lol omg he is so 1337

Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.


Tue 21

That’s 2004, then

Max Christmas is a deeply sacred holiday in Australia, because its arrival signals that it’s time to put aside daily trivialities and focus on what Aussies really care about: sun, sport, and lying around not doing much. I am partaking in this by making a pilgrimage to Perth, and since Western Australia doesn’t have electricity, this will be my last blog of the year.

Thanks to everyone who’s visited my site in 2004—this blogging thing has been very cool. I wasn’t sure what the hell I was doing in the beginning, or whether posting regular updates to my site would quickly get boring. I don’t know about you, but I’m still having fun, so I’ll be back in 2005.

P.S. Okay, okay, Western Australia has electricity.


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Justin Holt (#147)

Location: Rochester, NY
Quote: ""
Posted: 5412 days ago

From looking briefly over the website, Perth looks like a the 1000 Islands meet Toronto. It looks nice, and the "A sun-baked city that can go weeks or even months without substantial rainfall, one of Perth's main attractions lies in the pristine quality of its beaches. Unbroken stretches of golden sands run the entire length of the city's coastal suburbs." description has me jealous as I think to the mounds of snow that I'll be seeing on the annual voyage to Niagara Falls to visit grandma. Have fun on the vacation, and have a safe Christmas.

And thanks for the regular updates this year. They've been funny, and interesting to say the least. Can't wait to see what the new year brings (achem Company please).

Chris (#816)

Location: Quebec, Canada
Posted: 5412 days ago

The sun sounds quite good now that it's -17C/1F out around here. :(

Morzaria (#463)

Location: Bangalore, India, well, most of the time atleast...
Quote: "We are gonna run run run to the cities of the future.."
Posted: 5412 days ago

A cool 28C here.

Ave fun on your holiday.

Cantrall (#26)

Location: New Orleans
Quote: "Anagrams with my name: Chancellor thirst rap, Anarchist perch troll, Ranch pro at hillcrest, Ill rorschach pattern, Cornstarch hitler pal"
Posted: 5412 days ago

I love the way you guys say Perth. I really love the way you guys say Carins, though. Lived there for a few months myself, and I can't take it when they say Care-ins on the TV here in the ol' US (which they do pretty much always).

Emily (#275)

Location: Oklahoma, United States
Quote: "Reading is sexy"
Posted: 5412 days ago

Mmm...having a warm Christmas holiday sounds extremely nice. It's 35 degrees here. Absolutely Horrid. I'm quite glad I don't live in Quebec this time of year!

I must say I agree with Justin, your entries have been entertaining, and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of Company to my local Barnes & Noble!

Scott (#354)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Quote: "Max Barry tastes like awesome"
Posted: 5412 days ago

I'm dreaming of a white christmas?

Your entires are always entertaining. So much so, that I feel a bit depressed that they aren't daily, or bi-daily. Though if they were I'd probably be bored and would wonder if being a writer was all that of a busy job. Either way, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Max, as well as all your fans here. I'll have fond memories of 2004 and reading your books to kill time between classes. (sometimes during)

Reggi (#774)

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "it's not the men in my life that counts -- it's the life in my men. - mae west"
Posted: 5412 days ago

You said you'd come back in 2005 and I freaked. Somehow saying "next year" always has connotations of months and months away. It took a moment for me to realise 2005 is only eight days away. Heh.

Mondy (#71)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "You know, it's time like these when I really wish I'd had that lobotomy"
Posted: 5412 days ago

Max the pleasure is all our.

Have a lovely X-Mas in Perth.



Sophie (#891)

Location: Devon
Posted: 5412 days ago

Ah, the rest of 2004 will be boring without you. I hope you have a great christmas, though ... and thanks for all the great books and blogs of the past years ;)
Also, when you're having fun on the beach ... spare a thought for the less fortunate people stuck in freezing England... Meep.

Becky (#835)

Quote: "Oh! I get it now!"
Posted: 5412 days ago

I still can't imagine a warm Christmas. Crazyness.

Zach (#897)

Location: Boston, MA, USA
Posted: 5411 days ago

Have a happy new year mate!

Shivaun (#50)

Location: melbourne
Quote: "we must go to the party in order to drink a lot and dance with girls"
Posted: 5410 days ago

I'm stuck in Melbourne and, worse than that, am working christmas day and boxing day... erg.
I feel a scrooge mood coming on...

Stephanie (#909)

Location: Canada
Posted: 5407 days ago

Merry Christmas Max :)


Deb Cupples (#489)

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Quote: "Deb finds cool stuff"
Posted: 5404 days ago

Hello Max. I visit your site on a regular basis, but in particular tonight because of my visit (can't find the fariggin' link) to some news-y website that remarked, "10 Australians dead" due to the tsunami disaster. I almost expected to see a comment, but hadn't been here in a while (*guilt*) so I didn't know that you were on a bit of a leave. I was taken by the way the article was written, very caring and determined to find out where-"our"-folks-are ...type of thing. It seems as though everyone cares about everyone in Australia - what do you folks know that the rest of us can learn from?

do we have any hope...

NineReeds (#917)

Location: Sasatia
Quote: ""
Posted: 5404 days ago

You get to go on holiday?
But I demand a signed copy of Jennifer Government!
'Tis the best literary works that I have ever chanced eyes apon!
What do I have to do to get it signed!?

Tim (#930)

Location: Benalla, Australia
Quote: "I LIKE SQUID!!!"
Posted: 5397 days ago

"P.S. Okay, okay, Western Australia has electricity."

Since when?

Kyle (#939)

Location: gosport, england
Quote: "I f you don't make a friend, one might make you"
Posted: 5396 days ago

what do u like about australia?

Mondy (#71)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "You know, it's time like these when I really wish I'd had that lobotomy"
Posted: 5393 days ago

Hi Max,

Nice to see the blog quoted in The Age over the weekend Jan 8th (Charlotte's Web: a brand new spin). Though, I'm not sure about the author calling you Max Berry. Anyway, Syrup was described as a "cute office comedy", which is better than a "crap office comedy" :-).



Joe Sherrod (#947)

Location: Rockville, Maryland, USA
Posted: 5392 days ago

Either I didn't look hard enough Max, or I couldn't find an email address to contact you with on this site, however...

You may be interested in an article posted of late on Slashdot:

It's about a man selling advertising space on his forehead over eBay. Every man loves being a modern Nostradamus, so I figured you'd appreciate the read.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 5392 days ago

Ah, thanks Mondy, I hadn't seen that! Always nice to get a mention in my home town. :)

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