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Aenigma
Aenigma
Price: 7.63

5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, 21 Mar 2013
This review is from: Aenigma (Audio CD)
I bought the mp3 version of this album yesterday on amazon.co.jp.
I've been listening to this many times since then. It's great, and much more than that.

It's In Vain, and, forgive me the pun, it would be in vain to classify them:
It's dark,
it's light,
it's bleak,
it's hope,
it's death,
it's clean.

If you are looking for resemblance you may see some Opeth in there, but the sheer variety of musical textures and lanscapes of In Vain has never been present in the best Opeth.

There will be lyrics sung in growls and shrieks, pounding bass and drums, relentless guitar and shrieking metal.
There will be clear vocals, unplugged sound, discrete classical background and mellow melodies.
An incredible listening. Don't do anything else while playing this album because it calls your whole attention. Just sit, relax and experience In Vain.

First class musicianship and production throughout. Unlimited replayability due to its richness.
First class album
5 stars


The Final Frontier
The Final Frontier
Price: 7.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden have done it again, 8 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Final Frontier (Audio CD)
Since their re-appearance with Brave New World ten years ago Iron Maiden have shown us that they have not lost any talent or inspiration. I am not a hardcore Maiden fan, and I have actually never listened to Killers despite the fact that it seems to be for many the best Iron Maiden of all time by which all shall be judged. Whatever. I don't intend to die tomorrow, so I'll listen to it, one day, when there is no new album like The Final Frontier to listen to.
There are many very negative reviews around. I remember a very grim review by a Scottish man complaining he can hear the arthritic joints of the band members when they play. This is absolutely NOT true, and because the reviewer himself probably cannot play anymore his guitar or whatever he used to play 20 years ago, he feels like being rude to other people (English folks, incidentally) how have been around much without losing any talent.
Another, a one-star review this one, is based on the fact that the vinyl version of The Final Frontier is not of very good quality. That's about the material, not the content. Inappropriate. I don't care for vinyl, we are in the year 2010. Maybe somewhere is giving a one star as well because there is no magnetic tape!

Anyway. I am writing this review while listening to the album for the first time. Just now is When the Wild Wind Blows, and every new song has me writing faster and more motivated to tell you all how this album is great and uplifting.

If you want another Killers or another Piece of Mind, just buy another copy of them and you'll get exactly that. If you want to discover how Maiden can still evolve and create greats novel songs, while still staying unmistakably Maiden, get The Final Frontier.

Iron Maiden really deserve our respect. Incredible album.


The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1): 1/3 (Demon Cycle 1)
The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1): 1/3 (Demon Cycle 1)
by Peter V. Brett
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You even might forget to breathe, 23 May 2009
Some books just don't flow. For example, I started "The Sword of Shannara" about 4 years ago and I am somewhere between page 100 and 150. I really can't explain why, it's just my own feeling. There might be a reason why it is a bestseller though!

Anyway, this illustrate the point that, with so many fantasy books around, it is always a bit of a gamble to chose one. I guess we all have a shelf with unfinished books in our library.

"The Painted Man", written by Peter "Peat" V. Brett, suffers from the opposite. It is just too good. The concept of demon of unknown nature rising at night is simple, yet very well tought of, since the day becomes just a brief period of remission before the menace comes again in full swing, setting up a furious pace. Once you start this book, you just need to finish as quickly as possible, before night falls, if possible.

The heroes, classically introduced from their childhood, will experience dramatic events that will shape them into what they will become. Interestingly, the trigger for their motivations will not the demons themselves, but rather the behaviour of other people, good or bad.

The only sadness I feel is because so many years of the life of the characters are skipped, perhaps for the sake of the fast pace. I would have liked however to know more about their development and life before being face to face with them as adults, but that's just me wishing it could have been longer!

By far one of the best book I have read!
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 8, 2009 5:17 PM BST


My Winter Storm (Special UK Edition)
My Winter Storm (Special UK Edition)
Price: 9.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a pattern emerging here..., 14 Mar 2009
If you read negative reviews and positive ones for this album there is a clear pattern emerging.

Some will not like it because the music is not composed by Nightwish. They expect Tarja to make exactly the same kind of music she used to do with her former band. That would be a very bad move, she probably knows it and certainly doesn't want to. They give one or two stars just because she is not doing what she used to do.

Some will like it because it is a person with a wonderful voice singing on athmospheric music about, among other things, the will to be independent. They give 4 or 5 stars because they enjoy his music for itself and do not compare with anything that used to be.

As for myself, who both enjoy Tarja's My Winter Storm and Nightwish's Dark Passion Play Deluxe Box with the new singer Anette Ollon, I could not be more pleased. Instead of having just one album of something that sounds like what has already be done before, there are two albums full of good music, of different style, but both with a new life instilled in them. Moreover, if we really need to dwell on that, the split between Tarja and Nightwish has definitely given both parties plenty of inspiration for song writing and/or singing.


Hikaru No Go, Volume 1: Descent of the Go Master
Hikaru No Go, Volume 1: Descent of the Go Master
by Yumi Hotta
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.68

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best manga, 11 Nov 2004
Hikaru no Go is the story of a kid like many others. Disinterested by school, just hanging about in life without much thoughts on what he wants to become or achieve with his life. Since he had bad marks at school his parents removed his allowances, so he tries to find something valuable in his grandfather's attic in order to sell it. He finds an antique Kaya-wood Go board (Go is a wonderful Japanese strategy game akin to chess, but in the same time simpler and deeper). This Go board happens to be possessed by a Ghost called Fujiwara-no-Sai, a Go master brought back to life already twice in order to continue to play Go, and Sai finds a place in Hikaru's consciousness.
From an uncertain beginning between the 2 heroes because of different backgrounds, Hikaru and Sai will find deep friendship in Go, and will meet many different people, among them Masters of Go, and the lifelong rival of Hikaru, the talented Touya Akira, son of the Meijin title holder.
This is a truly fascinating manga without blood, sex or robot. This is the best example of what Japanese cartoon can offer, whether you like Go or not.
Moreover, it encourages "lost kids" to find a passion in life and work hard to reach the top.
definitely 5 stars


Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis in Animals (Cabi Publishing)
Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis in Animals (Cabi Publishing)
by Joel Ira Weller
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for QTL analysis in animal., 11 Jan 2002
Unlike other books scanning the entire world of genetics and quantitative traits, this one focused on QTL analysis in animal.
A good book, but quite a lot of typing mistakes that can be extremely confusing if you try to understand!
The graphics and pictures are dull but simple and helps to understand the basics or crosses.
If your knowledge is good enough then you can filter the mistakes.
If you are new in the subject then other books might be more useful.
Perhaps the next edition will be better.
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Selection Indices and Prediction of Genetic Merit in Animal Breeding
Selection Indices and Prediction of Genetic Merit in Animal Breeding
by N. D. Cameron
Edition: Paperback
Price: 35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference for genetic based animal breeding, 11 Jan 2002
This book as been ordered in our department as soon as it has been published. We are extremely satisfied by the content, precise and complete, and by the style of its author.
For personal reference or base for lectures.
A very good book.


Love Is Here
Love Is Here
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 7.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Not Oasis or Stereophonics, 19 Dec 2001
This review is from: Love Is Here (Audio CD)
English bands are very often compared to Oasis or stereophonics.
Starsailor is not. When some bands play the "money" strings, Starsailor plays the heart one.
The voice of Mr Walsh gives brilliant moods, sometimes sad and sometimes cheerful, but with the same intensity.
The tunes are good and full of soul, but sometimes surprising and misplaced changes in the main melody.
4 stars, because all the songs are not as good as "poor misguided fool" or "lullaby".
Starsailor is a band to keep in mind!


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