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Sherlock Holmes & The Master Engraver (The Revival of Sherlock Holmes)
Sherlock Holmes & The Master Engraver (The Revival of Sherlock Holmes)
Price: £4.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Writr off eight hours, put your feet up.., 5 Aug. 2015
Not the original but the best since Sir Arthur...

101 Power Ballads
101 Power Ballads
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Price: £14.95

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you know you're over 40 when..., 3 Sept. 2009
This review is from: 101 Power Ballads (Audio CD)
This is an instant gift for 40 something Dads and chaps who spend a lot of time on the road...It doesn't break new ground, doesn't give the listener a new angle on anything, it just ROCKS.
If you've ever played Phil Cllins' In The Air Tonight drum solo this compilation is for you. If you've ever gurned alongside Freddy Mercury in your mind while he sings on the radio this compilation is for you.
Obviously by now the royalty payments are very low on most of these tracks hence their continued appearances on various compilations but it's a good, honest choice. A few nice surprises too (Cheap Trick et al)
If this were labelled 'Top Gear, Clarkson's Pyjama's' or something more marketable it would sell more strongly but it must be admitted that, for 101 tunes, this is more than a little of a bargain.
The box is awful and WILL fall apert the third time you open it by the way - 6 CDs in one multi-hinged case is beyond the powers of science...

When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat
When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat
by John Harricharan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum, 26 Feb. 2009
I hate negativity and relish a good read but have to say that, in this cae, I was collossally disappointed. I think that a book like Jonathan Livingston Seagull only comes along once and many authors have sought to join in following its success. Unfortunately this is not a book which should be mentioned in the same paragraph. The writing style is clumsy and the allegorical content laboured - rather like a poor magician attempting frantically to focus your attention on his other hand this story tries to be cleverer than it ultimately is. The title is inspired and unfortunately the inspiration seems to have dried up by the fly leaf. I dont believe in reviewing by citing chunks of text or revealing 'whodunnit' and hope that many will find something important to them within its pages but if you go in with moderate expectations this is much more likely to happen. I so wanted to enjoy this book but found that it was like Motorway Service Station food - what you think you are going to get bears little resemblance to what you find in front of you.
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story
by Richard Bach
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book this year..., 26 Feb. 2009
There is nothing that I can say that has not already been said. If you have heard about JLS and never read it, are just browsing Amazon or have happened upon this by chance please please buy the book and read it in one sitting. Perhaps you're thinking of reading it because you should...did you ever consider that? Well, you probably will if you read it and then consider that statement again... Apocryphal and simplistic undoubtedly but it is still the best use of a small number of words that I have come across in 46 years of existence.
I don't know anyone who has been totally unaffected by JLS and its much deeper message - some have just enjoyed as a good story well told and others have wanted to talk into the small hours about the larger truths that it introduces. If you buy this for yourself put your name and address in the inside cover IMMEDIATELY as you will, without doubt, want to lend it to friends and family and they may not give it back.
Richard Bach successfully followed this with 'Illusions' which again is a winner and recommended further reading. The Bridge Across Forever and A Gift of Wings followed but, in my opinion, require more assiduous reading. The virtue of JLS is its simplicity and I value it as one of the best books I've been lucky enough to find.
If you seek a little peace or just want to step off the world buy this and your eyes and brain will thank you. I think it is important to note that although there are some celestial allegories within it this book is, in my opinion, in no way alligned with any specific religion and should therefore be able to be enjoyed by all.

Woodlands (A Practical conservation handbook)
Woodlands (A Practical conservation handbook)
by Alan- Brooks
Edition: Paperback

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know..., 26 Feb. 2009
I bought this in order to help with the practical elements of my Degree course in Ecology and Conservation Management and it is fast becoming a bible for all matters 'Woodland'. Originally written for The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV for short)this book will tell you how to plan and cost a fence, how to plant seedlings, how to prune or safely fell standing timber - how to tell what type of squirrels you are dealing a very real sense you would have to try very hard to find a subject which is not, at least, touched upon in this book. There are undoubtedly more worthy tomes available but for common sense knowledge and interesting, easy, reading I don't beleive this book can be bettered. In my opinion anyone coming to any form of woodland project with little or no knowledge of the subject will be reassured and anyone with a good working knowledge will still be pleasantly surprised. Unlike many 'manuals' this is very obviously written by someone who has been there, done it and has now written the book about it!

Return to Childhood
Return to Childhood

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think you missed it no you didn't..., 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Return to Childhood (Audio CD)
How many times have you bought a 'Live' recording only to find that it's another quick money spinner for a band too worn out or so far down their creative paths that it's really just been a waste of your hard earned money? THIS COULD NOT BE DIFFERENT! I was among the army of freaks all those years ago when we first heard the gossamer shimmer of piano that led us into Lavender, thrilled to Steve Rotherays soaring guitar on Kayleigh and gazed, dumbstruck, at a band who had emerged fully fledged onto the World Stage and all these years later (regrettably without the original band) the strength, power and passion are still there. Fish's voice has, if anything, matured and life has knocked the few rough edges off what was already a polished delivery leaving us with a multi faceted diamond of an album. The first CD is all his later work (mysterious, angry and exultant)and demonstrates the true verstility of the 'new' band and Fish himself, the second is 'Childhood' in all its' majesty. One of the nice things about this magnificent double album is that it is presented in exactly the same way as the tour was. Fish had teased for years with just the hint of an intro when playing live...was that Heart of Lothian? Could this be Kayleigh? Surely that's Pseudo Silk Kimono? and, intil now, the answer was invariably a wry Fishy smile and change of tune - having played his audience like an expert angler with a prize catch now he delivers a tour-de-force performance. This should cement his place in the hearts of the huge fanbase that he has so richly come to deserve but should also wake the next generation to the power and precision of one of the last great Warrior Poets. Bravo Maestro, Bravo!


4.0 out of 5 stars Bang? Yes! Not a damp squib in sight..., 26 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Bang! (Audio CD)
I was a comparative novice when it came to Thunder having seen their name on countless tour posters supporting other, supposedly, larger acts and obviously knew their one hit which has appeared on so many compilations 'When Love Walked Into the Room' was a good song but not a great song and I imagine they feel the same way about it that Boston feel about 'More than a Feeling'... I'm pleased to say that Bang is an album which, while not straying from the well tried recipe, satisfies nicely. I wouldn't have paid much attention but 'On the Radio' was almost permanently on Planet Rock over the festive season together with the guys in candid conversation and I decided I quite liked them as people as well as performers. Ordered the album, fired the car up, slipped the CD into the player (it replaced AC/DC Black Ice which had taken up almost permanent residence in there) and turned up the volume...Great, Really Great-not one bad track and I bashed the heck out of my steering wheel all the way to work. Listening again I realised that there is some real musicianship going on here and the sound is tight and well formed - it's hard to describe but it's a bit like the way Floyd sound or Maiden or even Genesis - you know they've been doing it a long time and really understand each other. This is a good, solid ROCK album which should be listened to with the volume to 11 and the window open...enjoy it

13th Star
13th Star
Price: £19.64

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arc of the Curve..., 26 Jan. 2009
This review is from: 13th Star (Audio CD)
Fish is, to many, that huge guy who fronted Marillion in the 80s and was responsible for a generation of Kayleighs to keep all the Kylies company. He was, and is, more than his music (and that's saying something). A huge stage presence and surprising sincerity hallmark fish as a truly great performer and, following less critically acclaimed albums, 13th Star rockets him back to the top of the hill. It is encouraging that such a melancolic subject (a marraiage that never came to pass) can give birth to such a strong and positive album. 'Miles de Besos' mirrors 'Gentleman's Excuse Me' and 'Arc of the Curve' follows in the footsteps of 'Sunsets on Empire' and all the tracks are so full of musical excellence, whimsy, power and perfect erudition that they, in my opinion, should have been singles but Radio 2 didn't think so and the occasional play of 13th Star wasn't enough to tell the whole story. There genuinely isn't a duff track here with more than a passing nod to 'Fellini Days', 'Suits' and 'Sunsets on Empire' and this music needs a long quiet evening with no phone calls to fully appreciate it for the first time! As a live performer Fish is up there with the best (he appeared with Freddy Mercury many years ago you know - Tutti frutti as I remember)and so much of the live power retains its ability to stir the soul. Buy this and then start working back through the won't regret a moment

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