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Multiversity Deluxe Edition HC
Multiversity Deluxe Edition HC
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.24

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have been lead into a trap! Do not read this review. NO. IT IS ONLY SILLY COMIX. WHAT HARM CAN COME TO YOU…, 7 Nov. 2015
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Do you ever find the legacy of superhero comics a bit… confusing. The Golden Age, Silver age, Elseworlds and crossover events? You have no idea whats happening but it’s weird and its wonderful and you want to find out more. That’s what you’ll experience when reading this book. This is a fourth wall breaking meta romp through 52 universes. It’s a parody of a crossover event were every character has an alternate and Billy Batson’s nemesis is taking over the multiverse. It’s a metastory about living memes that are trying to take over your mind. Yes, your mind. Be careful what you read.

It’s also quite a nice hardback with dust jacket and lots of pretty variant covers and sketches at the back. It looks nice on your bookshelf, and you can see all the panels in lovely colour. A bit disappointing about the gutter loss on the map in the multiversity guide book though. Maybe keep that comic and refer to it as you make your way through the Orrery of Worlds using ships of frozen music.

If what I’ve written sounds like nonsense to you… You might not like this book. If it sounds like intriguing nonsense. Well.. What harm can come to you?
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Saga Volume 5 (Saga Tp)
Saga Volume 5 (Saga Tp)
by Brian K. Vaughan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s funny and graphic, inventive and explicit., 1 Nov. 2015
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Saga has been a fantastic story at once simple and domestic tale growing up and raising kids, as well as an epic about galactic war with a diverse cast of hero’s and villains. It’s funny and graphic, inventive and explicit. The artwork is gorgeous bright, full of spaceships and monsters, people with wings and horns. Not serious sci-fi, more of a fable. It’s still going strong 30 issues in and if you made it this far it’s well worth carrying on.


Late Night Tales: Nils Frahm
Late Night Tales: Nils Frahm
Price: £9.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Softened with reverb, mixed together with purring cats, and tribal drums march with dubstep beats..., 1 Nov. 2015
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As a new comer to the Late Night Tales series, but being familiar with the work of Nils Frahm, I was hoping for something sweet and mellow to listen to in the vein of his Solo, or Screws albums. This delivered. Far more than a compilation album, it’s a collage of different sounds and textures all pleasant to the ear. Songs are softened with reverb, mixed together with purring cats, and tribal drums march with dubstep beats. A particular theme of this record seems to be the artefacts or faults that creep into recordings, and the compositions treat the crackles of vintage 78’s, the ambience of live cuts and Nils Frahm’s own home studio recordings as part of the processing of each track. If you like crisp pristine audio, this isn’t for you. It’s a messy, bubbling atmospheric thing, lo-fi and quirky. Track selection reflects this too with artists like the Boards of Canada and Bibio who’s own work carries on these themes. There is a eclectic selection on here. Miles Davis, Victor Silvester, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Nina Simone are just some of the entries. And yet this is more than an introduction to works you might not have heard, it’s a complete piece of music in and of itself.

It’s all rounded off a spooky short story read by Cillian Murphy.

The CD version comes with a free download code and the package you get is a little a little different from usual. It includes every track on the album individually, but also a single track continuous track of the whole mix. My guess is this is so you can include the individual tracks in your own playlists easily, without jarring jumps between songs. It’s nice to see labels experimenting with ways to make the audience’s listening experience better, and exploring the flexibility of downloads vs straight CDs. Keep up the good work guys.

Definitely recommend this one.
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Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars (Descender Tp)
Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars (Descender Tp)
by Jeff Lemire
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous water colour artwork, a curious first instalment in the series... can't wait for me., 1 Nov. 2015
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TIM-21 has woken to discover that strange alien robots have attacked humanity leading to all robots being outlawed. He might hold the secret to what they want and why they come, which means lots of people are after him. Happily he's good at making friends.

This book is a tense sci-fi space opera written by Jeff Lemire with gorgeous water colour artwork from Dustin Nquyen. You should definitely get the paper version as simply viewing these images on a screen doesn't really do it justice. The Aliens are lurid and multicoloured, the robots chunky and metallic, and spaceships rough and ready. The whole thing recalls the original star wars trilogy in style, but there are some fresh and mysterious ideas here, including a dream sequence that hints at supernatural developments to come. If you liked Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)), I think you’ll enjoy this one too. This might even be better, but I have to admit I’ve always been a sucker for amazing robots.


Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.43

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely useful book for any aspiring fiction writer, 4 Sept. 2015
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This slim, functional book is an updated and rewritten version of Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew.

While the commentary in the book is lively and interesting, the emphasis here is on exercises and on helping the writer find their own voice, so keep in mind you have to put in the work to get the most out of it. (And by you I mean me!) This isn't Stephen King's On Writing - its a primer to get your fingers tapping on the keyboard, and to encourage you to play with things like POV, tenses, rhythm, to read your own work aloud and generally enjoy writing.

All the points are illustrated with examples, drawn from real books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Bleak House, and Jane Eyre. The book also has some wise advice on writers critique groups whether online or offline. If you're thinking of running your own group, you could use this to get you started.

I'm sure I will be referring back to this one and using the exercises to help my own writing. It won't be the only writing book you need in your how to writing library, but it is a good one.


Okami: Zekkeiban (HD Remaster) [Japan Import]
Okami: Zekkeiban (HD Remaster) [Japan Import]

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique story telling experience that still stands up with modern games today and the import works with UK PS3s, 18 April 2015
A unique story telling experience that still stands up with modern games today. The HD remaster makes the art style look gorgeous. If the latest gen titles aren't appealing to you, why not try this.

I also wanted to reassure people that, yes the Japanese version import works just fine with UK PS3s and has english subtitles, essential if like me you don't speak a word of Japanese. My copy has slightly different art work pictured as was labelled Japanese Best Edition.


Still Life With Music
Still Life With Music
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Still Playing Great Music, 10 Mar. 2014
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Gillian Glover’s second album opens with a smooth bassline, soulful violin and some sensuous Spanish lyrics. Catalina is the standout track, but there is plenty to enjoy in this collection of unique and personal songs from a very talented songwriter. While her first album Red Handed (which you should also check out) split the difference between rock tracks and solo piano pieces, this is a much more eclectic album, full of folk and world music influences. All of the tracks are tied together by the rich and beautiful singing and by clever yet personal lyrics. This is an album that rewards repeated listening with layered production and story based songs.

Some of the highlights include Demon, a tale of inner turmoil set to a mesmerising acoustic riff and drowned in strange atmospherics, Red Earth which plays on the percussive quality of it’s phrases and When it’s Over, a gentle fingerstyle piece backed by cello. I also enjoyed the mellow jazz of Heart on Sleeve, with the slow gentle sax solo.

There hasn’t been a physical release for this one, which is a shame as the quality of the music and production deserves a bit more an mp3 or aac download. It would be great to see high res downloads for those who want them. However, none of that should prevent you from ordering up this album as well as the excellent Red Handed (which became one of my all time favourite albums) and enjoying the work of this very artist.

In the age of bland commercial pop its rare to see an album of original tracks in so many different styles. This gives Still Life with Music a sense of depth and personality you won’t find elsewhere. The downside is without major label advertising and/or an easy marketing hook to hang on I wonder if people who would love this album will pass it by. Don’t let that be you.


Red Handed
Red Handed
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Favourite mixing Rock and Acoustic Influences, 10 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Red Handed (Audio CD)
Hand on heart this is one of my favourite albums. It has lived in my car on a compilation disc next to Counting Crows, Them Crooked Vultures and Govt Mule among others. Splitting the difference between alternative rock and solo piano works, Gillian Glover has create a fantastic album with heartfelt songs and smart arrangements. From the menacing groove of Serpentine to the bluesy riff of Holy Communion (actually a snarky tale of meeting an ex lover who’s latest relationship isn’t going all that well), the album is adept at genre hopping while retaining a cohesive feel. Hot Knives and Pipe Down Virginia exude palpable menace with aggressive electric guitar work, and while tracks like Made You Look and Clear Why Fight feel more jazzy and low key but still have a snap and energy that makes them infectious. Go and My Broken Skin strip everything back to piano and vocals for a tender an emotional end to the record.

The songs all bear repeated listening and it takes some time to tease out the layers of metaphor and meaning. Singing You to Sleep sounds like a lullaby at first but listen closer and you’ll realise that it’s a plea for someone to escape destructive relationship.

The singing is phenomenal and Gillian Glover can conjure up an aggressive rock tone or husky warmth for a ballad. I first heard her guesting on Roger Glover’s solo album Snapsnot (Yes that’s her dad!) singing the excellent Bargain Basement. (You can also hear her on his latest album if Life was Easy Singing Can't Let You Get Away.) I hesitated about buying this album, half expecting a samey collection of acoustic ballads. I’ve never been happier to be proved wrong. There is plenty for a rock fan to get their teeth into here.

If you enjoy this you should also check out her second album Still life with Music, a much more personal album full of folk and world music influences.


Cloud to Ground [VINYL]
Cloud to Ground [VINYL]
Price: £14.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Dark Ambient Soundscapes, 10 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Cloud to Ground [VINYL] (Vinyl)
If you heard that this album features John Paul Jones and thought you would be hearing something along the lines of Them Crooked Vultures or his excellent solo album Zooma, well you might be in for a disappointment. There are no blistering basslines, or cleverly orchestrated melodies. If, however, you like Brian Eno style ambient soundscapes with a sinister edge, this is well worth a look.

Cloud to Ground is an experimental album by Helge Sten and John Paul Jones which features them both playing various instruments into a computer program called Kyma which digitises and distorts them in various interesting ways. All very well but what does it sound like? There doesn’t seem to be a sensible way to describe an ambient album apart from by the emotional atmosphere it creates. The first piece, Black Aurora, is a 4 part ambient soundscape full of sinister rumblings and growls that pulses in the distance, providing an ominous sense of unease lurking in the background. Taking up the first side of the LP, this is a great track to listen to on a cold grey morning, as it sets a sinister tone that occasionally explodes into something more immediate. The remaining tracks continue in a similar vein with brighter digital textures mixed into the subsonic rumbles, and at one point the crashing chords of a church organ emerge swirling through the distortion.

This package contains both the Vinyl and CD versions of Cloud to Ground pressed on 180g vinyl from the 24 bit masters. For those of us who usually prefer analog source for our vinyl it’s worth remembering the process that made this album is fundamentally one of digital manipulation. The vinyl is quiet and sounds great, but the CD might get more use for convenience sake. You’ll find the CD version in a plastic sleeve inside the main sleeve. Artwork wise you’ll find an appropriately sinister abstract design with the track listing hidden on the inside of sleeve. Not that a track listing is especially important here. This the sort of album you’ll leave on in the background to set a certain mood or tone, or lose yourself in at the end of a long day. If that sounds like your sort of thing then for the price it’s a steal.


HGST Touro Mobile MX3 1TB External Hard Drive - Black
HGST Touro Mobile MX3 1TB External Hard Drive - Black
Offered by low price citi
Price: £46.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet drive with USB 3, (USB 2 compatible) reliable too., 19 Oct. 2013
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I bought this to store my itunes music and other media to keep space free on my Macbook pro. I'm have been impressed with the quietness of the drive as well as fast read/write times for mp3 and aac files. 1TB is a good size for an drive, with plenty of space for music, video, photos or anything else you want. I got myself a case to protect it while not in use and I expect it to last a good long time. Touro are owned by Hitachi and drives from both brands have a pretty good reputation for reliability, though every company has the odd drive that fails (with me it was Seagates!)

With storage getting cheaper all the time there is no reason not have your time machine backups, external music or photo library, or whatever else you need.


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