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He's baaaack

Posted February 3, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

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

38 Responses to ‘He's baaaack’

Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted February 3, 2015
Dibs.

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pedrogb mumbles...

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

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spoke mutters...

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

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Abe Frellman has opinions thus...

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

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JG asserts...

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

Halwes asserts...

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

JG is gonna tell you...

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

Halwes would have you know...

Posted February 5, 2015

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

JG mutters...

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

w from brisbane mumbles...

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

Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted February 6, 2015

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

JG mutters...

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

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Vovchara asserts...

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

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Rhino puts forth...

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

Murphy mumbles...

Posted February 4, 2015
Through Wayne Manor, right?

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted February 4, 2015
Same extra royalty from Booktopia?

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Brother PorkChop asserts...

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

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Therbs asserts...

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

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted February 4, 2015
We are go!

Rhino mutters...

Posted February 5, 2015
Allllll Aboardddddddd!!!!

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

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

Brother PorkChop would have you know...

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

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

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

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

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

Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

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

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Brother PorkChop puts forth...

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

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BigWillieStyle puts forth...

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

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

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted February 5, 2015
Off topic too.

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

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


damian asserts...

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

w from brisbane reckons...

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

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted February 5, 2015
*mansp

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

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

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NBlob mumbles...

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

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Rhino asserts...

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

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Fluffy would have you know...

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

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

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

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GhostSwirv would have you know...

Posted February 28, 2015

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

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

GhostSwirv over and out

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