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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
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Price: £3.45

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER FILM, ANOTHER DOLLAR..., 30 April 2016
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...and this is what happens when Hollywood put money above viewing pleasure' The recent 'splitting-the-final-book-to-suck-more-cash-from-your-public' craze has ruined the final instalment in this series of films, which is as great a shame as it is unnecessary. The first two films were great, and the third, though lacking in pace, kept up the interest levels in the plot and characters. This last film is a laborious mess though, and aside from a few scenes in which she excels, even Jennifer Lawrence's obvious acting abilities are wasted. Oh well...


The Chemical Wedding
The Chemical Wedding
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5.0 out of 5 stars SULPHUROUS AND BURNING..., 3 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Chemical Wedding (Audio CD)
This work is a masterpiece by anyone's standards, but to say it of a Bruce Dickinson album means that Chemical Wedding is simply sublime! I love Bruce's solo stuff, much of it being so wonderfully removed from comparison with Iron Maiden's music, which is great in itself. Despite there now being the follow up Tyranny of Souls, this album remains the peak so far of Bruce's writing in my opinion. There is just sooo much depth to the arrangements and lyrics here, that I discover more meaning in them every time I listen!
Despite others comparing Chemical Wedding to its forerunner, Accident of Birth, the latter sounds a little lighter and frivolous when listened to alongside this delicious slab of dark philosophy and inchoate mysticism. Bruce's voice is on peak form here also, never wavering for a moment from its full glorious potential, and Adrian Smith and Roy Z deliver some truly beautiful guitar work throughout. On the whole, in Chemical Wedding the entire band have produced a marvellous collection of interconnected pieces of music, which it simply remains an utter joy to experience again and again!


Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
by Alexandra Ripley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredulous and rambling..., 3 Jan. 2016
I agree with other reviewers here, that if Margaret Mitchell had in fact written a sequel to Gone With The Wind, it would not have looked anything like this effort...and with good reason. Ripley has completely missed the meaning of the characters in places, and the plot develops in ways that become truly absurd. Where this is not so, the reader is merely handed resolutions that Ripley assumes the reader wants. This book is a romance whereas GWTW is so much more, and reflects a variety of social and cultural ideas that thankfully either no longer exist, or have long since lost widespread currency, which for me is part of the original novel's interest.
Scarlett attempts to carry on from where GWTW left off, but somehow everything is different, and the author is necessarily farther removed from the times and attitudes prevailing in the novels. This, I suppose, is the risk with writing sequels so long after the original novel, when so much of our culture and beliefs have changed in the meantime, and the readership's perceptions of the world have moved on. Attempting a seamless continuation is also a mistake in my opinion, and I think allowing a gap of a few years and reflecting on events in the interim would have made for a better start to the storyline.
Many attempts have been made in recent years to write sequels to 'classic' novels, but the only one which I think really shows how it should be done, is Mrs De Winter by Susan Hill. Ho hum...


Chemical Wedding
Chemical Wedding
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'SULPHUROUS AND BURNING....', 31 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Chemical Wedding (Audio CD)
This work is a masterpiece by anyone's standards, but to say it of a Bruce Dickinson album means that Chemical Wedding is simply sublime! I love Bruce's solo stuff, much of it being so wonderfully removed from comparison with Iron Maiden's music, which is great in itself. Despite there now being the follow up Tyranny of Souls, this album remains the peak so far of Bruce's writing in my opinion. There is just sooo much depth to the arrangements and lyrics here, that I discover more meaning in them every time I listen!
Despite others comparing Chemical Wedding to its forerunner, Accident of Birth, the latter sounds a little lighter and frivolous when listened to alongside this delicious slab of dark philosophy and inchoate mysticism. Bruce's voice is on peak form here also, never wavering for a moment from its full glorious potential, and Adrian Smith and Roy Z deliver some truly beautiful guitar work throughout. On the whole, in Chemical Wedding the entire band have produced a marvellous collection of interconnected pieces of music, which it simply remains an utter joy to experience again and again!


The Book Of Souls
The Book Of Souls
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS OF THE AVIATOR!!, 12 Sept. 2015
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I so wanted this album to be their best in years, but there is too much in the way of generic Maiden melodies here, and not enough truly inspired moments for my liking. However, thanks mainly to Bruce Dickinson, the album will (as others have said) always stand apart from their previous records. For me though, this is primarily because of the jaw-dropping majesty and intricate variety which embraces the listener throughout the closing track Empire of the Clouds!
This devastatingly moving epic is well worth the price of the whole 2 CD package alone, and contains a greater variety of emotive melodies and duelling riffs than most bands' entire albums! Piano notes rise and fall along with a wavering violin, and the guitars, bass and drums slowly and subtly make their presence known; the whole effect being one of approaching catastrophe and sorrows to come. Nicko McBrain plays no small part in the proceedings, with a number of very differing drum rhythms feeding of the back of each other seamlessly, especially in the central instrumental section (over 6 minutes long) which literally suggests and plays out the fateful 'storm' through music.
If Empire of the Clouds was made possible because Steve Harris relinquished some of his usual control over the record's creation, and let Bruce have free reign, then it has worked beautifully, and in some respects the song sounds more akin to something from one of Bruce's solo albums than your average Maiden stuff. Either way, I believe it freshens the album no end and though 18 minutes long, it wastes not a single note or lyric in the telling of its tragic tale! Genius!!


Thro' the Lens (a Tribute to the Official Work of the Gwr Photographers)
Thro' the Lens (a Tribute to the Official Work of the Gwr Photographers)
by C. W. Judge
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Field Guns n Tea Trolleys!, 19 July 2014
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Bought this on a whim and love it! The sheer variety of subject matters is staggering; from engineering works to tea trolleys, and from bridge building to field gun manufacture. Just about every aspect of railway activity you can imagine is captured here, although some images appear slightly sterile as they are all official photos.

The photographs are all printed to a high quality also. Enjoy!


London Midland Steam in Action 2
London Midland Steam in Action 2
by W.A. Blake
Edition: Hardcover

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3.0 out of 5 stars London Midland Shadows in Action!, 19 July 2014
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Lovely pictures in this book spoiled yet again by being a poor quality re-print, with detail disappearing into the shadows etc. When will some publishers ever learn that if a book is primarily photographic it would help if the detail can actually be seen?! The variety of subject matter on offer is also a little suspect but I have enjoyed leafing through the images and informative captions.

Beware of cheap imitations...which this is!


Grumman F-14 Tomcat: Bye-Bye, Baby...!: Images & Reminiscences From 35 Years of Active Service
Grumman F-14 Tomcat: Bye-Bye, Baby...!: Images & Reminiscences From 35 Years of Active Service
by Dave Parsons
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Plane, Baby...!, 19 July 2014
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To my mind the F14 Tomcat is an astonishingly gorgeous machine, and an aircraft which was unique in its capabilities. I am not a serious fan of aircraft, in any form, but have loved this bird since childhood. 'Bye - Bye, Baby...!' is a very apt tribute to the F14, being written solely by those who worked within and around it.

The photography is simply jaw-dropping in quality. Many photos are more than full page, and if you are thinking of modelling the Tomcat, you will gain a vast amount of detail information from these pictures. In some instances I found myself trying to work out how a photo would have been taken, especially when the source aircraft is seconds from landing on deck, or vertical in the troposphere. The outstanding abilities of each photographer is undeniable, and overall credit for this book should go to them.

The pilots' and ground/carrier crews' reminiscences, which attend the photos, often offer fascinating insights into the realities of flying and operating complex machines like the F14. They reveal how easily the margin between a successful flight or operation and catastrophe can be breached. There is also great variety in the anecdotes on offer and in 200 pages never is a dull moment to be found.

The only niggle I have, and which has been previously mentioned, is the occasional gun-guts-n-glory American-way type nonsense which spoils a few of the reminiscences. Since the Cold War ended, and before that time too in some respects, the United States has lost some credibility in its international standing (Vietnam may have been the start of the trend), and many societies have matured beyond the idea that violence is always a viable solution to international issues. Some of the pilots writing here seem to believe otherwise; but maybe that merely goes with the territory...?

Brilliant book and well worth five stars!


Bruce Dickinson: Anthology [DVD] [2008]
Bruce Dickinson: Anthology [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Bruce Dickinson
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Price: £23.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A genius at work!, 11 May 2014
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This set basically covers everything visual that Bruce Dickinson has recorded during his solo career. There is also a very interesting interview on the last disc which explains many aspects of his thinking with respect to song writing, stage performance and his philosophy on life etc. The videos of the shows vary in quality, the best being the Dive, Dive, Live performance, which I guess had a larger budget as the album was more commercially successful than the later ones.
The Skunkworks video is like something out of a university student's drama project, very raw and no-nonsense in its delivery, with visual effects playing games with the image. It works though, and presents something very different to the previous show, as I believe Bruce fully intended...and a long, long way from your average Maiden show.
The Chemical Wedding video is let down in places by poor camera work, but who cares really when the songs and performances are THIS good!!
The music on offer, and the stage shows, are all very different to Maiden's style, and intentionally so as Bruce is expressing himself in ways that Maiden's monolithic structure never allowed.
The impression I was left with, after watching all the discs, is that Bruce is one of those rare people who are fuelled by an innate mixture of boundless energy and phenomenal intellect. Combine those traits with a wilful determination to proceed along his own chosen path (with thankfully little regard for what the commercialised mainstream expects or tries to pressure him into doing) and you have a man of multifarious talents and an unnerving knack for being jaw-droppingly powerful to listen to and watch!
Bruce is a wonderful artist and this boxset proves it. Beautiful stuff!


Steam Railways (Britain in Pictures)
Steam Railways (Britain in Pictures)
by Ammonite Press
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars a little something for North Eastern enthusiasts..., 11 May 2014
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This book is alright as a photographic introduction to steam locomotives, and will particularly serve Gresley/GNR/LNER enthusiasts as it is heavily weighted towards their locomotives/stations etc. I lost count of how many photos of Flying Scotsman there are (not exactly a bonus when you're a fan of Stanier designs), and Birmingham stations are also over-represented, but hey-ho.
One deserved gripe however, has to do with the lack of accuracy in some of the captions, varying between errors in specific locomotive information and more obvious mistakes made with seasons/dates etc...but then the source of the pictures is the Mirror Group, so you get what you ask for really!


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