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A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Price: £8.96

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Sounds, 12 Dec. 2011
The comments from the other reviewers are pretty close to the mark, in my opinion. I've enjoyed Stars of the Lid, for example, for years now and A Winged Victory ... do bear a passing similarity, hardly suprising given the involvement of Adam Wiltzie in the project. That said, Winged have their own sound, it's beautiful and haunting and I suspect what seems to be a superficial simplicity actually hides a lorry-load of skill and effort to achieve.

Mood really is important here, or rather your frame of mind plus your ambient circumstances. The combination will decide whether this music gets drowned out by a real-world hubbub or succeeds in magically washing you away. Get your frame right and this is an outstanding album. Well done.


Dreamer's Cat:  a sci-fi murder mystery with a killer twist
Dreamer's Cat: a sci-fi murder mystery with a killer twist
Price: £2.54

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted opportunity, 20 July 2011
Oh dear, what a shame. "Dreamer's Cat" has/had lots of potential but I feel that much has been wasted. The basic idea is pretty good, actually, allowing folk to inhabit an imaginary or cyber landscape; the premise has been offered before with William Gibson (possibly) and the Total Recall film but "Dreamer's Cat" is different - I can even imagine some Hollywood producer trying to sell the idea by describing it as "high concept"! But Stephen Leather lets himself and the book down by filling it with a number of extreme sexually violent and mysogynistic vignettes that are actually unpleasant and unecessary. No doubt the episodes will be defended as an essential part of what the narrative is trying to achieve, this is a dystopian fututre after all, but it simply wasn't a fulfilling experience to read. Shame. It could have been really good.


The Works of H. Beam Piper (32 Books with active table of contents)
The Works of H. Beam Piper (32 Books with active table of contents)

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting surprise, 19 April 2011
This was also an impulse purchase by me, I wasn't familiar with Piper's work previously. Never mind, this was a really good buy; the short stories are well crafted, they may be a touch dated to an ultra-modern reader but when you catch the rhythm the stories work really well. The narratives are interesting, sometimes quite surprising and a previous reviewer describing them as "thoughtful" is spot on.

For the price there's no excuse not to download, you're sure to find something in here that makes it worthwhile.

And ... now for the Kindle bit: the download works well, navigation around quite a lengthy work is simple via an effective table of contents. As many of you will know by now, e-books are not always friendly to work with - this one is good!


Canteloube - Chants d' Auvergne - excs
Canteloube - Chants d' Auvergne - excs
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: £5.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful, 16 Sept. 2010
This was one of those "...heard it on the Proms..." sort of purchases, and could quite easily have been a mistake in hindsight. Not so. I've had the album on the iPod and on the hifi many times now and it is simply entrancing. There's a lightness in the songs, you can hear humour (even better if you could speak Occitaine, I guess), it's easy to imagine the countryside where the songs came from, and most of all there are some of the most beautiful melodies.

A great surprise and a great buy.


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