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The Terrible Business of Salmon & Dusk (Podcast Series)

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Theo Braithwaite, failed actress and worse waitress, is a stranger to London. In a single day, she loses her job, her boyfriend and quite possibly her mind. When she meets part-time thief Kilbey Salmon, Theo finds herself drawn into an unseen world populated by history’s rejects and runaways. Kilbey, alongside the rockabilly-obsessed Nero Dusk, is attempting to eke out a l ...more
Published 2007 by Myke Bartlett

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Bruce Stewart
Original review posted to back in 5/2006:

I like the complexity of the language, the reader’s accent, the characters (Theo’s musings on life and love, and the perplexed feeling of a missing wallet turning up where it should not be; Kilbey’s humor in the face of adversity, almost forgetting the all-important Urn), the descriptions (animated shadows; a vivid plate of eggs). I think I’ve met a dozen Theo’s in my life, and I think of Kilbey as a bumbling Han Solo with a hangover. I lis
Dianne Owens
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Detective Noir (with mild horror themes)

After a busy week, I have finally got around to complete How To Disappear Completely, a podcast novel by the talented author Myke Bartlett. I was actually introduced to his writing by way of a standalone podcast novel called Electricity that was actually produced after HtDC.

The story starts with young Australian-expat Theo Braithwaite receiving an odd phone call at work, one that will be the beginning of a series of events that will
Jacqui Hencsie
Couple of chapters in it feels like a mix of Vonnegut and Neverwhere by Gaiman. People disappearing to an underground London and a detective names Kilby Salmon (Kilgore Trout anyone?)

Good so far.

UPDATE: I never really got past feeling that this was a jumble of weird things happening. But I guess I should have expected that from "A Novel of Sorts"
I don't usually leave a review, but I absolutely loved this novel of sorts. Normally I don't listen to audio books, but the combination of Myke's voice (and his subtle alterations for what character was speaking) and his wonderful prose made me glad I did pick it up.
So it took me a while to get into the story, probably because I didn't have much time to listen at the time, but when I did, I really did. Wow. I liked the reading; Kilbey's voice especially matched his character very well. The language had a beautiful flow to it, and the accent(s) did lovely things to my mind. The plot was wonderfully complex, the characters interesting and funny. And there were hot beagles! Well, there weren't, but there should have been.

There are some audio noice in the backg
I liked it. took awhile to unravel what was going on but that was part of its charm. I listened to the audio book read by the author and loved his reading. the end was a little unsatisfying but it sounds like he's going to feature Kilby in another book. I would definitely read it!
Elise Bond
This book was a little confusing at times, but it was enthralling. It was dark and almost noir at times. It has a unique take on time travel, and it kept me entertained with every episode.
Julie Davis
#20 - 2010

Urban fantasy at its best, this audiobook has hints of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere without being derivative. Quite a feat and one that Myke Bartlett pulls off perfectly.
Simon C
Nicely written and narrated generally if rather wearing its heavy influences on its sleeve.
Chris Bowsman
Delightfully weird and quirky. One of my favorite podcast novels I've listened to in a long time.
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Myke's Young Adult novel FIRE IN THE SEA won the 2011 Text Prize and was published in July 2012.

A trained journalist, Myke writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music. His work has been published in THE AGE, DUMBO FEATHER, OVERLAND, TRIPLE J MAGAZINE, METRO, CREAM MAGAZINE and THE BIG ISSUE. (And some other titles that won't fit into that very long sentence.)

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