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The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles
Price: 3.98

13 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mills and Boon from the Sixth Form, 29 Jun 2012
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I tried to be patient with this one but there is only so much sixth form writing and mills-and-boon innuendo I can take. Read a grown-up's book instead.


Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition)
Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition)
by Alan Moore
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep it small but big, keep it subtle but bold, 20 May 2009
The key thing about this seminal comic that you probably won't hear much is its understatement. Bolland's artwork always (to me) is both grandiose and understated simultaneously. He has a knack for the "knock-out" scene and subtle expression. But at the same time! In this way he complements Moore's writing perfectly - they are dream team, pity they haven't worked more since.


Issues
Issues
Price: 0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Well, they sound good, 20 May 2009
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This review is from: Issues (MP3 Download)
This is one of those songs that you like for a while off the radio and then hate once you buy it. But to be honest I have worse experiences. I like the arrangement, it's a bit different to the usual fare and seems to be making the most of the girl's voices. But if I was a producer it would be a masterpiece. But probably not a hit!


The Filth
The Filth
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pays the bills, 20 May 2009
This review is from: The Filth (Paperback)
A bit like the Doom Patrol, but unlike Seaguy, this feels a bit pedestrian. I may be very spoilt - Seaguy is suberb writing and is clearly a pet project. But this is simply interesting from a characterisation and story point of view. The artwork is ok. It feels like making the best of the "day job".


Doom Patrol TP Vol 01 Crawling From The Wreckage
Doom Patrol TP Vol 01 Crawling From The Wreckage
by Doug Braithwaite
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.90

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, shame about the artwork, 31 Mar 2008
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Bear with me - I am an artwork junkie. Hence I have not given this book a terribly good review even though I think the story was quite good and well written. But the artwork is not top notch. Nevertheless interesting to see a story in the 'superhero' genre that is a bit different to the norm.


Seaguy
Seaguy
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do they do it?, 31 Mar 2008
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This is one of the most puzzling graphics novels I have ever read - it is incredibly emotionally affective but the story makes no sense whatsoever. However the story is very rounded and complete, in no way a weird excursion, which is strange - that is exactly what it is! In the absence of any other theory I can only conclude that this is due to excellent writing combined with slyly subversive artwork. It carries itself completely on intuition, emotional response and feels a bit like a dream. On the artwork, generally I prefer more technique but the illustration so completely complements the context of the story that I cannot imagine it being done any other way. A real masterpiece - maybe one day I'll figure out how it was done!


Porco Rosso [DVD]
Porco Rosso [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: 8.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Best Miyazaki, 31 Mar 2008
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Probably my favourite Miyazaki film (for now!). The superb animation combined with a rather melancholic tone link it quite firmly with its more famous descendent "Spirited Away". However this film is more whimsical and has some great set pieces that inject a lot of energy. The backdrop of romantic 1930s adventure, the threat of Italian fascism and the trauma of war all underlie, as usual, an apparently mere 'cartoon' or children's tale.


Samsung LE40M87BDX/XEU - 40" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview
Samsung LE40M87BDX/XEU - 40" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 31 Mar 2008
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I am very pleased with this purchase. This TV looks great both physically and on screen. Most of what I am viewing is standard definition but look much better than my previous telly. XBox 360 games, which I view via a VGA cable on the "PC" input, look fab. Highly recommended.


Tricks Of The Mind
Tricks Of The Mind
by Derren Brown
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden depths, 13 Nov 2006
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The words "unexpected pleasure" sums this book up nicely. It starts off awkwardly - Brown likes to indulge in grandiose wordplay at times, unfortunately making him sound like a Reader's Digest "Word of the Day" enthusiast. The book is also an odd mix of practical mental and physical tricks, hypnotism and suggestability and a polemic against religion and mysticism.

Despite all of this I think the book really works. Its eclectic subject matter is held together (barely) and is consequently unusually mentally stretching. On note on the writing style: a revelation for me was that when he gets passionate, as towards the end regarding religion and mysticism, the wordplay, which I found a bit irritating, goes out the door and a natural, economic writing style comes out. In this mode he makes his points very clearly, which is both persuasive and illuminating. He is also quite funny at times - the jacket bio is hilarious!


Wicked (Wicked Years 1)
Wicked (Wicked Years 1)
by Gregory Maguire
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book club fodder, 12 Nov 2006
Despite a very imaginative premise, one that should have been an author's gift, Maguire proceeds to ruin it all with a combination of a disjointed story and pseudo-philosophic ramblings on the nature of evil. The crimes against story telling are serious - galactic sized plot holes, characters coming and going, hanging story threads and so on.

I know this sounds incredibly snobbish but in parts the novel has the tone and feel of a coffee morning discussion and the whole thing felt like a teenager's first "serious" novel. The book could have been a lot simpler and would have carried its message (whatever that was) with more clarity. However I did like the illustrations by Douglas Smith!


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