ELIZABETH A. WHITE (REVIEWER)
"I can say without qualification that not only is Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat one of my Top 5 reads of 2011, it is one of the most creative and engaging books I’ve ever read. Period... Between reading yours and Vincent Holland-Keen's The Office of Lost & Found back-to-back, my mind is completely blown."
"Innovative, quirky, at times hilarious... this is as challenging as it is a roller coaster ride."
AUSTRALIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION IN FOCUS
"A post-modern melange that is the most intriguing of novels... Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a novel that manages to be hardboiled
and playful at the same time."
and playful at the same time."
PAUL D. BRAZILL (AUTHOR/BLOGGER)
"One of the most vibrant, inventive, exciting, funny and purely enjoyable novels I’ve read... I bloody loved this book, and I want more!"
"In a modern age of conspiracies and corporate agglomerates, I think Raymond Chandler would be pleased as to where Bergen has taken his legacy…"
HEATH LOWRANCE (AUTHOR)
"TSMG is one of the freshest, most original things I've read in a while. Terrific stuff, truly unique. One of my favourite books of 2011."
"At the heart of Bergen’s novel is the love affair our author has with popular culture. This book is bursting with nods and homages to everything from Humphrey Bogart to Mobile Suit Gundam."
CHRIS RHATIGAN (AUTHOR)
"Holy shit, I loved this book."
THE FLAWED MIND
"Andrez wears his pop-culture influences on his sleeve, and the result is a compote that mashes up a plethora of fictional frameworks into a believable, seamless whole. Floyd Maquina... is ruggedly handsome and generally ruined; witty, self destructive and self-effacing with his air of gracious defeat."
WARMED & BOUND SESSIONS
"This book delivers. It’s a great little post-apocalyptic tale about a man who finds himself the pawn in a dangerous game, and what he does to stay alive, get the girl, and steal the goat."
"Floyd Maquina was a refreshing protagonist, I liked the noir influences, and... the ending tied it together fantastically."
JOSH STALLINGS (AUTHOR)
"A wonderful ambush of a novel. It leads you down a well-tread path and then jumps from the brush and drags you to uncharted lands. It has been a while since I had this childlike joy at turning the page. It's an insane, hard-boiled future shocker. Wow."
THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY
"Witty and literate, the book skips along at a lively pace and then makes a mad dash for the finishing line... it is the ride rather than the finishing line that makes this a fun read."
READ 2 REVIEW
"One hell of a great story. I give this book 5/5 stars."
BENOIT LELIEVRE @ DEAD END FOLLIES
"Destined to be a cult classic... Andrez Bergen has the Originality Gene in his DNA."
"Andrez Bergen is obviously a talented fellow."
"The prose is solidly tough-guy style, more noir than sci-fi, with technical terms kept to a minimum... This novel has enough twists and turns to keep a Raymond Chandler fan happy."
IMPACT MAGAZINE (UK)
“A jam-packed roller coaster that’s as affecting as it is exciting and gripping.”
MARTIN GARRITY (AUTHOR)
"One of my favourite books of last year... One of the few authors that can write both tragedy and comedy effectively."
PERMISSION TO KILL
"Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a retro pop culturalist’s dream come true – and entertaining to boot."
"Loving the Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat - one of those books that I don't want to finish! It is littered with references to so many aspects of 20th century culture that if you were to pile them all up and take them to the recycling depot you would need an articulated lorry."
CRIME FICTION LOVER
"In the world Andrez Bergen has created, Melbourne is the only city left and after the apocalypse it’s protected by a giant dome. Yes, this is noir meets science fiction as our main character Floyd Maquina presents the story in Chandleresque fashion."
BRETT BATTLES (AUTHOR)
"I finished the book a few days ago and loved it!"
BETHANY SMALL @ INPRESS MAGAZINE (AUSTRALIA)
"Things get fairly meta what with the characters talking about how they’re acting out/being cast as certain types throughout the book... a great take on the laconic narration/voiceover you get in a lot of noir."
CHAD ROHRBACHER (AUTHOR)
"Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is like dropping acid with William Gibson and Hunter S. Thompson."
"Not just a cyberpunk novel, but a cyberpunk, Mad Max, and Philip K. Dick kind of novel. It’s a novel that’s both an homage and one of a kind... All in an offbeat way."
JOHN RICKARDS, aka SEAN CREGAN (AUTHOR)
"One of the finest titles ever used, and the image of the goat in the smoking jacket is glorious."
PATRICIA MAUNDER, CRITIC @ THE AGE / ABC RADIO
“A Third Man/Matrix/Blade Runner/Dashiell Hammett melange that is engrossing, intriguing and surprising!”
DOC O'DONNELL (AUTHOR)
"Like a dystopian film noir and totally badass."
“Flows effortlessly; smart, mesmerizingly dark and difficult to put down.”
THE THRILLING DETECTIVE
"A sort of loopy, cyberpunk combination platter of Philip K. Dick and hard-boiled dicks, if you will..."
_"There is an insomniacal feel to this novel... it nonetheless, like some of the campier sources it salutes, is compelling enough to keep you up late on the couch, watching until the final scene."
MICHAEL SHORT @ THE AGE (AUSTRALIA)
"Bravo on the book."
"We do like our unusual fare, and this one is really up there... Some of you may have heard of a new book that’s been making waves through the webosphere lately – Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat. Weird name, cool premise – and as scifi and noir fans, we’re pretty excited about it."
RMIT CATALYST MAGAZINE (AUSTRALIA)
"Quirky, fresh, riddled with references to noir classics, but written with a self-deprecation that douses any cries of pretension and a black humour that sees you in wry smirks when reading."
MARK WEBB (AUTHOR)
"I loved the aesthetic of the artwork... It lent an art-deco style feel to the work which seemed very in line with the atmosphere the author was going for."
FARRAGO MAGAZINE (AUSTRALIA)
"Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat is a great read; a well-rounded book from a well-rounded individual."
MARIE CRAVEN (PIXIEGUTS)
"Noirish, post-apocalyptic, blackly funny. Great read! A marvel of fictionally intertwined pop culture memories."
CHAD EAGLETON (AUTHOR)
"I dig TSMG."
SONS OF SPADE
“Quite the offbeat P.I. novel.”
EVA DOLAN (WRITER)
"A goat in a smoking jacket... your interest is piqued now, admit it."
THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW
"What's scary, though, is that aside from just a little bit of futuristic cosmetic surgery and a few other things, you could look around at the current global climate and see this mess be a real possibility."
HENRY CULLEN (DJ/PRODUCER D.A.V.E THE DRUMMER)
"Wicked stuff - a great read, really enjoyed it."
"Nice work, Andrez—so creative."
GRANT JERKINS (AUTHOR)
"In my to-be-read pile. And looking forward to it."
“Fresh, unusually intelligent, with canny, rapid-fire dialogue.”
THE FUTURE FIRE
"Does a fabulous job of highlighting the complexities and dangers of current world social, economic and political climates."
FORCES OF GEEK (USA)
“Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a love letter to the detective genre densely packed with obscure pop culture references that had me grinning.”
"Really cool new sci-fi/noir."
"An original, dark work of dystopian fiction that I’ve had a hard time putting down."
THE PIXAR PODCAST
"Cool stuff, Andrez! Thanks for sharing! Sci-fi/noir is a great combo."
BAS MOOY (DJ/MUSICIAN)
"Must say I was really impressed! Good stuff man! Really liked it and def. looking forward to the next one!"
HENRY COMPTON (CULTURAL ADVOCATE)
"Killer read and I can't wait for a film release - something I'm certain will happen one day. Set in post apocalyptic Melbourne - watch out!"
ME, MY SHELF & I
"Bergen is a word-smith, there is no doubt about that. His writing style kept me interested and entertained to no end."
FILMINK MAGAZINE (AUSTRALIA)
“Original and intriguing.”
JENNIFER WU, BOOK THINGO
"Thank you for writing such a great pastiche/homage/love letter."
M L SAWYER (AUTHOR)
The most unique story I have read for some time... well done for being different."
DARK ROASTED BLEND
“Some mischievous dark candy, with gritty/nutty/licorice tones.”
PAUL JACKSON (JOURNALIST)
"Enjoyed feasting on the goat. Started to think I was taking a test myself... Certainly enjoyed the blurring of one reality and another. You had the momentum flowing for another 50 pages at least!"
COLIN HARVEY, SF AUTHOR
"Floyd Maquina has a distinctive voice, and a likeable character, and I’m a sucker for both... Andrez Bergen’s debut novel is a book drenched in film imagery."
READ IN A SINGLE SITTING
"Just up my alley. Award for (arguably) best title ever goes to Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat."
MATT BURRT (DJ)
"Roller coaster story... Superb stuff that kept me involved and intrigued the whole way through!"
TIM COLMAN (JOURNALIST)
"Just finished your novel and I loved it. Great read with some punchy dialogue - reminds me of chatting over drinks with you. It's good to know the hard boiled detective lives on too."
J.F. JENKINS (AUTHOR)
"I gotta say it's an awesome indie book read."
"Intriguing and just quirky enough."
OLLIE OLSEN (MUSICIAN)
"Lovin' what I read so far."
GORDON HIGHLAND (AUTHOR/DIRECTOR)
"Blade Runner meets The Third Man is an apt description."
BOOKS & THINGS
"Welcome to the claustrophobic, bleak Melbourne of the future... I can’t remember when my cinema knowledge was so tested in a book."
ALAN HERRICK (AURICULAR RECORDS)
"Started reading TSMG finally - was tempted to call in sick to work and finish it in one sitting - love it!"
INIGO KENNEDY (DJ/PRODUCER)
"Looks great! Digging the publisher as well; great attitude!"
ADAM J. SHARDLOW (AUTHOR)
"Not bad, not bad at all."
"I am intrigued (my eyebrows are definitely raised in interest) over your book. I like unusual."
"My absolute favorite book of this past year."
"I can honestly say that as I was reading it I was thinking of Melbourne High School days and those incredibly graphic fight scenes you could create in no time at all."
"A bit like David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten (from his Japanese phase)."
GRIFFITH REVIEW (AUSTRALIA)
"The digital version looks great!"