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Book lists

Posted February 26 into Books by John Birmingham

I just wrote a long blog entry about The Washington Post including Amazon sales and 'reading' data in it's new 'best seller' and 'most read' lists.

Hit publish. Lost the lot. I'd left the desk long to go burn some pork crackling and while I was away, I'd been logged out.

My spirit is broken. I'm not gonna bother rewriting it, but I will throw in the feature quote, from Kathryn Rusch about the difference between the lists:

Amazon Most Read lists rank titles by the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners each week. Categories not ranked on Most Read charts include dictionaries, encyclopedias, religious texts, daily devotionals and calendars. All data is supplied by Amazon Charts and not edited by The Washington Post. The Post has no editorial influence on these lists.

I love toggling back and forth between the lists. Because you can see where people are spending their money, and you can see where they’re spending their time.

Two very, very different things. The top 15 fiction reads the week I’m finishing this blog include six Harry Potter books, and a lot of titles that have been published for months—or, in some cases (besides the Potter), years.

People read books when they get to them. People buy books when they have the money.

Books live in To-Be-Read piles. Some of those piles are digital books, and some of them are paper. But many, many, many readers wait until they’re in the mood for a particular kind of book before plucking it off their TBR pile.

Best seller lists have been broken for years. Because Amazon doesnt release sales data, a huge chunk of the market goes unreported. Audio- and ebooks, which now account for maybe half the genre fiction market (closer to 90% for some genres) simply didn't get a look in.

Also I do like the way Rusch shakes the difference between sold and read. My huge and teetering stack of shame should have alreted me long ago to the fact that they're not the same.

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jl swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 27
Cryin' shame you lost that. That would have been good reading.

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Lulu is gonna tell you...

Posted February 27
Yeah, it would have been.

"Books live in To-Be-Read piles"

So, it's not just me then?

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted February 27
Ah yes....guilty as charged. Got a few books to read, but as I'm not travelling by public transport as much I don't have as much spare reading time as I'd like.

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Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 27
So I only buy a book that I'm ready to read. I had no idea other people don't do this.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted March 2
I will buy books as I come across them, such as finding them in friends' houses or recommendations by same friends so that I don't forget about them and miss getting hold of them. They live in my iBooks app or Kindle app until I get around to them. If they're super crazy good they move to Shelfworthy(tm) status and I buy them in analogue format.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted February 27
My Kindle occasionally cops a burst of 4 or 5 purchases, sometimes a cheap series, sometimes a couple of classics. A few different genres which get split between happy hour boozy reading and contemplative thinky reading. There's always a couple in there yet to be read. Proper books, with covers and pages 'n that are immediately devoured. Over all, since my kindle became a thing I've been reading a lot more. Price and convenience has everything to do with it.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted February 27
Bizarrely enough, your comment disappeared just like the original post. But now it's back. My comment, wondering where you'd got to, however, has gone to the Upside Down.

Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted February 27
You've been watching Stranger Things again! Kids and I are loving it.
I have a small sack of books under the bed just gathering a shedload of dust.
Kindle app on the iPad gets hit but I'm on a severe book budget so I'm on Kindle Unlimited. I have been through some good stuff, and not so good stuff. But it doesn't matter, if its not my thing I return it and get another. Bit like a library. Once I'm back in the black, I will hopefully get a grant from the Minister for Arts and Culture to buy some books I really want.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted February 27
Pork chop I should send you my overspill.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 27
My only regret with my kindle is I can not rearrange my list into a read next list, it is either in order of purchase or alphabetical. I want to rearrange the list as a sort of a promise that I 'will' get to you, next I sware.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 27
What a brilliant idea!

Surtac mumbles...

Posted March 1
I use Collections on the kindle to semi-organise my ebooks.

I have a TBR collection for general incoming unread titles and a Read collection for books I've finished (this helps keep the TBR collection smaller as I move ebooks from TBR to Read as I finish them).

Also I have a few others for specific authors and books they've recommended. Examples of these would be our gracious host here JB for his books and those recommended hereabouts; Warren Ellis and his recommendations; CJ Cherryh; stuff from the Baen Free Library and suchlike; and sundry others.

It seems to work for me, so far at least.

she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 2
A TBR and Read collection is genius! I tend to prefer iBooks as their collection feature seems easier to use, but I've only ever used the Kindle app for iPhone/iPad so could be doing Bezos a disservice. I have collections of my fave authors on the iPad, since if a new book for one of them turns up it gets read immediately.

I really like the idea of a TBR collection, it'll make keeping track of all my random purchases so much easier, and then I can keep my promise that I'll read them soon

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted February 28
I've always been a paper guy and never really got into the electronic form of reading (this may change though). But since i've taken ownership of five acres of land reading for pleasure has dropped off significantly. Audible has come to the rescue though! Doing chores is pretty good now (as opposed to listening to the sounds of nature while i work, which is also pretty excellent) - the last book i heard was Kings of the Wyld. The accent took a bit of getting used to but that was a great book. Some genuine laugh out loud moments.
I have a list in my phone of "to read" as well. That gets longer every day. But i hold off on my purchasing until i'm ready. The list swaps in order as i feel and number one might drop a few places by the time i come to actually buying something.
If authors self publish I'm assuming my buying model would suit them better as sometimes i don't get to a book until it is heading for the seconds bin in the old way of book selling.

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Yes, I know I should be ashamed of myself. But I'm not

Posted August 23 into Books by John Birmingham

Because nobody else was brave enough to tell the truth about cannibal sea lice. In less than one week. With no editing. Or cover artist.

Available where all good books are sold, even though, you know, it really shouldn't be.

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Dirk mumbles...

Posted August 23
Sold the movie rights yet? :D Here is track 1 of the soundtrack ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5HkuhSEnPQ

balders is gonna tell you...

Posted August 24
I would have thought it would have been this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BihjWa47WuM

I mean, it's a little obvious, but still

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Posted August 24
And I should be ashamed of myself for enjoying it so much.

But I'm not. In fact, I want more.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted August 25
Sharks shmarks, these little critters are heaps more fun

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she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted August 25
It was totes worth it for the depiction of Peter Dutton. That was glorious Man Booker worthy stuff right there.

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sibeen ducks in to say...

Posted August 25
Now using the government as your own personal mouthpiece I see.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/flesh-eating-sea-lice-spark-john-birmingham-horror-comedy-book/8842060

Bleeps001 mumbles...

Posted August 25
I was trawling the ABC and just found the link.
What next an interview with Dave by Fran on RN ?

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sibeen mumbles...

Posted August 28
The wikipedia page on Peter Dutton currently read as:

Dutton was created in a laboratory in the northern Brisbane suburb of Boondall, on an unknown date, or at the least sometime in the past. He has a scarred protuberance in the area of his chest, the site of the feeding tube. Dutton soon made the vat his home as a gestational being, and soon was strong enough to scare the other animals in the laboratory with his soulless dead eyes. As well as having the ability to close his nostrils for extended periods and walk and operate with his manufactured eyes closed, and the appearance of a silicone epidermis, it has been speculated Dutton does not have all of the regular organs a surgeon would expect to find in his chest cavity.
When Dutton had the appearance of an 12-18 month old toddler he joined the Young Liberals (Australia) (1988), became the Policy Vice-Chair of the Bayside Young Liberals the following year (1989). In 1989 he ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate against Labor MP Tom Burns in the eastern Brisbane state seat of Lytton. In 1990 Dutton became Chair of the Bayside Young Liberals.[8][9]
Dutton graduated the Queensland Police Academy in 1990. The standard were low enough that no-one noticed he did not seem to breathe, and some of his instructors were struck by his glowing artificial face covering and lack of all empathy. He worked as an Automated Queensland Police officer for nine years, working in the Drug Squad in suburbs such as Red Hill, Brisbane, in the early 1990s. He acquired a taste for human blood at this time.[10][11] He has also worked in the Sex Offender's Squad and the National Crime Authority.[12]

As a second job, he worked with his father in a building business.[8]
As a third job, Dutton work for Circus Oz, his robot-clown character enjoyed playing with matches and poking himself with a beer bottle in the eyes until one would fall out. This performance proved alarming to most casual circus goers, and he was quietly let go.
On leaving the circus in 1999 he became a businessman and completed a Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology.[13][14]

Dutton and his father founded the business Dutton Holdings, which was registered in 1770. Dutton Holdings operated under six different Trading and Business Names.[15] Dutton Holdings bought, renovated, and converted buildings into childcare centres, and in 2002 sold three childcare centres to the now defunct ABC Learning. ABC Learning continued to pay rent to Dutton Holdings for a commercial lease until at least 2007.[16] Dutton Holdings continues to trade under the name Dutton Building & Development.[15]

Dutton married his first wife when he was 22 years of age, however, the marriage ended after a few months. This did not surprise his family, who knew he was not really one of them. His eldest child was born in 2002. In 2003 Dutton married his second wife, Kirilly, and they have two sons.[8][17]

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Immolation launched

Posted May 11 into Books by John Birmingham

Friend of the Burger, Mr Lambright has released the final volume of his military sci fi trilogy, The Valley. Best cover so far, I reckon.

You can check it out here (universal link), and read the extract below.

For those on my mailing list I'll be sending a blast out later today when the whole series goes free for a day.

But you should really think about crossing Jason's palm with a few coins anyway. I will be.

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Surtac asserts...

Posted May 11
Yep. Just purchased via the Beast.

Timing is good - I had just got around to reading the second book a couple weeks back.

Happy to send Jason a few shekels.

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jason has opinions thus...

Posted May 11
I read this in Beta and I highly recommend you get around it. Great mix of gritty reality and fantasy. The twist in the tail is great.

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Therbs asserts...

Posted May 11
Nabbed it. I liked the first two. A lot.

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she_jedi would have you know...

Posted May 11
I've just put all three onto my to-read list. Can't wait!

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DarrenBloomfield reckons...

Posted May 12
So glad to see the last part of the trilogy is out! I've been hanging out after buying the first two last year. I've grabbed Immolation via Kindle Unlimited, so 'free' to me, But I hope JL gets a few coins through that arrangement.

jl is gonna tell you...

Posted May 13
Darren- KOLL does pay the author, so thank you much, sir. It's an honor.

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted May 12
Thanks for the link! Books downloaded and added to the reading list!

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jl asserts...

Posted May 13
I'd like to say a public thanks to the people here at the 'Burger, and especially JB. Immolation's launch was a success, you all made it so.


Thanks much for reading my stuff!

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Rhino asserts...

Posted May 13
If it is good, it gets read. This is some good stuff.

jl mumbles...

Posted May 13
Rhino, you have to drop in and chew the fat with me at "Confluence," the sci-fi con in Pittsburgh this summer. I'll have a table there in the dealer's room.

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Posted May 13
Jason ... I would love to ... but I'm a Damned Yankee now ... moved south of the Mason Dixon in 1993. Make my home in Atlanta now. But, I do miss the Burgh, but not the weather.

You need to set your sights on LibertyCon in Chattanooga.

For those of you that don't know ... A Yankee is a northerner that visits the south and leaves. A Damned Yankee is one that visits and stays.

jl has opinions thus...

Posted May 13
Got it, missed you by a mere 24 years!

Seriously, though, everyone moves south- few remain in these little coal towns. I've thought about moving too. Six months of OK weather, six months of hell. Winter is good for writing, though. It concentrates the mind.

I'll look into LibertyCon.

Rhino mumbles...

Posted May 17
I'll tell you what concentrates the mind - not needing a snow shovel.

Oh, and seeing women in shorts until the middle of November. I mean, I don't look, of course. Unless there is a medical basis for doing so.

Rhino mumbles...

Posted May 17
Meant to also ask ... do you live in the Burgh?

jl asserts...

Posted May 17
Nah, I live fairly close by, though. Go to the VA there, and of course shopping and so. Another advantage of living in Atlanta you may have forgotten- no more Fort Pitt tunnel.

To paraphrase JB, the love of women in shorts is the root of all suffering.

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insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted May 13
Purchased 2 & 3. I got part way through 1 but couldn't continue. Not because it was no good. It was too good, too real for me. I'll try again.

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Graham C is gonna tell you...

Posted May 25
Serious question, if I may .. do authors get anything out of Kindle Unlimited?

For a skinflint like me, 50c/day for pretty much all-you-can-read is a great deal - but I worry that authors don't get royalties (or not many)

Oh, I know that not all books in series will be on KU, and I'm likely to pay for those that aren't included if I like the series enough - but is there any money in it for writers?

jl mumbles...

Posted May 26
Hey Graham. Kindle does compensate us a small amount per page read. I am always gratified to see the "blue graph" on my stats page trending, it gives me a real-time view on how many pages of my books were read on a given day. So by all means, "buy" books on KU. If the books are good and they actually get read, we get paid.

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted May 28
Finished it yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Got the impression the series may have been quite cathartic to write.

In that sense, it reminded me of David Drake's 'Redliners'.

jl reckons...

Posted May 29
Thanks! Yeah, it was quite the journey finishing up the trilogy. Time to move on to other stuff.

Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted June 2
I'm about half way through the third book now - I have to say that reading the second book before bed was a mistake...I had too much adrenaline flowing to get to sleep! Got a few chuckles so far too - conscripting all the supply pogues into grunt jobs was excellent! Got a laugh out of Brigadier Birmingham too! Thanks for throwing in the Anzac units! I'm trying not to throw out spoilers here...

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Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted June 5
Reckon you would have finished it off on the week-end BB. I thought the twist in the solution was pretty cool. I started reading it at Easts one day over $4 happy hour beers. Luckily my kindle is immune to occasional beer splatter.

jl would have you know...

Posted June 5
Being fairly new to this whole author thing, I am amazed by all the places my books have been (like the bar that Therbs frequents). Yeah, I did some traveling in the past, but regrettably I never made it to Australia. One of these days I'm going to make it down there. When I do, I'll give y'all a holler.

Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 6
Please do! Love to shout you a few fizzy drinks!

jason puts forth...

Posted June 7
Include me in for a catch up if you ever reach these shores.

jl puts forth...

Posted June 7
Maybe not this winter, but it's going to happen. Always wanted to check it out, and now that I'm retired, there is nothing to stop me. I'll keep you all in the loop.

Therbs mutters...

Posted June 8
Hey, BB - the ode at North Bondi RSL. And beer, but don't warn him about drop bears.

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Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted June 9
My lips are sealed! The RSL is of course de riguer.

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jl has opinions thus...

Posted June 10
I'm curious about the local brews- years ago I lived in England and on the continent, and it seemed that every town had a local favorite. Unsure if the same type of situation prevails down there.

In regard to the local fauna and flora, I'll stay on guard.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted June 13
It used to be like that but the larger brands took over a lot of the smaller ones. There's still some division between states but more interestingly a whole heap of smaller craft breweries have sprung up, a couple now eating into the major business.

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Meet the Defiant

Posted March 15, 2017 into Books by John Birmingham

I think I'm going to like this ship:

Like all the interstellar-capable warships of the Royal Armadalen Navy, the Defiant was bigger on the inside than out. Not impossibly so. Its relative internal volume was only three times greater than the external dimensions of the stealth frigate, and a third of that was given over to the hyperspace buffer between the outer hull, a thick protective shell of exotic dark matter, and the discrete pocket universe of the vessel proper; the crew quarters and amenities, the engineering, command and combat decks, and stowage.

Hardy had served on HMAS Daring, an older ship of the same class, during the Javan War, and she was quietly pleased to see the improvements made since then. She had a cabin to herself for starters, an unheard of luxury during the war, even on the navy’s capital ships, the dreadnoughts and titan cruisers that sortied from Armadale System and fought their way into the heart of the Javan Empire.

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2017
You have whet my appetite further! I do like a Space Opera, me

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Coriolisdave swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2017
I totally read that as "HMAS Darling" and got hopes up for blackadder

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2017
Yeah, me too. I will have to change it.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted March 16, 2017
It's now HMAS Resolute.

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Dave C has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2017
Tardis absolutely ridiculous!

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2017
"Exotic" dark matter. Sorry, I wouldn't trust that stuff. It sounds foreign.

Sudragon reckons...

Posted March 15, 2017
Is it made locally, or imported from the Han Peoples Republic of Stars?

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 16, 2017
The is some math using Einstein's Field Equations and general relativity that physicist Miguel Alcuberrie has developed propose space time can be warp to compress on one half and expand on the other thus driving a starship. this has been called the Alcubierre drive. These calculations have posited a negative energy density and thus relied on 'exotic' particle to produce this effect.

So its not a bad science concept for Birmo to employ for his star drive.

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Spanner would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2017
Shut up and take my money.

(I love the reverences to the the RAN and now the Daring class destroyers. The tour of the Vampire at Darling Harbour is well worth the price of entry.)

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted March 15, 2017
Yeah, but it sounds better than " Fecal Screed" thats for fkn sure!

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Vovchara mutters...

Posted March 15, 2017
What happens to people in pocket-dimension when whatever allowes it suffers battle damage?

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 16, 2017
Wait and see.

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 16, 2017
Without Warning gives a clue.

Mad Yank Andy would have you know...

Posted April 16, 2017
I imagine the pocket universe goes "Slurp!"
Only in vacuum, no one can hear the "Slurp!"

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Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted March 16, 2017
Oh thank God this project is next.

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trib asserts...

Posted March 16, 2017
Been hitting the EVE Online hard, JB?

This sounds interesting.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 16, 2017
Inspired by Deep Space Nine's The Defiant

"Development on the Defiant began around 2366 in response to the Borg threat to the Federation. Officially classified as an escort vessel, the Defiant was nothing less than Starfleet's first design of a warship designed to combat the Borg. The vessel featured minimal equipment for scientific research and was not designed to accommodate families. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

The Defiant did not perform well in its initial trial runs. The vessel was overpowered and over-gunned for a ship of its size – so much so that the Defiant nearly shook itself apart when the engines were tested at full power. Ultimately, these design flaws, combined with the Borg threat becoming less urgent, led Starfleet to the decision to abandon the project and place the prototype in storage. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")


at Memory Alpha
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/USS_Defiant_(2370)

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted March 16, 2017
The is some math using Einstein's Field Equations and general relativity that physicist Miguel Alcuberrie has developed propose space time can be warp to compress on one half and expand on the other thus driving a starship. this has been called the Alcubierre drive. These calculations have posited a negative energy density and thus relied on 'exotic' particle to produce this effect.

So its not a bad science concept for Birmo to employ for his star drive.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted March 17, 2017
I'm really really looking forward to this one and so far it's raising none of the red flags I expect from what I've been calling the New New Space Opera books I've been seeing in recent years.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted March 17, 2017
Love me some spaceship art. Perhaps as you begin to virally market this book, you might spin up some sort of Terran Trade Authority style work to whet your adoring audience's appetite for the material.

Blarkon puts forth...

Posted March 17, 2017
Or maybe even engage the services of some of those guys that create 3d models of well known spaceships and then critique the design to build some high quality 3d models of the ships from this series and then do some discussion videos on the ships.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2017
and then print them out on your own 3D printer

Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted March 21, 2017
I do have a Rocinante kit on order. Lets face it, who doesn't buy an SF book that has an awesome spaceship on the cover?

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Guru Bob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 21, 2017
I much prefer the Armidale system over the Armadale system...

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 21, 2017
I cannot help but think, you should really utilise a naming convention such as M for the ships. You know:

Maudlin
Magnificent
Melancholy
Magazine
Mayhem
Madness
Morose
Macabre
Malignant
Miraculous.

M Class Ships, second only to H class ships I must say.

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 21, 2017
How the hell did you, of all people, when coming up with a list of things that start with "M" leave off "Muppet"

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted March 21, 2017
ROFL---yeah. FKN THOUGHT ABOUT IT I TELLS YA!!!!!!

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Stalin's Hammer Complete. Audio and eBook

Posted January 25, 2017 into Books by John Birmingham

The audiobook of the Stalin's Hammer sequence is out! As a big consumer of audiobooks this makes me very happy, and not just for the royalties coming my way. I had a quick listen to the sample, and it seems pretty fucking schmick.

I've also released the complete series in one volume which I've made free for a couple of days so anyone who bought the individual titles can grab a copy without feeling they've been double-charged.

The ebook is everywhere.

The audiobook is exclusive to Audible.

I've also just pulled the lever for a print on demand copy, so that should be available in a couple of weeks. A Girl in Time has done better than I expected in print, especially given the price, so that's an experiment that seems to be working.

If you're not an Audible customer, you can sneakily get the book for free by trying the service via this link.

I'm mostly working on AlienSideBoob and The Cruel Stars at the moment, but a good result for the Stalin's Hammer collection will set up WW 3.1 nicley.

And you know what garauntees a good result?

Reviews.

You know what you must do.

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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted January 25, 2017
OK, I think I've reviewed the shit out of it all now. And signed up for the booby project thingy.
But a question about the audiobook business. By the sound of it, you have no input into the voice of your books nor anything else? Just sign on the line and watch the bucks roll in?

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted January 25, 2017
That's exactly how it works.

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jl asserts...

Posted January 25, 2017
Ha. I've been waiting for this moment.

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted January 25, 2017
Yeth, marthter. We knowth what to do.

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SAS puts forth...

Posted January 26, 2017
5 star review left on UK site, as usual.

Will pick up the audio version next month, will this mean that the rest of AOT will be available on Audible UK soon?

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted January 26, 2017
IN fact, yes! My agent has been pushing this forward since late last year. I don't know why the rights were never done in the UK/ANZ region, but it's being taken care of now.

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DaveC would have you know...

Posted January 26, 2017
Doneburger

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted January 26, 2017
Grazie

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Dirk reckons...

Posted January 26, 2017
The total Hammer is as of yet not available here, but I gave the Girl a five star thumbs up here: https://www.bol.com/nl/p/a-girl-in-time/9200000072733978/

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon puts forth...

Posted January 27, 2017
I did the audible thing. I hadn't got around to getting the hammer collection yet (yes yes i know, bad boy). So the audio book is perfect timing. Although i'm not sure how i'm going to go switching from 70 plus hours of listening to sword and sorcery with Steven Pacey pronouncing grimACED to a guns and fists with a US accent. Any tips out there on audiobook change over? Go cold turkey and jump straight in or ease into with something else?

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted January 27, 2017
I think if you're going from one poorly pronounced subject to an unknown reader and a different subject you should be ok. Your biggest problem would be a similar reading style and/or accent, but then my only experience is going from Crime and Punishment to Cryptonomicon via an hour of some piece of crap chosen by ms insomniac.

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Posted January 27, 2017
I worked today like chump in an empty office. Subsequent bus trip requires reading Bill Gammage's The Greatest Estate on Earth or doing the audiobook. I may have to drown out fellow passengers with earphones :)

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Don Bagert reckons...

Posted January 29, 2017
It's Saturday and I'm surprised that I actually haven't been on Cheeseburger Gothic since Wednesday, thus missing the freebie days. Oh well...

Just curious JB: Did you change "Harry Windsor" to "Harry Wales" in Stalin's Hammer: Rome to line it up with the other parts (as well as events that occurred in OTL between Parts 1 and 2)?

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DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted January 30, 2017
reviewed.

I staretd listeing to the audiobook on Saturday on my run. Even better when read to you by someone else!

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NBlob mutters...

Posted January 30, 2017
I still can't leave reviews, because I haven't spent $X.
I call this out as rank discrimination against tightarses.

NBlob mutters...

Posted January 30, 2017
I pimped the hell out of it & ASB on the Farcebook tho.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted January 30, 2017
This is why you're my cheapest favourite.

Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted January 31, 2017
NBlob's alive?

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Posted January 31, 2017
Barely comrade, barely.
The reign of Xmas Derp has been punishing.
Had a big boatyboat ride out of Gladstone over New Years. Bad new for scallop fans.

Brother PorkChop has opinions thus...

Posted February 1, 2017
I hear potato scallops are in trouble as well. White Spot?
Out of Gladstone where the harbour fish are somewhat extreme?

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted February 4, 2017
No white spot [to date] has only been detected in Logan River. If one doesn't look, one will never find.
Scallops are down to ~%6 biomass. The shell that is being caught shows sign of having been through sizing tumblers at least once. [Think a tube of security screen expanded aluminium mesh, used to sort size, like a sieve.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted February 4, 2017
*no, white spot...*

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Legless mumbles...

Posted February 1, 2017
I'm fascinated by your attempts to grope your way forward in the new publishing paradigm. You're doing so much better t

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Blake would have you know...

Posted February 4, 2017
Picked up the audiobook. My written word consumption has been terrible this year, but i'm burning through the audiobooks and podcasts like noones business. I've got a backlog of JB which goes back to the second Dave and includes the entire Stalins Hammer Series - and yet I've listened to the Nick Earls collection. (It was good, but generally not where my allegiances lie)

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Savo reckons...

Posted June 28
Pushes chair back from desk, gets to his feet and slowly claps.

Well played sir, well played.

I throughly enjoyed the story, the narrator was well chosen by Audible and he delivered a cracking performance deserving of your novel.

But I can see you are going to kill Dan Black again, you bastard.

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Stalin's Hammer. New Cover

Posted December 14, 2016 into Books by John Birmingham

We never rest here at the book factory.

This bad boy will drop in January.

18 Responses to ‘Stalin's Hammer. New Cover’

Rhino mumbles...

Posted December 14, 2016
Fuck yeah.

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Peter in the bleachers ducks in to say...

Posted December 14, 2016
What Rhino said.

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DaveC reckons...

Posted December 14, 2016
Attach exclamation mark to previous comments.

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Don Bagert mutters...

Posted December 14, 2016
Looks like it's Britain vs. USSR - you must have ditched a lot of material to eliminate the U.S. role ;-)

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

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted December 14, 2016
There's an American version too.

Oldy asserts...

Posted December 14, 2016
Collect the set!

Don Bagert reckons...

Posted December 15, 2016
Ohhhhhhhhhhh...how silly of me, sorry!

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted December 14, 2016
Duffy looks like she's doing an Emma Peel pose.

Nocturnalist mumbles...

Posted December 14, 2016
The whole thing makes me think of the opening credits to "The Money or the Gun". I wonder if there's a way to shop a giant '90s Andrew Denton mullet onto the male figure.

Halwes asserts...

Posted December 18, 2016
Hmmmm Emma Peel !

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Nocturnalist has opinions thus...

Posted December 14, 2016
I notice the strapline says it "includes" the Cairo/Rome/Paris books. Does that mean there's extra material in this one?

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Sparty2 mutters...

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

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WA n'ker has opinions thus...

Posted December 14, 2016
Cool Birmo,
I reckon I'll buy a hard copy, but where from?
How about putting up a bit of a bibliography on here with links to your recommended merchants?
Don't get me wrong, I love your little emails telling me get this here and that there, but I'm really too fucking busy and shattered working in the apprentice factory all day to be downloading this app and that fucking whiz doovy.
I would love a simple CC pay and get a hard copy in mail.
I await your response kind scribe.

Pete mutters...

Posted December 18, 2016
I'm with WA n'ker on this one. Call me old fashioned but I like the whole ink - paper - turn the page thingo. Where can I get one?

NBlob mutters...

Posted December 18, 2016

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

Halwes asserts...

Posted December 19, 2016
conformist !

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jl reckons...

Posted December 15, 2016
Paper novel- sweet. Will purchase and put it in the collection.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted December 16, 2016
With. Bells. On.

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