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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Cut to Melbourne, Australia—the most glamourous city in the world. It also happens to be the only one left standing, but nevermind that, we're there now and I'd like you to meet your narrator, a certain Floyd Maquina, a likeable chap with one hell of a story to share.

See, the powers that be are knuckling down on the Deviant menace that plagues the city, and our boy Floyd'
Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Another Sky Press
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Patrick St-Amand
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is fast paced and tight, slightly tongue in cheek, witty, hard boiled but not overly so and a quirky dystopian backdrop. A very fun ride and I'll be seeking more by this author. ...more
Josh Stallings
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Half way through this amazing book. Loving it wildy.

Ok. finish this fun ride. What a joy of a read, it combines hard boiled and future dread into a wonderful stew. Chandler, Bladerunner, and completely original. It is a story of of loss and courage in the face of total despair. Andrez Bergen - Keep writing, I can't wait to see where you want to take us next.
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a really entertaining noir tale set in a near-future Melbourne: our only city left, post-apocalypse. Blade Runner meets The Third Man is an apt description.

Floyd, our hero, is a "seeker" who hunts down deviants and loves referencing old films (which receive their own appendix) — this is a very clever thing, setting a nostalgic character in the future, making his references more relatable to the reader. He's burnt out on the job, alcoholic, and feels trapped because of his wife's "medical
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. I liked it a lot. BUT They're not lying when they say this book is filled to the brim with movie references. It really is. So much so, that as a reader, I felt a bit isolated in the beginning. However, the reference dropping does slow down a lot after the first couple of pages and no longer distracting. There's also, as someone mentioned before, a handy glossary at the end of the book that explains all the references. It's quite impressive. I look forward to reading more fro ...more
Rory Costello
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dystopia has never been so jaunty and wisecracking! This is quick-paced fun that will make you think of various different stories. Yes, the Blade Runner parallels are inevitable, but now that I've finished, I'll stand by my early impression: there's a definite Thomas Pynchon vibe here. The hero's name, the presence of a character called V., the playful tone, the deep love of pop culture, the skewed approach...all are akin to Pynchon. But that's not to say "Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat" is any k ...more
Caleb Ross
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, type-ebooks
Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a near-future, dystopian, homage to 1940s(ish) film noir, and reads with the smooth confidence of those very detectives. And, I've got One Hundred Years of Vicissitude queued up to read soon. ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I read 'Tobacco-stained Mountain Goat' nearly a week ago in a single sitting, yet haven't felt particularly inclined to write a review. It's one of the obscure books that have been on my to read list for nearly a decade, presumably because the title and blurb intrigued me at some point. I finally found a copy on eBay not long ago. After all those years, it proved to be rather underwhelming. The concept is eye-catching: after an unspecified apocalypse, Melbourne is the only city left. Floyd Maqui ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-noir
So this title has been floating around on my Kindle for some time and I've been in a crime/noir mood lately and this seemed to fit in, but I must say this is a difficult book to categorize. Part noir, part Blade Runner with some humor thrown in for good measure.

So right away there is a list of appendices:

The Encyclopedia Tobacciana- Complete personage and media reference guide
The Tobacco-Stained Glossary- Slang, jargon and foreign word definitions
Post-Floydian Adventures- Hardboiled recommendati
M.l. Sawyer
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat by Andrez Bergen for me, is the most unique story I have read for some time. Not because of the post-apocalyptic theme, but because of the style of writing.

For me, I’m a fan of movies like Tank Girl (classic) and Sin City. To enjoy this novel, you need to not only have a sense of humour, but you need to appreciate movies in order to get many of the references used. This is not a bad thing as it is what keeps the story unique. (If you don’t get all the references, th
Neliza Drew
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a weird book. It's also a good book. And it can be a confusing book if you don't know all the film references (there's a glossary of sorts in you get too lost, but even for someone who doesn't watch movies, the important references are clear enough unless you've been living too far off the grid.

The setting is futuristic, but like the best dystopian visions, it's grounded enough in current human behaviors, obsessions, and weaknesses to seem familiar.

The narrator,
Jessica Nelson
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Barring unforseen events, I'll be writing my review tomorrow; it should be available at sometime thereafter.

Update 12-1-11: Sometimes after a book has had time to stew in my brain, I adjust how many stars I've given it according to how well it's stuck with me. I've just bumped this one up from three to four stars.
Todd Bristow
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific read! It's rare to read a post apocalyptic story where the apocalypse doesn't matter. Put Sam Spade in the last city on Earth with wit, satire, intrigue, and fantastic world building and you have a terrific yarn. The more pop culture in your head, the better the book,but there's a handy reference guide if you hit a film or icon with which you're not familiar. Brilliant! ...more
Nina Phunsta
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brilliant
Andrez kindly provided a sneak preview of the unfinished manuscript -- 90% done, he said -- and this proved an incredible journey, a pictorially shocking, rough-hewn, hard-boiled end-of-the-world saga that was somehow touching.
Booked podcast
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Mihai Adascalitei
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cut to Melbourne, Australia–the most glamorous city in the world. It also happens to be the only one left standing, but nevermind that, we’re there now and I’d like you to meet your narrator, a certain Floyd Maquina, a likable chap with one hell of a story to share. See, the powers that be are knuckling down on the Deviant menace that plagues the city, and our boy Floyd’s unknowingly got himself in the thick of it. Cue guns, intrigue, kidnappings, conspiracy and all sorts of general mayhem that ...more
Elizabeth A.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Andrez Bergen’s Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (TSMG) is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia at an unspecified point in the future where the fortunate ones live an opulent life secure under the high tech Dome which encases the city. The less fortunate live a harsh existence in rundown areas on the outskirts of the Dome in a world where the sun seldom shines and acid rain seems to fall endlessly.

Our narrator, Floyd Maquina, is a Seeker. Employed by the government to hunt down so-called
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Something very strange happened to me recently. I loved a book, thoroughly enjoyed reading it, couldn't put it down at points, and still have absolutely no idea what the hell was going on. None whatsoever.

Post-apocalyptic Melbourne again. Not my favourite place at all, although in TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT we don't seem to be too far in the future, and we don't seem to be that far from current day Melbourne, particularly in the way the city is divided into the have's and the have nots. The d
Heath Lowrance
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
there’s some remarkable genre cross-over going on here, a sort of noir-ish flair rubbing up against a dystopian, Philip K. Dick bleakness. I was worried that Bergen, as a writer entirely new to me, wouldn’t be able to sustain the charm and solid writing in TSMG’s earliest pages, but I needn’t have worried. The man’s imagination is vivid and consistent, and his love of old films (woven so nicely throughout the story) will appeal to anyone who grew up watching Bogart flicks.
Ystyn Francis
Great title aside, this is a unique little debut novel in the Australian crime/sci-fi mould. The futuristic Melbourne setting was creative, but the narrative never really grabbed me. That having been said, the book is so chock full of film and pop culture references that I almost want to read it again to highlight all those that I missed. Definitely worth the look.
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read, 2011
Robert Beveridge
Andrez Bergen, Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (Another Sky Press, 2011)

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher (long enough ago that I'm embarrassed to admit it).

Review tagline: Deus ex Maquina: The Goats of War

The biggest drawback to Andrez Bergen's sci-fi-noir mystery Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat is that it relies on one of the mystery genre's most annoying artificial constructs: the repressed memory. Whenever I see repressed memory pop up as a plotlin
Mark Webb
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat by Andrez Bergen is a post-apocalypse, noir novel set in a dystopian future Melbourne, Australia. Some kind of environmental disaster has rendered most of the world uninhabitable and somehow Melbourne is the only remaining city on Earth. Why Melbourne has been spared is never fully documented, but as a result there are nearly 20,000,000 people living in a world of acid rain, food shortages and general misery (except for those lucky (read rich) few that live in "The ...more
Caleb Hill
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Every goddamned thing about this Test grated. And let’s be honest here: ‘grated’ is just the wrong word to use. Maybe ‘vexed’ is better? I always liked the sound of ‘vexed.’ It was comfortingly old-school, like something that someone in a Jane Austen adaptation would utter, in a steely British accent, after he mopped his brow, post particularly energetic fox hunt.”

Many people grapple with what the term neo-noir is. Andrez Bergen’s debut wraps up the definition in a nice little bow and amazing s
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do not know anything about science fiction noir – beyond Riddley Scott’s Blade Runner. Of course I am talking about the original release which had the voice-over narration by Harrison Ford, not the plethora of director’s cuts and re-releases since 1982. I remember at the time, I actually tried to read Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep – which was the basis for the film Blade Runner. The thing is, science fiction isn’t really my bag, and I didn’t know what the hell was goin ...more
Sammy Smooth
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was a fun story, but I really had the feeling that throughout the book, the only reason the author Bergen wrote it was to show off his knowledge of 1940s through 1970s detective films. Every other sentence felt like it was referencing, yet again, a film, actor, or director I had never heard of. Despite the "Encyclopedia Tobacciana" in the back, I had difficulties understanding some of the comparisons being drawn. I also didn't like the placement of the encyclopedia and glossary. They were bot ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Post apocalyptic Melbourne is the place setting for this dystopian noir that's as much a homage to the great authors of noir as it is an ode to the pulp sci-fi futuristic storytelling greats.

Floyd Maquina is a seeker, a kind of private investigator/secret law enforcement agency operative who is tasked with hunting down Deviants for the purpose of relocation and, if need be, termination. It's a job that conjures up images of equal parts Mike Hammer, and Minority Report (just more gritty and hard
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, fiction
This is a big meaty hunk of book with a lot going for it, and a number of endearing characters, as well as a fun backdrop that's both familiar and foreign. The book stumbles from time to time, mostly during longer sections where characters we've come to like are dragged off-camera and their replacements are newcomers we haven't yet come to care much about. Some characters are explored more than others, some potentially not to satisfaction, and Floyd, as lovable and interesting as he is, is at hi ...more
Amy Biddle
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a movie buff or a literary aficionado, but I appreciate a good story and I love a good premise. In Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, the government has created drug-induced virtual reality games that are so powerful, a subject could die during a virtual fight. The government uses the simulations to train its soldiers, but these soldiers aren't Air Force pilots or Navy commanders, they are everyday men and women who have been coerced into service. And they aren't out to protect the citizens, ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, urban-fantasy
Different. Kind of Blade Runner meets the Maltese Falcon (film versions - as the main character and thus the book is deeply rooted in noir cinema).

Until the very end I had no idea where this rating was going to go; this is one of those books where you know from the beginning that the decidedly suspect narrator is keeping important information from you and your whole view of events is going to keep shifting all the way to the final reveal.

Fortunately Andrez doesn't disappoint. Although you do hav
N.E. White
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Mr. Bergen’s first novel is a rambling story that, in the end, delivers a satisfying and surreal tale of redemption. Set in the distant future in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia, we meet Floyd Maquina, a drunk and down-trodden Seeker who manages to save the future from an even more dismal future despite spending more time passed-out that sober.

If you like first-person narratives, and film noir and hardboiled literature of the early to mid-twentieth century, then you’ll like Mr. Bergen’s
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Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, artist and ad hoc saké connoisseur who's been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 15 years.

Bergen has written for publications such as Mixmag, The Age, Australian Style, VICE, and the Yomiuri Shinbun. He has published six novels, wrote and illustrated three graphic novels, and published five comic book series.

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