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Tiara (10th Anniversary Edition)
Tiara (10th Anniversary Edition)
Price: £2.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced historical political thriller, 7 May 2014
This is a rather bold and unusual example of a political thriller because the author has decided to afford his book an historical aspect by staging it in the recent past. What we have here is a scrupulously researched account of the Northern Ireland peace process in 1998 with the original protagonists replaced by fictional characters and a plot that involves assassinations, kidnapping and complex interplay between governments, the Royal Family, and various terrorist organisations.
The main character - who bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain ‘Queen of Hearts’- is Princess Jennifer, a caring and devoted humanitarian intent on using her privileged position for the benefit of those less fortunate than her. Without wanting to give away too much of the plot, suffice it to say that our heroine becomes deeply-involved in the negotiations and that matters do not proceed smoothly.
Dizon handles the action set-pieces with aplomb and the pace is never allowed to let-up for a moment. This is a stand-alone book, but some of the characters introduced here – I think in particular of the shadowy international terrorist Berlin Mansfield – would more than merit being brought back to life in future, unrelated stories.


Love in the Time of Science
Love in the Time of Science
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £4.71

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no she's not bjork, she's a thousand times better..., 8 Dec. 2004
The first time i played this album - by the way i bought it on a whim having vaguely heard of her, but never having heard anything from her - i was hooked, and i knew this cd was a keeper. her voice is simply beautiful, very haunting in places, though many people i know have mistaken her for bjork. no, no, no, no, no, no, etc.
highlights are to be free, dead things, unemployed in summertime and easy.


Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist 1968-1976
Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist 1968-1976
by Douglas G. Brinkley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but close enough, 10 Sept. 2004
This 2nd volume of collected letters covers probably the most fertile period of HST's professional life to date, that gave rise to his best known works: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and loathing on the campaign trail. A common thread running throughout is Thompson's plans to write a book on the death of the american dream, a project he has yet to fully realise, but that has been a recurrent theme in his work. you also get a good insight into how F&L in Las Vegas was written (basically it's two 'assignments' stuck together) and how Thompson worked during that time.
There is also a whole series of letters covering his failed run for the office of Sheriff, which makes for interesting reading.
However, most importantly of all, what you get here is the picture of a man who, despite his cartoonish public persona, is actually a thoroughly decent person, who,though harsh with his enemies,is gentle and generous with his friends and family.


The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [Expanded & Remastered] [Us Release]
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [Expanded & Remastered] [Us Release]
Price: £9.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on cd!!, 6 Sept. 2004
Upon stumbling into my local music emporium wherein to while away a few minutes whilst my better half was looking to spend obscene amounts of money on several items of clothing, i was absolutely stunned to find this peach of an album. i bought the double tape version on import from the States many moons ago and had all but given up hope of the thing ever appearing on cd anywhere in the world. but here it is, and it's even better than i remember it being. it's got many more songs than the original, all yer fave early Heads tracks, and it's far better vfm than that 3cd/1dvd boxset that came out at christmas, so you know what to do. go on, you know you want to, you do, and you know it makes sense...


Grown Backwards
Grown Backwards
Price: £14.86

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still tense and nervous and can't relax..., 24 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Grown Backwards (Audio CD)
As a longtime fan of first Talking Heads and then Byrne's solo output I always look forward eagerly to any new release. Let me just say that this one does not disappoint. I really liked "Look into the eyeball" and "Grown Backwards" appears to be a logical progression from that album. Okay, okay, I'll concede to the other reviewer that it is a bit ballady, but it's certainly not MOR. Just laid back n' funky, with Byrne demonstrating with "Dialog Box", "Civilisation" and "Pirates" that he can still pen a fine pop ditty. The 2 arias take a bit of getting used to, but any man that can fit the lines: "And on my high school folder/I drew a big gorilla/something familiar, something far, far away" into a song will always get my vote! Can't wait to see him in Marseille at the end of May...


Flowers on 45-Homestead Singl
Flowers on 45-Homestead Singl
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £102.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More MITTENS!! More MITTENS!! I must have MORE!!, 30 Jun. 2003
Well, this album is So Good that if it were an ice-cream it would be one of those double choc, rocky road, triple fudge cookies and cream deals that Bridget Jones types allegedly console themselves with after being (A)Dumped by their Beau, or (B)having fallen off The Diet Wagon for the umpteenth time. However, this album is not an ice-cream, I sincerely doubt whether any ice-cream ever sounded like this. Think of fingers being dragged down a blackboard, but these are no ordinary fingers, Oh No, they are five-foot long and capped with titanium nails, and the blackboard is 50 feet long. So there. The cover of Penny Lane surpasses the tawdry, sickly sweet original, and all the rest is just pure, venal majesty. Fans of this should also check out a little known late '90's lo-fi noise band called Lurchtoad, they may find it to their liking...


Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
by Hunter S. Thompson
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Large Dose of (almost) Classic HST, with Mescal on the side, 12 Jun. 2003
Hmmm, where to start with this? Those seasoned HST readers among us will know better than to expect anything on a par with F&L in Las Vegas or any of his earlier efforts, so the question remains: How badly does this measure up against those classic works? And the answer is: Taken on its own merits it's a good book, BUT... obviously it can't compare to Hells Angels & F&L.
Thompson's last 'proper' book, was 1994's "Better than Sex", which frankly wasn't. His letters collections have made for interesting reading, and this latest follows along the same route. However, be warned that A Lot of the stuff in here is basically rehashed retellings of HST 'adventures' that you've probably read elsewhere, though everything in it is better than his dashed off sports columns for ESPN.
Buy this book, in spite of its faults you won't regret it. Proof that the fun still hasn't quite stopped in Owl Farm. Selah...


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