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October Skies
October Skies
by Alex Scarrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To use a cliche- "I Couldn't put it down!", 27 Oct 2009
This review is from: October Skies (Paperback)
I must admit, I had never heard of Alex Scarrow before last week but I am so glad that I decided to buy this book!

I won't describe the plot in detail as other reviewers already have. What I will say is that Scarrow has created an unusual set of protagonists who I actually cared about as I read through the novel. Julian and Rose are convincingly "normal" which makes them a breath of fresh air within this genre. The claustrophobia of the forest setting is wonderfully crafted by Scarrow. There are plenty of twists and turns and the dual narrative style is very effective.

It has been a while since I read a novel that I could describe as "unputdownable" but this actually was. This is a perfect novel for anyone who is a fan of the horror/thriller genre or has an interest in Frontier history. Buy it!

Live At Easy Street
Live At Easy Street

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Punky Pearl Jam Performance, 29 Jun 2006
This review is from: Live At Easy Street (Audio CD)
This is an edited cd of Pearl Jam's set at the Easy Street record store. You can't fault the band's performance on this cd. Ed Vedder's voice really soars on 'Porch.' '1/2 Full' is an amazing opener. Mike McCready's solos are incredible. Vedder really screams out 'Lukin.' The old punk covers are interesting to longtime fans but if your new to the band, this isn't the best place to start as only half the songs are Pearl Jam originals.

Unfortunately it is because the whole show is not included that makes it a 4 star album. Otherwise it is excellent.

Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
Price: 8.15

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Album, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Pearl Jam (Audio CD)
Having spent the last week listening to this album non stop, I can safely say that it is the best album Pearl Jam have made since 'Yield.'

The energy is back. Vedder's vocals are much stronger than the sleepy sound of 'Binaural' and 'Riot Act.'Tracks like 'Comatose' and 'Worldwide Suicide' are more akin to the raw, punky, Vitalogy album than the more laid back sound that the band has experimented with in recent years.

There are some great ballads here too. 'Gone' is an excellent, disillusioned track. 'Parachutes' sounds a little like the Beatles but the lyrics are really interesting. The odd time signature makes it totally different to anything they've done before.

Politics and war are themes of this album but they don't dominate it. There's a great mix of aggression and melody on this album. The songs flow much better than the odd mix of 2002's 'Riot Act.'

At 7 minutes long, 'Inside Job,' the album closer is a great finale. It builds from light guitars and piano into a really powerful ending. It's one of the best tracks they've ever written.

Overall this album mixes the best elements of Pearl Jam; edgy punk rock, beautiful melodies and political awareness. Buy it Now!

Nothing Else Matters: Stories Behind the Biggest Songs "Metallica"
Nothing Else Matters: Stories Behind the Biggest Songs "Metallica"
by Chris Ingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Some cool info on Metallica and their songs, 18 Jan 2004
This book is really well written with loads of info on the influences and inspiration behind each and every Metallica song.
The information is laid out in chronological order so it also acts as a mini biography. You can trace the evolution of Metallica's sound. A good buy for fans and music lovers alike.

The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
Price: 8.74

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC goes commercial?, 12 Jan 2004
This review is from: The Razor's Edge (Audio CD)
This album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn who made many an overproduced poppy Aerosmith album. Unfortunately he did the same to AC/DC. This album has some great songs such as Thunderstruck, Razors edge, Shot of love but many of the songs are much too commercial and just don't sound like AC/DC. This album is not raw like their better albums. Check out Powerage, Back in Black and Stiff upper lip instead.
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St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak]
St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 10 Jan 2004
Well I'll admit I only got into Metallica around the time that Load came out but the first song I actually heard was seek and destroy. Unforunately this album is not the return to the "Complex savagery of old" as we were led to believe. First off the snare sound is annoying but you get used to it after a few listens. The guitars need to be much higher in the mix, whats the point if you can't hear the actual riffs?
It is nice to see Metallica return to the heavier style of music but the lack of solos does make some songs sound very repetitive. Lars' double bass drumming is as good as it was in the eighties! This album shows that a 40 year old man can stiil play way better than most modern drummers.
"Some kind of monster" and "The Unnamed feeling" are both damn good songs but throwaway tracks such as "Invisible kid" and "purify" sound alarmingly nu metallish which will put off most older fans.
This album is ok but beware the poor production and lack of solos.
Apparently a new album will be out next year so they have a chance to redeem themselves.

The Discworld Mapp
The Discworld Mapp
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More useful than any real map, 10 Jan 2004
This review is from: The Discworld Mapp (Paperback)
I've been a Discworld fan for a few years now so i finally bought this map to follow exactly where characters were actually going in the books. It's very well drawn and shows where all the key locations of the books are. Unfortunately the accompanying booklet is rather short and is mostly taken up by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs talking about the project rather than a full story.
A good purchase for any discworld fan.

Satellite Blues
Satellite Blues

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd single from Stiff Upper lip, 14 Oct 2003
This review is from: Satellite Blues (Audio CD)
This is one of the heavier songs off stiff upper lip. Less blues more rock. I would also recomend it for the live b sides cos they really show AC/DC's live power!!!
I didn't give it 4 stars because i was hoping that the 3rd single would be "Can't stop Rock n roll" but it is a really great track.

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