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Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series))
Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series))
by Brian K. Vaughan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gesamtkunstwerk!!!, 13 May 2013
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I bought this graphic novel after it being highly recommended by a friend. He had bought the 1st editions and was amazed by the illustrations. I looked at one of the chapter covers (a babies hand reaching out to touch an arachnid-esque claw) and was sufficiently impressed to purchase my own copy.

Without giving too much away, the story centres around Alana and Marko, two lovers from different planets whose people are at war with one another.

I must say that after devouring this book in an hour, I was left craving more and instantly pre ordered book 2. Vaughn's writing style is fluid, exciting and engaging. In my opinion a lot better than Y:The last man and Ex-Machina. The characters are multi dimensional and weave in and out of the plot, in a similar way to a Tarantino flick. The illustrations... absolutely breathtaking. Staples is truly a talent. Her compositional sense and visual perspective is fresh and original and compliments the script in every way. This graphic novel is a complete work of art and the most enjoyable sci-fi read I've had since 'Transmetropolitan'.


David Boring
David Boring
by Dan Clowes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcockesque..., 2 May 2013
This review is from: David Boring (Paperback)
Without giving the plot away, David boring is a graphic novel that centres around the incidents and musings of a young film maker called... David Boring. If like myself, you enjoy Clowes' humour and unique approach to story telling this will be a hit with you. There are noticable parallels with Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' and Bergman's 'Persona' both in terms of theme and character developement. 'David Boring' is not Clowes' best in my opinion, but it was an entertaining read.


Dorwytch [VINYL]
Dorwytch [VINYL]
Price: 13.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Massive disappointment, 22 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Dorwytch [VINYL] (Vinyl)
After purchasing 'Furrowed Brow' and 'Portal' I was chomping at the bit to get hold of this LP. I pre-ordered on amazon to make sure I did not miss out and I was filled with excitement when the LP arrived. The cover was beautiful, it had a download card inside (which is always handy) and it was another 'proper' LP to ingest, unlike the experimental 'Grey Onion' EP and the 'Imbogodom' collaboration. What i can say is that from start to finish I was thoroughly disappointed. The songs were cheesy, with ballad style folk melodies and obvious chord progressions. Tuckers vocals sound whiney and irritating (don't even get me started on the vocal harmonies), unlike on his previous albums where they sound brooding and ambient. The guitars lack the same warmth. But biggest disappointment for me was the lack of progression. 'Red string' aside, all the tracks are shorter than 5 minutes with no sense of cohesion.

This album is not unlistenable in general terms, but it is a dip in form for an artist that has put out some beautiful and interesting music. If you have the choice... get 'Portal' or 'Furrowed brow'.


Bardo Pond [VINYL]
Bardo Pond [VINYL]
Price: 13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars All around the campfire..., 22 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Bardo Pond [VINYL] (Vinyl)
First things first; Bardo Pond is an experimental psychedelic rock band from America. Selft-titled is their 8th LP and in my eyes a massive return to form from the slightly disappointing 'Ticket Crystals'. While 'Ticket Crystals' seemed to have the vocals higher in the mix at the expense of the groove, this album has gone back to a more soft droney vocal approach that has a more fluid balance to their sound. The combination of the Gibbons' guitars, Takeda's bass lines the occasional flute and harmonica are as hypnotic as Bardo have ever played. It is also the first Bardo album that I have enjoyed Sollenberger's lyrics.

'Someone screaming in the distance, there's a black sky... about to turn deep blue'

They are simple but descriptive and paint a perfect backdrop to the bardo sound. This is an album to put on late at night, sat around a camp fire with a bunch of friends.

I would also like to say that at 10 approx for over an hour of material, it was one of the best value LP's I have ever purchased.


In the West
In the West
Price: 7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic japanese fusion, 22 Aug 2011
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This review is from: In the West (MP3 Download)
Kenso is a Japanese band. There style is quite eclectic, from straight up jazz-rock fusion, to more avant-garde sounding tunes. 'In The West' is more leaned towards the jazz-fusion style. It is extremely melodic, unlike bands such as 'Mahavishnu Orchestra who often delve into percussion based waves of heavy sound, Kenso generally adopt a more delicate warmth throughout the album. I have heard people compare them in some aspects to the Canterbury fusion artists such as hatfield and the north, National Health etc. I would agree to an extent, but Kenso also have a sound that is very much their own. This could be due to the fact that many of their songs have a distinct japanese sound to them. The melodies, scales and chord progression used throughout 'In The West' are undoubtedly oriental. The Musicianship is tight and progressive, without being obnoxiously complex. The only reason I have not given this album the full 5 stars is that at times the songs get a little cheesy. Overall it is a beautiful slab of Japanese fusion. Kenso CDs and LPs are rare and expensive, so I opted for the download and I'm happy with my purchase.


Dopesick
Dopesick
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Price: 21.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING LOAD! IRON SOUNDWAVES!, 13 Oct 2008
This review is from: Dopesick (Audio CD)
How to describe this music???

picture yourself suspended mid air in a vast and open space filled with swarming sound waves of molten iron!

this is heavy, angry, creative, bluesy, metal, with mixed tempos, crushing bass lines, ripping melodies, explosions etc

in my opinion, everything good metal should be!!

if you like the heavy tracks from melvins, high on fire, electric wizard etc this is for you.


The Dice Man
The Dice Man
by Luke Rhinehart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WE ALL HAVE A DARK SIDE!!!!!, 29 Oct 2006
This review is from: The Dice Man (Paperback)
From the moment i picked the book up, i could not put it down.

What is it like living a life without any restraint, taboos or boundries based on the fall of a die? Wow!!!!!! Have you heard a more original storyline? urmm NO you have not!

I've noticed some people have made pointless jabs at the explicit content(sex, violence, drugs etc) but they are missing the point completely. The explicit content throughout 'The Dice Man'is vital in portraying the dark corners of NATURAL human desire, maybe too frightening for society to open to. We do all have a dark side.

This was one of the most entertaining and interesting books i have ever read. the only thing preventing this book from achieving 5 stars is the ending. The book set a stagerring pace throughout only to slow at the finish line.


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