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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Paperback

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots to compare with, 29 Jun 2006
Without doubt as noted above - a page turner and a great introduction. However how well it stands up against Service's book and Robert Tucker's books on Djugashvili I am not so sure. I think S S-M sees his aims as to provide an introduction. I think Robert Service' biography is THE definitive work and S S-M's book serves as a very able introduction though at times it is somewhat confusing and liable to feed the picture of the great murdering tyrant. Still a greta read and a worthwhile purchase.
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Last Vestige of Holism
Last Vestige of Holism
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £35.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stuff from Edinburgh (believe it or not), 11 Feb 2005
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This is a superb album. I first heard one track on the great Vic Galloway's 'Air' radio prog whilst driving back from Sheepland after getting back onshore and immediately had to track it down. Like the reviewer above there is such a blend of styles on here that it almost defies categorising. If you like edgy music which is pushing the bounds, borders on trip hop, scratch, rap but is more than all of the combination of those styles then get your listening gear around this. It is a truly excellent set from an Edinburgh based collective destined (hopefully) to go far.


The Mirror Conspiracy
The Mirror Conspiracy
Price: £8.18

15 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Mundania, 12 July 2004
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Welcome to the world of kitsch; a world where as long as you label it 'chill-out' you can get away with any old load of pony. Chuck in a few reggae bass lines, a few snatches of foreign lingo, some lazy keyboards and samples and Rab's yer mother's brother. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. It is laziness personified.
Errrr....you didn't like it then? Nope - a complete waste of money that went straight back on the Used market.
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Danube (Panther)
Danube (Panther)
by Claudio Magris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

12 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual self-advertising, 12 July 2003
This review is from: Danube (Panther) (Paperback)
I am not sure who is to blame more - the learned poet translator or the wannabee poet intellectual author. Like the reviewer above I dragged my way through this book continually affronted by Magris' attempts to blind us with his knowledge and name dropping. This Italian Melvyn Bragg's atempts to provide a book on the diversity of the Danube just ends up as an opportunity for him to namecheck various obscure figures of European thought. HE revels in it along with his bootiful Italian companions. I found it turgid in the extreme. No descriptions of the geography or landscape. There is no heart in this book. Just cold intellectualism. It is dull beyond belief.


Performance: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Performance: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still stands up after all this time, 16 Dec 2002
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I bought this to replace an old vinyl copy not having heard it for a long time and it was great to hear it all again if a little disappointing in that the packaging could be a little better. Some superb guitar work from Ry Cooder, and vocals by Randy Newman and Michael Richard (Sir!! bollix) , I presume Nitzsche's instrumentals but It would have been nice to know a little about the other musicians on the soundtrack. This doesn't take away from the music at all and the associations that it brings back to a great film btw. The power that is still there in tracks like the Last Poets "Wake Up Niggers" and the edgy sensation from tracks like Acid Rolls Royce latterly redone by William Orbit. The Merry Clayton stuff too is excellent.


Getting in: a Novel
Getting in: a Novel
by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.71

4.0 out of 5 stars craftsmanlike humourous observation, 11 Oct 2000
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Again another contemporary American writer that doesn't get much notice this side of the pond. After reading The Planets I had to get hold of this and it certainly builds on what I know of Mr. Boylan's writing - his ability to keenly observe people - to parody and to personify at the same time. I don't know how true to American society this is but that's not really the point. It is the wonderful observation of the transactions within this family group that provide the humour and the pathos and the tension of this book. Excellently written and full of wit - you have to read it in a oner.


The Last of How it Was
The Last of How it Was
by T. R. Pearson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious, 11 Oct 2000
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T.R, Pearson's books do not really get this side of the pond. After reading the very excellent Cry Me a River and A Short History of a Small Place I was expecting more from this one.After plugging away and plugging away at it, by the middle you finally DO come to realise that it is a book with something to say but so stylised as to be one track only. The e.e.cummings "i had an uncle named sol......" long winded discurcive style gets to be too much and this is a real pity. Buried in there are some real gems of humour but the quality of the writing is so buried beneath this forced style that, once set by Pearson, it has to be stuck too. A real shame but don't give up ....read the other two instead


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