Tobacco Stained -
Author: Andrez Bergen
Format: ePub (on Nook)
Published: April 1st, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
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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 make for cracking good headlines. Does Floyd stop the bad guys? Does he get the girl? Does he make Humphrey Bogart proud? Grab some popcorn and read on
My first thought of the book was, I’m sure the same as yours…Weird title?
Don’t fret, it’s all explained in the book and it’s a line from an old movie that isn’t even giving reference to goats in fact.The books not about goats, although there is one in there. I wouldn't say he has a big role or anything though – more of a walk-on, if you will.
The beginning of this book threw me a bit, I don’t know a lot of about movies from the 30’s and 40’s and they are referenced quite a bit. Never fear, there is a glossary in the back of each book should you want to check things out- though if you don’t need to know who say, George Sanders is to enjoy the book. My lack of film knowledge didn’t deter me in the slightest. Though…there was kind of an information offloading in the beginning and I’m not a huge fan of that, per say.
Once past it I was hooked. Floyd, our narrator who, in his own words is a “some what pathetic, self-pitting alcoholic..” is also a snarky man after my own heart,who has an ever ready arsenal of one liners. Most of which I intend to store away for use myself might I add!. The witty British humor kept me laughing through out. (yes, I know he’s Australian…but I correlate the phrases with British as my husband is, and a lot are the same - so sue me.)
Inside this movie referenced, story of a man down on his luck also comes a heart wrenching love story with more twists and turns then a roller coaster. And it’s all set in a forever rainy, remarkably built dystopian/futuristic society.
*cue flashback music* Imagine the world has fallen, all but Melbourne Australia, that is. This is where any survivors from all over the world have fled to, to try to survive. There are still a few million people left, and to control the population once someone is terminally ill, old, or handicapped in anyway the are labeled “Deviants” – outcasts. Criminals.
Can you imagine? You’ve got a bum leg so you are no longer play a functional role in society, so you hide or you die. Or They send you away to be “hospitalized” and basically ignored until you die naturally, or otherwise. I promise you the story with in these pages is truly amazing!
Bergen is a wordsmith, there is no doubt about that. His writing style kept me interested and entertained to no end. My review will not do this book justice, I should have let him write it himself – it would have been far more eloquently stated that is for sure!(luckily we have a guest post from him coming up...where we can all bask in the wonderment that is his word-smithery)
Wrapping up – I suggest this to my more mature readers. 16+ for language and some content. I really enjoyed and really can’t wait for more, should there be any (ahem...hint hint!) and while this may not jump off the page and grab you based on title or cover, I implore you to reconsider. I've never steered you wrong before, have I? I back this book so much I’m going to buy a copy straight away for my step dad, at least! 4 Birds, well done mate! Well done!<--- Needed to get in some "Aussie Talk" before the review was out.
And to help get you geared up about Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat…how about I give away a copy? Yeah? Okay I’m going to let Andrez Bergen do a guest post next week and we’ll do a giveaway for TWO eReader copies then! Stay tuned!
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