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Audition
Audition
by Ryu Murakami
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspense horror novel for lovers of the genre, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: Audition (Hardcover)
'Audition' begins innocently enough; a widower is encouraged by his son to find a new wife, one of his friends comes up with the idea of holding 'auditions' for them, under the pretence of a film that they never intend to shoot. When one woman in particular catches his attention things go from bad to worse, and worse to... even worse still! This novel is an excellent example of suspense horror because *everyone* except for the somewhat naive protagonist, is aware that something is 'off' - the tension builds rapidly throughout.
Murakami comments throughout on the horror instore, and when it comes to the novel's climax, he certainly doesn't disappoint. His characterisation and tension-building are superb. In some ways this isn't exactly an enjoyable read, but it is compelling. Not sure I am brave enough to watch the film version though!


Noein Complete Series Boxset [2007] [DVD]
Noein Complete Series Boxset [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kazuki Akane

45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noein - To your other self, 22 Oct 2007
This is a beautiful and highly under-rated anime, with a great quality of characters and plot that interweave throughout the 24 episodes. Whilst it is confusing to keep track of the action to begin with (unless you are familiar with quantam physics), the use of familiar dialogue, characters and settings soon allow the viewer to gain an understanding of the complex plot. The characters themselves are well drawn and highly emotive, and the series explores them in turn so as to develop a deeper empathy with them as individuals. Added to which, there is an excellent soundtrack and the quality of the animation is fantastic. I would certainly recommend this to fans of anime, but also to those new to the genre and anyone that can appreciate something that's a little bit different. 5 stars, well worth the money.


The Mabinogion (Oxford World's Classics)
The Mabinogion (Oxford World's Classics)
by Sioned Davies
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent translation, 10 Oct 2007
This edition of The Mabinogion is truly an excellent translation; not only that, but there is helpful introductory material for anyone studying the text, or those who wish to learn more about the mythology and stories behind it. The Four Branches of the Mabinogi and the other stories are themselves fast paced and a very rewarding read, I cannot recommend this book heartily enough. The hardcover edition is also very pleasing to the eye, a well-conceived publication through and through.


The Broadview Guide to Writing
The Broadview Guide to Writing
by Doug Babington
Edition: Spiral-bound

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource, 23 Oct 2006
I have recently purchased the "Broadview Guide to Writing" for my university course, and it has been invaluable. It offers tips and information on all aspects of reading and writing at university standard, for example it details the MLA citation style, tips on spelling, punctuation and grammar, sample essays and the process of writing. I believe it is well worth the money, as this book will continue to be of use throughout my course. Even if not a university student, this book would be a constant companion for any writer, be they academic or not. It is very easy to read and is divided into clear sections, with a helpful index. For anyone intimidated by the prospect of writing, this book is fantastic; I would recommend it (and, indeed I am!) to anyone interested in writing, and the more critical aspects of the discipline. 5 stars!!


Garth Marenghi's Darkplace [DVD] [2004]
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Matt Holness
Price: 19.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well it's about time!!, 27 Jun 2006
Having been fortunate enough to catch this show during its brief Channel 4 run a couple of years ago, I can hardly wait for the DVD release of this classic horror-comedy. It's definitely an acquired taste, and there's not really anything to liken it with, but Darkplace is well worth watching. All manner of hilarity and stupidity (including evil flying staplers, monkeys riding pushbikes and "Scotch Mist" among others) is contained within this DVD. It is well worth buying if you like something a little on the edge...


Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics AS/AA2 for OCR Study Guide
Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics AS/AA2 for OCR Study Guide
by Robert A Bowie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Study Aid, 19 May 2006
As a year 13 student approaching my A Level examinations I have found this text extremely useful in preparation for both by AS and A2 exams. As the previous reviewer quite rightly argues, this book is not enough alone to enable you to pass the exam at the higher grades, but combined with your own revision programme this book provides concise notes and plenty of detail which is very useful. It is written in a way which is easy to understand and contains practice exam questions and tips on exam technique. I would reccommend this to any student of Philosophy and Ethics from the beginning of the course in Year 12, combined with personal study it has been invaluable to me.


Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
by Alexander Pushkin
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Russian literature, 10 April 2006
Eugene Onegin is a classic which can be enjoyed by readers of Russian literature, or those who are new to the genre completely. Pushkin's style is fluent and filled with character, and reflections on Russian literature and culture; a style which is uniquely his own. The story appeals to all readers as it addresses those most fundamental of human emotions; love and jealousy, and their effects upon our lives. I would recommend this book to any fan of Pushkin's works, but also to anyone new to Russian literature; this is a perfect introduction which also discusses the culture and history of Russia. A fantastic read.


Kitchen
Kitchen
by Banana Yoshimoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 10 April 2006
This review is from: Kitchen (Paperback)
Don't be put off by the somewhat abstract summary of the book's content, Kitchen is a work of art. Banana Yoshimoto writes with fluency and emotion, drawing you into the heart of the protagonist's story. Set in contemporary Japan, the story revolves around the life of Mikage, recently bereaved, in her search for resolution. Kitchen is a little philosophy on life; a thoroughly enjoyable read.


Death And The Penguin (Panther)
Death And The Penguin (Panther)
by Andrey Kurkov
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly bizarre!, 19 Mar 2006
Being a fan of Russian literature I made no hesitation in picking this up; and immediately was transported into a funny and moving tale about one man (Viktor) and his penguin (Misha.) Don't be put off by the slightly bizarre storyline, as this is an excellent and entertaining read. The style is somewhat similar to that of Mikhail Bulgakov, although not as satirical. Give this book a go; it is a little gem!


The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly compelling, 19 Mar 2006
Well I only hope the future of our world does not end up like this! Atwood's tale is dark, with dashes of cynicism and humour, protraying a future society in which the only puropse of women is to breed. It's not really the kind of book you can pick up for fun, and dip in and out of, but it is an interesting read in terms of its messages and content. Not an easy read, but still recommended.


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