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Lawrence Burton "CMA" (San Antonio, TX USA)

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The darkening light
The darkening light
Price: 3.13

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 8 Mar 2014
Just buy it and read it. One of the best things I've read in ages. There's nothing about this novel that could be improved upon.

Four Stories About The Singularity
Four Stories About The Singularity
Price: 0.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and perfectly formed, 10 Jun 2011
I've had a Kindle for a few months but aside from loading it up with my own junk, Lawrence Miles' The Book of the World, and recently enjoying Rachel Morgan's tales of robots who eat chocolate and get all hot and bothered over shoes, the poor thing has been a bit neglected. I love paperbacks too much, their garish and often creased covers, the yellowing pages with that warm smell of other times.

However, Andrew Hickey's collection of short stories being the very embodiment of small and perfectly formed makes a lot of sense in this medium, not least considering the subject matter of at least two of these tales. Taking up a mere twenty minutes of my time and yet leaving in its wake the glow of a satisfyingly challenging comic book - minus the pictures - it might seem misjudged as sheets of paper.

Hickey is of course the author of an addictive blog and a number of non-fiction titles, notably the superb Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!, and it proves a very pleasant surprise to find his ideas so well expressed as stories, or at least narratives. In fact to go one further, his prose is effortlessly compelling in a way that very few writers, even great ones, tend to achieve - off the top of my head I can think of Kurt Vonnegut and that's about it. Reading this reminded me of discovering Katherine MacLean's strange tales of systems theory or B.J. Bayley's strange offerings in New Worlds: boldly experimental and yet absolutely accessible. Really, really good.

Raw Footage
Raw Footage
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 14.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugh, 24 Aug 2010
This review is from: Raw Footage (Audio CD)
If you got love for the Cubester, you won't be disappointed. Lyrically still hard as nails, and all over these beats like its the most natural thing in the world. Best CD since maybe the last one, definitely since his 1990s discs.

Force Majeure
Force Majeure
by Daniel O'Mahony
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone please comission this guy to write more stuff!, 24 Aug 2010
This review is from: Force Majeure (Paperback)
It was a drink with that Brax feller (who lives near me and is officially one of the nicest people on the internet) that reminded me to get around to buying this. We were having the usual conversation about Who novel authors, and Daniel O'Mahony's name came up as one of those who (like Dave Stone and Paul Magrs) seems almost to be in a category of his own in terms of style. There's certain groups of writers who appear to share common interests and literary themes - for example, Lawrence Miles and Simon-Bucher Jones seem related in some way (at least to me), as do er... Christopher Bulis and Paul Leonard. That said, beyond the Who enclave, his writing reminds me a little of Neil Gaiman (an influence I know), Ursula LeGuin, and maybe Octavia Butler - it has the same rich sense of imagery conveyed by text which could easily stand as poetry in its own right - not one prosaic sentence, each one seemingly the result of serious fine tuning, and yet never laboured or so overworked as to become indigestible. That said, his prose does expect a certain degree of commitment from the reader, not something conducive to skimming, but that can hardly be a bad thing.

Anyway, Force Majeure (which curiously enough opens with something unusual falling from a tree, as with Newtons Sleep) is a sort of magic realist (ish) novel set in an Andean city which, although packed with the sort of weirdness you might expect from LeGuin or Gaiman (although frankly he does it a lot better than Gaiman so far as I'm concerned), is nevertheless contemporary and thus pleasantly free of Tolkeinisms. Candida (the city) is isolated from the rest of the world, a place which tends to assimilate and hang onto any visitors who happen to end up there, and then along comes Kay, the protagonist, representing some faceless organisation with the intention of opening Candida up for tourism and the like. It's a weird partial inversion of The Prisoner, except with the main character finally coming to side with the 'village' against the forces which initially placed her there. I'm not always so great at dissecting literary themes, but there seems to be something in here about er... the weird, cranky, and insular being ultimately preferable to the square, reliable and outgoing (not the best term maybe but...). Anyway, there's a whole lot of levels here, and repeat reading is certainly rewarding (I actually read it one and a half times). For anyone who may care about such things, there may or may not be dragons, plus there's a few nicely Factiony asides - the War in Heaven board game, plus the hints that the city was founded even prior to its human inhabitants by persons who removed themselves from history (!). If you liked Newtons Sleep - you really need this book.

Game Over Sessions
Game Over Sessions

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm....., 15 Aug 2008
This review is from: Game Over Sessions (Audio CD)
Well, there's definitely a fair old bit of sauce being splashed about here given that Eminem has about 30 seconds on the first track (and that's yer lot), which seems somewhat out of proportion to the title. It's not a bad compilation... there's the Cocao Brovaz on there (supplying a lot more lines than Em... really this should be Cocoa Bz and Friends if anything)but I've heard a lot better, hence the cheap ploy of getting folks to shell out via emphasising the Shady role out of all proportion.

Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 14.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the memory of Big Pun alive, 22 Aug 2006
This review is from: Chain Reaction (Audio CD)
I've got to agree with the other guy on this one. I knew Cuban would make a pretty good solo showing but I don't know if I expected it to be this good. Him and Seis always seemed to show a lot of promise in TS and their solo albums live up to it. Lyrically, he ain't quite Pun (who is?) but he keeps you listening right to the end, and I'd definitely put him in the same league as Jada (who guests here). Excellent lyrics that remind you how the street angle doesn't have to be just the same old thing all the time; good solid beats throughout, even a few reggaeton numbers which don't interfere with the flow or standard of the album. If you miss the real Terror Squad as they were then you've got to get this disc. It's Link and Seis who're keeping the spirit of Pun alive. Not one that's going to end up just sitting on your shelf. Believe me.

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