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Give a Boy a Gun
Give a Boy a Gun
by Todd Strasser
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed examination., 13 Dec. 2009
Give the Boy a Gun is a noble short story, trying to examine what may have motivated those who have carried out high school shootings. Unfortunately, the conclusions are... well, to call them vague would be understating it. The story is told from the viewpoint of a number of characters affected by a shooting, from psychotherapists to fellow students, to teachers, to their perpetrators parents and friends. And as the story unfolds, we see a couple of kids who were different, bullied by their peers (events to which authority figures turned a blind eye) and marginalised by society. As the story progresses towards the inevitable climax, we get the lesson "Don't bully those different to yourself". Well thanks for that. The story does build up well, but just peters out by the end. And once we reach the inevitable, the story loses all sense of analysis and builds into a 'well this happened, then this, then this and then this' scenario. Disappointing, and a missed opportunity.

McNae's Essential Law for Journalists
McNae's Essential Law for Journalists
by David Banks
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Knowledge, 13 Dec. 2009
What more can be said? A complex and thorough guide to the many in's and out's of Journalism law, and a required purchase for any UK Journalism student.

Are You Dead Yet?
Are You Dead Yet?
Price: £13.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am I Dead Yet? No, but I have just woken up., 13 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Are You Dead Yet? (Audio CD)
Ahh, the album that first introduced me to the mad pleasures of CoB. Though it's been derided by some as being too over-produced, too stylish and not heavy enough, I've come to love this album. From the opening pleasure that is Living Dead Beat, through the superb title track with endless replay value and the usual Bodom cover (this time a suprisingly good choice of Rebel Yell), the album knows what it sets out to do and provides great, accessible metal tracks. Recommended for those experiencing their first taste of Bodom, before moving on to heavier albums.

The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.50

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak and Brilliant, 28 May 2007
This review is from: The Holy Bible (Audio CD)
Let's get this straight from the off: This album doesn't like you. This album does not want to be your friend. This album doesn't want to put you at ease, this is an album that wants to let you know about all the evils of the world, and that you are responsible for them. Themes such as prostitution, anorexia, mass-murderers and the Holocaust are portrayed throughout the album, with the bleak soundtrack throughout.

This is probably the Manic's finest hour. Although the album is not easy listening, especially knowing the fate (or not) of the lead lyricist, it is worth while. Bradfield conveys the anger and torment of the lyrics, screaming with vitriol as he sings the lines [...].are!" repeatedly at the end of "Of Walking Abortion", and as he conveys Richey Edwards struggles with anorexia in the haunting 4st7.

The album does hit weak points with "She Is Suffering" and "Revol" (although the latter is a nice breather inbetween torment), but these points are minor. This is an album everyone should own, but enjoying it may be difficult.

by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book where nothing happens, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Saturday (Paperback)
Meet Henry Perowne. He lives in an idealistic world, an upper-middle class existence in the centre of London. He has a successful job (as does his wife), and both of his children and involved in the arts - one is a poet, the other a blues musician. His existance comes into conflict with that of a violent drunk, leading to a dramatic confrontation.

Despite the fact that this book opens with a plane on fire, features a fight with drunks and is set during the build-up to the Iraq war, this is a book in which not a great deal happens. At least 90% of the book is based around the characters, describing the Perowne family in great depth, delving into their histories, their jobs, their likes, their fears, their opinions on the upcoming war. It's McEwans great skill that a level of interest is maintained throughout, as we look into the lives of a frankly smug upper class family - the typical Notting Hill liberals.

Jackie Brown [DVD] [1998]
Jackie Brown [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Pam Grier
Price: £3.05

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino's under-rated work, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Jackie Brown [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
When people think of Tarantino, they generally look to his obvious breakthrough pieces - the promising debut Resevoir Dogs and the superb gangster film that propelled him to the big leagues, Pulp Fiction. They may look at the blood and guts of Kill Bill, the homage to just about every film that's ever been made. Jackie Brown is normally left on the sidelines, although it is difficult to see why. Moving at a slower pace, with a tangled web of characters fighting over half a million dollars, this is Tarantino's homage to Blaxploitation cinema, with Pam Grier as the fiesty lead character. Whilst not always with Tarantino's strongest dialogue ("My ass may be dumb, but I ain't no dumbass" particularly grates), there is enough of his trademark styles and banter between the characters to forgive the occasional blunder. The direction is as good as ever - as with Tarantino's early work, the film focuses not on the event but rather the characters reaction to the event - although there are some good set pieces.

The downsides? As I said, there are some very dodgy lines in the script, and there's none of the mixed sympathies that exist in Tarantino's other works. The good guys are easy to like, whilst you cannot share sympathies with the bad guys - an assortment of murderers and thugs. However, don't let the fact that it is relatively black and white distract you from this film - Tarantino gets some very accomplished performances out of his cast, and puts them together to produce a film that deserves more praise than it gets.

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Price: £7.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 8 April 2006
This review is from: Karmacode (Audio CD)
Much more accessable than previous offerings, the fourth album from Lacuna Coil appears to be an all out push for chart success. And they fully deserve it. Although they could be accused off sacrificing integrity and focus, the gamble appears to have worked. Stand out tracks such as Swamped and Unspoken aside, I'd found Comalies a difficult album to get into. But the Coil appear to have remedied the situation, allowing casual listeners to get involved with the music. A cover of Depeche Mode's Enjoy The Silence appears to be a good way of providing a reference point to casual listeners, and first single Our Truth is amazing. However, for the stand out track on the album, I would go for the ITalian sung Without Fear, a magnificent and frankly beautiful track. And one that well justifies buying this album.

Transylvania 90210 - Songs of Death, Dying and The Dead
Transylvania 90210 - Songs of Death, Dying and The Dead
Price: £6.98

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 6 Feb. 2006
I bought this album on the strength of "I Walked With A Zombie". I'm glad it only cost a fiver, any more and I'd be kicking myself hard.
This album is infuriating at best. Wednesday seems to be at his best when he's having fun, such as the aforementioned "Zombie" and "Elect Death For President". The musical equivilant of a cheap '50's B Movie, it's great entertainment. The lyrics make no sense, but they don't have to. But then there's the other Wednesday. The one trying to appeal to the disillusioned 13 and 14 year olds angry at their parents. The worst offender being "God is a Lie", an appallingly written and badly performed scream about how nobody understands me. Boo bloody hoo. And it's this inconsistency that drags the album down, the need to appeal to the goths that plague town centres. Without these sub-emo whinings, this could have been a great metal album. But that chance was blown. Shame.

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