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Boneland (Weirdstone Trilogy 3)
Boneland (Weirdstone Trilogy 3)
by Alan Garner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.55

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep, yet light work by a genius, 29 Aug 2012
I would agree with some reviews which say this isn't a clear finale to the story of Colin and Susan. Colin is the main character but this is a richly woven tale of a hyper-intelligent man who really wants to break through the barrier of his life prior to the age of 13 in order for him to face the future.
For readers who have just encountered Alan Garner, do not start with this book. Garner is a literary genius and the mere fact many readers will struggle to decide the outcome of this tale is what makes it so majestic. For me, Alan Garner has written a story which has strong elements of poetry, elemental storytelling and sing song language in a more spoken tone than written. It is this ability to weave an unwieldy method of writing that gives it the gravitas to link to the background of the Weirdstone and Gomrath, it's predecessors. There is no Morrigan, no Brochallan, no Garanhir the Hunter, no lios alfar, no dwarves, no Albanac and only a fleeting cameo by Cadellin. But instead, we are being asked to see this book through an adults eyes. To suppose the premise that as a child you can believe in magic but as an adult it alludes you comes close to what we see in this book. Colin is an adult, striving to reach into his past but always it seems to be beyond him.
This requires a 2nd reading to really draw out the narrative and perhaps read it as two separate tales; read the `real time' with Colin then read the sing song tribal ritual the `watcher' goes through apart. For me, its closer to his adult themed books such as Red Shift but it still has a whisper, a suggestion of something primal and uncontrolled roiling beneath the surface. Still one of the greatest British writers ever
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On An On
On An On
Offered by Dawn Chorus Recording Company
Price: 7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut album, 22 Aug 2012
This review is from: On An On (Audio CD)
Having picked up on Syd Arthur via myspace a couple of years ago, I bought their EP's, which are definitely a portent of talent. By the time On and On was released and I bought it, I haven't had it off the cd player for long since. Liam McGill's vocals are strong enough to stand out, but soft enough to blend in with the music. Raven Bush's violin is such a complimentary sound running through every song and the whole feeling the album gives you is lying in a field at sunset (especially the last song, Paradise Lost).
In the past they have been compared to the likes of Caravan and Soft Machine but I agree with another reviewer, in that their sound is very original. This is a band who have now reached a point of playing great harmonies and melodies together. So far, this is my favourite album of the year and that's saying something. Have a listen, you won't be disappointed

Price: 10.92

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wagon Christ classic, 8 April 2011
This review is from: Toomorrow (Audio CD)
Luke Vibert, aka Wagon Christ has delivered a clever, fun and well mixed/sampled album to delight fans and newbies alike. Introfunktion's start immediately puts you in a good mood; it continues with variations such as a more uptempo feel to Manalyse This! and My Lonely Scene but then chills back down to a laid back balaeric / hip hop groove tinged with the acid breaks and bleeps familiar to previous albums. If you get as far as no.14 Harmoney, you just sit back and bask in sonic brilliance. Musically, I sort of liked it on 1st listen. Having had it on the car cd for a week, I grew to love it and now it stays there, played every other day. What I've always enjoyed with Luke's music is his ability to inject it with a feelgood factor, humour, even wistfulness which maybe is a throwback to his more carefree upbringing in Cornwall.

All in all, my album of the year so far. I loved Sorry I Make You Lush, especially the immense 'Shadows' which was sampled from '007 and Counting' on the Diamonds are Forever Soundtrack. And that is where Wagon Christ stands apart from similar artists. His ability to seamlessly weave a vast amount of samples taken from other songs, films, spoken word and pretty much anything, into occasional music samples and his own creations make for quite a unique end product. If you were to cross Mr Scruff with Aphex Twin, you may be some way towards the sound of Wagon Christ but he is very much his own man. His tracks can deliver emotion; some of them I find happier than others and I don't think I can think of many electronic artists I could ever say that of.

I only wish he was more accessible live but his cd's are worth the wait. If you enjoy it, take an immensely fun journey back through his albums and realise his diversity from his own name Luke Vibert, Wagon Christ, Plug and Kerrier District. For anyone discovering Wagon Christ for the first time, this album isn't a bad start but also try his earlier release Sorry I Make You Lush (2004).

Love - Love Story [2008] [DVD] [NTSC]
Love - Love Story [2008] [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Bruce Botnick
Price: 9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Documentary, 12 Jun 2008
Love were hugely underrated. Testified by the amount of musicians who cited Love and/or Arthur Lee in his own right, as a big influence; ranging from The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Syd Barrett, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix - in short, successful artists.
As the other reviews state, this brilliant documentary is a real tribute to the band and quite simply the best music docu I've watched. It lets the story tell itself. Having Arthur take the cameras on a tour of The Castle, or the walk to Capitol he did each day as a teenager are brilliant images of his inner drive.
Hard to rate this highly enough; I purchased the book by Michael Stuart, the drummer recently, titled "On The Pegasus Carousel with the Legendary Rock Group Love". This dvd will be a great visual accompaniment.

Morvern Callar
Morvern Callar
by Alan Warner
Edition: Paperback

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subliminal Anti-hero, 4 Dec 2005
This review is from: Morvern Callar (Paperback)
I first read this book the year of publication. From the start, it pertains to what Morvern does, not what her emotions are telling her. The opening scene is dramatic, but simply opens up a chapter of the character's life that would not otherwise be possible (having the money from the book). This book is not about the evocation of feeling, or lacks majesty through its repeatedly descriptive lines in the book; the descriptive of the world around Morvern is unerringly accurate. Anyone who has grown up in a small town like this, can sense the dead-end prospects she coldly, coolly leaves behind, only to come back to eventually. To really understand more about this character and appreciate the depth of Warner's writing, try These Demented Lands (also starring Morvern Callar) and his fantastic novel, The Man Who Walks. Definitely not a book for the tube, try it on a train journey, or at home. Many people have missed the point of what Warner is trying to evoke, its not about trying to establish elements of the character you can relate to, its simply someone you can look at from afar and marvel at the events unfolding in their life and the decisions they make.

Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.55

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afficionado on Ancient History, 22 Aug 2005
Excellent book! The style of writing tells the story from what seems the end, as Xeo the sole survivor of the battle at the Hot Gates tells an enraptured Xerxes and Persian enemy court how the Spartans could hold off so many men with so few (300 + allies against well over 100,000 Persians), before his own death. The language used to describe the vivid Spartan training and battles is without equal in prose; it also shows why their heroic sacrifice inspired the rest of Greece to mobilise and defeat the Persians a year later - in Leonidas's words to the Egyptian marines asking them to lay down their weapons - "Mono Lebe" - "Come and get them". Names like Dienekes, Polynikes, Alexandros and Rooster will echo, images of them being peppered with arrows and javelins as they attack the enemy at the last with their bare hands will live long in my memory. Its breathtaking how Pressfield manages to merge the graphic violence, with passion and above all cracking humour - its no small declaration to say, this book may well go on to be one of the finest novels ever written in this genre, or indeed, any. Read it before the Hollywood blockbuster "300", comes out in 2008 - which I sincerely hope has been adapted from this fantastic book.

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