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  1. Christopher Irvin Christopher Irvin says:

    If you’ve ever wanted to peek behind the curtain and get a glimpse of an author’s life THE CONDIMENTAL OP is for you From the cover drawn by Bergen’s young daughter Cocoa to short stories spun from scrapped scenes in TOBACCO STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE and WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CAPES OF HEROPA? and non fiction articles from his past life as a journalist Bergen delivers a sort of DVD ExtrasBonus ContentB sides collection And it’s genuine funThe short stories republished from recent anthologiese zines All Due Respect Weird Noir Off the Record 2 Big Pulp Pulp Ink 2 and are great but Bergen’s commentary on editing the process as well as cutting scenes and tweaking them for the collection and his non fiction articles really stuck out for me I’m a huge fan of Satoshi Kon RIP and it was a pleasant surprise to read a review of his film Paprika – made me grab it off the shelf along with Paranoia Agent to throw in the ueue for a watch AND Bergen got to work with Production IG count me jealous – recounting his role in assisting the company achieve a natural English translationOverall the book was a refreshing treat and a format I’d like to see other authors pursue


  2. Randy Randy says:

    Andrez Bergen is a writer new to me one I came across since my relatively new membership on Facebook An ex pat Australian writer living in Tokyo for the past ten years He wears many hats fiction writer reviewerbooks movies and music teaching English full time and music creator as Little NobodyTHE CONDIMENTAL OPwith apologies to Dashiell Hammett is a sort of biographical piece that covers his career from his youngest days as a writer up to the present We get a look at how a working writer operates in producing his various piecesWe see a mix of short stories partial works cut from novelsprologues and epilogues as well as the replacements There are articles written for various publications that cover everything from a Sumo wrestler's favorite meal to pack on the poundage to the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945 to movies reviewsYou Only Live Twice and Cars to mention two to his favorite foods There are sketches and graphic stories he wroteHe ends this collection with a piece he wrote shortly after the horrific earthuake in 2011uite enjoyed this one The unusual cover art is by his young daughter Cocoa


  3. Shawn Michael Shawn Michael says:

    I know I know I just published a review of a wonderful project by Andrez and here we have another entry by him The explanation for this is that I had been reading both works concurrently and finished both of them about a week apart from one another The reviews would have been spaced out except for one thing; I happened to be working twelve hour shifts on a fourteen day run at my job When I would get off I usually had trouble reading much less writing out a critical review that would do justice to the source material So I decided to wait until I was off and had a bit brain power before I gave it a go Both reviews were in the pipe for a bit and I fired them off one after another With that out of the way let's get to the reviewI'll start out by saying that The Condimental Op by Andrez Bergen is simply sprawling in nature Included within are both fiction and non fiction; short stories and graphic adaptations plus alternate and reworked takes on some past fiction It's got some great art definitely including the cover which is displayed above left It comes to us courtesy of Andrez's daughter Cocoa which shows that talent runs in the family I'll be reviewing this in sections and concentrating on my favorites due to the large amount of material contained in this collection So on to part oneThe first section of the collection mainly contains stand alone short stories The forewords by Andrez are worth the price of admission alone That said I'd recommend reading the stories first and then coming back to the forewords That way you get to have a fresh view of the stories It's up to you though 'Sugar and Spice' tells the tale of two teenage delinuents planning a heist of a comic book store Needless to say all does not go as planned It may just be me but I find the proceedings darkly humorous I can't get the thought of the heist from Reservoir Dogs via the comic shop from The Simpsons out of my head Ha I apologize Very good story Moving on 'Victor Victoria' is my favorite from this section An action packed tale of aerial combat in WWI it reminds me of the Biggles series by WE Johns With a certain sly humor throughout it definitely entertains Plus the ending is hilarious Rounding out my trio of favorite tales we have 'A Woman of Sense' A tale of a female mercenary hired by a petty lord to be his bodyguard at least that's what he says Things go a bit off track from the jump and a bit of carnage ensues Once again it's the humor that really wins me over Apparently Andrez had a bit of trouble getting this published which really boggles my mind Very nice While these are my three favorites all the stories in this section are worth reading and highly recommendedThe next section contains four stories dealing with the adventures of Roy Scherer and Suzie Miller Partners in the detective agency of Scherer and Miller Investigators of the Paranormal and Supermundane they certainly live up to the agency's title Through the course of the stories they deal with a zombie but not really a zombie a vampire and a possessed typewriter The fourth story is a bit longer and doesn't feature Suzie It's a preuel with a much younger and less acerbic Roy stumbling onto what will be his first case While a bit hard to pick favorites if pushed I'll have to go with 'Lazarus Slept' and 'Revert to Type' In 'Lazarus' our heroes investigate a possible case of a zombie running amok Although things aren't uite kosher with the whole zombie identification Roy's rather blunt approach handles business rather nicely Things are a bit complicated with 'Revert to Type' Called on by a client who claims to have a possessed typewriter Roy uickly classes the guy as a total nutter Proved wrong Roy's usual straight ahead way of operating blows up in his face This is really Suzie's moment to shine and is a total joy Really great Half the fun in these tales are watching Roy go about business; the other half is Suzie annoying the hell out of him Has a whole lot of laugh out loud moments throughout the various stories I'm a big fan of the characters and hopefully we will see of them in the future Hint hint AndrezThe third section revisits the dystopian world of Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat Sci fi filtered through the darkest noir I'd highly recommend picking it up The duo of Floyd Mauina and Laurel Canyon are feautured in the first two stories 'Come Out Swinging' and 'Dread Fellow Churls' Both stories revolve around a rescue attempt although the latter is pulled off a bit smoothly 'Neck Tied' features a fellow Seeker a combination of detectivetracker Floyd being one as well in a rather desperate situation 'In Dreamed' is a story of Floyd's supposedly dead wife Veronica; she is apparently alive after all The ending is a nice twist She also features In my mind at least Andrez leaves it up to the reader in my favorite of two graphic adaptations included in this section 'Waiting For Sod All' As I really enjoyed TSMG these continuations and off shoots are greatly appreciated including the ones not mentioned All in all gritty dark and shot through with a touch of gallow's humor Really what's not to like?The final section fittingly entitled 'Ransacking the Archive' brings together a variety of materiel most of it non fiction articles Starting out with a number of prose selections written in 1989 it moves through critiues of food film music and culture Setting down an account of the weeks leading up to the birth of his daughter Cocoa is the most personal of these entries This may or may not be your cup of tea but I found them fascinating Very glad they were included since I believe they give a bit of insight on the events that helped shape the author's works Plus I just like reading reviews Ta Andrez


  4. Josh Josh says:

    For me reading The Condimental Op was like having a casual conversation with this novelist on the other side of the world It was as if we had run into one another at a bar and struck up a conversation about his writing career over a few beers my preference glasses of Johnnie Walker several Bergen character's preference or shots of Siamese vodka no one's preference but maybe it is all they had In the Condimental Op aka my hypothetical bar scenario Bergen opened up to his motivations behind his novels their meaning and important moments in his life that fueled them Like a conversation after a few drinks the topics pleasantly wandered from speculative fiction noir film music food sumo wrestling and current events I enjoyed the diversity very muchIt has been about a year since I picked up my first Bergen novel Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat Since then I have read his other works One Hundred Years of Vicissitude and Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? followed by Condimental Op His novels have been some of my favorite reads over the last year Each is different from the last including visits to Post Apocoliptic Melbourne 20th Century Japan and a surreal Comic Book city but each brings with it a piece of Bergen's endless pop culture knowledge and witty prose I enjoy Bergen's many references to pop culture comics music books etc throughout every novel While I recognize many of his references I can't say I know about all of them But Bergen's enthusiasm always comes through and it is contagious I never considered reading Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler prior to Bergen but now have them both on my to read shelf I also was never a fan of comic books but now have been through several since being inspired by reading Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? So cheers to Mr Bergen for this compilation that read like a conversation Thank you for your novels and keep them coming


  5. Nina Phunsta Nina Phunsta says:

    This is not only a fun collection of short stories and uixotic articles about every which way but loose but a wonderful insight into the mechanics of writing and the evolution of ideas


  6. Antoinette Averlais Antoinette Averlais says:

    Fantasatic range like a gift shop


  7. Peacegal Peacegal says:

    OP OP OP


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The Condimental Op ➿ The Condimental Op Free ➶ Author Andrez Bergen – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A collection of noir surreal stories comicbook asides hardboiled moments fantasy dystopia sci fi snapshots of Japanese culture and the existentialism of contemporary experimental electronic music This A collection of noir surreal stories comicbook asides hardboiled moments fantasy dystopia sci fi snapshots of Japanese culture and the existentialism of contemporary experimental electronic music This is Bergen's baptismal short story collection bringing together recent short The Condimental PDF or stories never before seen older material new comicbook art and a range of incisive pop culture articles written about music and Japan from to .

  • Paperback
  • 299 pages
  • The Condimental Op
  • Andrez Bergen
  • English
  • 20 November 2014
  • 9781782791898

About the Author: Andrez Bergen

Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer journalist DJ artist and ad hoc saké connoisseur who's been entrenched in Tokyo Japan for the past yearsBergen has written for publications such as Mixmag The Age Australian Style The Condimental PDF or VICE and the Yomiuri Shinbun He has published six novels wrote and illustrated three graphic novels and published five comic book seriesBergen's fiction previo.


7 thoughts on “The Condimental Op

  1. Christopher Irvin Christopher Irvin says:

    If you’ve ever wanted to peek behind the curtain and get a glimpse of an author’s life THE CONDIMENTAL OP is for you From the cover drawn by Bergen’s young daughter Cocoa to short stories spun from scrapped scenes in TOBACCO STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE and WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CAPES OF HEROPA? and non fiction articles from his past life as a journalist Bergen delivers a sort of DVD ExtrasBonus ContentB sides collection And it’s genuine funThe short stories republished from recent anthologiese zines All Due Respect Weird Noir Off the Record 2 Big Pulp Pulp Ink 2 and are great but Bergen’s commentary on editing the process as well as cutting scenes and tweaking them for the collection and his non fiction articles really stuck out for me I’m a huge fan of Satoshi Kon RIP and it was a pleasant surprise to read a review of his film Paprika – made me grab it off the shelf along with Paranoia Agent to throw in the ueue for a watch AND Bergen got to work with Production IG count me jealous – recounting his role in assisting the company achieve a natural English translationOverall the book was a refreshing treat and a format I’d like to see other authors pursue

  2. Randy Randy says:

    Andrez Bergen is a writer new to me one I came across since my relatively new membership on Facebook An ex pat Australian writer living in Tokyo for the past ten years He wears many hats fiction writer reviewerbooks movies and music teaching English full time and music creator as Little NobodyTHE CONDIMENTAL OPwith apologies to Dashiell Hammett is a sort of biographical piece that covers his career from his youngest days as a writer up to the present We get a look at how a working writer operates in producing his various piecesWe see a mix of short stories partial works cut from novelsprologues and epilogues as well as the replacements There are articles written for various publications that cover everything from a Sumo wrestler's favorite meal to pack on the poundage to the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945 to movies reviewsYou Only Live Twice and Cars to mention two to his favorite foods There are sketches and graphic stories he wroteHe ends this collection with a piece he wrote shortly after the horrific earthuake in 2011uite enjoyed this one The unusual cover art is by his young daughter Cocoa

  3. Shawn Michael Shawn Michael says:

    I know I know I just published a review of a wonderful project by Andrez and here we have another entry by him The explanation for this is that I had been reading both works concurrently and finished both of them about a week apart from one another The reviews would have been spaced out except for one thing; I happened to be working twelve hour shifts on a fourteen day run at my job When I would get off I usually had trouble reading much less writing out a critical review that would do justice to the source material So I decided to wait until I was off and had a bit brain power before I gave it a go Both reviews were in the pipe for a bit and I fired them off one after another With that out of the way let's get to the reviewI'll start out by saying that The Condimental Op by Andrez Bergen is simply sprawling in nature Included within are both fiction and non fiction; short stories and graphic adaptations plus alternate and reworked takes on some past fiction It's got some great art definitely including the cover which is displayed above left It comes to us courtesy of Andrez's daughter Cocoa which shows that talent runs in the family I'll be reviewing this in sections and concentrating on my favorites due to the large amount of material contained in this collection So on to part oneThe first section of the collection mainly contains stand alone short stories The forewords by Andrez are worth the price of admission alone That said I'd recommend reading the stories first and then coming back to the forewords That way you get to have a fresh view of the stories It's up to you though 'Sugar and Spice' tells the tale of two teenage delinuents planning a heist of a comic book store Needless to say all does not go as planned It may just be me but I find the proceedings darkly humorous I can't get the thought of the heist from Reservoir Dogs via the comic shop from The Simpsons out of my head Ha I apologize Very good story Moving on 'Victor Victoria' is my favorite from this section An action packed tale of aerial combat in WWI it reminds me of the Biggles series by WE Johns With a certain sly humor throughout it definitely entertains Plus the ending is hilarious Rounding out my trio of favorite tales we have 'A Woman of Sense' A tale of a female mercenary hired by a petty lord to be his bodyguard at least that's what he says Things go a bit off track from the jump and a bit of carnage ensues Once again it's the humor that really wins me over Apparently Andrez had a bit of trouble getting this published which really boggles my mind Very nice While these are my three favorites all the stories in this section are worth reading and highly recommendedThe next section contains four stories dealing with the adventures of Roy Scherer and Suzie Miller Partners in the detective agency of Scherer and Miller Investigators of the Paranormal and Supermundane they certainly live up to the agency's title Through the course of the stories they deal with a zombie but not really a zombie a vampire and a possessed typewriter The fourth story is a bit longer and doesn't feature Suzie It's a preuel with a much younger and less acerbic Roy stumbling onto what will be his first case While a bit hard to pick favorites if pushed I'll have to go with 'Lazarus Slept' and 'Revert to Type' In 'Lazarus' our heroes investigate a possible case of a zombie running amok Although things aren't uite kosher with the whole zombie identification Roy's rather blunt approach handles business rather nicely Things are a bit complicated with 'Revert to Type' Called on by a client who claims to have a possessed typewriter Roy uickly classes the guy as a total nutter Proved wrong Roy's usual straight ahead way of operating blows up in his face This is really Suzie's moment to shine and is a total joy Really great Half the fun in these tales are watching Roy go about business; the other half is Suzie annoying the hell out of him Has a whole lot of laugh out loud moments throughout the various stories I'm a big fan of the characters and hopefully we will see of them in the future Hint hint AndrezThe third section revisits the dystopian world of Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat Sci fi filtered through the darkest noir I'd highly recommend picking it up The duo of Floyd Mauina and Laurel Canyon are feautured in the first two stories 'Come Out Swinging' and 'Dread Fellow Churls' Both stories revolve around a rescue attempt although the latter is pulled off a bit smoothly 'Neck Tied' features a fellow Seeker a combination of detectivetracker Floyd being one as well in a rather desperate situation 'In Dreamed' is a story of Floyd's supposedly dead wife Veronica; she is apparently alive after all The ending is a nice twist She also features In my mind at least Andrez leaves it up to the reader in my favorite of two graphic adaptations included in this section 'Waiting For Sod All' As I really enjoyed TSMG these continuations and off shoots are greatly appreciated including the ones not mentioned All in all gritty dark and shot through with a touch of gallow's humor Really what's not to like?The final section fittingly entitled 'Ransacking the Archive' brings together a variety of materiel most of it non fiction articles Starting out with a number of prose selections written in 1989 it moves through critiues of food film music and culture Setting down an account of the weeks leading up to the birth of his daughter Cocoa is the most personal of these entries This may or may not be your cup of tea but I found them fascinating Very glad they were included since I believe they give a bit of insight on the events that helped shape the author's works Plus I just like reading reviews Ta Andrez

  4. Josh Josh says:

    For me reading The Condimental Op was like having a casual conversation with this novelist on the other side of the world It was as if we had run into one another at a bar and struck up a conversation about his writing career over a few beers my preference glasses of Johnnie Walker several Bergen character's preference or shots of Siamese vodka no one's preference but maybe it is all they had In the Condimental Op aka my hypothetical bar scenario Bergen opened up to his motivations behind his novels their meaning and important moments in his life that fueled them Like a conversation after a few drinks the topics pleasantly wandered from speculative fiction noir film music food sumo wrestling and current events I enjoyed the diversity very muchIt has been about a year since I picked up my first Bergen novel Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat Since then I have read his other works One Hundred Years of Vicissitude and Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? followed by Condimental Op His novels have been some of my favorite reads over the last year Each is different from the last including visits to Post Apocoliptic Melbourne 20th Century Japan and a surreal Comic Book city but each brings with it a piece of Bergen's endless pop culture knowledge and witty prose I enjoy Bergen's many references to pop culture comics music books etc throughout every novel While I recognize many of his references I can't say I know about all of them But Bergen's enthusiasm always comes through and it is contagious I never considered reading Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler prior to Bergen but now have them both on my to read shelf I also was never a fan of comic books but now have been through several since being inspired by reading Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? So cheers to Mr Bergen for this compilation that read like a conversation Thank you for your novels and keep them coming

  5. Nina Phunsta Nina Phunsta says:

    This is not only a fun collection of short stories and uixotic articles about every which way but loose but a wonderful insight into the mechanics of writing and the evolution of ideas

  6. Antoinette Averlais Antoinette Averlais says:

    Fantasatic range like a gift shop

  7. Peacegal Peacegal says:

    OP OP OP

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