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The Age is my new favourite

Posted February 16, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

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

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

34 Responses to ‘The Age is my new favourite’

BigWillieStyle mutters...

Posted February 16, 2015

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

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

John Birmingham would have you know...

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

BigWillieStyle reckons...

Posted February 16, 2015

My bookseller is heaps amenable.

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

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

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

Sudragon has opinions thus...

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

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tarl puts forth...

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

John Birmingham asserts...

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

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

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

NBlob puts forth...

Posted February 17, 2015
Others might call that Fiction.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 17, 2015
Touche, you little bastard.

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Jon would have you know...

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

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted February 16, 2015
It all helps, mate.

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted February 16, 2015


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

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

John Birmingham reckons...

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

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JG mumbles...

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

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

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

JG reckons...

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

Halwes would have you know...

Posted February 17, 2015

Does anyone really know who their father is?

Halwes mumbles...

Posted February 17, 2015

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

JG has opinions thus...

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

Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted February 17, 2015

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

JG would have you know...

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

Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted February 19, 2015

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

JG has opinions thus...

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

Halwes ducks in to say...

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

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

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

Halwes mumbles...

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

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GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted February 17, 2015
You have pleased your Lord.

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GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted February 17, 2015


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

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

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

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Drew in the Scray asserts...

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

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Drew in the Scray mumbles...

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

John Birmingham mumbles...

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

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