Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat - Review
I recently got a copy of the new book Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat by Andrez Bergen. It is an original, dark work of dystopian fiction that I’ve had a hard time putting down. Dark tales of a broken future have always been a favorite of mine and this little gem has not been a letdown.
The tale takes place in Australia within the last city left on earth. Riots, pollution and over population plague the last bastion of humanity, save for a few the upper class that live in the ‘dome’. The population is kept in check in this police state by not only the cops, but by a shadowy group called seekers.
We come into the story of the main character mid train wreck. His existence is rife with booze, drugs and cinematic references. Every night he attempts to burn the memories of his questionable and distasteful life with a bottle and a few pills.
Bergen does a terrific job of showing the stark difference between the glistening plastic world of the elites and dripping, crumbling world that everyone else is left to try to survive in. Although it’s extreme, the parallels to ‘the real world’ are obvious.
A gripping page turner at a more than reasonable price, I recommend that everyone go to the publisher’s site and get a free pdf file to preview the book, and then buy a copy to support the artist Andrez Bergen.
Get the book from the publisher www.anothersky.org
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May 5 2011