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This Star Shall Abide (Children of the Star Book 1)
This Star Shall Abide (Children of the Star Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 6 Feb. 2013
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I first read this book when it first came out when I was 8 and it made a massive impression on me, partly because even at that age I was a bit of a rebel who questioned authority. Reading it again nearly 40 years later, I'm surprised by how unlike a lot of science fiction it hasn't dated. If you empathise with Noren the main character then you are taken on a journey with him as he challenges the authority of the ruling scholars and your own views on right and wrong are challenged.

A Room for Romeo Brass [DVD] [2000]
A Room for Romeo Brass [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Martin Arrowsmith
Price: £5.00

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb emotional rollercoaster, 4 Jan. 2001
Shane Meadows follow-up to Twenty Four Seven is one of the best films i have ever seen. At the start it is hilarious in places, which draws you into a particular mood, and then it hits you as it suddenly turns black and bleak when you are least expecting it. It is both funny and disturbing and plays with your emotions to such an extent that you are not sure whether to laugh or hide your eyes in places. An incredibly thought provoking film.

by Steve Aylett
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Derivative rubbish, 4 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Slaughtermatic (Hardcover)
This book is neither funny nor cool, and it's certainly not cutting edge. It feels like an updated parody of hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy in terms of its style of humour, but it fails to hit the mark. I found it too style obsessed, and the author seemed to want to crack a joke in every other paragraph, which distracted from any potential plot. It smacks of yoof culture where drunk lads down the pub are trying to outdo each other with wisecracks, but are incapable of having a coherent conversation.

Dreaming In Smoke
Dreaming In Smoke
by Tricia Sullivan
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Muddled, 4 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Dreaming In Smoke (Paperback)
I managed to read the first three chapters of this book in the hope that it would improve, but at that stage i decided to give up on it. I felt that too many concepts were introduced so early on that it was difficult to get a grasp of what on earth was going on, as the jargon became impenetrable. Maybe if you've read a lot of cyperpunk type SF you might be able to cope and get through and enjoy this novel, but i wasn't able to

Green Fields of Foreverland
Green Fields of Foreverland
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Price: £9.37

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mellow out music, 3 Jan. 2001
The Gentle Waves is a side project of Isobel Campbell of Belle and Sebastian fame. On first listening i was slightly disappointed as i thought that the tracks felt like Belle and Sebastian-lite - similar but lacking the witty lyrics and immediate catchiness. However after a couple more sessions i now feel that it does stand on its own as a good CD. Although the melodies aren't as immediately as catchy as B&S, you do end up humming them as soon as each track starts, and the lyrics are fine. It's a very gentle album and perfect for relaxing to and letting your thoughts drift to whatever. If you are a fan of B&S, then you'll probably like this - if you haven't listened to any B&S, but like a mellow tune then it's still worth a try.

Shine Like It Does
Shine Like It Does
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Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but lacks something, 3 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Shine Like It Does (Audio CD)
I bought this CD as it had rave reviews in the press, but i don't feel that it's quite lived up to them. Eileen's voice is strong, and distinct in a positive way, but i felt that the backing music didn't quite hit the spot. It seemed that when she was trying to convey emotion that every backing instrument was bought into play, whereas sometimes the subtle approach would have been better. It would be interesting to see if an acoustic version would be better, although again i'm not sure that the melodies are quite good enough.

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