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An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia
An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia
by S. T. Joshi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £64.00

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Resource, 4 Jun. 2003
Okay, first things first; this book IS expensive. Very expensive in fact. However, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it's worth every single penny.
It truly is one of the best reference materials for H.P. Lovecraft. It offers information on his family, friends, letters, employment history as well as providing a synopsis of most of his works. Clearly, a massive amount of research has been carried out in the writing of this book and it shows. The gigantic amount of information featured inside truly is of huge interest to anyone even vaguely interested in the life and writings of Lovecraft.
If you're looking for an invaluable resource on the man, and his work then buy this book. You will not be disappointed by what it has to offer. Highly recommended.
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Daredevil Vol. 2
Daredevil Vol. 2
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Darkness For the Man Without Fear, 5 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Daredevil Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
Presented in this hardcover volume is a year's worth of Daredevil writings by writer Brian Michael Bendis. He's taken the character in a slightly different direction that has aggitated some fans as the lead character has been seen to have gotten 'too dark, and 'too flawed'. In these issues, there can be seen a very, dark, mob oriented storyline following a coup to sieze control of New York's underworld and the repercussions of this action. Alongside this plot is another one dealing with how Matt Murdock (Daredevil's alter-ego) deals with being outed to the media.
The artwork by Alex Maleev is very dark, and angular. Reflecting the style of Bendis' writing. It's not everyone's cup of tea, and is radically different to any previous art in Daredevil.
In addition; Episodically, Bendis' writing can seem disjointed and occasionally infuriating as the pace is very slow and progressive, but collected in this volume it is given a much greater flow and reads very nicely. In addition, the production of the book is of a very high standard and the art seems all the more impressive on the over-sized pages.
My only real complaint about it is that not all the story lines are resolved and you will no doubt have to buy another volume to get a proper sense of closure. But all in all, an excellent read that'll look great on your bookshelf.

Crawling Chaos: Selected Works, 1920-35
Crawling Chaos: Selected Works, 1920-35
by H. P. Lovecraft
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft For Beginners...And Everyone Else, 5 Mar. 2003
I purchased 'Crawling Chaos' in the hope of being provided with a solid introduction to H.P. Lovecraft's work, having never read any of his works before.
What I was presented with did not disappoint. The introduction eases you into the history of the editor, and the man himself before you are presented with a cross-section of his work.
Each story is presented beautifully on high quality paper, dual-columned on each page. In addition, every story has its year of publication stated beneath the title. In fact, it becomes very interesting to see the different dates and note the evolution of Lovecraft as a writer.
This book can't help but chill you and pervade into your subconscious. Certain stories such as 'The Hound' and 'The Dunwich Horror' will remain with you for some time. Lovecraft was sometimes derided as Poe's understudy, but in reading this book you realise he was a master in his own right.
The only word of warning I have is this; if you haven't read Lovecraft before you must be prepared to go through some fairly heavy language. Given the age of the work and the verbose nature of his writings, going through one of his tales can seem laborious. Yet, it is this slow building of pace, and the ultimate rewards of creepiness and phantasmagorical violence that make Lovecraft's writings some of the most intriguing, and disturbing, of his age.
So treat yourself to a taster of the writings of one of the greatest horror writers of the 20th century, providing you can afford the sleepness nights.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Good, Not Excellent; But Great, 3 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Fallen (Audio CD)
'Fallen' is Evanescence's first widely available album and is considered by the majority to be their debut. However, there is a pre-dating album called 'Origin', which is extremely difficult to get ahold of, yet is worth finding for the track 'Anywhere' (which was clearly deserving of inclusion in this album).
Anyway, as most others will have been, I was drawn to this band after hearing 'Bring Me to Life' (featuring 12 Stones Paul McCoy) in the trailer for the Fox motion picture 'Daredevil'. Althrough a great, and catchy, track it doesn't set the mold for Evanescence's style. It's slightly more on their accessible side and, for the most part, the band tends to indulge in more eerire, haunting songs with an occasional hit of venum thrown in here and there.
The stand-out tracks on the album are the aforementioned 'Bring Me to Life', the romantic epic 'My Immortal' and the somewhat disturbing 'Haunted'.
As good as most of the tracks are, they tend to bleed into one another at points and sometimes lack distinction. However, this is still a relatively young band which is still developing, and will surely mature in the years to come. And, having said all this, 'Fallen' is still a great album and the voice of Amy Lee can not fail to draw you in with is romantic, yet haunting, tones. Well recommended to those who like a gothic, romantic undertone to their music whilst being accompanied by a strong, dream-like female voice.
Just shy of excellence. Highly recommended.

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