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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1)
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 16 Oct 2005
I've never read a children's book that gripped my imagination or made me smile so much. Sure, a lot has been said about the Harry Potter phenomenon, and people have claimed that J.K. Rowling is not a good writer (where did they get that impression?), but surely if a writer can compel so many people and drag millions of children into the wonderful realm of literature, she can't be so bad.
The storyline in the first installment of the 'Potter' series is one of the best of all. It is simple, but opens up many mysterious doors which aid the storylines of the other books to follow. Most of all, it keeps you reading. Rowling uses enough skill to impress the reader, while not too much to bore the reader (or confuse children). There is no obvious symbolism, but you could argue that for a children's book with a fantastic plot, who needs symbols?
"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" is a wonderful, gripping and well-developed book. Since when did children's books amaze adults so much? Well done Rowling...


Be Here Now
Be Here Now
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why don't some people like this?, 16 Oct 2005
This review is from: Be Here Now (Audio CD)
Oasis fans: if you like Morning Glory and Definitely Maybe, which I do, I wouldn't understand you not liking Be Here Now. It may be different in a lot of ways, but surely the quality of the songs matches up to the two other albums mentioned. 'D'You Know What I Mean' is an anthemic opener; a stadium-filler that equals any other heavier song Oasis have ever written. 'My Big Mouth', 'Magic Pie' and 'Stand By Me' are phenomenal, and 'I Hope I Think I Know' was my favourite song for about two years of my life. It was the soundtrack to my life - and no wonder, when you consider the amazing, hidden depth to each and every one of the songs on this album. Do not discard 'Be Here Now' as an album where Oasis "weren't really trying" - listen properly, and you may get a different perspective. Unless you don't like Oasis...


Aha Shake Heartbreak
Aha Shake Heartbreak
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 3.89

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best American rock album this century, 16 Oct 2005
This review is from: Aha Shake Heartbreak (Audio CD)
Kings of Leon may claim a preposterous history and have a reputation of being party-hard immature youths, but their music speaks depths of their true genius. Their second album, "A-Ha Shake Heartbreak", is both a clear improvement on their already incredibly good first offering ("Youth and Young Manhood")and proof of a real understanding of what rock is really about.
And not only do Kings of Leon know the meaning of rock, but also know how to help it evolve. Just listen to the first track on the album, 'Slow Night, So Long', which although has less immediate impact than the opener on "YAYM", brings their original sound to new levels. No one could have expected the jazzy, sombre feel of the ending section. I was amazed, and loved them more with every passing chord.
The third track, 'Taper Jean Girl', as well as being my personal favourite, proves that Kings of Leon know exactly what direction they are headed. It is confident, rhythmic and has, in my opinion anyway, one of the greatest riffs in any rock song in the past decade. A stunning song.
'The Bucket' is another obvious strongpoint, but unexpectedly (if not for the yodelling)'Day Old Blues'is quite enjoyable, and 'Pistol of Fire' and 'King of the Rodeo' also live up to this standard. There are no fillers. No weak songs. Kings of Leon are determined to make an impression on the world of rock, and who knows, with this album, they might even change it.


Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.77

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost "Performance & Cocktails" Standard, 25 Mar 2005
Stereophonics' fifth album is a vast improvement on the previous, "You Gotta Go There To Come Back", and offers a delightful selection of heavy tunes.
The opener, 'Superman', has a simple, immediately effective riff running through it but the lyrics (You look like Jesus on an aeroplane) detract from the quality slightly.
The same is the case for the next song 'Doorman'. The lyrics are quite dodgy, although this song is an excellent staple for the album and has a wonderful guitar tune in the chorus, making it one of the best on the album.
The next two, 'Brother' and 'Devil' are full of clichés in the lyrics (Make my day/Do you feel lucky?) and sometimes they don't make any sense at all (Think you're a poet? A know it? At your lowest?/Are you a loser? No one to choose ya? Accuser?), but despite me being so negative the songs are overall good quality.
'Dakota', in my opinion, is one of Stereophonics' greatest songs and deserved to reach number one. The lyrics are perfect for its feel-good theme and the song is absolutely fantastic.
'Rewind', the slowest song on "L.S.V.O?", is just okay but good enough to give a contrast to the majority of the hard-hitting bass tunes on the rest of the album. 'Pedalpusher' and 'Girl' are catchy enough but not brilliant in depth, while 'Deadhead' is quite promising to start but fails slightly nearer the end.
'Lolita' is, for me, the second best song on the album and should be released as a single to complement 'Dakota'. It contains a good harmony in the chorus and a decent enough lyric to carry the riff. 'Feel' is a good ending to the album, but it all seems to cut off rather abruptly.
I am being picky about the cons of the album, but I really think it exceeds the previous album, is on a par with the third and just falls short of the standard of the first two, "Word Gets Around" and "Performance and Cocktails", which, it cannot be denied, are close to untouchable.
This album is extremely good, and the new Stereophonics sound is uniquely satisfying to all loyal fans and new listeners.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter comedy genius, 11 Jan 2005
'Scrubs' is one of those comedies that doesn't come along very often. Seldom are all aspects of a programme so sublime. The acting throughout is brilliant, and the storyline running through the series is firm enough to hold the show together, but not so serious that the jokes would fall apart. The moral themes of every episode are blaitantly obvious but they do tie each episode together well. The characters are beautifully made - and it has to be said - especially Dr. Cox and the Janitor. It should have been hailed as a classic a long time ago, but I feel the UK is yet to fully appreciate the genius of 'Scrubs'. An absolute must-buy for every comedy fan.


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