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A Kill in the Morning
A Kill in the Morning
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond with a twist!, 16 Sep 2014
This is a spy thriller with a difference. The difference being that it's set in an alternate 1950s, where the Nazis weren't defeated in 1944, and there is a cold war in Europe between Britain and Germany!

The main plot is a revenge thriller, where the nameless narrator - a ruthless British assassin - travels to Germany to avenge the murder of his beloved mentor by taking out a prominent Nazi. On the way he has various Bond-esque adventures involving two attractive women and plenty of bad guys. But the real treat is the audacious Science Fiction twist in the book's third act! To say any more would spoil the surprise!

"A Kill in the Morning" is a great read, very fast-paced and thrilling, full of extraordinary research about World War II and beyond, some of which is quite shocking. This is James Bond for the modern generation. Smart, action-packed, and full of surprises! If you like your Ian Fleming with a dash of Phillip K Dick, this book is for you!


The Vampire Tapestry
The Vampire Tapestry
by Suzy McKee Charnas
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A new classic vampire tale, 20 Jun 2014
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Suzy McKee Charnas is not generally noted for her horror novels, preferring to write in the sc-fi genre. But she brings a unique perspective to this tale, which is probably the most intelligent vampire story ever written. There are in fact several interlinked novellas here which form a rough chronology. The central vampire is such an interesting character, it is a pleasure to see him unfold on the page. This is no romantic, supernatural being. He is a creature of flesh and blood, although very different flesh and blood than us. You have to wonder whether Unicorn Tapestry influenced the Nicholas Cage film Vampire's Kiss in any way, as both feature a vampire under psychoanalysis. The Vampire Tapestry is a definite addition to the canon of vampire literature. Try it... it won't bite.


Superman / O.S.T.
Superman / O.S.T.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only Superman you need., 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Superman / O.S.T. (Audio CD)
John Williams' score remains the definitive Superman soundtrack. Highlights include the inimitable opening titles, a Wagner-esque scene of the planet Krypton's destruction, the moving sequence where a young Clark Kent leaves home, the thrilling two main Superman themes, and a memorable love theme. Forget the soulless, CGI-laden remakes, this Superman is the real deal.


Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best film score of the millennium!, 20 Jun 2014
This review is from: Tron Legacy (Audio CD)
Tron Legacy surprises on so many levels. Having endured criticism for being soulless and having no substance beneath the style, the film delivered on so many levels. The soundtrack was not the least of them. Daft Punk's score is iconic. Already, it has been used on countless TV advertisements. From the atmospheric opening titles to the thrilling car journey into the outlands to the awesome finale, this score is a must for music lovers. Forget the critics, listen for yourself and become immersed in the world of Tron!


Excalibur [1981] [DVD]
Excalibur [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nigel Terry
Price: 3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive King Arthur, 15 Jun 2014
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Forget any other King Arthur films. This is the one you should buy. The soundtrack alone is worth it, being a collection of stirring Wagner overtures and Carl Orff's apocalyptic Carina Burana. Great acting and fantastic action scenes tell a simplified but workable story of King Arthur from his conception to his becoming King to the search for the Holy Grail. Nichol Williamson's Merlin is magical, while Helen Mirren makes a mean Morgana. If you want all the King Arthur stories in one place, this is the movie. Violent, mystical, bloody and beautiful. Like watching poetry come alive on the screen.


Near Dark
Near Dark

5.0 out of 5 stars Once heard, never forgotten, 15 Jun 2014
This review is from: Near Dark (Audio CD)
I agree with users on amazon.com. This is a masterpiece. Tangerine Dream, the German trailblazers of electronic music from the 1970s to today, reached the height of their career with this incredible soundtrack. Brooding, atmospheric, dripping with menace, it contains unforgettable tunes that compliment Kathryn Bigelow's awesome film. The best vampire movie of the 1980s, if not of all time, and certainly the best soundtrack. And that's from a decade filled with great soundtracks. Ironically, the weakest track is the first one, a tune that only appears very briefly in the film. I had the original of this on vinyl and played it until it almost melted, but the CD is just as good. Buy this soundtrack, you won't be disappointed.


Fantasia 2000 [DVD]
Fantasia 2000 [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Levine
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Price: 13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as fantastic, 5 Jan 2014
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As a big fan of the original Fantasia, I was looking forward to this sequel. Sadly, it's not on a par with the earlier film. Part of the culprit is the annoying computerized animation, which is always visible and seems like a "cheat". The inclusion of the Sorceror's Apprentice also feels like filler. Did they really run out of ideas? Fortunately, the wonderful music saves the day from being a complete shambles. The opening is Beethoven's 5th symphony. A rousing piece of music. But the visuals fail to match, comprising mainly CGI shapes fluttering about. Second up is Respighi's "Pines of Rome", a beautiful piece of music and possibly the strongest segment, a nice bit of animation involving flying acrobatic whales. Then we have Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". This time we go back to the style of those sketchy Chuck Jones cartoons (a bit like Jeremy McBoing-Boing, for those who remember). However I found this strangely unmoving, as though the writers were simply going through the motions. See what you think. The Steadfast Tin Soldier is next, to the strains of Shostakovich. This was a nice little story, but spoiled a bit by overused CGI, especially the ballerina. Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" is the theme music to a riff on Noah's ark starring Donald Duck. But, nicely animated as this was, the music didn't suit the piece and felt out of place. Finally, we had the "Firebird suite" by Stravinsky. The music made this segment, however the animation felt underdone. I couldn't help feeling that if this had been produced by Walt Disney, it would have been a lot more memorable. On the whole, it's a nice enough movie. But it doesn't feel like a "classic" the way Fantasia did. It's pleasant to watch, just don't expect Walt Disney at his best.


Veronika
Veronika
by Graeme Shimmin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting short story!, 1 Mar 2013
This review is from: Veronika (Paperback)
"Veronika" is a riveting short story about the dark side of Eastern Europe. A lone traveller to Prague trawls the bars and clubs looking for the girl of his dreams. The plot thickens when he actually meets the titular girl, and she turns out to be something very different from what he expected. The story is very well-researched, with a highly poignant twist. It is very well written, with tons of atmosphere and an aura of quiet menace. It brought to life the Czech Republic as a place with a lot of secret history, and made me want to find out more about this region. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Quality fiction!


I, Vampire
I, Vampire
by J. M. DeMatteis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate 80s horror classic!, 6 Jan 2013
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"I... Vampire" was serialized in House of Mystery comic from 1981 to 1983. Although initially a single story in the magazine, its popularity grew so much during its run that it took over the entire comic, and remains a classic to this day. Andrew Bennett is the titular vampire. Four hundred years ago he turned his fiancee into a vampire. She became Mary Queen of Blood, an undead matriarch intent on taking over the world, and it's up to Andrew and his two human assistants to stop her. At the time "I... Vampire" was groundbreaking, and it's lost none of it's power over the years. The art by Tom Sutton starts out okay but becomes brilliantly surreal by the end. Living on bottled blood, Andrew first clashes with a vampire-infiltrated right-wing political organization, travels back and forth in time, and visits many countries including Egypt and Russia. The whole story is very daring. Although suitable for kids, it is very dark. "I... Vampire" represents the best of DC Comics in the 1980s. I would recommend it to anyone who loves horror or comics. Read it, if you dare!


Top 10 Miami and the Keys (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
Top 10 Miami and the Keys (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
by Jeffrey Kennedy
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, 26 Oct 2012
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This is what it says, a top 10 of everything Miami and the Keys. It includes several very useful maps, and some highly relevant information about the various neighborhoods in Miami. It is certainly enough to get around Miami on by itself. That said, the book is a little light about information on the Keys, and includes a little too much about Fort Lauderdale and neighbouring towns. There is basic infromation about hotels, too, but you would be wise to do your own research in this area as we found a great deal in one of the oldest Art deco hotels by simply trawling the web. But on the whole this book was very informative and accurate. I would say it is an essential item for a good overview of Miami, and a must-have for your first visit to the city.


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