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Among the Fallen: Resurrection: 1
Among the Fallen: Resurrection: 1
by Scott Beadle
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book I've Ever Read, 3 Dec. 2012
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I bought this when I heard the Catholic Church had succeeded in having it banned. What I didn't realise was that it had been banned, not for challenging Christian doctrine, but for crimes against the English Language. This book is truly awful!!!

A self-publication (what publishing house would touch it?), it is littered with spelling, grammar and typing errors. Apparently, the authors are unfamiliar with either the role of, or even the concept of, an editor.

The plot is ridiculously obvious, the style almost totally descriptive (now she did this, then she did that, then she did this again...aaagggghhhh!!!!) What was probably most annoying about the book, however, was the use of the word 'suddenly' which appears several times per page, every page. Nothing happens suddenly in this book. The pace is painful, and the word 'suddenly' is used in instances such as 'suddenly, she turned the corner'... but nothing happens. She just turns the corner and some other uninteresting event occurs.

I read the book because I had paid good money for it, but also in the vain hope that it would improve. It did not. Then the book ended before anything of substance had actually happened... and we are all expected to buy the next installment of this drivel. Not likely.

It is beyond me how this book has sold well. It is utterly awful. Please don't waste your money and insult your mind. Tops my list of All-Time Worst Books Ever... and that takes some doing.

Guys, if you are going to continue writing, please find an editor, and please look up 'dialogue' in the dictionary... look, I've even spelled it for you. -10/10
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All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Things Must Pass... but some are timeless, 10 April 2012
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This review is from: All Things Must Pass (Audio CD)
All Things Must Pass is proof, beyond a shadow of doubt that, whatever the reasons for George's work being passed over in favour of Lennon and Mc Cartney's, it had nothing to do with his song-writing abilities. This is an incredible album, which still sounds fresh forty years later. There is that late-Beatles sound going on, but also something more mellow, more funky.

The composition on this is certainly stronger, I believe, than anything Mc Cartney achieved post-Beatles. A mature and accomplished album, well written, with top quality orchestration, playing and production (Phil Spector) accompanying Harrison's wonderful songs and powerful lyrics.

An album that seems to get better and better as it goes on, there are some knockout tunes on here. Apart from the timeless My Sweet Lord, standout tunes, for me, include the title track, Isn't It A Pity, I Dig Love, Hear Me Lord and, in particular, the splendid Let It Down, but virtually every track is superb.

Polar Bear
Polar Bear
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the most interesting musicians on the contemporary jazz scene, 4 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Polar Bear (Audio CD)
Post-jazz, nu-jazz, jazz??? - what's in a name? Polar bear are, by far the most interesting musicians of any category that I have heard on a long time. Seb's energetic and innovative drumming inspires profound creative energy from his band. I recently saw them live in Galway and they are just as brilliant and professional on stage. What I initially thought was synthesised overdubbing turns out to be high-tech, live sampling of the musicians as they play, who may then respond to their own playbacks. It creates a wonderful texture which is almost never overcooked. I highly recommend Polar Bear to anyone who is interested in new music, jazz, drum and bass, or just plain, good music - they span the spectrum and push all the boundaries. From the catchy tunes, to soulful vocal collaborations, to Tom's hot bass riffs, which incorporate contemporary repetition coupled with a very fine jazz sensibility, this album will alternatively have you tapping your feet and then in wonderous rapture. You will not be disappointed! This self-titled album brings to a crescendo the ideas which were being explored in the previous two, and equally enjoyable, albums, Dim Lit and Held On The Tips Of Fingers. The new album is, apparently, due early in 2010. For Seb's alternative rock incarnation, check out Acoustic Ladyland.

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