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David Hooper

The Demons of Butte Crack County: A Dave vs the Monsters Anthology

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When magic and monsters came back into the world, the world turned to the one man who could save them Dave Hooper. But this book isn't about that jerk. It's about the stuff happened when he wasn't paying attention.

137 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 4, 2017

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John Birmingham

64 books1,045 followers
John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and was educated at St Edmunds Christian Brother's College in Ipswich and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. His only stint of full time employment was as a researcher at the Defence Department. After this he returned to Queensland to study law but he did not complete his legal studies, choosing instead to pursue a career as a writer. He currently lives in Brisbane.

While a law student he was one of the last people arrested under the state's Anti Street March legislation. Birmingham was convicted of displaying a sheet of paper with the words 'Free Speech' written on it in very small type. The local newspaper carried a photograph of him being frogmarched off to a waiting police paddy wagon.

Birmingham has a degree in international relations.

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432 reviews7 followers
January 2, 2020
Finally finished it.

A bunch of short-stories/fan-fic set it the "Dave vs the Monsters" universe from John Birmingham. My faves, besides the ones written by John Birmingham himself, was one as a mock-documentary of the "wars" that ensued, and one from the perspective of an aboriginal australian when the monsters show up.

Generally amusing, with a few diamonds in the rough, but got to be a bit of a slog towards to the end. It's a rich universe though, and its always pleasing to see folks as engaged and Mr. Birmingham is with his audience and fans.

19 reviews
March 17, 2021
I love the Dave universe, and I'm quite sad that John Birmingham seems to have given up on it just as we were about to meet a rather eclectic group of Champions. I had high hopes for this, even if it was just going to be a bunch of short stories.

Unfortunately, most of the stories in this book aren't very good. The first (Demons of Butte Crack County) was one of the better ones, but after what is basically a prologue, it's done and that's that.

The vast majority of the stores are first person "I was at this place and the monsters attacked and I was super scared and a bunch of people died and I ran away or hid and that's the end of my story". They just didn't make for very compelling reading.

And the editor, if there was one, wasn't paying attention. I'll just assume there wasn't one, because that's the only explanation for the atrocious tense, grammatical, and basic editing errors.
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643 reviews
February 21, 2017
Unfortunately I only rate this a 3/5.
I love the Dave vs Monsters series, and this book is also **FREE**, so how did this not rate 5stars??
Well there were some good stories: the first and the last were stand outs!!
There were lots of okay stories.
There were several stories that started strong, and ended in 2-3 pages, and I was left wanting more.
But unfortunately there were also a few stories that mercifully only went for 2-3 pages. They were bad.

But I love the whole concept, I love that JB has self published a book of fan-fiction, and I do hope there is more... Maybe I'll even have a crack, so then people can review my work and say how mercifully short it was...
67 reviews
May 20, 2017
Very good fun. It ends up working a lot like World War Z but with the zombies replaced with hung-like-Ron-Jeremy orcs and goblins.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for David Kennedy.
37 reviews2 followers
July 16, 2017
Well worth your time

Fanfic stories with emergence stories from all over the world and incuding multiple cultural themes.
Very high quality!
I want more.
8 reviews
March 18, 2018
Good and bad

Some really good stories, but also some are quite repetitive, love to see some of them incorporated into another Dave book
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184 reviews5 followers
November 16, 2018
Hit and miss. There are some good stories in here, and some repetitive ones. Worth reading as a fan, but perhaps do it piecemeal to get the most out of it.
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Author 24 books9 followers
March 7, 2017
The demons of Butte Crack County by Birmingham et al. I think there were 22 stories and I was disappointed by the number of typos and missing words - nearly each story had errors. Some of the stories had me fearful of the monsters and some, not. If you're looking for a collection of monster stories, then this is for you.
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25 reviews1 follower
January 17, 2017
Yeh, pretty good. A lot of short stories from different view points. Definitely worth a look for all who have read the Dave books albeit Dave not in them at all.
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