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Carrie
Carrie
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Book, 1st prize for horror..., 29 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Carrie (Paperback)
SK described this book as raw. Horror needs to be raw, and many modern day writers of fiction need to read this to experience the true nitty gritty of life and power.
I feel SK portrays the social hierarchy of high school extremley well in this, something which I find many authors failing at. Carrie's mother portrays a sadistic evangelical figure, intent on keeping her daughter 'free from sin'. This tactic of parents was used again by SK in IT with Eddie Kasbrak (My first and 2nd Fav SK novel).
SK deliveres to us in this book a power punch. Though short, it is excellent. I feel its only downfall is the time elapsation with over half the book being concentrated on Prom Night, and sections from reports years after and years before.


SYSTEM OF A DOWN TOXICITY (TAB)
SYSTEM OF A DOWN TOXICITY (TAB)
by Various
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I say?, 18 Jan. 2003
As some people know, System of a Down are my favourite band, and Toxicity my favourite Cd. When I came across this book in music shop, I bought it. As soon as I got home, my guitar was detuned and I began to learn Chop Suey!
This boom offers a comphrehensive guide to the music of SOAD'S 2nd album Toxicity. It gives you everything you need to know, including what to detune to, chords, tablature, piano, and vocals. For a guiatrist like myself, to be able to paly the tunes that the teacher just doesn't know is fantastic. If you are a SOAD fan and play guitar, you need this!


Toxicity
Toxicity
Price: £4.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album ever?, 21 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Toxicity (Audio CD)
This album, is without a doubt, one of the greatest rock albums ever made. The quality of the songs is fantastic, and there isn't a dull moment. Serj Tankians voice rages from the bratsih squeel of a child to the sound of a prophet calling his followers to prayer. Malakian's guitar provides choppy quirky rythms which provides the middle-eastern feel which allows to make them likened to Sepultura. Odajian and Dolmayan keep things tight at the back.
The album's greatest moment comes with Chop Suey! a song about addiction and martydom, death and suicide. Also making me excited is Toxicity, a song about the enviroment, Prison Song, a song about the US prison system ,ATWA, a song linked to Charles Manson through its name ( ATWA was the short name for Manson's charity), and Aerials, a slow menacing track and finale on the album.
If you have lost faith with pop-punk, and can't stand the nu-metal corporate rock-whores, listen to this album. It is thought-provoking and over all amazing.


American Psycho
American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Satire, 7 Dec. 2002
This review is from: American Psycho (Paperback)
This book, I loved. Its pure satire straight from the intellectually messed up mind of Bateman, a pathological time bomb exploding in the book to help Ellis show the world the downside of yuppie America. The events range from comparing business cards to violence at the most extreme level.
Ellis uses Bateman very well in the book. His self analytical diagonstic style at times shock the reader. Late in the book, the story moves from 1st person to 3rd person for a couple of pages, exhibiting an unexpeted style of sleek beutiful prose found no where else in the psychoanalytical frame of Bateman.
The characters all show flaws of upper class yuppie society. Evelyne obsessed with marriage and wealth, Courtney constantly on anti-depressents, making her a character the complete opposite of Bateman.
The humour is not in the violence, but in the explicit manner in which Bateman tells people numerously he is psychotic and wants to kill them and they are obvlivious to it.
To experience a completley different novel, read this. An explosive satire on American capitalist corruption featuring a genuine psychotic murderer will have your heart racing.


The Shining
The Shining
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining from beginning to end, 7 Dec. 2002
This review is from: The Shining (Paperback)
This book is my second favourite King novel, being surpassed by Different Seasons. The story has been immortalised in the famous Stanley Kubrick film the Shining, but once you read the book, you understand why King was upset about the film. The book features lots more things the film didn't include, including animals made from hedges which like to hurt people. The ending is completley different as well. It goes in such a different direction, you can't believe one was related to the other.
This is a must read book. Stephen King really out does himself with this one.


Blade of the Immortal Volume 4: On Silent Wings: On Silent Wings v. 4
Blade of the Immortal Volume 4: On Silent Wings: On Silent Wings v. 4
by Hiroaki Samura
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Keep this book immortal, 6 Dec. 2002
Probably the best manga of it's genre, Blade of the Immortal continues to amaze and astound me, the art is quite simply, beutiful, flowing lines rather than the usual basic drawing. A mixture of language from 17th century Japan and modern day slang creates an original feel to the book, and the story line, well, amazing is an understatement. A must read for both avid manga fan's and new comers to the Japanese art form.


Focus on Love (Sweet Dreams)
Focus on Love (Sweet Dreams)
by Mandy Anson
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Focus on Paint Drying, 6 Dec. 2002
If you are a 11 year old girl thinking about reading about this book, and use words like 'dreamy' this book iS for you. For the rest of us, please avoid. A 'typical' early teen romance, full of 'lush' lads. The funniest moment was when she got stuck in a locker, or when she ran into a table. Apart from these half hearted moments, the book is short, boring, and uninsperational. A waste of your time.


The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am emotional rollercoster., 29 Aug. 2002
Regardless whether you are 9 or 90, this is a must read book. If you have read other Pullman works and thought " What a pile of rubbish. What a bore fest!" Think that no longer, because here we have a gret book. In parts, it will have your heart racing. In others it will have you crying from emotional separations that are part of the stroyline. Maybe even falling in love with the characters, as they fall in love with eachother. Anyhow, if you read one series of Pullman, make it this one.


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