Cheeseburger Gothic

A well traveled copy of 'Weapons'.

Posted May 15, 2016 into Books by John Birmingham

I had an email from Jason Lambright, a reader (and now a writer), who had some kind words about Weapons of Choice, which helped get him through his time in some of the dustier parts of the world.

He writes, "I always carried my Sony Ereader in my assault pack along with grenades, flares, extra ammo, etc. It was always with me until it got fragged in the Andarab Valley (adjacent to the Panshir) in Afghanistan. Here is a photo I took in a village by the Konduz river, you can't see it but my assault pack (and my trusty ereader with your books on it) was in the turret with me."

Jason came home (Huzzah!) and set to writing some sci fi (Huzzah x2!)

The novel is called In the Valley and you can hit up the text link or the ad below to grab it. It's old fashioned military sci fi. The Dirty Dozen on the final frontier. I'm going through it now, making some notes to send him. You can just buy it, read it and enjoy it. Then go give him some reviews.

Go on. It's the least you can do.

20 Responses to ‘A well traveled copy of 'Weapons'.’

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted May 16, 2016
Done! I'm looking forward to this, it sounds good :)

Respond to this comment

Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted May 16, 2016
Double huzzahs are in order!

Respond to this comment

insomniac puts forth...

Posted May 16, 2016
I too have purchased

Respond to this comment

Therbs reckons...

Posted May 16, 2016
Makes my whining about my copy of Tas Babes going missing for quite a few years seem a tad lame. At least it didn't get iced during run ins with beardy nutters.
I need another happy hour book and this the goods. By happy hour book I mean something to read in the pub after work whilst consuming the daily on tap specials. Beer 'n 'splodey go well together.
Off to the Bezos for me.

Respond to this comment

Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted May 16, 2016
Purchased. In the queue on the ipad.

Slaking my current thirst for 'splosions with Neal Asher's new one, War Factory.

Respond to this comment

jl mutters...

Posted May 16, 2016
I'd like to thank everyone at the Burger for your support, most of all JB. It is truly an honor.

I gladly carried the tenth-pound extra weight of the ereader in my rucksack, books such as John's were my sole escape in those forbidding mountains. A Chinese recoilless rifle finished off the ereader one fine day, and the incident contributed to my retirement.

On balance, things worked out- now I get to write books (the latest installment of the Valley series, "The Captain's Cauldron", should be out in early June) and hobnob with interesting people like you all!

Once again, it is an honor and a pleasure to be given the chance to entertain people. Thanks! Jason.

Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted May 17, 2016
Hmm, ereader destroyed by a recoiless, my Nintendo Game Boy destroyed by a falling radio. We have things in common . . . well, I suppose there is a difference.

Welcome to the Burger. Ignore the dead cow in John's pool. That is Rhino's fault. Boylan's going to make him pay for the damages.

Respond to this thread

Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 17, 2016
Let's get our priorities straight here. Chinese recoil-less rifle tearing apart your e-reader? Big freaking deal.

Did you know that I had to wait almost 10 minutes this morning for the snooty MFA in Fine Arts Barista to make my venti, 2 extra shots, with cream Americano this morning. All the while he was giving me the stink eye for my JB is My Master Now in script above the cover of After America tattoo (It matches the "Yeah, I'm THAT Rhino" tatt. Passive aggressive douche wrote "Lover of plebian explodey lit" on my cup instead of my name. That, my friend, is the definition of real heroics and suffering.
Welcome aboard, Jason and hope that you can take the piss.

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted May 17, 2016
Fuck being a barrista. If I have to go back into customer service type shit, I'm gonna be a God Damned Bartender slinging Schiltz 'n shit.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted May 19, 2016
The eagle is circling. Check your emails.

Respond to this thread

jl asserts...

Posted May 17, 2016
Thanks for the welcome, Rhino! You're a better person than I- an encounter like that in a coffee shop would have reduced me to a gibbering, sub-functioning ball of goo.

Respond to this comment

NBlob mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2016
Sorry for the Off Topic, but todays Blunty photo caption editor* needs a kick in the fundamental. "Storrar wit [sic WITH] his ".

* Does Fairfax still have caption editors, or are they just getting someone's red-haired step-child to do it?

Respond to this comment

pedrogb ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2016
Purchased, good luck with it all

Respond to this comment

Halwes asserts...

Posted May 17, 2016
Thanks for the SMH column today John. Some very wise words there and the final paragraph is a great truth. Thanks again.

Respond to this comment

Vovchara asserts...

Posted May 18, 2016
Reading the book now. What can I say? Pretty awesome.

Respond to this comment

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted May 19, 2016
Seconded.

Respond to this comment

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted May 19, 2016
Reviews reviews reviews.

Respond to this comment

jl puts forth...

Posted May 19, 2016
Thanks, y'all. Feedback, for good or ill, is remarkably hard to come by. Just so you know, I have been pricing reasonable, modest yachts, no more than 200 feet or so.

Sudragon has opinions thus...

Posted May 21, 2016
Have you had a look at Russian Navy Surplus?

jl ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2016
Not thinking that far ahead yet, maybe I'll do that when I can afford my own army of minions. I'll leave world domination to JB, though. I would be quite content to putter around Aruba, maybe I could get him to deed it over to me.

Respond to this thread

Respond to 'A well traveled copy of 'Weapons'.'

Follow along with RSS