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Wallace & Gromit - 3 Cracking Adventures [DVD]
Wallace & Gromit - 3 Cracking Adventures [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Park
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Price: £4.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teamwork at it's funniest, 9 Aug. 2009
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Three engaging stories to drink tea and eat cheese to.
"The Wrong Trousers" - techno trousers, a crazy penguin and some sharp shooting. High tension, drama and very funny.
"A Close Shave" - I love that Gromit knits and reads lots in this story. Brilliant fun!


Wallace & Gromit - A Matter of Loaf and Death [DVD]
Wallace & Gromit - A Matter of Loaf and Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Park
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars OMG a must see, 7 Aug. 2009
A lovingly crafted piece of work with the obligatory quirks and in jokes that have made Wallace and Gromit such a classic comedic pair. A murder mystery and part homage to Hitchcock all rolled into one. Check out the scene of Gromit in the rain for a superb example of Aardman animation - brilliant! My only complaint is that it wasn't longer. Can't wait for the next adventure.


Fledgling
Fledgling
by Octavia E. Butler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.33

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable tale, 2 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Fledgling (Paperback)
As gothic tales go this has it all - romance, horror, tension and a contemporary heroine in the form of Shori, a vampire with a missing memory. The story follows her through her discovery of who she actually is and who she has the potential to become. This story can be read on a number of different levels. It has a lot to say about identity formation, race relations, binary gender dynamics and the impact of lost/stolen histories on whole generations of people. But, I don't know. Highly accomplished as this book is, I did wish for Shori to rise up more, let loose, let rip, take over. Perhaps this wasn't the intent of the author, but it felt in parts like the story really needed more deliberate action. That said however, this is an amazingly evocative book and the story stays with you long after reading.


The Gum Thief
The Gum Thief
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle tale of social dislocation, 1 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Gum Thief (Paperback)
This book presents a snapshot into the lives of different people who all work together - it is perhaps the only thing they have in common. However, gradually, they develop some ties with each other, but because of the dislocation generated by the socio-economic conditions in which they live, the friendships they develop don't really feel tangible. I felt that this was the real strength of the book, that it could evoke a sense of dislocation and detachment. This is a well-written, compassionate and gentle tale.


Freak Show
Freak Show
by James St. James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.21

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gender obscurists reign supreme, 27 July 2009
This review is from: Freak Show (Paperback)
"Why don't you want to be like everyone else?" Because I have a glue gun and lots of glitter, so there. Plus, I'd rather be like Billy Bloom, the shadow kids, Mary Jane Mcafferty and hey, even Flip. Essentially the story is about Billy, a new kid in school who is faced with considerable opposition and bullying just for being himself. This book won the American Library Association award for best young adult novel of the year in 2007. And deservedly so. In fact it should be mandatory reading in all schools and all young adults should be required to give at least one presentation in drag ... I'd encourage teachers to join in. The author's voice is charged with energy, humour and compassion. I loved this book. When I read, I often underline parts in books that I like - by the end of this read, "Freak Show" was covered in pink and green highlights - well, it matched the cover. I defy you to read this book and not land up questioning your wardrobe!


Ear to the Ground
Ear to the Ground
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A spirited album, 12 July 2009
This review is from: Ear to the Ground (MP3 Download)
I don't often listen to folk music and chanced upon this album when I read about the group on last.fm. An accomplished piece of work, the album resonates with compassion, clarity and the lyrics are a joy. Some songs evoked the feeling of lying snuggled up in my favourite blanket. Others made me think of unexplored, wide open spaces. I especially liked "Only Road". It had a melancholy feel to it, matched with superior lyrics. I found myself coming back to this song over and over again. "Man in the Moon" is also an excellent track, the magical combination of Joe Stevens and Ingrid Elizabeth brings this song to life. I was really glad to have stumbled upon this group, and will be playing this album for a while to come. Having listened to this album I also trawled through their back catalogue which is equally brilliant. For example, "Ugly Mother" from the album "Boxes and Bags" is beautifully written and a real treasure. Give this album a spin, kick back and watch the world go by.


Provenance
Provenance
by Ronnie Burkett
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful, 5 July 2009
This review is from: Provenance (Paperback)
Ronnie Burkett is a highly accomplished puppeteer. If you haven't managed to see one of his shows then you need to do so promptly. The worlds he creates with string, wood and cloth are magical, inspiring, passionate and sheer genius. But what really brings everything together is the dialogue, and this book presents the opportunity to read one of his best pieces. Provenance tells the story of Pity Beane and her journey of self-discovery. She sets out for Europe to learn about the provenance of a painting of a young man known as "Tender". Through an achingly beautiful and humanistic script, Burkett explores the ravages of war, the impact of history on individual lives, the consequences of lost youth and the fragility of existence. Burkett writes with such a passionate and lyrical voice that I have found myself coming back to this book over and over again. His insight and humour come together in this lovingly crafted tale of beauty and loss. Read it ... and then read it again.


Movement in Black: The collected poetry of Pat Parker ; foreword by Audre Lorde ; introd. by Judy Grahn ; [graphics by Wendy Cadden, Irmajean, Karen Sjoholm]
Movement in Black: The collected poetry of Pat Parker ; foreword by Audre Lorde ; introd. by Judy Grahn ; [graphics by Wendy Cadden, Irmajean, Karen Sjoholm]
by Pat Parker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy poems that inspire and motivate, 5 July 2009
If you appreciate and enjoy thought-provoking, activist, spoken-word poetry this book is a must. Pat Parker is an accomplished poet, with amazing insight and an ability to weave words together so that poetry itself is turned into a powerful medium to communicate struggles of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class ("Talk is cheap" is just one such example). Inspiring and humourous at times, some of the best poems in this book (such as "Movement in Black") communicate a sense of urgency, asking the reader to think about their motivations, choices and points of view. The structure, form and content of her poems have a beauty of their own. Her work deserves a much wider readership.


HATE MAIL
HATE MAIL
Price: £13.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast this loudly in sanitised, mainstream joints, 28 Jun. 2009
This review is from: HATE MAIL (Audio CD)
I wish I had heard "Huyton Scum" when I first came to the UK, it would have cheered me up no end. And I wouldn't have felt so isolated at school if I had this album with me. "Queer clubbing" is great with the mockery and "Rant (By the Seaside)" is brilliant too. All the songs on this album are topical and in your face (the best part of all). The lyrics made me laugh and nod in recognition. The album as a whole is politicized aggro punk pop at it's best. I enjoyed it because it asks people to think about the choices they make and the issues they support, all through considered and brilliant lyrics. The whole album hangs together really well and you can spend endless hours thrashing around your living room to it - jump high!


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