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The Dragons of Heaven
The Dragons of Heaven
by Alyc Helms
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.56

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book because it has an unspoken emotional maturity. And awesome, awesome dragons and superheros., 28 April 2016
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This is a superhero story for adults. Not because it's full of gore and death and rape. It's not 'gritty' and full of angst. From my lofty perch in my mid-thirties, that all sounds... rather juvenile. Missy Masters deals with the complicated things life throws at us as we go through it: love; loyalty; wonder; betrayal; parenthood; friendship; challenges to the very core of ourselves that creepy up in our peripheral vision and we don't even see until we're half-way through them.

On top of that, the Chinese culture suffusing the story is complex and nuanced. I only having a passing familiarity with it, but it never struck me as anything other than something the author had intimate, personal experience with. The superhero culture, too, is intelligent and subtle without being overly-complex or ever breaking belief.

And, oh, it's fun! There's drama, explosions, superpowers, dragons, and a talking shadow rat! Basically, if you've ever seen a superhero movie and wondered about collateral damage or wondered why all superheros seem to act like teenagers, then this is for you. Buy it and you will love it.

Promise of Blood: Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy
Promise of Blood: Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy
by Brian McClellan
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist and Racist Tripe, 26 Jun. 2013
I brought his book because it held promise of politically and socially complex fantasy. Turns out it's little more than privileged white male ego fantasy. In the first three chapters, we meet some women. They are whores, rape-victims, mute mystic savages, substitute mothers and a wife who allowed herself to be seduced so the seducer could bring disgrace on her husband. Oh, and there's the sorceress who killed five men and must be hunted down like an animal, who also seems to the only woman in the book who enjoyed sex on her own terms.

I'm not going to waste my time reading any more. Maybe I'll use the book to grow mushrooms instead.
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reddit is fun (unofficial)
reddit is fun (unofficial)
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Light weight and works, 17 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: reddit is fun (unofficial) (App)
A fantastic little app that lets you use Reddit on the mobile device of your choice. I have it on my phone and Kindle Fire.. What more could you want?

Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linguistic pornography, 26 Jan. 2013
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Lavie uses language like no other writer I've encountered. It's pulp and the highest-brow intellectualism at the same time. In amongst mundane descriptions of table tops and furniture, he drops amazing limes of poetry as if they were no more important than the ring left by a coffee cup.

And the plotting is masterly. Exposition and travel handled deftly, like an expert card shark. A strong thread of questions pulled me from page to page.

I'm not sure what to think of the woman who hires Joe, the main character. Certainly I did feel a lack of defined female characters, but haven't yet decided if I think there's a lack of defined characters in general. Not due to poor writing, but due to the protagonist's world view, and the world he's in.

Never-the-less, a beautiful book.

Adrift on the Sea of Rains (Apollo Quartet)
Adrift on the Sea of Rains (Apollo Quartet)
by Ian Sales
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as walking on the moon yourself, 15 May 2012
This novella is a love letter to the space program. The descriptions of the lunar landscape are beautiful and Sales' descriptions of rocket flight are truly empathic. The science behind mankind's voyages to the stars are described in detail that borders on pornography--the spacesuits and the walks across the lunar seas, the Velcro shoes used in the station's one sixth Earth gravity and the empty bands of radio that the stranded astronauts hopelessly scan. This isn't the space travel of space opera, not even the space travel of science fiction. This is the space travel of our own past, of Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong. This is the closest you'll get to orbit without being a billionaire.

However, there's no speech marks around the direct speech and it only serves to make the line between reader and character even thicker. Like all those pieces of tech, the characters are consistent and work the way they should... They just don't ever quite feel human. They're just one more part of the space program, no more or less important than the rockets or the lunar base.

Adrift on the Sea of Rains is a wonderful hard science novella that will make you feel as if you've left the Earth's surface perched atop over seven million pounds of thrust and kicked up the sand of the Moon's seas. Maybe it's fitting that the humans are reduced to another machine in the program, that they're put in their insignificant place in the cosmos. I miss it, though, that uniquely human element we always carry around in our skulls. Hence the missing star. However, I'll be fighting for my place in line when the rest of the Quartet lands.

SCART CABLE - 21p scart plug - SVHS plug - Length: 1.50m
SCART CABLE - 21p scart plug - SVHS plug - Length: 1.50m

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works like a treat, and it's cheap, 12 Nov. 2008
On a Toshiba laptop with a built-in S-Video port under Ubuntu 8.10, this worked straight out the packet. Turn computer off, plug cable into computer, plug into TV, turn computer on and there was my laptop screen on the TV! It was in colour without having to adjust any settings, just plug and go.

The quality isn't great--I can't read text as it normally appears on a webpage. But then, it's only three quid. I brought this for watching videos through my computer on my TV, and it works a treat for that.

Aerosmith: You Gotta Move [DVD] [2004]
Aerosmith: You Gotta Move [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Aerosmith
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.24

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic performance, but where's Joe?!, 16 Feb. 2005
Since 'Honkin' on Bobo' was released, an awful lot of 'long time' Aerosmith fans have been howling in disgust. I guess they haven't been paying attention. Aerosmith have their roots in blues as surely as Led Zep do.
This DVD shows that Aerosmith have become the band that they always should have been. When the five of them got together, this is how they should have been, before the drugs, Elyssa, the re-discovery . . . This is the band as they should have evolved into after 'Draw the Line'. The creative and musical energy is so thick that you can reach out and grab handfuls of it.
And this performance showcases them as an amazing live band. Free from the drugs and tensions, they are an amazing cohessive group that produce a sound unrivialed by any band today. They are a band that remind us why it's not only worth issuing live albums, but waiting with rabid anticipation for them to come out.
If you're a 'long time fan' then this DVD should leave you with the grin and warm feeling that it left me with - the drugs are gone, the problems the drugs were muting are gone, and all that's left are five amazing guys who just want to rock, and pull it off with style. If you're just a fan of rock music, then this is something right out our mid-seventies hay-day, a live performance that you can reach out and touch, something vital and alive, not like all those Zep bootlegs or Sabbath albums which echo like ghosts in empty corridors.
The extras are also well worth looking at - especially the 'Making of Bobo' one. You'll see what I mean about the band being the band they always should have been. Bobo is something they've brought with all the blood, sweet, tears, MTV music videos and brass over-dubs of the last 20 years, and they've earnt it, and thank God they've done it.
So, why only 4 stars? Well, two reasons. Two BIG reasons.
1) They have members of the band talking over the intros to the songs. They talk over 'Back in the Saddle' and 'Sweet E'. We don't get to hear the intros, because Steven is talking to us. He never listens to me when I tell him to shut the hell up. The production guy who thought that'd be a good idea is going to be doing some serious time in hell for that one.
2) We can't hear Joe's guitar. Seriously, it's like the guy who was in charge of putting all the instruments onto the soundtrack for the video flicked the input marked 'Joe' to 'mute'. We only really get to hear him when it's quiet enough for Steven's mike to pick his sound up from his amps. An Aerosmith performance without Joe Perry? Well, it does give us the chance to listen to the rythm section, and catch some amazing performances from Tom and Brad. Yeah, we actually get to hear the bass line to all those songs! Every cloud, they say, and no point in focusing on the grey when you can look at the silver.
Oh, and on the subject of Joe . . . well, you're in for a surprise. I think he ate something.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest [VHS]
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest [VHS]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £4.46

17 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This isn't the novel, 19 Oct. 2002
I am sure that in many ways this is a fantastic film. Many other people seem to think so. But I'm afraid I came to this film after reading the book, and much of what I love so much about Ken Kesy's novel is simply not there.
The most obvious difference is also the most forgivable. The unique voice of Chief is lost totally. But then, it would be almost impossible to carry over to film . . .
What I missed most was all the subtlies that make the book such wonderful reading. There doesn't seem to be half as much of a sense of 'the system', just Jack Nicholson being a loony. There's almost no sense of McMurphy's slow descent into psychopathy as he's ground down to fit the hole society has made for him, and 'the combine' is, I think, never even mentioned, let alone felt. You also get little sense of McMurphy's individualism affecting the other inmates and doing for them what Nurse Ratchet's combine never even came close to doing. You also get no sense of the Chief being slowly drawn out of his shell, slowly 'built up', until he's big enough to literally smash his way out of the combine.
The headline says it all. Don't watch this and expect the same thing as the novel. For me, to be honest, it felt hiddeously slashed to make it fit a very narrowing genre.

Mr Brubakers Strawberry Alarm [VINYL]
Mr Brubakers Strawberry Alarm [VINYL]
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £17.76

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing album, but maybe an aquired taste, 10 Dec. 2000
This is electronic expermental music at it's best. There is such an amazing colarge of sounds, all woven in together and through each other, laced with samples, that it simply becomes one mind-blowing sound.
The four sides of the vinyl work perfectly. Every side has a very different feel to it, and evokes a very different series of images.
It is certainly darker then Neotropic's earlier work, evoking a much more nightmare-esk feel. One sample is of a wailing cat, another from The Crow (one of Tin Tin's knives finding home).
However, make sure you know what it is you're buying. If you like nice neat tracks with lyrics, you won't like this. If you like three different Pink Floyd albums played over each other, then you will.

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