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The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it, 28 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Casual Vacancy (Hardcover)
It's better than I thought it would be: Funny and also quite sad. I am looking forward to it coming out in paperback. I'm giving it a five stars for the effort and because I thought it a great contemporary socio-realist novel about southern, middle-class England.


Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
by Richard Yates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 30 Jun 2012
This review is from: Revolutionary Road (Paperback)
Yes, very good. A sociological novel a little too-close to home, or should we say, at home. And I'm from England! The so called 'Realism' is very good here. I am thinking about buying A Good School, now.


A Dangerous Method [DVD]
A Dangerous Method [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Price: £6.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 18 Jun 2012
This review is from: A Dangerous Method [DVD] (DVD)
Yes, a great film for those of us interested in understanding our own psyche and psychology, quite a lesson in itself but also good acting and story-telling.


Beginning theory (third edition): An introduction to literary and cultural theory (Beginnings)
Beginning theory (third edition): An introduction to literary and cultural theory (Beginnings)
by Peter Barry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed, 3 April 2012
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Overwhelming! Yes that is the word for this "beginners" book - and how we know it is much needed for studying the Arts. How much more still to learn...


Born This Way
Born This Way
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £2.70

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it!, 1 April 2012
This review is from: Born This Way (Audio CD)
A mere masterpiece in Pop. Marry the Night is probably the best song she has ever produced with its esoteric Christian background being subverted into her own Pop Philosophy. It would not surprise anyone if she had read Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces. The reason I don't give it 5 stars is because of self-indulgent reasons. I would have loved it if she had aligned the concept with what she had spoken about in interviews about this album, and I believe she relies on the image for this concept more than her lyrics and music. For example the photograph of her bent forward on the back is a definite nod to a mythological god I cannot quite remember the name of yet none of this is referenced in her music.


The Passion Of New Eve (VMC)
The Passion Of New Eve (VMC)
by Angela Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!, 1 April 2012
I think this book is hilarious! Angela Carter is witchy and witty and scary and gross and magical...she fluctuates beautifully though between these. Behind every sentence you know there is something "going on" beneath it.


The Essential Tales of Chekhov
The Essential Tales of Chekhov
by Constance Garnett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars In the moment, 31 Mar 2012
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For short stories containing apparently nothing, there is something in that inbetween state of the moment. The moment you can keep going back to.


The Wishing Game
The Wishing Game
by Patrick Redmond
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner, 31 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Wishing Game (Paperback)
An engrossing suspense/psychological thriller. Well paced, well written. Richard Rokeby was classic, and very entertaining and I could really relate to Jonathon, he was a good protagonist too.


Harry Potter Boxed Set  (Children's Edition) (Contains all 7 books in the series)
Harry Potter Boxed Set (Children's Edition) (Contains all 7 books in the series)
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it., 31 Mar 2012
The series: a pop cultural success. A classic. However, the writing could have been better (it was plodding in parts with "He walked across the room" and "said Hermione, severely"); and Half Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix could have been made into one shorter book (if not for the seven years of Hogwarts!): and is why I rate the series as a whole 4 stars not 5. But like any story, Harry Potter is what it is. It was Rowling's idea not ours. And Harry Potter got children reading who otherwise would not have read. It is also entertaining and unique for such a simple idea ("a boy goes to a magical school") and Rowling's narrative is traditional and comfy rather than modernist or arty - which would not have worked! It is usually a Modernist critic who would state Rowling is a bad writer.
I applaud Rowling's theme: Death; and how that is explored and dealt with on an emotional level throughout the series. And also the choosing of the right solution not the easy. Harry Potter is politically aware and in a way Fantasy and Magical elements are subverted behind such ideas.


The Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Campbell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars a newfound you, 29 Mar 2012
It is one of those books you feel impelled to go back to and discover something new within and introduced me to mythologies, legends and other folk tales that I would have probably never stumbled upon: and in a way, you stumble upon a newfound you.


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