Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Collapse" Book Review

“Collapse” is a dystopian novel set in the near future—2027. America is in the second great depression, and is about to fall. The government is corrupt, and natural disasters have torn apart Florida and are after Texas. The story is told through many different character’s eyes, but the main three—Howard Beck, Richard Dupree, and Maxwell Harris—are the ones trying to save a falling America.

My favorite character was Howard Beck, the richest man in the world. His character was the most interesting to me, and a lot of his story was focused on futuristic technology. The author did a fantastic job on creating the futuristic setting, and Howard Beck’s character is the best representation of it. I really enjoyed his story, and his character was very likeable even though he wasn’t a people person.

For this novel, the setting IS the story. It makes the story what it is. In this book, the setting of the collapsed America sets up the main character’s destinies to meet each other, and also set up the conflict with the government.

Although I loved the book, I’d have to give it four stars. First of all, I’m not a big fan of dystopian—period. I find it depressing in a way, especially because a lot of it includes the truth about our modern society and how it could affect our future.

But with that said, I wasn’t very fond of Richard Dupree’s storyline, and sometimes the author would give too much information without involving story into it. But, I believe it was necessary, and the world he’s created is pretty amazing considering the thought that went into it. This book was a refreshing read, and I highly recommend it to all dystopian fans.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Interview with Young Author Robbie Coburn

What is Human Batteries about?
Human Batteries is a small collection of poems that focus mainly on the idea of people having an internal source of energy, or a battery, that can often go flat under the stress of everyday life. 

Where is your book available?
 The book is out from Picaro Press. It is available for $5 ($7 intl.) from their online store and can also be purchased directly from me from my webstore or from gigs and readings.

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Where did you get the idea for your book?
 It is not so much an idea as much as a way of pinpoiting my thoughts on things at a particular time in my life or expressing where my head was at.

How did you come up with the title?
The title is taken from a line in the first poem in the collection "Love Poem". Once I began compiling the poems into a collection, I realised that this concept of humans having an internal source of energy that rises and falls depending on the point we are in our lives, applied to most of the them.

Who designed the cover?
Melbourne-based artist Sandy Caldow. It is such a beautiful, evocative cover image. I'm extremely pleased with it.

When did you first begin interest in the arts?
It's funny, I used to depsise books completely until I was about 9 or 10. I got a voucher for a bookstore and under sufferance bought a book which I ended up really enjoying. So from there I started reading and later writing. My greatest inspiration to create and perform was after I fell in love with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and Peter Jackson's films. In fact, the first story i ever sat down to write was a bad Lord of the Rings rip off.

What made you go into doing stand-up comedy?
 My whole life I've made stupid jokes at inappropriate times. At home, at school, wherever. So it seemed like a completely logical thing to do. 

Do you plan on writing more stories and/or books?

I am always working on about ten projects at once, so yeah! I'll definitely be writing more books. Writing poetry can be pretty inconsistent for me, but it's something I always return to. As of now, I'm working on the last draft of a children's beginner chapter book and a Thriller eBook. I plan to write a verse novel for teenagers. I've also been working on a semi-autobiographical novel since I was maybe 14 or so, and I plan to write that properly over the next few years. I sort of feel I have to, like it's unfinished business.

How long did it take you to complete Human Batteries?
 Well there is no structured way that I write poems. Basically whenever I feel inspired or feel the need to put pen to paper. But the majority of the work was written over the last 3 or so years.

What is your favorite book?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

About Robbie Coburn:

Robbie Coburn is a writer, poet, artist and performer from Victoria, Australia.
His first chapbook Human Batteries, was released in 2012, published by Picaro Press.
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