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Edwin Page
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21 Jan 2005
Edwin Page provides a comprehensive study of cult director Quentin Tarantino, examining films such as Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk til Dawn as well as his lesser known work.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars (21 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714531162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714531168
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over fifty books published since 2005, British writer Edwin Page (or Ed Page as he's known to readers of his comedy fiction) is one of the most prolific authors of the early 21st Century. Having written in at least four non-fiction genres and eight fiction genres, he is also one of the most diverse.

His novels range from the widely acclaimed historical novel Where Seagulls Fly to the popular apocalyptic tale Sub-Zero, which is set in Britain after the Gulf Stream stops flowing. They also include the crazy science fiction comedy Brian the Vampire, in which you'll find the Rabbit Mafia and the spineless hellhound called Sven, and The Red Brick Road, a delightful and uplifting story about Dorothy's great granddaughter returning to Oz.

His non-fiction books include works on the films of Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. The latter led to Mr. Page being interviewed by the British Press Association in relation to Boyle's opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics and he was quoted in over 50 publications along with social commentators such as Billy Bragg. He has also written Everyday Magic, the only book to prove and explain Oneness (God/The Source/Tao) and its ramifications in relation to what we believe and the way we live.

Edwin Page has a 1st Class degree in Film & Literary Studies and has had numerous short stories, articles and poems published in a variety of publications. Born and bred near Cambridge, he went to university in Plymouth and Carlisle, and now lives in western Cornwall.

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About the Author

Edwin Page has a first class degree in film and literary studies and has had several stories, poems and articles published in a variety of magazines. He is the author of Quintessential Tarantino and Horribly Awkward: The New Funny Bone also published by Marion Boyars Publishers.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Few insights and let down by poor editing 6 Oct 2006
By SteveG
Format:Paperback
I ordered this book based on the reviews available; I was looking for an insightful study of QT's films - something that would highlight themes and references I'd missed, and that would add enjoyment to subsequent viewings. Unfortunately, I didn't find anything new in the book, despite not being a Tarantino aficionado. What I did find were summaries of all the films on offer including all key plot points (making this book unsuitable for people who haven't seen all of the films) along with obvious, often repetitive, opinions from the author. One QT trademark highlighted is that of the use of a case (of money, drugs, etc.) in each film, but rather than refer to this as "the case/bag motif" or another appropriate label, the author repeats every previous example, adding the new instance each time. The unnecessary word count from this approach must be considerable. Also, a comparison between Reservoir Dogs and The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (page 54) refers to the use of colour aliases, citing the examples of Mr Grey, Brown, Blue and Green, and noting that only Mr Brown - the character QT himself plays - is used in Dogs; an interesting point, except that Mr Blue was also used, and the fact that he was played by noted criminal/author Eddie Bunker only highlights the seriousness of this omission, or the discussion of his involvement in the film anywhere in the book. These omissions, coupled with the typographical errors and the cited reference sources being almost exclusively internet-based left me with an impression of an unpolished, rushed work - perhaps (and this is pure speculation on my part) a reworking of the dissertation that saw him receive the "first class degree in film and literary studies" noted on the rear cover. In my opinion, the substantial cover price printed a couple of inches lower demanded more thorough research, better quality control prior to publication, and that the author had something new to say about a most original writer/director.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tarantino exposed 14 May 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is essential reading for Tarantino fans. I found this book suprisingly informative and loaded with interesting facts that bring an awareness to Tarantino"s intentions and make reviewing Tarantino"s films even more interesting the second time around. This book does what it's supposed to do - inform. Well done Mr Page - who"s next?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL QUINTESSENTIAL 7 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
An incredibly interesting read, well written and totally avoids the 'long-windedness' and self-importance that a lot of these books seem to subject their readers too. Definitely one to hang onto and not trade in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Any Tarantino Fan 20 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
The book is full of interesting facts and quotes about the great Tarantino. This is a must read for any Tarantino fan, it would be a great addition to anyones Tarantino collection.
It has been well written and very factual.
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