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Mr. Shon W. Lewis "Ebony Sky" (Machester, UK)

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by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing in the best possible way, 27 Nov 2006
This review is from: Coraline (Paperback)
I discovered this book a little over four years ago. It was the first Gaimain novel I had come across, and remains--despite my delving into the fascinating depths of Neverwhere's London Below, the dangerous beauty of Stardust's Faerie and all the rest--my absolute favourite of all his works. His clear, unconvuluted style is really allowed to shine through here as this story is primarily for children, giving a wonderfully bleak, chilly feel. Also, Gaiman's masterful tendency of leaving much unexplained and not feeling the need to rationalise the extraordinary is, no doubt one that will appeal to children greatly.

Admittedly, the basic idea of a 'Looking-Glass' world is not original, but the intricacies of the storyline certainly are. This novel has that feel that so many horror films try (and largely fail) to obtain with their demonic children and evil dollies; Coraline is awash with a kind of twisted innocence that is infinitely eerie.

Black buttons have ever since made me edgy.

A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.90

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!, 4 Feb 2006
I bought this after falling in love with their song 'I Write Sins Not Tradegies', to find that all the others were even better. Each one is unique, but at the same time, they all have the distinctive sound of Panic!. Catchy, with begging-to-be-danced-to music and great lyrics, the choruses will stick in your head for days. The depressing themes are offset by wry humour, and long, random, Fall Out Boy-esque song titles. There is also a very obvious vaudevillian influence on this album, particularly on my favourite track, the stunningly original, 'There's a Good Reason These Tables are Numbered, Honey...', where the comparison can be made both in the piano hooks and the words.
This is an indescribable album, full of fresh ideas and inventive composition--just buy it!

Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles)
Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles)
by Anne Rice
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Treasure, 4 Feb 2006
I bought this book thinking that it would be an unimaginative, average horror story that would keep me occupied on car journeys, despite its claims of being the second-most incluencial vampire novel of all time. However, my low expectations were shattered the second I started reading.
Anne Rice's book features a defeated vampire, Louis, telling a journalist the tale of his life. The literary style is equistite, mingling the beautiful with the grotesque perfectly, and the characterisation is good, which is very unsusual for a horror story. I fell in love with Louis immediately, and found the idea of the demon-child Claudia intriguing.
Unfortunately, the second in the series rather disappointed me, mainly because it was centred around Lestat, whom I didn't really connect with--it was a fair book, but nothing special. I gave up a few chapters into the third book, as it was clear that the series was going to focus then-on on Lestat and the history of the vampires, in place of Louis' much more human and personal story.
In short, an excellent book, but don't expect the same quality from the rest of the series.

36 Degrees
36 Degrees

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Well Worth Buying, 20 Nov 2005
This review is from: 36 Degrees (Audio CD)
36 Degrees was an early single from the self-titled debut album, and in my opinion, a very under-rated song. Sliding guitar riffs complement Brian's typical nasal vocals, with a spectacular result. The lyrics are my favourite part--enigmatic and introverted, they're expertly written and sung in a ditatched manner that underlines the loneliness of the song. One of my ablsolute favourites. Add a great cover of 'Dark Globe', and this is an essential for any real Placebo fan.

Slave to the Wage [CD 1]
Slave to the Wage [CD 1]
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: 4.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Single, 20 Nov 2005
'Slave to the Wage' is a memorable, sing-along-friendly song from Placebo's third album, Black Market Music. The simple, effective tune is offset by Placebo's trademark intelligent lyrics. Also included on the CD are two of my favourite B-Sides. 'Bubblegun' is an amusing song that reminds us what a good writer Brian Molko is--he can make even the subject of ejactulation sound poetic. 'Leni' (this is how it's actually spelt), on the other hand, is a tragic, beautiful piece with some of the most haunting words I have ever heard. It's worth buying this for 'Leni' alone.

Nancy Boy [CD 2]
Nancy Boy [CD 2]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo Conquer the Mainstream, 20 Nov 2005
This review is from: Nancy Boy [CD 2] (Audio CD)
Placebo, an alternative European band, were pretty much unheard of before this single. When it was released, it became an instant alternative hit and even propelled itself to the respectable position of 4th in the UK charts, despite the fact that it's hardly mainstream material. The track buzzes with sexual energy, from the shiny guitar-lines to the nasal whine of Brian Molko's distinctive voice, moaning lyrics such as, 'Does his makeup in his room/Douses himself in cheap perfume/Eyeholes in a paper bag/Greatest lay I ever had'. As an absolute die-hard Placebo fan, this is one of my favourite songs ever. Even if alternative music isn't generally your thing, try this track. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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