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Syrup by Max Barry movie trailer

Syrup by Max Barry movie trailer I’m a huge Max Barry fan. I’ve read all his novels except Syrup, which is on my to-read pile. Last year Max spoke on a speculative fiction panel at the Melbourne Writers Festival, which was a highlight of the festival for me. Machine Man was the first of Max’s novels that I read, followed closely by Jennifer Government and Company. All are blackly humorous with biting social comment and are, at times, laugh out lo…

Providence by Max Barry

…certain type of humor and outrageous but almost-contemporary stories from Max Barry. Lexicon was a bit of a shock because it was such gruesome horror and a distinct shift away from the side-splitting political and cultural satire Barry produced previously. However, I pressed on through, despite my distaste for bloody – EXTREMELY bloody – horror and felt shaken yet rewarded for persevering. Providence is another shift for Barry: this is a story th…

Lexicon by Max Barry

…n. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the world should be grateful Max Barry focuses his energies on writing and not becoming a super-villain. The Lexicon world is built on reality with targeted marketing using social media etc to build personality profiles to manipulate people. Mythology – specifically Tower of Babel mythology – is thrown in for good measure alongside a ramping up of the technology (the science fiction bit). Wil Parke is…

FAQ about the writing of Machine Man by Max Barry

…AQ about the writing of Machine Man by Max Barry Machine Man is a novel by Max Barry, currently (in 2013) being made into a movie. This was previously published in Dark Matter issue 4, July 2011, with permission from Scribe Publishing. A real-time what now? Serial. It comes in lots of little parts. I called it “real-time” because people read it (and commented!) as I wrote it. I didn’t pull an old manuscript out of the drawer and chop it up: I wrot…

Machine Man by Max Barry

…e suits. The results are blackly humorous while fairly believable. I think Max Barry could be an Australian version of Joss Whedon, with broad appeal but a blacker sense of humour. The wrap Machine Man uses intelligent science fiction as a vehicle for exploring the human condition. Highly recommended for science fiction fans who enjoy the science and the fiction, and for those who enjoy explorations of human nature. This is one of those rare stori…

Maybe the horse will talk by Elliot Perlman

…ve believed you. The book was pitched to me as hilarious social satire without much detail, for which I am very grateful. I love this book. It’s Max Barry on the #MeToo movement and working for a law firm. Post script: OMG OMG OMFG ELLIOT PERLMAN IS A BARRISTER. Wow. This is not unlike Max Barry who so successfully spoofs HP after working there. Read Perlman’s novel if you liked any of Max Barry’s satires including Machine Man. Book details Rating…

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)

…en immediately after the zombie apocalypse; it was a few days later. After Barry gets on the road, that road running through the bush-land NOWHERE that is FILLED with zombies. Orly? That many zombies should only be in a town or city. I digress. Petrol turns to, iunno, water or something. Then some zombie blood spontaneously combusts. Afterwards, zombie breath is used for fuel, zombies don’t spontaneously combust themselves (ever), but sometimes th…

Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

…Pippa Knox as disabled created the most universally feminist novel I’ve read in a while. I highly recommend The Constant Rabbit and I’m giving it 5 stars for plot, story, representation… 5 stars. Read this if you enjoyed Machine Man by Max Barry and Maybe The Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman. Book details Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ISBN: 9781444763638 Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton (Hachette Australia) Format: paperback, 307 pages Released: 2020 Categ…

Warehouse by Rob Hart

…industrial espionage combine in a compelling story. The Warehouse is part Max Barry’s The Company, Syrup and Jennifer Government but without the biting satire and solidly set in America instead of Australia. I highly recommend The Warehouse: 4 out of 5 stars. Below I run through some of the social issues that give the novel flavor, making it so compelling. The Warehouse vs Disabilities By page 58, The Warehouse has overtly mentioned disabilities…

Selling the Dream by Hugh Mackay

…ant to say too much about the plot. Imagine an episode of Gruen mixed with Max Barry’s snarky satire, underpinned with decades of social research conducted by the man who was Australia’s foremost social researcher for decades. <– That’s Hugh Mackay, by the way, and his novels are always consistent with his social research, grounding even his most bizarre story (House Guest, anyone?) firmly in reality. Australia’s John Clarke blurbed Selling the Dr…

Aurealis Awards announced – Australia’s judged SF & fantasy awards

…Last Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff BEST FANTASY NOVEL A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FICTION Air, Water and the Grove by Kaaron Warren BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL Lexicon by Max Barry THE PETER MCNAMARA CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE Jonathan Strahan KRIS HEMBURY ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD Tristan Savage The full list of finalists are here: Finalists announced….

Work worthy of awards listed for your consideration

…rike) Aurealis Award for best novel Ditmar Award for best novel Lexicon by Max Barry – science fiction reviewed here; Lexicon is eligible for at least the following awards: Hugo Award for best novel Aurealis Award for best novel Ditmar Award for best novel Chronos Award for best novel Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff – Japanese steampunk fantasy reviewed here Hugo Award for best novel Aurealis Award for best novel Ditmar Award for best novel Chronos Awar…

Hugo Nominations lead to school-yard scuffles

…ble works not shortlisted for a Chronos Award this year include Lexicon by Max Barry, the Aurealis Award (national judged award) best Australian science fiction novel and Goodreads’ fourth best science fiction novel of the year, and Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff, shortlisted for a Gemmell Award.) Awards can be recognition and a ‘thank you’ from fandom. Awards can open up career opportunities for winners. Last year I won an award that helped me get dis…

Cooking an egg — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

…us competence demonstrates cooking an egg. If the world should be grateful Max Barry turned to writing instead of being an evil mastermind bent on taking over the world, perhaps we should be grateful Ian Gunn turned his pen to comedy instead of creating a Chernobyl-type disaster in his kitchen. Silly Illo artist Ian Gunn Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a much-loved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took hi…

List of recommended texts for high school English literature classes

…librandi Marchetta, Melina contemporary YA coming of age, race Machine Man Barry, Max spec fic adult disability Mortal Fire Knox, Elizabeth fantasy YA Natural Way of things Wood, Charlotte dystopian adult gender politics Ninth House Bardugo, Leigh fantasy YA gender politics Peeling the Onion Orr, Wendy contemporary YA disability Pure Baggott, Juliet dystopian YA symbolism Razorhurst Larbalestier, Justine historical fiction YA poverty Remind Me How…