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The Sopranos: Complete HBO Season 1 [1999] [DVD]
The Sopranos: Complete HBO Season 1 [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Gandolfini
Price: £16.34

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sopranos (i couldn't think of anything else to call it), 26 April 2013
During the past year, i have begun to watch more TV boxsets. I started with SMALLVILLE, which, i realised to late, is cheesy and pathetic. I gradually moved onto more serious stuff, and eventually came to The Sopranos. Although it took me a while to get used to the constant sex, swearing and violence, but once i did, i decided that this was quite an interesting series. It really picks up in the final episodes. My favourite character is Tony Soprano's (the main character)'s mother, a grumpy, paranoid old woman, who was always horrible to her son.
Best Episodes "College" "Down Neck" "Isabella" and "I Dream of Jeanne Cusamano"


The Dark Side Of The Moon [Discovery Edition]
The Dark Side Of The Moon [Discovery Edition]
Price: £5.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not quite the alleged classic (yet), 4 Mar. 2013
The meaning of"yet" in the title, is that i hope that this album will grow on me. It is a great album, but probably not my particular taste. But here is my track-by-track.

1. Speak to Me
This is a slowly fading in heartbeat, and is a great way to start the album, with quotes by who I assume is Syd Barret, the lost Pink Floyd member. 10/10
2. Breathe (In The Air)
As the title suggests, a very airy, but atmospheric, way to begin the album, and unlike the previous and next songs, this one actually has lyrics. 10/10
3. On the Run
This is a good instrumental, probably the best one, and really captures travel. 8/10
4. Time
One of Pink Floyd's most popular songs, this really describes me, and is a great song to sing along to, despite it's stupidly long opening ticking. 10/10
5. The Great Gig in the Sky
This song has some interesting quotes from Syd Barret, before it starts wailing. At first i didn't like this, but it has grown on me. It is a vital calm between the storms of Time and Money. 9/10
6. Money
The most singy-along and least spacy song on the album, this song highlights the evil of money. 9/10
7. Us and Them
A ballad about right and left-wing politics, this is the longest song on the album, and can sometimes get boring. 7/10
8. Any Colour You Like
This is an electric piece of instrumental about Henry Ford's famous quote "Any colour you like, as long as it's black". 8/10
9/10. Brain Damage/Eclipse
This is often considered one song. The first half is about Syd Barret, and how Rodger Waters, the current lead singer of Pink Floyd, feels that he is just like Syd, and will eventually turn insane. The Second Half is listing the things that are under the sun and are intune. But remember: the sun is eclipsed by the moon. 9/10

It is a good album, but not quite as good as OK Computer, it's apparent 90's counterpart.


The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Lyra, 22 Feb. 2013
This is the second in Philip Pullman's anti-religion opus His Dark Materials. It is even better than the first, and introduces a new character, Will Parry, whilst keeping characters we love, such as Mrs. Coulter, Lee Scorsby, and of course, Lyra. Although, oddly, Lord Asriel does not feature in this book. But we hear a lot about him, creating an army to fight the Church and it's master. Lyra and Will meet in a world of soul-eating creatures called spectres.
The plot picks up a lot in this book, as we find out more about the nature of dust, and the plots of Lord Asriel, including finding out new things, such as the existence of a certain object in Torre Delgi Angeli, Tower of the Angels.
It you enjoyed Northen Lights, get this too.


Kid A
Kid A
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Innovation, 22 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
After Radiohead's OK Computer was one of the most sucsessful albums of all time, Radiohead needed to do something to stop album 4 from becoming "the album after OK Computer", so they changed their style and came up with Kid A, an album which was even better, and focused on musical textures rather than conventional rock.

1. Everything in it's Right Place
The album opened with almost unparalelled weirdness, with no guitars, instead a smooth electronic pulse, and the lyric "Yesterday i woke up sucking a lemon". This is a Radiohead classic, and shows the albums unique-ness. 10/10
2. Kid A
The title track was even weirder, with a steady beat with a light pattering behind it. The track is remenicsent of a lullaby, with muffled lyrics about heads on sticks and the pied piper to make it a truly disturbing, if brilliant, song. 10/10
3. The National Anthem
The third track was more conventional than the previous two, and re-introduces guitars, with a steady pace. It is still good though, with a finale which includes trumpets and elephants. 9/10
4. How to Disappear Completely
Unlike the first three tracks, these lyrics were very deep and meaningful to Thom Yorke, who wrote about his time of depression after the success of OK Computer, were he tries to block out real life with "I'm not here, this isn't happening". A haunting song, 8/10
5. Treefingers
This isn't anything important, just one or two sounds dragged out for a long time. It's a waste of space, and dosen't deserve a rating.
6. Optimistic
This is probably the most conventional song on the album, but nevertheless good, creating a vision of a swamp perfectly, with the lyrics "flies that buzz around my head, vultures circling the dead", and the chorus, "The best you can is good enough" is probably the most positive lyric in Radiohead's discography. 9/10
7. In Limbo
Back to the experimental, as Radiohead comes out of the swamp and onto the sea, with trap-doors opening, and a questioning of reality. This is an underrated gem. 9/10
8. Idioteque
The best song on the albums, and one of Radiohead's best songs ever, with the electronic beat and the fast-flowing lyrics of world destruction. "We're not scaremongering, this is really happening, HAPPENING!". True Brilliance. 10/10
9. Morning Bell
This is probably the worst song on the album, but not bad in any way. It leads straight from Idioteque and creates some quite horrifying imagery to a quiet electronic beat. 8/10
10. Motion Picture Soundtrack
The album ends with an organ-led bittersweet love song. Yorke mourns over his dead wife, with the pop-sounding lyrics "I think your crazy, baby" transformed into one of the saddest things you have ever heard. He ends the song by declaring "I'll see you in the next life". The saddest song i have ever heard. 10/10

This is Radiohead's most unconventional album, and probably their best.


Origin of Symmetry
Origin of Symmetry

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5.0 out of 5 stars Muse's most lyrically and musically intelligent album, the best., 2 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Origin of Symmetry (Audio CD)
This was the second MUSE album i have listened to, after BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS, and this is just as good, and could be even better. Most of the songs are very emoey, but are also very good. I love the cover as well.

1. New Born
The lead track of the album, at three different levels it describes how humanity will become like a new born, because it has seen to much. Starts soft, then builds up to rock. 10/10
2. Bliss
A good rock track, positive lyrics but still manages to sound like it is emo music. 10/10
3. Space Dementia
Haunting, dark, creates the picture the title spells out perfectly.9/10
4. Hyper Music
Music no longer melodic, but hard, rough, with lyrics to match. Truly thrilling. 10/10
5. Plug in Baby
A bit like New Born in lyrics, but much more fun, a dance track, but not pop. It is still high quality. 9/10
6. Citizen Erased
A great track, one of muse's most artistic songs. This catures the hell of being followed by the media, and is a prog epic to match. 10/10
7. Micro Cuts
The music is good, but the fact you can't hear any of the words stops this from being a great track. 7/10
8. Screenager
A soft track, with an electric tint. 8/10
9. Dark Shines
Another dark song, describing the attraction to the dark in humankind. CHAOS PANIO! 9/10
10. Feeling Good
A truly awesome cover of the classic song. 10/10
11. Megalomania
Final track soft, and also a kind of THE MATRIX lyric theme. The best bit was the organ. 8/10
(BONUS TRACK) Futurism
I didn't get this off the album, but off an EP, although i am aware it was a bonus track on the album first.
A truly amazing, if not depressing song, very claustrophobic. 10/10


Eldest
Eldest
by Christopher Paolini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Less of STAR WARS, 22 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Eldest (Paperback)
Apart from a few remaining faults, Eldest is not as STAR WARS orientated as Eragon, putting in a few more original touches. It's still not the most original book ever, and sometimes the pace is a little slow, but it is still an engaging book, and Eragon's transformation by the elves is interesting. We learn many new magic, or Gramyre, skills, while meanwhile Roran, Eragon's uncle's son, struggles to uphold the peace of Carvahall when it is attacked by the Ra'zac.
The most original thing: a scientist in a fantasy novel. The king of Surda is a "Natural philosopher" old land's version of a biologist, and investigates how to create a vacum.


Fringe - Season 2 [DVD] [2010]
Fringe - Season 2 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Anna Torv
Price: £13.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Investigate the alternate universe, 22 Sept. 2012
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After a shaky start, Fringe-Season 2 exceeded the first by a long shot. From episode 10 onwards, just about every episode was amazing. There is a lot discovered in this series, including a secret from Walter's past. The alternate universe fuels over half the episode plots, right up to an amazing finale actually set over the other side. The only downside were the first nine episodes which were, with a few exeptions, not brilliant. But they were still good.
The chemistry between Walter, Peter and Olivia is still strong, and Astrid Farmsworth plays a much larger role in this series. The new villans are the shapeshifters from the other side, led by Thomas Jerome Newton, who is named after a character David Bowie played (just like David Robert Jones was named after David Bowie's birth name).
Best episodes "Grey Matters" "Jacksonville" and "Over There".


Smallville: The Complete First Season [2001] [DVD]
Smallville: The Complete First Season [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Welling
Offered by Love-Your-Books
Price: £16.82

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, more so than anything else, 8 Sept. 2012
Smallville is a great show, but takes a while to get going, and you can see it very clearly here. The episodes are practically the same, and you could probably watch the pilot and finale and not miss much. Every single episode is the same. Kryptonite freak is discovered, decides they are evil, kidnaps Lana/Martha/Chloe, and Clark saves them in the nick of time. The only thing that makes this show worth watching is Lex Luthor, the eccentric son of Lionel Luthor, and in the distant future Clark Kent's arch enemy. But not being familiar with Superman before this, I found Lex to be an engaging character, perhaps the only one. Clark is annoyingly good and has no sense of humor and Lana spends her time moping about her parents.


A Clash of Kings (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
A Clash of Kings (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Five Devils, 1 Sept. 2012
This, the sequel to the brilliant A Game of Thrones, was a bit slow to start. Indeed, it was not as good as the first book, and a third of the way through I almost gave up. But when one of the characters die in a very surprising way, the book picks up the pace, and just keeps getting better. Although it never got to quite the quality of A Game of Thrones, it was close, and the characters are really fleshed out well. Davos had a very interesting personality, and Theon Greyjoy, who has a troubled mind behind that smile, also was an entertaining new character. With old characters, I found Dany Targaryen to be a big dissapointment, after hers was the best storyline of the first book. But Arya's storyline took a turn for the better. No more being forced to be a lady for her.
All in all, a great book, even if it does not quite live up to the brilliance of A Game of Thrones.


Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle)
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle)
by Christopher Paolini
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars with dragons, 31 Aug. 2012
This is a good read, BUT it draws almost the entirety of it's plot from the first STAR WARS film. From the first few chapters, a farm boy (Eragon/Luke Skywalker) living with his uncle, then getting taught by a elderly nobody (Brom/Obi-one) who turns out to be part of an order which has been overthrown (Jedi/Dragon Riders) by someone who was formerly part of that order (Galbatorix/Darth Vadar). Then the main character joins a secret opposition to the enemy (Varden/Rebel Alliance) and then defeats a large portion of the enemy forces at the end. The only thing that does not represent someone in STAR WARS in Saphira, Eragon's blue dragon. She is NOT is lightsaber, but a living being who has a complicated friendship and mental bonding with Eragon, unlike his lightsaber, which is just a weapon.
This book has a good story, but if you have seen STAR WARS, it probably will not keep you guessing.


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