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Age Of Dissent
Age Of Dissent
by Michele Hanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh lord, take me now., 7 May 2013
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Why do books like this exist? It has no redeeming features whatsoever. Reading was like trying to digest a leather shoe during a trigonometry lesson. I fell asleep and never woke up.


In Praise Of Shadows (Vintage Classics)
In Praise Of Shadows (Vintage Classics)
by Junichiro Tanizak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Japan gets things right., 7 May 2013
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Worth reading for the line, "the Japanese toilet is perfection" alone. A snappy insight into the gentle aesthetics of oriental domesticity.


The Miracle At Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
The Miracle At Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I could not give a toss., 7 May 2013
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I haven't read this book. I bought it for my mother for her birthday or something. I can't conceive of any way in which it couldn't be supremely awful. The sort of book that gets reviewed in national newspapers. Sickening.
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The Z to Z of Great Britain
The Z to Z of Great Britain
by Dixe Wills
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Z is dead and in your head., 7 May 2013
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The sort of book that needs to exist, and therefore does. A national tour through places beginning with Z: important research material for the provincial loner.


Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World
Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World
by Peter Kingsley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading once, I suppose., 7 May 2013
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I'm a devotee of Parmenides and devoured his previous works on the presocratics, "In the Dark Places of Wisdom" "Reality". This book was less impressive but if you appreciate a pretentious insight into the foggy shamanistic origins of now, give this a quick read, it shouldn't take long.


With Borges
With Borges
by Alberto Manguel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Blind man reading, 7 May 2013
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Very jolly. Brief insight into the outer mind of the mighty Borges. Should have been longer but perhaps the brevity is symptomatic of the privacy of the man.


The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, Ufos, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess
The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, Ufos, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess
by Terence McKenna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mushrooming intellect, 7 May 2013
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Makes me want to eat lots of mushrooms, become a shaman, get abducted by aliens and move to Hawaii. A serious book.


The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording: Sunday - 2 Shows;APRIL 23 1967;4 PM - 6 PM;5 PM - 8 PM
The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording: Sunday - 2 Shows;APRIL 23 1967;4 PM - 6 PM;5 PM - 8 PM

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneasy listening, and I mean that as a compliment., 11 April 2008
Nobody doubts the genius of John Coltrane. Problem is once you're accused of genius you're given an invulnerability that becomes, ironically and through no fault of your own, your greatest weakness. Is The Olatunji Concert an hour of unlistenable, artless noise; or is it pure art, reckless and unadulterated self-expression the likes of which only the truly great artist can ever achieve? Well, it's by John Coltrane, and he made "Giant Steps" and "A Love Supreme", so he must know exactly what he's doing here, right?

Who knows? There's no way of knowing: unless you're lucky enough to hear this album without any prior knowledge of who's performing on it. Sadly, I wasn't. Still, I do know that this is some of the most wonderful acoustic choas I have in my collection. You can't dance to it, you can't have sex to it, you can barely really listen to it (in any traditional sense of 'listen'. Or 'dance'. Or 'sex') - but play it and by the time it's over you'll feel like you just danced your way through the loudest, most melodic orgasm of your life.

Only reason I can't give this five stars is the quality of the recording itself. Admittedly it's a live album and whoever was responsible for getting it on tape might not have been prepared to capture this level of noise (or maybe, back in 1967, wasn't even able to) - so no-one can really be blamed for that. I suppose you had to be there.


+/-
+/-
Price: £8.55

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inhumanely divine., 11 April 2008
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If God is a machine, then '+/-' is the sound of God turning himself on. In both senses. Utterly devoid of anything approximating what would conventionally be called "soul", this is in fact (and indeed precisely because of that fact) the most soulful record of the last 20 years. Materialising somewhere between Oval's 'Systemisch' and the edge of the explicable part of the universe, this is perhaps the heaviest, most physical slab of music in existence. It will make you sick. It's lighter than a black hole, and heavier than a black hole. It could well kill you.


Spirit
Spirit
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Price: £3.95

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Indecribably appaling sub-karaoke drivel, 11 April 2008
This review is from: Spirit (Audio CD)
This music is simply beyond dreadful. Of course, it's just the latest in an infinite regress of identical karaoke singers/groups who've sapped all the artistry, fun, sexual ambiguity, intelligence and danger out of pop music. Everyone responsible for this sort of thing, as well as everyone imbecilic enough to actually like it, deserves to be made to saw off their own ears and then eat them. The sound of which, needless to say, will be 1000 times more entertaining and soulful than anything that could ever come from someone like Leona Lewis.
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