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The Vorrh
The Vorrh
by Alan Moore
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good literature, 18 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Vorrh (Hardcover)
The Vorrh is one of the best samples of fantasy fiction that has been written in the last decades. Moreover, it is a book that walks skillfully across genres, like only very good literature can do. It is as much fantasy as it is historical fiction and steampunk, playing all along with Jungian archetypes. The Bowman, one of the protagonists-narrators is such a one. The eye, and everything related to that (blindness, cyclopes, photography and much more), is another. More protagonists include Sir William Gull, one of Queen Victoria's personal doctors and the one who first understood and named anorexia nervosa, Eadweard Muybridge and his famous zoopraxiscope and Raymond Roussel, the author who influenced the Oulipo and the surrealists.

It is from Roussel's novel Impressions of Africa that the Vorrh takes its name. Brian Catling's Vorrh is a vast, unmapped territory with not easily defined forms of existence and irreversible effects to whoever goes too deep or stays inside for too long. All the themes of the coloniser and colonised are revisited but in a new way, one of an author that has been exposed to and digested postcolonial rhetorics; this has a very interesting effect that feels at the same time recognisable and entirely new.

The Vorrh is also a metaphor for the savage, for the woman and the unknown. But most importantly it is a metaphor for reading. It is dense and intense and it will have an irrevocable effect on the reader, same as the forest has to those who dare enter its core. I cannot recommend it enough.


B is for Beer
B is for Beer
by Tom Robbins
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Robbins has done much much better than that, 21 May 2010
This review is from: B is for Beer (Hardcover)
If you are a Tom Robbins fan you will probably be disappointed. It is sad to see one of your favourite authors getting 'tired'. The metaphors look as if he spent far too much time thinking about them and the complexity of his thought is this time absent. For a non-American reader speaking about american 'tightness' and putting a 6-year-old to drink beer is not any big deal. The subtitle 'a children's book for grownups, a grown-up book for children' triggered my interest, but after I read the book I can only see the subtitle as an apology. It is probably fun if you haven't read Robbins before. However I felt kind of betrayed (having ordered the book 4 months before it was published), because till now I thought that Robbins is one of the few writers that can't disappoint me. I hope he finds himself again on the next one!


The Sandman Papers
The Sandman Papers
by Joe Sanders
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important contribution, 21 May 2010
This review is from: The Sandman Papers (Paperback)
I can not say that all the articles were well-argued, but the important thing of this book is that it opens a dialogue in the area of comic studies, bringing the Sandman in the center. Academia needs comic studies and these articles form a good basis for beginning a discussion. I am looking forward to more related books. Comic books are not for geeks. The Sandman is high literature and this is a good beginning for it to be treated as such.


Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth
Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth
by Stephen Rauch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 21 May 2010
Very interesting approach. Even if you haven't read Campbell before, this book introduces some of his ideas in an easy to digest way. Some examples are quite far fetched, like the function of the Shadow archetype in the plot of The Sandman, but in general it is a very interesting book, contributing to the discussion on comics studies.
The only disappointing thing for me was the last chapter. If you give such a serious and interesting analysis throughout the book, why spoil it in the end with giving details of your personal depression and how The Sandman helped you get over it? How is that related to Campbell and why should it possibly interest me?


America
America
by Jean Baudrillard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read., 21 May 2010
This review is from: America (Paperback)
The ideal combination between travel book, literature and political philosophy. A very interesting and fascinating way of reading a country, its people, its culture, its highways. Must read.


28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Repeating old ideas, 21 May 2010
This review is from: 28 Days Later (2002) [DVD] (DVD)
I don't want to disappoint you guys, but the issue is not if this film is a zombie film or not. (Well, obviously it's not). The issue is if it is an original film or not. Read 'The day of the triffids' or watch the BBC 1981 series and then you will see that this film is exactly the same, with virus instead of triffids in the 'danger role'. This does not make it a bad film necessarily, but new ideas are always preferred to old re-chewed ones (and especially in that extent!)


88 Minutes [DVD] [2008]
88 Minutes [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.71

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, 21 May 2010
This review is from: 88 Minutes [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Dear Al Pacino,
I will just ignore that you chose or accepted to play in that film. I am not speaking of bad scenario and acting only, I am speaking of the disgusting propaganda for the death sentence in year 2007. Why the hell would you ever wanna do that?!!! Worst film of the year? Decade?
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Still Life with Woodpecker
Still Life with Woodpecker
by Tom Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Most representative, 21 May 2010
This is one of the best books to start off with Tom Robbins. Witty, funny, serious, thought-provoking, intelligent. This book made me fall in love with Robbins's writing. If you want to start somewhere, start here.


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