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Take Me To Church
Take Me To Church

5.0 out of 5 stars Feeeeeeelin it!, 19 Dec 2013
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Absolutely loved this - passion, story, joy.....all loaded in to 4 minutes. Not often a piece of music moves me but boy does this!!!!

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 31 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Headhunters (Kindle Edition)
Straight up - this is hilarious! There were points in the text where i was doubled up with laughter: the waste tank at the farm, the orgasm, the tractor with the doggy on the back, the stolen truck. All dark humour, but if you read it for what it is (an interesting diversion from Harry Hole) then it is thoroughly entertaining. If you're not easily offended (come on, relax!) then take some time to get in to it.

The Blind Man of Seville
The Blind Man of Seville
by Robert Wilson
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are Blind until the Light is Revealed, 16 July 2006
This was the first book i had read by Wilson and certainly yet ranks as one of the best.

It has the rare and rather endearing ability that eludes most authors - to draw the reader in completely to the point where we feel and breathe and taste the world that our protagonists inhabit.

We accompany the main character Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon as he descends in to a spectacular personal breakdown, all laid bare on the pages of Wilson's novel as murders occur in the Garden City of Seville.

What makes this stand out from other who-dunnits is the flashbacks that Wilson has laced the text with. This in itself, very obviously, is nothing new, but it is the power and insight that the flashbacks allow us in to the life of Javier's deceased father and Javier's origins, that make this unique.

I found myself suspended from other aspects of my life, rapt under the spell that the words cast upon me. I empathised with Falcon to the point of true emotion, feeling crushed, elated, horrified and adrift in turn.

Infact, i found the work so masterful that i think about it even today, a year after reading - and here i am, writing this review.

Need i say anymore in recommendation?

An Instance Of The Fingerpost
An Instance Of The Fingerpost
by Iain Pears
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic, 13 Oct 2005
Where to start?
I suppose the most engaging aspect of this novel is the ability of Pear's characters to utterly and truly bring you in to who and what they are.
I found myself understanding why they acted as they did, why they saw events in a certain light despite being contradicted by others and even developing a bias for them!
The plot clicks nicely in to place with 'the instance of the fingerpost', Bacon's term for the true account. The revelation in the final part of the story touches, for me, the heart. It caused me to think when i read it and i still find myself thinking over what happened even now.
From da Cola's concealment, through Prescott's madness, Wallis' darkness and eventually Wood's love, this novel is a tour de force of how it should be done - a mixture of knowledge, witty observations, humour and how love and hatred can create two entirely different opinions from a shared incident.
Highly recommended.

Facing Future
Facing Future
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful, 13 Jun 2005
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This is a CD that just begs to be listened to when you've had a monster of a day and just need some chillin out.
The lovely, body-plucking notes that are pulled from the instruments make you want to make it to Hawaii and live the atmosphere that this collection conveys.
The version of 'Somewhere over the rainbow/Wonderful World' is truly amazing - and sounds even better at 3am when you've had too many and there's enough people present to have a group-go at the song.
Well worth it.
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by Clive Barker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be much better, 13 Jun 2005
This review is from: Galilee (Paperback)
I had picked up this book on the strength of two things: having read Imajica and the synopsis on the dust cover.
Unfortunately, neither expectation lived up to the potential that Barker has in his work.
I had expected something of the yuckiness that unfolded between Rachel and Galilee, but the goop that concluded this part of the story was, to be honest, quite sickening.
I don't think i'll be going out of my way to get the second volume unless i'm stuck for something to read, which i doubt will ever occur as there are many, many more deserving books out there!
It could have been so much better if Galilee had stayed at sea and Geary's utilised their 'unimaginable' wealth that we keep hearing about. At the end you don't really care.
All in all, try something else, you'll not be missing anything.

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