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The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel)
The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel)
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lunch Time Sonata (possible spoilers within), 17 April 2013
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Greetings noble Limited Offensive Units (LOU's),

I've finished Ian M Banks latest and sadly, probably last culture novel, Hydrogen Sonata. It's got me in a bit of a tiz..

It sets out to tell a story but I'm sure the very-close-second aim was to lay down in lore to satisfying depth and variety, the dominant galactic busy-body do-gooder Culture Minds; showing some of their juicy dilemmas and juxtaposing this via various proxy; like conversations with an unhinged, uninhibited, uncaring and illusive 10,000 year old man whose seen it all before; an end of days equiv-tech Civilisation sliding into chaos; interactions with the sinister and unknowable Sublime; and a pair of barbarous scavenger races of emerging tech-level; that weave a growing tension into a plot (that considering the awesome aboves) doesn't seems to deserve it.

A slight bias in Mind perspective acts out like a confessional at times and there is still as ever, the prerequisite humanoid variants holding the plot by the balls. And again, this is all in very good form.
Its like everything within this plot/universe/book is great except the cause, the big bang! In this case, the raised eyebrow, the shrug. It wouldn't be half so annoying if this was 'a joke reveal' at the end, but the 'secret' is revealed very early on and its apparent importance is (subjectively) NOT ANYWHERE TO BE SEEN.

It's like 20 pages in he forgot the causality, and thought: "lets get on with the enjoyable bits." ..and so, dug up all the half hints and trivia that define the existential issues, the Sublime and Mind morality; they seem way bigger than the story they're put in.

It's got some damn good chapters, and ideas obviously throughout, and it makes me tremble with indecision when coming to a judgement on this book.

Its great! Its not! Its great, its not, its grrr, eat tit snot etc.. Okay. Causality 1 star, The Rest 5 stars.
Haah! Well worth reading, AND I'M SAD ITS ALL OVER.

PS. I tried simming the results of this review, but all I got was a lousy virtual t-shirt.
~
Unknown Erratic/Eccentric (Ue) F*** it, 4 stars!
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Aeon Flux - The Complete Series [1995] [DVD]
Aeon Flux - The Complete Series [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Howard E. Baker

5.0 out of 5 stars the complete package, a rare 'thing' of beauty, 1 Jun 2009
i never got the chance to see the animated series the first time around although i was vaguely aware of it. the live action film didnt do much to tempt me to watch them either.

however, my expectations were torn to shreds when i was treated to a few episodes at a friends place. i liked the series so much i bought this dvd set the same day; it contains all the episodes and some nice little extras as well.

i will not give away anything which may spoil your viewing of this for the first time. all you need to know is in the title of this review. if you have an open mind, its an essential purchase... and a bargain too in my opinion.


Solid Steel Presents Amon Tobin
Solid Steel Presents Amon Tobin
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars d&b your t'ing? then this does exactly what it says on the tin..., 8 Oct 2008
this album will put solid steel in your daily oatmeal and believe me when i say tobin assembles with a consumate skill, casting out the flacid swill with platinum remedies at will. this dynamites competition to a drum and base rhythm leaving you throwin' shapes like its your only mission. peace!

play it loud and banish the neighbours


The Name Of The Rose
The Name Of The Rose
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as glorious as an army with banners, 12 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Name Of The Rose (Paperback)
this book is one of, if not my favourite book. im an avid reader and dont mind reading examples of most literature.
this book gives us all an extraordinary look into the mindset of the early 14th century european, what hardships and circumstances mold and shape its people. and the branches of the catholic faith.
the whole book is set in the context of an elderly Adso (a benedictine monk), recounting events of a week he has remembered since his time as a novice. in its heart a detective story, yet insightful and delightful in so many ways.
the narrative slips into latin on ocassion, but if, like me, you know little to nothing of latin do not fear. these rare moments can be ignored generally only to be explained in english on the next paragraph or page. so you do not feel you are missing out on something important.
this book is a good romp into the intrigue and politics surrounding the 'jewel' of christian knowledge. yet it extends its reach to cover all aspects of a monks world in those dangerous times. when the popes had great power in europe. this is done through the use of Adso, who being a young novice, is thirsty for knowledge and understanding. usually given by his learned master; brother william.
i find myself struggling to portray the brilliance of this book. i guess it simply has to be read to be believed.
so do it.
now. (or else i'll beat you with a big stick)


Dead Cities
Dead Cities
Price: £7.90

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly uttery superb, 6 years old, still the future sound, 17 Feb 2002
This review is from: Dead Cities (Audio CD)
i am listening to this cd right now as i write this review. and i will be when you read this. its a testiment to human achievement pure and simple. that after 6 years this album has still not aged in the slightest and is so rich and varied is incredible.
this album is an ambitious ride into dark ambient music. purposful and sometimes up-beat, it has been the inspiration in works for orbital as well as global communications '76. 14'. also featuring a sample of lawrence fishburn in the ace 'dead cities' track!
funky, moving, evil, morose, compeling, uplifting, sad.....an absolute masterpiece
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