barren landscape with strange alge along the coastline. Then long, strange fish (tetrapods) crawl out of the water to eat bulbs of stringy kelp.
Famennian era in the Devonian period. 375 million years ago-ish. They'd feel a bit light headed from the oxygen levels, but would be fine for 24 hours - except for being weirded out. Admittedly nothing much would happen here. Character development oppertunity?

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MickH asserts...

Posted January 19
If they are bouncing around inside the same realities, can they move up and down inside those same realities?
If this is the case they you can have fun with them changing the future in each and having to deal with the issues that come out of it. Like, say, coming into a later future after Cady saves the day in a primitive society, only to find she is now a Goddess!

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted January 19
Hobart, NYE 1989. They can bail me up on Constitution Dock and tell me no matter what, don't hook up with the Rebecca chick, coz she's going to cause nothing but years of grief and bitterness.

Perhaps less selfishly, how about 1921 (not sure of date). I reckon Cady would love to nudge this momentous development in women's emancipation.

"Margaret Sanger and Katharine Dexter McCormick meet for lunch, New York One was an Irish-American anarchist rebel, the other a fabulously wealthy member of America’s industrial aristocracy. But they shared, by smuggling contraceptives and, much later, by funding research into the Pill, this strange alliance which did more for women than any conventional political movement. Sanger (above) wasn’t exactly an admirable woman – a bully, a eugenicist and at times a liar – but then big historical change-makers, I’ve noticed, are rarely nice"

link here. https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2012/sep/15/ten-history-moments-andrew-marr

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted January 19
Nice!

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Nocturnalist is gonna tell you...

Posted January 19
There have been some really cool suggestions for particular moments or events for the two of them to get caught up in, but I can't help thinking that's a card that can be overplayed. If their travels turn into a Forrest Gump-style exercise in "you won't believe which historical even they're going to witness/be a catalyst in next!" it's going to get a bit twee.

Which isn't to say they can't go to cool, dramatic times in history, just that the episodes of "they go to $FAMOUSPOINTINHISTORY and meet $FAMOUSPERSON and accidentally give them the idea to do $THINGTHEYREFAMOUSFOR" need to be carefully rationed.

Like DaveC, I'd be interested in seeing them just end up in some very strange time period and just... soak in its strangeness for a bit. One of my favourite bits of Moorcock's End of Time trilogy, in amongst all the psychedelic zaniness, was Jherek and Amelia just taking a picnic hamper to primordial Earth, kicking back and trilobite-watching.

In terms of big dramatic incidents, I'll nominate the Halifax Explosion of 1917.

jason has opinions thus...

Posted January 20
While I agree with the comments about this shouldn't turn into a history lesson, i do think that the major events in history generate an energy which draws time travellers to them, much like the brightest star in the sky draws your eye.

Dave W would have you know...

Posted January 20
But there's also a risk that it turns into Dr Who, always major events and always running.

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w from brisbane asserts...

Posted January 19
I enjoy a sea tale. Cady and Smith find themselves on a boat: Carribean pirates, smugglers in Asia (pick your century), Ancient Egypt riverboaters, or maybe the Mississippi, or an Ancient Greek trireme.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien is gonna tell you...

Posted January 20
In no particular (not even chronological) order:
1) The Balkan Wars of 1912
2) The Battle of Kursk, summer of 1943
3) The Santorini Eruption, c.1650 B.C.
4) The Salonika Front, 1917
5) Fall of Constantinople 1453
6) Cochinchina Campaign, 1858-1862
7) ice free Antarctica, c. 35,000,000 yrs ago
8) Byzantine-Norman wars 1040-1185
9) Tunguska, 1908
10) 5 billion yrs into the future, when the sun burns out

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Rob has opinions thus...

Posted January 20
I think they should go to late 80s Brisbane and meet a guy who has way too many flatmates, smokes way too much weed, can't decide which degree to finish and wants to be a writer.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted January 20
THIS! And Cady can tell him all about her years eating rice and sleeping on the floor to get her game off the ground, and how not to give up on his dream of owning a gold plated hovercraft :P

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Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted January 21
I think they should visit Alexander Hamilton and have him give them a long lecture about what he really meant in the various Federalist Papers he wrote during the effort to ratify the Constitution. That way there will not be the same heartburn over Federalist No 68 that we saw recently.


They might also either aid or block the Aaron Burr conspiracy to set up his own country. Saving Hamilton from getting killed in a duel is optional.

MickH ducks in to say...

Posted January 22
And then maybe they shouldn't. That's far to american and most others would fall asleep from boredom after reading a couple of paragraphs. Particularly after it would make no sense when America voted in trump.
Maybe a lecture on how an oligarchy works would be more relevant?

Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 23
I don't know. Everyone seemed pretty fascinated with Federalist No 68, enough so that they probably sent sales of The Federalist Papers through the roof. Seems to be the perfect thing.

MickH ducks in to say...

Posted January 31
i have tried responding to this twice now. they just arn't sticking (or they're being deleted) see how this one goes

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PuffinMuffin mumbles...

Posted January 22
They land in our reality, find you and ask if you can send them somewhere else?

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Mac Twain mumbles...

Posted January 22
Putting in my Two Cents:
Has anybody heard of Jesus Christ? Have Cady and Smith show up in time to prevent the Crucifiction! Give us the "real" story of what happened. Save this man who is just trying to teach the populous about love, compassion, and faith in God. Start a new timeline where Jesus escapes Crusifiction and the story of a timeline without the influence of the most influential person the world has known. Smith gets shook in his belief in Jesus as Savior and Cady picks up a (little) bit of humility and belief in God from her interface with Jesus.

Or, opposite track. Jesus as a young jew is conscripted into the Roman Legionaires. He is trained in Rome and eventually becomes a Roman Senator. Here comes Cady and Smith to the rescue. Gets Jesus Romanis to get back to Judea to raise the dead, heal the cripple and discovers his true Heavenly Father and Cady and Smith tearfully watch the Crucifixion. Smith has saved the day for his Lord and Cady begrudgingly picks up some belief in Jesus. Oh, and they fight off Pontius Pilate troops single handedly

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted January 23
This idea is well suited to the next reader fiction collection, I reckon. I'd get howled down if I attempted a JC story.

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Brother PorkChop would have you know...

Posted January 23
Had my say over the other place but Shogunate Japan around 1605 and the Tunguska event

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DaveC puts forth...

Posted January 24
Battle of Omdurman, between the British and the Dervishes (Sudanese Mahdist Army) in 1898 outside Khartoum. One of the large major Cavalry charges in history. Might bring back Smith's Civil War PTSD. Perhaps a young Lieutenant, Winston Churchill, could yell at them from horseback. 'What the blazes are you playing at?' He'd take to Cady because his Mother was an American...

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ronS puts forth...

Posted January 24
the penny dropped - just saw Kate and Leopold

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Erko King puts forth...

Posted February 6
Sorry late reading book.
How about 1946 alternate reality and King George the VIII does not abdicate and becomes allied to Hitler?
EK

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Unpossible ducks in to say...

Posted February 10
The Hopi indigenous Americans of arizona, around the 1700s. You have got to, got to, see how things play out between them in a matriachal society because Smith is gonna have to do some learning if he is gonna have a chance with cady. Also, playing out a few chapters in post contact but pre 'wild' west is gonna do Smiths' head in, in a major way. Cady is gonna be sorely tempted to step off the train at this station.

Smith: Boy howdy, how do these them here squaw fellas put up with this ma-tri-a-chy?
Cady: Oh, hell, no.

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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 ducks in to say...

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

spiral is gonna tell you...

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 would have you know...

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 mumbles...

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

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12
You da best, Oldy.

Oldy has opinions thus...

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 mumbles...

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 asserts...

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 mutters...

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 ducks in to say...

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 would have you know...

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

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foreverwar has opinions thus...

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 has opinions thus...

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

Doh!

Rhino is gonna tell you...

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 mutters...

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 ducks in to say...

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 asserts...

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 mutters...

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

Oldy mumbles...

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 is gonna tell you...

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 would have you know...

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 puts forth...

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 reckons...

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 mutters...

Posted December 14
Worked well. Nice one.

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ntwinter has opinions thus...

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 has opinions thus...

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 asserts...

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 is gonna tell you...

Posted December 20
Cheers guv. Much appreciated.

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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 would have you know...

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

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted December 6
The 15th.

BrianC asserts...

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

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she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

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 would have you know...

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 ducks in to say...

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

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Bleeps001 swirls their brandy and claims...

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 mutters...

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

Rhino has opinions thus...

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

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 9
You did indeed.

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Ross Hewitt puts forth...

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 would have you know...

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 mumbles...

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 is gonna tell you...

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

John Birmingham puts forth...

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 would have you know...

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

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12
Thanks mate. Much appreciated.

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Don Bagert asserts...

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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Cover reveal. A Girl in Time

Posted December 5 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

It may get a few more tweaks on the way to publication, but this template will remain. I love its simplicity, elegance and adapability. A few colour changes, a couple of smaller images suggestive of the narrative content added to each new title, and you've got a visual brand for a whole series.

The artist, William Heavey, has done a great job. (He's currently working on a cool do over for the Stalin's Hammer collection, too.)

I'll be sending out sample ebooks to the club later today. I'll do the same via Twitter, Facebook etc, but those one's will ship with a pre-order link.

Anybody in the bookclub wanting to get the discount US $2.99 instead of US $5.99 should wait for the launch email.

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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted December 5
Have to say, I really enjoyed this, beginning to end. Quite different to the usual but still the same great humour, plot and characters. I am looking forward to the next instalment. Not sure about speaking French though. Never really saw myself as a Singes de rendez-vous mangeurs de fromage.

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insomniac mumbles...

Posted December 5
There's more than a little Angelina in that face.

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Oldy puts forth...

Posted December 6
It's an amazing cover, he's turned in an outstanding piece of work. You have to be happy

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted December 6
Very. And he's still tweaking it!

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A Girl in Time. Chapter Three

Posted December 2 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

Over at Medium. I'm getting tired of hand formatting every paragraph here. Which is a thing.

Just follow the link.

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ronS has opinions thus...

Posted December 2
The link is much better - thanks
An easier read and a good one!

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 2
Yeah, it's much cleaner isn't it.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted December 2
Get Thomas to do it.

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Simon reckons...

Posted December 2
Dunno if helpful, but I've been using Blogo for cross-posting between Wordpress blogs - it has Medium integration.

Loving the story, thanks!

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Oldy mutters...

Posted December 2
This is great, thanks for sharing it!

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GhostSwirv has opinions thus...

Posted December 3
... young Rooster Gogburn ... brill

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foreverwar puts forth...

Posted December 3
Outstanding - can't wait for the opportunity to give you some money for the rest of this.

Different from what you've done before, but still equally enthralling.

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Peter Bradley asserts...

Posted December 5
Enough with the teasing!

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted December 5
Wait for it... waaaaaait for it....

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Final edits received for A Girl in Time

Posted November 28 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

I received the edited proof copy of A Girl in Time this arvo. I'll do the final check tomorrow and then send it to bonnie Scotland–I think–for typesetting. (My empire is so vast I cannot keep track of every little outpost).
Not sure how long it'll take to get page proofs back, but there's nothing stopping me from getting e-book samples for my alpha beta crew together and sending them out as soon as possible.
I want to try out a software package called Vellum; a very expensive, very sophisticated program for beautifully formatting e-books. I'm not sure yet that I'll use it for the published copies. We'll see what sort of a job it does on the samples first.
I spent five hours today working on my marketing plan, which feels a little like mainlining raw opium at this point. There's always real anxiety before a book launch, but it's much greater when you're the guy in the rumble seat. I can point to some serious flaws in the release of the Dave Hooper novels —C'mon. Seriously? Christmas Eve?— but any mistakes with Girl will all be down to me. There's no one else to blame.
This sort of thing keeps me awake at night. You wouldn't think that it would, not after having published so many books that I've pretty much lost count of them. But it does. Having a plan and methodically grinding my way through it is the best way of blocking out that ghostly little voice whispering of my doom in the early ours of the morning.
Everybody who has signed up for the book club will be getting emails soon, with nice long samples to enjoy. Haven't decided yet how many chapters I'm going to give away as a teaser, but it could end up being a significant e-book all in its own right.

Some cover samples from the tear sheet. The final art will look very different. These were just a couple of concepts we tried out.

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Sparty2 mumbles...

Posted November 28
Are you going to effort of getting industry reviews like Kirkus? (and is it worth it?).
I like the rejected covers - and non gender specific, I was never convinced by the Dave covers :-(

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted November 29
I looked at Kirkus and RT Reviews. They're just too expensive for me at the moment. Maybe as I scale up I'll invest in some.

insomniac asserts...

Posted November 29
Those jerks should be more than pleased to read your work AND pay you for the privilege

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NBlob reckons...

Posted November 28
I'm very much looking forward to an all new BirmoWorld.

I would have guessed 2 weeks before Xmas, optimised for sleigh distribution models would have been premium timing.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted November 29
Index finger yoga completed so that I'm completely limber in preparation for FB shares of your release post.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien ducks in to say...

Posted November 29
This one ought to be a hit and I shall do my part in spreading the word of its fame far and wide.

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jl has opinions thus...

Posted November 29
Yeah, there's always a feeling of "hold on to my beer and watch this" at book launch. All of us in the peanut gallery are cheering you on, sir.

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DarrenBloomfield asserts...

Posted November 29
I liked the swirly cover I saw, I think maybe on ya book-of-the-face page?

Good luck JB. I'd say that it is so good that it'll sell itself, but we both know that's crazy talk.

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Dirk is gonna tell you...

Posted November 30
You are welcome, go forth to the stars quickly. We wanna have us some WW3.1 style splosions :)

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Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted November 30
LIKE

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GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted December 2

Why do you leave the bathroom window open so Rhino and Greybeard can alternate over who whispers 'sweet doomsday's' in your ear in the cold grey strands of early morning light?

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