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Butte Crack open for business

Posted January 6 into The Dave by John Birmingham

The retail copy popped up on Amazon overnight. I'm not going wide with this one. Not expecting to see much in the way of sales activity either, since there's a big warning at the front of the book that it can be had for free at the bookclub.

But, if anyone is inclined to drop a review on it, that will help with discoverability.

It's right here.

Or cut and paste this bad boy: http://amzn.to/2j9wUMx

If it should sell a few copies I'll try separate the specific amount from the rest of my operations and maybe see about getting some Amazon vouchers for the contribs. Don't count those Bezos bucks yet, though.

73 Responses to ‘Butte Crack open for business’

nick has opinions thus...

Posted January 6
about half way thru at the moment , props to all the contributors , favorite so far is the dog chapter !

Rob reckons...

Posted January 9
I thought the dog chapter was tops. He needs to be Dave's super dog. https://youtu.be/MDVLiuto5Ec

Ceramic has opinions thus...

Posted January 10
Yep, the dog was pretty cool. Fire-breathing was a nice touch.

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Peter Bradley has opinions thus...

Posted January 6
Count those Bezos bucks?!?!?!!? Are you kidding me. I am so chuffed to have been included. I felt sure my story would not make the cut. Thanks for the opportuity JB! That is all! Thanks!

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jason would have you know...

Posted January 6
With reference to Bezos bucks; I am happy to forgo any largess on this occasion. Please contribute my share to the JB Hovercraft restoration fund. I hear the gold plating is starting to tarnish.

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insomniac asserts...

Posted January 6
but ... but I already quit my job

Rob ducks in to say...

Posted January 6
Oh me too.

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jl mumbles...

Posted January 6
Reading through the book in addition to writing like mad (up to about 70k words on latest), fun, good stuff. Congrats to all the contributors!

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Rhino mutters...

Posted January 6
Review done. Boylan beat me to it this time.

A sincere thanks, JB, for taking time to put this together. It really means a lot.

Of course, rereading my entry, I'm cringing. Can I get a do-over?

jason mutters...

Posted January 6
I don't think a do over is required. I thought your entry was most excellent.

Rhino mutters...

Posted January 6
Thank you, kind sirs. That is much appreciated.

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Spanner has opinions thus...

Posted January 6
Mutter mutter, something about Greybeard, terrible vengeance, mutter, I've been slandered, mutter.

NBlob mutters...

Posted January 7
My suggestion would be to make the entrance to the buffet via bollards set 1m apart. That'll stuff him.

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Sparty2 ducks in to say...

Posted January 6
Everything I've read in John Birmingham's Butte Cracke so far has been excellent (loved the Millwall story), really chuffed to be in.
(sorry just watched Deadpool and started speaking like him...)

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Morrrie has opinions thus...

Posted January 6
JB you are cunning. Grinding out the good works to keep us hooked! Being a minion has some perks.

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ShaneAlpha ducks in to say...

Posted January 7
So Butte Crack is currently #132 on Kindle fantasy anthologies.

Which, I presume, is kind of like being in the top 10 for poetry, "Dude! you're in the top 10 for poetry books?" "Yeah, Mum bought a copy."

ShaneAlpha mutters...

Posted January 7
Only 33 more places to go and we can push https://www.amazon.com/Five-Magic-Spindles-Collection-Sleeping-ebook/dp/B01GIJBMRG/ref=zg_bs_158577011_100?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M9EPV2CT1WDWYR3HT639

out of #100

jason is gonna tell you...

Posted January 8
We are now 55 with a bullet ( bullet may be fictitious). At what point are we allowed to affix the "best selling author" tag to our business cards?

jason asserts...

Posted January 8
21st position as I type. I would seriously love to have a #1 best seller. Sure there will be an asterisk at the end of the sentence but I can liquid paper that out at a later date.

ShaneAlpha reckons...

Posted January 8
Ok, need to clarify here.

Currently #99 on amazon.com and #26 on amazon.com.au in the fantasy/collections and anthologies.

And nowhere on U.K or Japan

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted January 8
I said I'm on it. But don't push me. I've got enough aggravation.

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 10
Well bugger me we are now at #12. Keep working your magic Prof.

jason asserts...

Posted January 11
Just broke into the top ten best sellers*







insomniac puts forth...

Posted January 11
How does that other crap get to be number 1? I'd like to know how it stacks up against our magnificence except I don't think it's worth the 99c to find out.

ShaneAlpha mumbles...

Posted February 3
Aaanndd. the Boylan magic has worked.

Butte Crack is now #1 in Collections and Anthologies on Amazon.com.au

https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/2537821051/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kinc_1_5_last/354-7670961-4949565

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted January 8
Just finished reading the collective effort. Some good storifying in there.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted January 8
The thing I'm most enjoying about this is the feeling that we're somehow getting away with serious fraud.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 8
I agree. It is wonderful feeling.

Therbs mutters...

Posted January 9
Ern O'Malley and Helen Dimedenko showed us the way.

Peter Bradley mumbles...

Posted January 9
Maybe "not so serious" fraud. Is there a category called flippant fraud?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted January 10
In California there is an infarction called "perceptive fraud" that has the following elements: (1) the perpetrators believe they may have defrauded a third party; but (2) this belief is based on low self-esteem engendering the feeling they didn't deserve success that wasn't earned meritoriously.

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted January 9
I've just been grinning like a loon all weekend at being described as a 'minty-fresh published writer'.

I'm sure I'll get over it at some point. Eventually. :)

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted January 9
So do we need to refer to you as "His Holiness" now?

Therbs mutters...

Posted January 9
That's a fart joke, innit Paul? Something about gloriously passing wind?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted January 9
Therbs - exactly.

Peter - "His Holiness?" Heavens, no.

Call me "Sir."

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Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 9
Fantastic work, it was great to read all those contributions and marvel at just how much talent there is here.

In terms of multiple first-person narratives, I was reminded very much of World War Z, and I thought it was very much equal to or beyond that standard.

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DarrenBloomfield has opinions thus...

Posted January 9
(Butte) cracking read! Well done to all concerned.

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Ceramic puts forth...

Posted January 10
Congrats to you all.
I really liked the Kurdaitcha Man. That grandpa was kickass.
Boylan, your truck story made me smile with satisfaction. Nice to have some resolution, no matter how offbeat.
Stuck in my mind still are the stories of the monster truck rally and the man-vacation.
Nice to read your stories :)

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted January 11
Hey everyone, finally had a chance to read the entire book (I just finished writing my latest, the final book in the Paul Thompson series, "Immolation"). I left my review on Amazon. Some really excellent stuff in there. Congratulations, all authors!

Therbs mumbles...

Posted January 11
Looking forward to that one. When should it be out?

jl asserts...

Posted January 11
Hey Therbs, thanks for your review. I appreciate it. Been looking for an opportunity to say so for a while.

I'm in the beta/refining phase now, the book is on track to be released in June.

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Pete reckons...

Posted January 11
I'd just like to let you all know that I have resisted reading ebooks for years. Always preferred ink on paper, for a whole bunch of reasons (not the least of which was spending a coupla decades in the print industry breathing deeply of the isopropyl alcohol laden atmosphere every single day). Finally relented to read this bad boy. Now I'm a convert. Thoroughly enjoyed Every. Single. Story.

Give yourselves a pat on the back. JB give yourself two.

NBlob reckons...

Posted January 14
+1
Ludditism has its drawbacks

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted January 14
Yeah, but the social life of a Luddite is spectacular. They had that going for them.

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Peter Assfalg ducks in to say...

Posted January 12
Morning John,
Just started The Demons of Butte Creek County - not by way of criticism, but by way of observation - Sheriff Robertson would have a tough time locating a safety catch on a Glock pistol let alone releasing it - safety is in the trigger only. Equally, muscle memory from training would make a rookie mistake very unlikely, especially from someone who graduated 3rd in their class! Just sayin.

Peter

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DaveC mumbles...

Posted January 12
Just dropped my review. Respect people's. Bad-ass tales brilliantly told. Im'a gunna wade through my responsibilities, crack open the keyboard, and endeavour to join your illustrious company. On ya JB, for sharing tides in the hovercraft!






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DaveC ducks in to say...

Posted January 12
Rides on the hovercraft, damn you again spell chucker!

DaveC is gonna tell you...

Posted January 12
I shouldn't complain about auto-correct. You've gotta love all the fangtastic technology (except for that overly effective CSI shit, am I right?).

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Peter ducks in to say...

Posted January 12
John,

Why is Ann Coulter any scarier than Hillary Clinton or Gloria Steinem? Why do negative references to conservative figures feature so heavily in your books? Whilst everyone has an opinion, some balance may be nice.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted January 12
Peter, do you really imagine two New York gay guys are gonna find Hillary scarier than Coulter?

Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted January 16
That Milo guy might.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 16
Don't pick on Milo. He has issues.

Peter reckons...

Posted January 17
I don't think I'm alone in finding Hillary scary! I suspect the New Yorkers would be scared of this behaviour and attitude!

View of Secret Service Agents:
BILL & HILLARY CLINTON: Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy — he was nice because he wanted everyone to like him, but to him life is just one big game and party. Everyone knows of his sexuality. She is another phony. Her personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated with open disdain the military and Secret Service. She was another one who felt people are there to serve her. She always tried to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.
View "Clinton Cash" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LYRUOd_QoM

The mystery of Hillary Clinton, milk-carton missing on election night, appears solved.
A Tuesday of catharsis for Donald Trump voters turned into an evening of rage for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic presidential nominee, anticipating the postelection reaction of many of her supporters, began shouting profanities, banging tables, and turning objects not nailed down into projectiles.

“Sources have told The American Spectator that on Tuesday night, after Hillary realized she had lost, she went into a rage,” R. Emmett Tyrrell reports. “Secret Service officers told at least one source that she began yelling, screaming obscenities, and pounding furniture. She picked up objects and threw them at attendants and staff. She was in an uncontrollable rage.”

The appearance of campaign chairman John Podesta at Manhattan’s Javitz Center, and the dematerialization of his heretofore ubiquitous charge, perplexed in the first hours of Wednesday.

“They’re still counting votes, and every vote should count,” Podesta declared to a sad and stunned hall. “Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

As Podesta recalcitrantly refused to recognize reality early Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to offer congratulations. The juxtaposition of the campaign chairman publicly vowing to fight around the time the candidate privately conceded the election left observers scratching their heads.

Tyrrell’s reporting indicates that Mrs. Clinton’s mental state made it impossible for her to address her supporters on election night as custom requests. So, instead, Podesta gave a rah-rah speech on a boo-hoo night to cover for the absence of the first woman president, her fireworks, and her victory speech shout-outs to the mothers of the Black Lives Matter martyrs.

“She is not done yet,” Podesta claimed. Tyrrell’s reporting indicates that, indeed, Clinton remained far from done.

“Her aides could not allow her to come out in public,” he writes. “It would take her hours to calm down. So Podesta went out and gave his aimless speech. I wish we could report on Bill’s whereabouts but we cannot.”

Bill appeared the following day at Hillary’s belated concession speech wearing a purple tie but, thankfully, no purple marks about his face, suggesting experience dictated avoidance the previous evening.

“People say they’re amazed Bill’s marriage survived,” Tyrrell noted to Breitbart. “I’m amazed Bill survived his marriage.”

Tyrrell’s reporting remains a thorn in the side of the Clintons more than two decades after the American Spectator published its Troopergate stories detailing Bill Clinton’s escapades as told by his Arkansas security detail, stories that first referenced Paula Jones and pushed the president on the road to impeachment. Nearly 19 years after Hillary Clinton imagined a “vast, right-wing conspiracy” out to get her husband, the cabal’s charter member again relies on the accounts of the Clintons’ long-suffering security to unmask the public faces worn by the power couple now out of power.

“In the ’90s, we published several pieces that documented her throwing lamps and books,” Tyrrell tells Breitbart. “This happened pretty often. She has such a foul mouth that the Arkansas state troopers learned a thing or two from her. She has a foul mouth and a good throwing arm.”

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted January 17
Nothing published by or affiliated with Breitbart is credible. Same is now true for Huff Post, and for the same reasons.

Peter is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
Paul,

That seems a little judgemental! It seems the liberal left is full of love, acceptance and tolerance until you disagree with them and then you become a gun toting, racist, denier, homophobe and antithesis of political correctness - that highly deluded and mistaken theory championed by the popular press and left wing chardonnay sipping intelligencia and associated bleeding hearts in society who believe that it is actually possible to pick up a steaming turd from the clean end!

Therbs reckons...

Posted January 17
Chardonnay sipping? Pfft. So 90's. Try pinot grigio or an artisanal pear cider. Keep up with the times.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
I only drink distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol.

Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
Peter, if the 'left' has a lot to learn about 'love, acceptance and tolerance' (particularly in the face of disagreement), perhaps you could point us to some role models on the 'right' side of politics.

Dave W reckons...

Posted January 17
Credibility is objective, not judgemental. Check the sources, then check the sources' sources. Why assume that some people sip chardonnay- where are the references for that?

Personally, I prefer an organic barbera or temperanillo, but hey, live and let live, right?

jason reckons...

Posted January 17
This has seriously strayed from the trivialities and foolishness that I am used to. On the bright side I will now be able to make semi intelligent commentary when next surrounded by people who have actual knowledge of things rather than opinion based facts like I normally use.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 17
I regret the comment that invited Alt-right discussion. Won't happen again.

Pete would have you know...

Posted January 17
I'm just looking forward to seeing the awfully long wall Donald Trump promised to build. Because when the revolution starts, an awfully long wall is always useful to have around ...

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foreverwar mumbles...

Posted January 13
Excellent book - well done to all contributors/editors/reviewers.

First review on bezos.co.uk just gone up.

Come on, fellow Brits, let's make Australia great again...

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she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted January 16
Finally finished it; there was some amazing writing in there, congratulations to everyone who contributed, I loved all the stories.

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unpossible has opinions thus...

Posted February 6
Hi JB - i havent commented in years. Remember when that crazy lady bailed you up in Hurstville, NSW on that book signing?

Anyway loved Butte Crack, inspired me to write my own story if theres any follow up. I'll keep an eye out for casting calls. Thanks for fan support!

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jason puts forth...

Posted February 10
Well folks, I have been keeping an eye on it and Butte Crack is still in the top ten* on Amazon Aust after (with my bad math) 6 weeks of release. Made it as far as #2 as far as I could tell.
Perennial best seller.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted February 10
This is somewhat amazing

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Bleeps001 mumbles...

Posted February 14
It looks like the issue at Butte Creak is much bigger than we thought. It is going to become Butte River is things go pear shape.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-14/california-crews-rush-to-relieve-dam-before-new-storms-hit/8268374

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