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Monster Live
Monster Live
by Dylan Moran
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless!, 8 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Monster Live (Audio CD)
Moran is an astounding talent, waxing lyrical and lateral in his worldview. I hear a new well-turned phrase every time I listen to Monster. A must-have if you enjoy comedic mastery at work.
"Heroin - yeah a great buzz, but it CAN give you a bit of a jippy tummy!"
"A grey, tiny starving little cat with diarrohea, sitting on a mattressless, sprung iron bed, with its huge eyes mewing at you. Smoking as well, probably - THAT's your potential!"
"In the old days in Ireland, people all styled their hair with buttermilk and there were four, yellow, tawny, piano-pub-key teeth between a family."
Priceless!


The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER SPELLBINDING TRIUMPH, 15 Sept. 2004
This review is from: The Gruffalo's Child (Hardcover)
Julia and Alex do it again - wonderful, intricate illustrations which bear examination over and over again from sticky little fingers; combined with a lovely building verse as the Gruffalo's child seeks out the fearsome mouse.20 re-reads so far and no sign of the kids (5 and 7) letting up on this magical interlude. Way to go Julia and Alex!


Rant In E-Minor
Rant In E-Minor
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £7.39

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 25 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Rant In E-Minor (Audio CD)
Just magnificent. Laugh? I almost spe-it!
God, I miss Bill, but his head would probably have exploded with all of the fevered egos out there now and I don't think a white straitjacket in a room with no corners would have suited him, so maybe it's better that he is at peace.
Rant is not for the sensitive souls out there, but just listening to the rhythm of Hicks' language gets me going still.
A1, 10 out of 10, gold stars all the way - a must for anyone who is curious about Bill


Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks: Letters, Lyrics, Routines
Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks: Letters, Lyrics, Routines
by Bill Hicks
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is he when we need him?, 23 April 2004
At last! some of Bill's off-stage writings, plus all of the familiar routines meticulously reproduced. The poems, song lyrics and articles are particularly poignant. Fascinating also to see the pitches for programme ideas. John Lahr's foreword is pithy and marvellous.
What's funny to me as a long-time fan (he deftly asnwered my heckle about Tiffany - "Ah, Satan's little secretary" - during his Tivoli gig in Dublin in 1992) is how 'reasonable' some of his material looks when it's written down, rather than delivered in Bill's unique style.
Fabulous book - couldn't recommend it more for the fans. If you're new to Bill, make sure you buy at least two of the CDs at the same time as getting the book ...


The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 30 Mar. 2004
Absolutely superb - wonderful expansion of the ensemble of characters, phenomenal dialogue, lovely throwaway historical details - just marvellous!
My only gripe was that it came to an end. Roll on volume 3.
Rowan


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