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The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House
The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House
by Steven LaChance
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.47

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, A SCARY READ, 29 Nov 2009
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I have read many ghost stories, many horror books, so these days it takes something pretty special to impress me.
The Uninvited is a great book. It was very creppy, very scary in places, and some of the things that the author describes really keep you nervous about what is going to happen next.

To make things even more interesting, this book is based on true life experiences!
Don't read it late at night, because it really does play on your mind.

The Uninvited [DVD]
The Uninvited [DVD]
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CRINGEFUL, A WASTE OF TIME, 29 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Uninvited [DVD] (DVD)
Me and my husband both love the original horror, A Tale of Two Sisters, made in Japan. Because we loved the original, we thought we would give the USA remake a chance. Now we wish we hadn't. It was awful.
Maybe if you are twelve years old you might find this film creepy, but I just found it cringeful. The director treated the audience like idiots....acting out things that didn't need to be acted, just to make sure we "got the point" of what was happening in the story.

Trust me, go and watch the original Japanese version because the American version is dumbed down, it is not scary, there is no suspence, the acting is weak- they were obviously hired as pretty teenage pin-ups rather than as actresses.

The film is badly done- the director has literally insulted the original and insulted us as his audience by making such a film. It isn't scary, you won't be gripping the edge of your seat- one thing you might get is a good laugh because one scene in particular was acted so badly that me and my husband laughed for ages.

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SHADOW WORLD: True Encounters with Beings from the Darkside
SHADOW WORLD: True Encounters with Beings from the Darkside
by Brad Steiger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.50

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow World- excellent. Highly Recommended., 29 Sep 2009
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This book is simply one of the most authorative, frightening and interesting I have read on the paranormal. The book contains some of the most eerie true-case studies of people's experiences of ghosts, hauntings and demons.

Brad Steiger has demonstrated a very skilled and articulate way of presenting the unknown in such a way that would convince even the most hardened of sceptics!

If you believe in ghosts, this book will further support your beliefs. If you are a sceptic, then read on, because you will be surprised at how amazing this collection of true-life stories will effect you.

Highly recommended. I will be reading it for the second time soon!
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Abnormally Attracted To Sin [Deluxe Edition]
Abnormally Attracted To Sin [Deluxe Edition]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 24.78

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not quite great..., 29 Sep 2009
I've been a Tori Amos fan since the mid-nineties and have enjoyed mostly all of her albums. She received a lot of unfair reviews for 2005's The Beekeeper, with many fans complaining that she'd lost her edge and was becoming too "easy listening" (which I completely disagree with). I can't help but feel that on her subsequent releases, Tori has tried to accomodate these fans who yearn for a return to her darker mid-nineties heyday. Many songs on this album have a more moody, darker edge than we've seen from Tori in a while. Whilst it works on the rousing standout track "Strong Black Vine", it sounds a little contrived on some of the other tracks.

Tori is at her best when she's not trying to please anyone and is just making music for her own pleasure. The album closer "Lady In Blue" is a perfect example of this. It is a real departure from Tori's usual sound and a definate album highlight. It has an irresistable lounge-bar, moody vibe throughout but completely takes you by surprise at the end as it transforms into a powerful rocky, piano-laden finale.

"Ophelia" is another highlight, with Tori in full classical-composer UTP-era mode. I miss this side of Tori - she uses the band in almost every song and whilst it's important not to under-estimate what Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans bring to the table, I don't feel it's necessary to have them playing on almost every track. After all, is Tori Amos a band or a solo artist? As a long-term fan, I find songs like "Ophelia" or "Garlands" (from 2005's Beekeeper) a breathe of fresh air and a reminder of why I fell in love with Tori's songwriting in the first place.

Other than this complaint, it has to be said that yet again Tori has delivered a solid and cohesive album and I still consider her to be one of the finest singer/songwriters around.
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The Birthing House
The Birthing House
by Christopher Ransom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

21 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT...DON'T BE PUT OFF BY OTHER REVIEWS HERE..., 30 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Birthing House (Paperback)
I bought this novel last week, and within two days I had finished it.
I don't usually come online to review books I have read (I am an avid reader, and read all the time!) but I felt compelled to after reading this novel.
I think I was expecting an out-and-out horror book- but it is much more subtle. I think the characters are absoloutely amazing and I felt like I knew the central character intimately after a few chapters.
It is basically a creepy story but with so much depth, characters that are wonderfully written and events that break your heart....

I read the reviews here and was shocked...I know that people's taste are individual and personal, but I thought everyone would love this book..

I've read it once and already want to return to it! DON'T MISS OUT!
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment...., 17 Aug 2008
This review is from: Invincible (Audio CD)
Okay, it's not as bad as it's harshest critics make it out to be, but then it's nowhere near as good as some of the over-zealous MJ fanatics rate it either.

I'm a lifelong fan and appreciate his music both as a solo artist and with The Jacksons but this album was something of a disappointment. That's not to say it's not without merit, but if you're buying this hoping to hear the same kind of passion Michael delivers on pop classics like Billie Jean or Don't Stop Till You Get Enough or even Who Is It then you're going to be disappointed.

Simply put, the melodies just aren't up to scratch. The opening three cuts are fast and frantic with flashy production from Rodney Jerkins but they all lack the same thing: a catchy hook. Michael Jackson used to be the master of the catchy pop song. I remember when I was a kid and I used to sneak into my brothers room when he was out and play Smooth Criminal on a loop. He's created so many wonderfully melodic pop songs that are so rich with imagery and passion but there's very little of that to be found on Invincible.

There are some moments of relief. Heaven Can Wait is a gentle R&B mid-tempo track with wonderful strings, a decent melody and a soaring vocal delivery from Michael. There's also the beautiful ballad Speechless, one of the few tracks written and produced solely by Michael and you can hear his passion shining through.

But these moment are rare and much of the record is padded out with filler material. Some of the tracks sound as if they were written by someone else, presented to Michael, and he just said "okay then" because he couldn't be bothered to write some decent songs himself.

It is not really surprising that Michael stopped making music after this album. He really doesn't sound very inspired anymore and I'd hate to see him tarnish his legacy with mediocre albums like this.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Prince's weakest albums to date..., 17 Aug 2008
This review is from: 3121 (Audio CD)
If you're new to Prince and are wondering where to start, don't believe the over-zealous fans hailing 3121 as a great album. It's not. It's not even an average album.

For Prince, the songwriting on this album is well below par. Musicology wasn't great, but at least most of the songs were well written with a decent melody. This album has far too much bland, generic R&B drivel on it, it's hard to believe this is the guy who made Parade and Sign O The Times.

I'm not one of those fans who dismiss all of his post-80s output, I actually really enjoyed last years Planet Earth (which is far superior to anything on 3121).

Incense & Candles is Prince's attempt at modern-day R&B and just sounds flat and contrived. Get On The Boat throws everything but the kitchen sink into the mix and still comes off sounding tired. Black Sweat is trying to re-create the magic of his 80s funk tracks driven by a pounding Lynn drum pattern but it lacks a decent hook and the nastiness that you need to get really funky.

I wouldn't bother with 3121 unless you want it for completist reasons as a collector. I'm a massive Prince fan and listen to his music all the time, but this album rarely comes off the shelf.
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Stand Alone Tracks Funk: Handy Guide, Book & CD (National Guitar Workshop)
Stand Alone Tracks Funk: Handy Guide, Book & CD (National Guitar Workshop)
by Mark Brown
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of money..., 17 Aug 2008
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I own every single funk guitar book that's ever been published and this is definately one of the worst.

There's no tablature in the book to match the jamming tracks on the CD which makes the whole thing rather redundant.

If you love playing funk guitar this won't help you out at all.

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Price: 13.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent tracks, some terrible..., 17 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Pandemonium (Audio CD)
This is The Time's last album from 1990 and many fans (mostly ones fixated on 80s nostalgia) unfairly criticise this release.

This is the first album where the band members actually got to write and perform the bulk of the material by themselves. Prince's input is limited to just three numbers, although it has to be said, two of the three Prince cuts are the albums strongest tracks. This album is worth buying for "Chocolate" alone. Prince originally recorded this in 1982 for Morris Day and it eventually ended up on Pandemonium. It's full of witty exchanges between Morris and the band. But it's not just the humour that makes this song so great, the funky guitar chops are relentless and reminscent of what made James Brown's grooves so irresistable.

"Skillet" and "Blondie" are two blistering rock numbers with Jesse Johnson's guitar licks taking centre stage. Both tracks are penned by the band themselves and may come as something of a surprise to fans only familiar with The Time's 80s output. It is refreshing to see them grow and expand their music beyond the funky 80s party songs for which they've become synonymous.

The only down side if that the record is too long. Their three 80s album all contain only six tracks, keeping the albums tight at all times. This album is littered with annoying interludes and occasional filler ("Data Bank" and "My Summertime Thang" to name just two).

However there is a great Time album in here somewhere, so don't miss out...

Parade: Original Soundtrack - Under the Cherry Moon
Parade: Original Soundtrack - Under the Cherry Moon
Price: 6.08

5.0 out of 5 stars His crowning achievement...., 17 Aug 2008
Parade is Prince at the top of his game. He had a real chemistry with Wendy & Lisa - whose influence can be felt throughout much of this record.

The music here is funky, whimsical, often moving and sometimes downright strange... but it all gels together so well.

Ignore the critics who hail Sign O The Times as his masterpiece - they don't have a clue what they're talking about. THIS is Prince's crowning achievement.

I only wish Prince would re-master this album and add on many of the excellent unreleased songs that were left on the cutting room floor - some of which are even better than the tracks that made the final cut (All My Dreams for example).
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