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Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die (Unforgettable... Before You Die)
Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die (Unforgettable... Before You Die)
by Steve Davey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

45 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful world., 13 Sept. 2005
This is a book with the author, Steve Davey's 50 favourite places in the world to go and see if you want to see unforgettable beauty and wonder.
It's a moot point whenever somebody compiles one of these type of books because evryone has their own opinion. It has to be said these are not necessarily he's favourite places but places where panoramic photos can be taken and special artifacts or ruins can be spotted.
I was slightly disappointed that no places in England were included but Scotland and Ireland both had an entry. I doubt i'd ever be able to afford to go to all of these destinations but it works as a good reference for some posible places to visit especially Petra and Dubrovnik, an underrated spot in Coatia that my airline flies to but unfortunately we don't stay at. These are all places that had a more profound meaning towards and are really worth going to. They are not the typical English holiday destinations like the Spanish coast or the Med although Santorini, A Greek island is in here, which to me are not places of beauty but destinations that are now too busy and dominated by ugly high rise buildings. Even a place like Dubai has fallen a victim to this.
These pictures are from the real world and these have been picked by a man lucky enough to have visited these such places among others obviously. The text about the destinations is informative, each with a short paragraph telling you how you can get there etc. It's full of fascinating pictures which would make this a good purchase along if only to be used as a coffee table book.
Unfortunately I don't consider it a 50 unforgettable places to see before you die without somewhere like Sierra Leone or Niger included with extreme poverty rife as to me this is unforgettable in the real sense of the world.


Dorian: An imitation
Dorian: An imitation
by Will Self
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Self - Dorian, 8 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Dorian: An imitation (Paperback)
I've read both this version of the text and Oscar Wilde's original and although they are both obviously very much the same concept the actual content of the books is wildely different. It was actually this version that I read before the original but I feel that Self's book trumps Wilde's, mainly because it has the luxury of being writen based in more modern times.
Self's idea to turn the main characters into drug taking, fast living degenerates is mesmerising and very clever as it is very much a common thing that goes on in todays high society. I just think that this makes the characters a lot more endearing than the original bunch. The observations are obviously a lot more recognisable as well and although many of them may seem very harsh on homosexuals, unfortunately I see them as razor sharp.
Unlike many of Self's books this does not drag in the slightest which was the one thing I had forebodings about when I first started it. There is nothing too complex about the central plot in fact I think it is genious. The twists in between have made this an unforgettable piece of literature which should be read in schools in place of Wilde's version, which like this is top notch but somehow now doesn't have quite the same edge after reading Self's version.
Gon on treat yourself!


Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £11.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime., 12 July 2005
This review is from: Wish You Were Here (Audio CD)
After recording "Dark side of the moon" the Floyd were up against it because their next offering however it was to turn out was inevitably going to be compared to said album. How amazing is it then that they can come up with a superflous album such as this! There is not much here that can be compared to "Dark side" because they have been able to move on from the concept and on to a new one which was apt for the time they recorded it.
And the whole concept for this particular album is isolation. Its all about becoming successful and rich and not really knowing how to deal with it all. That and of course their faultless ode to Syd Barrett "Shine on you crazy diamond" which is split into two different songs sandwiching the album. "Welcome to the machine" has a certain intrigue to it and is one of the clear points showing there almost contempt for the success they had aquired as is "Have a cigar", an overlooked classic. Roy Harper does the vocals for this song and does it well although its slightly upsetting that they had to bring in an outsider to get the vocals out.
The actual song "Wish you were here" is beautiful both lyrically and musically and in my view is the pinnacle of the Waters/Gilmour partnership which always produced classics, see "Dogs" and "Comfortably numb" etc. It is also another one of their songs to be covered by some asinine modern music "star".
Many long standing fans of the group say this is the best album they did and in a way it is, a much different animal to "Dark side" which has become almost an album not in this world in terms of success. Flawless, emotional and sublime. This album must be bought by any music fan. It stands alone.


Air Babylon
Air Babylon
by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air Babylon, 5 July 2005
This review is from: Air Babylon (Hardcover)
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a terrific read giving a very accurate insight into the airline industry. I myself work in this industry and I can honestly say that there are many resonances here.
I was expecting the book to be poorly written and far from the truth as I know it. Instead it really holds up well and was very hard to put down all the way through. I have not read any of the other books by the author like "Hotel Babylon" but I would maybe just buy one now after reading this. I only stumbled across it by accident because I was intrested in the subject for obvious reasons.
Read this book for a good laugh but it may put you off flying morethan any terrorist threats could. The most horrifying thing about this book is that it is indeed deadly accurate!


Hours
Hours
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Hours - Funeral For A Friend, 14 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Hours (Audio CD)
When Funeral For A Friend released thier debut in 2003 many quoted that we had found the saviours of rock. I once one of those people who agreed with this sentiment as I was a huge fan of their hard, melodic drive that they displayed. Hours is the next installment into their career. They might not have the same results this time with this particular album because I feel that they are in danger of isolating a lot of their fans with their new sound.
All the tracks on this album are polished and competent, much like their debut. It doesn't quite have the same panache though, perhaps lacking slightly with the absence of Ryan Richards backing vocals. That may or may not be a good thing though as it may be a catalyst for a lot of new fans to embrace the band.
With an album such as this it is hard to pick standout tracks. Perhaps I would say "Roses for the dead" and "Drive" though if I was pushed as they are very mature sounding and are dfinately a step forward for the band. All I can say is good luck to them with this attempt.


Driving Rock Ballads
Driving Rock Ballads
Offered by Hatherley's
Price: £16.98

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential driving CD, 10 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Driving Rock Ballads (Audio CD)
When driving it doesn't matter how cheesy or par ce a song is just as long as you can sing along to it and crank up the volume. With this box box set you get a mix of the loud, the power ballads and the downright dodgy all in one.
Some of the more delightful of offerings come from Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and Chris Rea(Who has the driving anthems market covered in my view) Spun over three discs there are ample tunes to get you pipes around here. T'Pau, Phil Collins and The Cars, with their awesome "Drive" are there to give you your dosage of power ballads.
This CD will obviously appeal massively to dad's and would be a perfect fathers day present or birthday present but unfortunately I must confess that I love this box set too and i'm still a teenager. To be honest it would be a classic collection to have for the whole family to endure in the car and pass Mike And The Mechanics on to the next generation of helpless kids who will end up being closet fans all their lives.
Enjoy!


The Quantity Theory of Insanity
The Quantity Theory of Insanity
by Will Self
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to tie you in knots, 15 May 2005
I'd only seen Will Self on the t.v before (have I got news for you) and I was a fan of he's dry sense of humour. I guessed that it was time that I bought one of he's books and so I did, this being my introduction to him.
The first Short story is "The North London Book Of The Dead". Weird but somehow mesmerising and ultimately compelling. So I read that one in a few minutes and was desperate to read on. I waited though because I figured I would enjoy the next one more if I went to back to it later.
"Ward 9" is the second part and is my favourite story from the book giving an account of how working with mentally ill patients can start to make you become mentally ill yourself. Told in a way where you actually believe the story to be true. The character of Dr. Zack Busner first comes up here along with other characters who appear familiar simply by excellent discriptive writing.
"Understanding The Ur-Bororo" is the next part. Janner is the main character besides him here and he is a character who comes to life and is central to the story about a dead boring Amazonian tribe which if not in this book would seem utterly ridiculous but instead is quite intriguing.
The title story comes next but in my view is actually the worst part of the book because by this time there is a lot of expert language on the theory itself cropping up and it can become slightly confusing at times. However the charcters here are still very funny and ones already been used in previous stories i.e Zack Busner and Janner.
"Mono Cellular" is wonderfully bizarre with a good ending to what is quite a disturbing story involving a truly enigmatic character indeed. The title of the story says it all about it really.
The final story is entitled "Waiting" and it came as an exciting ending to the book after the two worst stores in my view. About a guy who goes mad from waiting and lashes out at a fellow driver, that is just the main peak of the story, but the basis is that he is obsessed with cutting time and eradicating the notion of having to wait, helped by a new friend called Carlos.
All I would say really is give this book a chance. It is definately a good place to start with Will Self books.


Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated classic, 11 May 2005
I was completely captured by this book from the first page. Having only previously read "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" I thought that it was time to explore some early Orwell and make a comparison. Much like with musicians it is usual their early work that they get the most respect for and I feel that it should be the same case here. You get lost in the book and really feel like you are down and out at times, such is the power of the text.
Granted, it is not as fundamentaly powerful as the two mentioned books but it has a different kind of message to it completely, it is a true story for the most part. Whereas "Nineteen Eighty-Four" strikes me as slightly pretentious this is an honest book from an honest and humble, young aspiring writer.
In short the book is a good days reading, excellent when it is raining like when I read it because you get sucked into it. Unlike other, similar down and out stories the book escapes from appearing monotone in your head and depressing, possibly because Orwell turned into a cult hero showing there is hope for all of us.


The Coming of the Third Reich
The Coming of the Third Reich
by Richard J. Evans
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the early days of Nazi's, 27 Mar. 2005
This truly is a great book that is well written and extremely informative. It details the early days of the Third Reich starting comprehensively from the end of the First World War showing how they came about from there. To me this book excels itself with how it examines the years before the Nazi's came into power as it maps out how they began to rapidly take power.
Basicly there are many reasons why the Nazi's were able to get into power. The blaming of the Jews after The War, the Depression and the weak Weimar Republic governments are just three of the more heavily based ones which after reading make you realise slightly why they were popular. Mainly that is because of the events that couldn't be helped like the Depression as the blaming of Jews is a radical idea with little substance.
Richard J. Evans is a more than competent writer and he does a superb job throughout the whole of this book. If you have an interest in the subject then you will not be able to put it down. Also there are many quotes and snippits of information from many sources giving the book a more solid validity.


Eleven Minutes
Eleven Minutes
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring, beautiful book, 15 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Eleven Minutes (Paperback)
Coelho concentrates on the touchy subject of prostitution here in this thrilling novel perhaps already deserving the term classic. It takes shape very well and Coelho comes into his own once the story unfolds and the love story really begins. Maria is a Brazilian prostitute who follows a man met in big city Rio to Geneva. There she works as a dancer but is to soon find her new profession of being a prostitute in an upmarked club. She works there to be able to save money and then to go back to Brazil and start a new, better life. She falls for an artist though and the story is mainly between them and Maria exploring her sexuality by trying many new things.
Coelho is excellent at inspiring and he does it again here showing how if you want some thing so much what a person will do to get it without thinking philosophically. With every book he writes Coelho is proving himself more and more without coming up with a dud book yet to note.
Try this book out if already a fan of his or buy this and then get The Alchemist and The Devil And Miss Prym.


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