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PJ Harvey: On Tour - Please Leave Quietly [DVD] [2006]
PJ Harvey: On Tour - Please Leave Quietly [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ P.J. Harvey
Price: £14.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 10 April 2008
I am a real fan of PJ Harvey.
I think she's absolutely wonderful.
But this DVD is cobblers - you can see the intention (producing something fresh, raw and vivid) but it's not realised. PJ harvey has vitality in spades, her songs are wonderful; she didn't need to inject extra edginess through constant cut-aways and camera swirls.
There's no getting away from the fact that people buy concert DVDs for the same reason they go to concerts; to see the songs being performed. Not, that is, to experience manic editing and clever-clever camera shots. The Nick Cave DVD - though she would find it galling to hear this - is a really good example of an ace concert film; measured, intimate and yet full of energy and immediacy.
However, by the far the most annoying thing about this DVD is that it, unfortunately, coincides with a time when she employed a complete knob as a guitarist. I can't be bothered to remind myself what his name is; I saw her live in Cambridge and he was a pillock then too. On the DVD he's constantly flitching about with his "axe" like a cross between River Dance and rickets and seems to be under the impression that the audience have come to see him. God knows what she was thinking, especially since she's a better guitarist than him anyway....
So, avoid this one and hope against hope that she'll some day come out with a much better realised, more intelligent alternative.

Roseanna (The Martin Beck series)
Roseanna (The Martin Beck series)
by Maj Sjöwall
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story, rotten translation, 20 Jan. 2008
This a gripping read, has a wonderfully downbeat and sardonic central character and moves along really well to satisfying end.
So, all in all, just what one wants.
However, the translation is sometimes cruddy. There are some really bizarre moments that should really have been spotted in a good proof-read, my favourite is when a character is said to spend the evening watching "the boob tube." The only Swedish I know comes from the chef in "The Muppets" but even he had better things to do than gaze at a fashion item that had - by some strange kink in the space-time contiuum - appeared about twenty years before its time in a dormer town in Sweden.
But don't let this put you off, read this book!
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Sovereign: 3 (The Shardlake Series)
Sovereign: 3 (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!, 29 Dec. 2007
This is the best Shardlake book so far!
The world Sansom creates is wonderfully rich and rounded and the plot cracks along really well.
I know this is a claim that is made about lots of books, but this one really is hard to put down and you'll resent the distractions - eating, sleeping, those sorts of things - that interrupt your reading.
I really recommend it!
If only his book about the Spanish Civil War wasn't such clap-trap...

Sweet Poison (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne)
Sweet Poison (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne)
by David Roberts
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No good, 21 Dec. 2007
There are lots of reasons why you should avoid this book but the most damning one is that it's boring.
As it grinds on one loses interest in who might have put the victim out of his misery and, as it turns out, the resolution is incredibly flaccid.
I could tell you about the dull, stereotypical characterisation, the inept dialogue or even the risible sex scene ("She looked at the curly hair between his legs and then at his excitement. 'So', she thought to herself, 'that is a penis.'") but, really, this book doesn't deserve any more of your or my time.

Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword
Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword
by Hugh Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for beginners, 9 Sept. 2007
I think the other review is a little mean-spirited!
This is a very good book to get you started on how to solve the Guardian crossword; it explains things clearly and in nicely paced stages, ratcheting up the difficulty in such a way that you feel that you're making progress without getting left behind.
So, all in all, it does exactly what its sub-heading sets out to do!

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