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John Birmingham (1) (1964–)

Autor/a de Weapons of Choice

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48+ obres 5,200 Membres 195 Ressenyes 12 preferits

Sobre l'autor

John Birmingham was born in Liverpool, England on August 7, 1964. He migrated with his parents to Australia in 1970. He attended St. Edmunds Christian Brother's College and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He holds a degree in international relations. He has written numerous fiction and mostra'n més nonfiction books including The Axis of Time Trilogy, Without Warning, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and How to Be a Man. Leviathan won the National Award for Nonfiction at Australia's Adelaide Festival of the Arts. He has also written for numerous magazine including The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, and Playboy. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de John Birmingham

Weapons of Choice (2004) 990 exemplars
Designated Targets (2005) 612 exemplars
Without Warning (2008) 554 exemplars
Final Impact (2007) 551 exemplars
After America (2010) 323 exemplars
The Cruel Stars (2019) 228 exemplars
Angels of Vengeance (2011) 198 exemplars
The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (1998) 147 exemplars
Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters (2014) 138 exemplars
How To Be a Man (1995) 84 exemplars
Zero Day Code (2019) 41 exemplars
Stalin's Hammer: Rome (2012) 40 exemplars
A Girl in Time (2016) 37 exemplars
Fail State (2019) 25 exemplars
American Kill Switch (2021) 17 exemplars
Stalin's Hammer: Paris (2016) 15 exemplars
The Golden Minute (2018) 13 exemplars
On Father (2019) 10 exemplars
Here Be Monsters (2016) 8 exemplars
A Captain of the Gate (2011) 8 exemplars
Die kalten Sterne: Roman (2021) 3 exemplars
Sleeper agent (2021) 3 exemplars
Fortune and Glory (2017) 2 exemplars
The Friend 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (2016) — Col·laborador — 97 exemplars
Girls' Night Out/Boys' Night In (2001) — Col·laborador — 82 exemplars
Legends of Australian Fantasy (2010) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2011 (2011) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions50 exemplars
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (2011) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
The Best Australian Essays 2002 (2002) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
The Best Australian Essays 2004 (2004) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
In Transit: Travel Writing by Duffy and Snellgrove Authors (2000) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars

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BooksInMirror | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Feb 19, 2024 |
A fun ride. I eagerly await the next book.
 
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danielskatz | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 26, 2023 |
Originally posted on www.csdaley.com

Dave Hooper is having a very bad day. Mind you, not as bad as his fellow co-workers who are just going about their business of drilling oil out of the Gulf of Mexico when some nasty creatures crawled through a portal and ate them for lunch. Not just ate them but gorged on them. Ripping them apart in some sort of zombies would run in horror buffet. Dave wanders into the horror show and suddenly fines himself the unwanted hero cleaving beasties in half and generally making himself a giant pain in the ass.

This is the type of book I should have loved. Eaten up like popcorn and gone back begging for refills. The monsters were nasty and horrific. Dave is a smart ass and it is quite possible that I might have a few things in common with smart asses. He uses a splitting maul as his main form of dismembering the monsters from below. He names it Lucille (that is full of win). There are nasty ninja like creatures called Sliveen trying to end Dave. I loved the Sliveen. They were my single favorite creature in the book. Lots of action. Tons of horror. Boatloads of gore.

Despite all this, I didn't love the book. I liked it. I finished it. I wasn't tempted to put it aside. I just didn't love it. I had two main problems. I really didn't like Dave that much. Don't get me wrong. I don't have to like main characters to enjoy a book, but for some reason Dave really annoyed me. I feel like Birmingham was going for a slightly unlikable hero who would morph into something more. It just didn't really click for me. The second problem I had was I was not a giant fan of Birmingham's writing style. It didn't flow real smoothly in parts. The books pacing felt off. The first half of the book dragged in places but would then be punctuated by some great action scenes. It didn't stop me from reading but I didn't fly through it like I do with a book that completely captures me.

Now, the things Birmingham did that I liked. He can flat out write action and the last 25% of the book is a giant roller coaster ride of action. The monsters were great and I even liked the sections written from their point of view. I loved a lot of the supporting characters and I thought the plot was a fun one.

If you are already a fan of Birmingham this book is going to be a treat for you. If you like action packed monster movies (which was especially true of the 2nd half of this book) than enjoy the brain candy.

I am fairly certain this book will not be for everyone. The language can get crude and it reads like a summer blockbuster in some place (in particular it hammered some of the normal cliches you get in those blockbusters). However, if a quick read summer blockbuster is what you are looking for than buckle up it's going to be an explosive ride.



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Review copy provided by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra
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cdaley | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Nov 2, 2023 |
Wow! Very enjoyable and complicated story with some fascinating world building. Hard to even start describing all the interesting aspects of the story. The only downside is I have NO idea when the next installment will be available.

Recommended!
 
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mrklingon | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | May 1, 2023 |

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Obres
48
També de
9
Membres
5,200
Popularitat
#4,787
Valoració
½ 3.6
Ressenyes
195
ISBN
251
Llengües
4
Preferit
12

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