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The Memory Of Marble
The Memory Of Marble
by Carolyn Beasley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A SIZZLING COLLECTION OF GREAT STORIES, 1 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Memory Of Marble (Paperback)
I love this collection of short stories. Many of these short stories have won awards, and it is really easy to see why. Carolyn's eye for details and her gift for language jump from the page and holds you until the end. The sensitivity of the writer is a gift that makes this stories memorable. Every story in this collection deals with characters who are 'obsessed' about something in their lives -- paintings, clocks, marble, a violin, books, flowers -- and all of those obsessions feed into their emotions and psychological make-up in a way that is rarely done in short stories.

Incredibly well written, original and entertaining. I know that the author is currently working on a novel, and I can't wait to see it published.


Bad Influence [DVD] [1990]
Bad Influence [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Rob Lowe
Price: £6.51

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD APART FROM THE SOUNDTRACK, 1 Mar 2004
This review is from: Bad Influence [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
I love this film of the nerdy office worker getting influenced by an outsider and stuffing his life up in the process.
It's well shot, well edited, fast-paced, but the soundtrack sounds very dated nowadays, which is why it only gets a 4/5. Get it if you want to see Rob Lowe doing some seriously good acting at a time when he was dismissed by the press as nothing more than just a pretty face. Good, scary fun.


The King of Torts
The King of Torts
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Grisham Legal Rollercoaster, 1 Mar 2004
This review is from: The King of Torts (Hardcover)
Grisham is back in the game with 'The Kings of Torts', the story of Clay Carter, a young litigator who works for the Office of the Public Defender, and how eventually cannot resist the temptation of making a killing in torts.
Like 'The Firm' and the 'Rainmaker', Grisham is back with his David vs Goliath storytelling and it does not disappoint. Like all Grisham's legal thrillers, the research in class actions and torts is an eye opener for those who are not involved in the legal system. The story is fast-paced and takes us from Washington to New York, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Grisham's prose is sharp, detailed and addictive.
If you'd like other Grisham's legal thrillers, you'll love this book.


The King Of Torts
The King Of Torts
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Grisham Legal Rollercoaster, 1 Mar 2004
This review is from: The King Of Torts (Paperback)
Grisham is back in the game with 'The Kings of Torts', the story of Clay Carter, a young litigator who works for the Office of the Public Defender, and how eventually cannot resist the temptation of making a killing in torts.
Like 'The Firm' and the 'Rainmaker', Grisham is back with his David vs Goliath storytelling and it does not disappoint. Like all Grisham's legal thrillers, the research in class actions and torts is an eye opener for those who are not involved in the legal system. The story is fast-paced and takes us from Washington to New York, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Grisham's prose is sharp, detailed and addictive.
If you'd like other Grisham's legal thrillers, you'll love this book.


Tart [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tart [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dominique Swain
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £4.04

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING PACKAGING -- GOOD FILM, 1 Mar 2004
First, let me point out that this movie has a completely misleading package -- it's nothing like 'Kids' or 'Cruel Intention', and it doesn't try to be. This coming-of-age story is told from the point of view of Cat (Swain) who is trying to hard to fit into other people's life while searching for her own identity. Swain does a convincing job at playing a confused and depressed young woman who needs to make important choices in her life, and the other actors are certainly better than some teen movies out there. It's not fast-paced, which means some viewers will be dissapointed: however, this is not 'Lolita 2' or 'Cruel Intention 3'. It is a character study, a slice of life of rich kids living in New York City, not a cheap-thrill, teen sex film.
The only thing I'll complain about is this: shame on the production company and distributors to package this film under the title 'Tart' (it has absolutely nothing to do with it, and it's an insult to the scriptwriter and actors involved) and shame on them for letting the public believe that this is a film about sex, drugs and fast life.
Packaged probably and re-titled, this film probably would have done quite well. Get it if you like character studies and dramas, but if you're looking for something like 'Cruel Intention', then you'll be dissapointed.


21st Century Grammar Handbook (21st Century Reference)
21st Century Grammar Handbook (21st Century Reference)
by Princeton Language I
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A REFERENCE BOOK, NOT A TEXT BOOK, 1 Mar 2004
The title clearly states that it's a reference book and not a text book, and thus it should be treated like a reference book.
This book is neartly organized in alphabetical order so you can quickly find what you're after. For example, if you want to know about verbs tenses, you look under 'Tense', and you'll find a definition of the 12 existing verb tenses with clear explanations and examples. There is no need to try to find what you're after in the index, which is often the case with other grammar books.
To use this book, you might need some basic knowledge of grammar, in which case I recommend a text book or workbook. The content is accurate and useful. Be aware, however, that it is a book published in the USA, and thus the grammar is somewhat different from British grammar in parts.
If you're a student of English or someone who likes to check grammar points quickly, I highly recommend this book.


The Working Hour - An Introduction To Tears For Fears
The Working Hour - An Introduction To Tears For Fears
Price: £4.25

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD INTRODUCTION TO TEARS FOR FEARS CATALOGUE, 1 Mar 2004
This is somewhat of an interesting compilation because it's one of the few that actually showcases Tears For Fears first four albums (most compilations only bother with the first three) and also a few b-sides which are not available on the standard albums (they are on the re-released masters and the b-side compilation album, 'Saturnine, Martial and Lunatic').
The songs a chronologically presented with the first four tracks taken from 'The Hurting'. The fifth track, 'The Marauders', is a b-side, and track 6-8 are from 'Songs from the Big Chair'. Track 9 and 10 are from 'Sowing the Seeds of Love', and track 11, 'Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dream' is a b-side. Track 12 and 13 are from the 'Elemental' album and the last two tracks, 14 and 15 are b-sides.
Overall, like the title implies, it is in fact 'an introduction to Tears For Fears' because there's enough there to showcase the duo's music career throughout fifteen years (although the 'Elemental' tracks are Roland Orzabal's solo work).


Raoul and the Kings of Spain [MINIDISC]
Raoul and the Kings of Spain [MINIDISC]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TEARS FOR FEARS GOES TO SPAIN, 1 Mar 2004
This is Tears For Fears's fifth album, which is in fact Roland Orzabal's second solo album after the departure of Curt Smith from the duo since the 'Sowing the Seeds of Love' album.
This album is obviously a very personal one for Roland, who named it after his son Raoul. The album has a strong 'Spanish' flavor to it, basically Roland's search into his heritage - his mother was Spanish, and here Roland discovers flamenco in some of the tracks and makes extensive use of unplugged guitars. A departure from 'Elemental' with more 'real instruments' and less programming, 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain' is musically accomplished, but somewhat lacks depth in the lyrics department, mostly because of its philosophical nature, which is somewhat not always accessible to all listeners. The track 'Secrets' starts off like an Elton John pastiche and then takes on a life of its own, making it one of the most powerful song on the album. An interesting and accomplished album if you're a Tears For Fears fan or someone who's not really into mainstream music.


Elemental [CASSETTE]
Elemental [CASSETTE]
Offered by horizons-usa
Price: £12.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROLAND ORZABAL'S FIRST SOLO ALBUM, 1 Mar 2004
This is the fourth Tears For Fears album, and the first without Curt Smith. In fact, this is Roland Orzabal's first solo album, but for some reason, he decided to keep the name Tears For Fears on release (most likely for marketing reasons).
'Elemental' is the type of album that grows on you after a few listening, and as a package all the songs hold pretty well together, but don't expect anything like the first three albums. A departure from the 'live' feel of 'Sowing the Seeds of Love', Roland returns to drum machines and programming, this time with lyrics that are somewhat obscure in parts and have a 'poetic' quality to them. There are some nice melodies in there but certainly nothing strong enough for commercial radio, which is not necessarily a bad thing since it has given Roland the freedom to experiment more freely without feeling constraint with writing a 'hit'. Having said that, 'Break it Down Again' was a popular tune on alternative radio stations when it first came out, and is more typical of what Tears For Fears purists would expect.
Finally, for fans, listening to 'Fish Out of Water' is somewhat disheartening, since 'Fish' is a reference to Curt Smith, and the whole song is nothing more than a backstabbing session on the former band member. For the record, Curt Smith took his revenge with a song titled 'Words' in his first solo album 'Soul on Board', a personal attack on Roland Orzabal about his delusion of grandeur and philosophical superiority. Good to hear that they've now got back together for a new album 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending' due in April 2004.


20th Century Masters - Tears For Fears
20th Century Masters - Tears For Fears
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £8.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE BUT INCOMPLETE COMPILATION, 1 Mar 2004
This compilation virtually ignores Tears For Fears first album 'The Hurting' by including only one track, 'Change'. It does feature some of Tears For Fears's greatest hits, 'Shout', 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' and 'Sowing the Seeds of Love', and somehow five out of the eight tracks from the 'Songs from the Big Chair' album. There are no tracks from the 'Elemental' and 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain' albums, Tears For Fears's fourth and fifth albums.
Overall, it's a nice compilation but far from complete.


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