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J. Macdonald "jmacd39" (Kent)

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by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but you need "Guts" to read it..., 7 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Haunted (Paperback)
Well, I read this book when I was 15/16 and I can say it was simultaneously the most disgusting AND best book I have ever read.

Firstly, the shock factor - this is indeed a revolting novel. In fact, I suspect few people would get past the first story, Guts. Some of the stories are geared towards shocking the moralists (these didn't bother me as much) and some to the, er, sensitive bodily functions, such as the aformentioned Guts.

The narrative switches between the primary storyline concerning a group of rather odd people who are trapped in a mysterious house after answering a newspaper add. The various people recite stories to each other during the stay - the most nauseating, horrible, hilarious, touching stories you'll ever hear. Not that the main plotline is easy reading either - in fact, towards the end it becomes PARTICULARLY disturbing.

I must also say this - this is one of the most well written books I have ever read. The only other CP book I read is Fight Club, which was excellent, but it didn't get me in the same way as this. His style is full of dry wit and extremely black humour - everything is looked upon with a sarcastic eye. I can see how some people might call him a bitter cynicist, but then he'll take you off-guard with some life-affirming statement in the most unlikely of places.

In any case, this is one of the best books I have ever read and I say give it a go: it's not pleasant, but neither are oysters and you less likely to vomit this book up after reading it. (Although you may vomit over it.)

Price: £9.96

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Gothic, Chaotic, Genius..., 30 July 2006
This review is from: Junkyard (Audio CD)
1. Blast Off 8/10 - Perfect starting song, gives you a good idea of the style of the album.

2. She's Hit 9/10 - Throbbing, sexual, grinding, gets you real, real down...

3. Dead Joe 9/10 - A car crash is turned into a frantic, fast pile up of noise and percussion.

4. The Dim Locator 9/10 - Starts off calm and almost melodic, but, halfway through, the guitars fracture and everything explodes.

5. Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow) 7/10 - A bit bland, but contains the classic "WHERE FOR ART THOU, BABYFACE?!"

6. Several Sins - 8/10 - More Bad Seeds-esque. Tense and melodic.

7. Big-Jesus-Trash-Can 10/10 - Rabid psychosis meets with a halting crashing of drums. Classic.

8. Kiss Me Black 9/10 - Featuring the most powerful bass playing this side of the Swans mixed with Nick spouting gibberish.

9. 6" Gold Blade 10/10 - Slow, quiet and tense, until the last verse when Nick begins his unforgettable shrieks of "SHAAAKE!!! SHAAAKE!!!"

10. Kewpie Doll 6/10 - Bland song. Not bad, but not memorable.

11. Junkyard 10/10 - Best song on album. Nick screams, chants and whispers over a throbbing bass line, building into a Velvet Underground-esque climax.

12. Dead Joe (2nd version) 10/10 - Faster and more deranged than the 1st version, with an added car crash sample to get the point across.

13. Release the Bats 10/10 - The Party's biggest hit. An S&M goth classic.

Bluejeans And Moonbeams
Bluejeans And Moonbeams
Price: £7.56

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Massively underrated!!!, 30 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Bluejeans And Moonbeams (Audio CD)
OK, so he's not QUITE as weird as Trout Mask Replica. But so what? He's still weird enough AND at the same time, this is the most (or only) emotionally resonant album the good Captain's done! I mean, you tell me the title track doesn't kick you in the gut.

Perhaps if you pretend this is a Tom Waits album. Now what do you think of it. Kate Bush is apparently a big fan of this album too.


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some truely terrifying stuff, 4 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
Nothing more to add beyond the above review, except that the Birthday Party cover of Fun House is the demonic, intense, terrifying, noisy and utterly insane piece of music ever. About 10 seconds of it is just Nick screaming, and I mean SCREAMING at the top of voice. The best!

The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Price: £5.32

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific selection of songs from the great aussie!, 27 May 2006
1. Deanna 9/10 - Closest to a Birthday Party song, Nick sneers the bizarre lyrics on top of the fast rythms.

2. Red Right Hand 10/10 Classic, slow, ominous tale of deals with Satan.

3. Straight To You 10/10 Only the greatest love song written by Cave (possibly ever!)

4. Tupelo 9/10 Apocalyptic, rumbling hungry like the beast.

5. Nobody's Baby Now 7/10 Over-reliance on religious lyrics but good nonetheless.

6. Stranger Than Kindness 8/10 Ethereal thrasher later inverted for Murder Ballads.

7. Into My Arms 10/10 Slow, simple, but deeply emotional and beautiful.

8. Are You The One I've Been Waiting For 9/10 Haunting, melodic heartfelt love song

9. Carny 10/10 One of the creepiest songs ever, do not listen to in the dark.

10. Do You Love Me 8/10 Aggressive, brutal love song.

11. Mercy Seat 11/10 One of the greatest songs ever, undescribable.

12. Henry Lee 8/10 Dark and affecting tale of murder with PJ Harvey.

13. Weeping Song 8/10 Mellow, ethereal and operatic.

14. Ship Song 9/10 Also mellow etheral and operatic, but more.

15. Where The Wild Roses Grow 10/10 Very dark, but very beautiful fable of murderous desire with Kylie Minogue.

16. From Here To Eternity 8/10 Burning away the last remnants of the demonic power of the Birthday Party.

Beautiful Maladies:  The Island Years
Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years
Price: £5.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best comps. available, 17 May 2006
Hang on St. Christopher - 7/10 Not too big a fan, but a good thunderous opener.

Temptation - 7/10 Surreal, wailing and quite eerie.

Clap Hands - 10/10 One of his best, a very creepy tale of insanity.

Black Rider - 8/10 A darkly comical cabaret in a german accent.

Underground - 9/10 A pounding drum beat and Tom's first weird song.

Jockey Full of Bourbon - 9/10 Guitar driven latin tale of dark alleyways.

Earth Died Screaming - 9/10 Apocalyptic howling gospel of bones.

Innocent When You Dream - 8/10 Tear-jerking tale of lost memories.

Straight To The Top - 7/10 Sinatraesque swinger.

Frank's Wild Years - 10/10 His best spoken word, surreal tale of midlife crisis.

Singapore - 10/10 Possibly his best song ever, a thundering vaudevillian stream of concious.

Shore Leave - 9/10 Eerie, atmospheric sonic landscape.

Johnsburg, Illinois - 8/10 Short, sweet ballad from Tom to his wife, Kathleen.

Way Down In The Hole - 8/10 In preacher mode, a biblical rant about avoiding Satan.

Strange Weather - 8/10 French sounding grumble about the ignorance of strangers.

Cold, Cold Ground - 9/10 Live version of the emotional tale of a little guy in a little house...

November - 8/10 Ethereal, theatrical ballad about autumn.

Downtown Train - 10/10 His greatest love song, raped by Rod Stewart.

16 Shells From A 30.6 - 9/10 Barking, rocker about...well, what?

Jesus Gonna Be Here - 9/10 Preacher mode again, more deranged and less optimistic.

Good Old World - N/A Not heard yet.

I Don't Wanna Grow Up - 10/10 More mainstream, but brilliant nonetheless.

Time - 8/10 Overrated, but still emotional and tear-jerking.

Mulholland Drive [DVD] [2002]
Mulholland Drive [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Price: £3.74

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lynch's best since Twin Peaks, 30 Sept. 2004
This is, without a doubt, the most surreal film I have ever seen. If you thought Donnie Darko was weird, then is will rip your mind to pieces.
It is an artfully made film, that should have been oscar nominated. From the superimposed silhouettes of the dancers at the beginning, to the meeting of the two main characters, the girl who wants to make it big in hollywood and the amnesiac actress, to the spanish opera, to the reality-breaking twist in the middle, to the final "silencio", this film will keep you up all night trying to work it out.
And it does have an explanation, by the way.

Ring (1998) [VHS] [2000]
Ring (1998) [VHS] [2000]
Offered by minipack
Price: £9.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCARIEST FILM OF ALL TIME!!!, 10 Aug. 2004
If you can watch this film without cracking up at the final scene, then you are either severely brain-damaged or you possess nerves of Titanium.
No hollywood film can ever come close to this. The only non-japanese horror film which I have seen which can compare to this is John Carpenter's Halloween.
Also, Ring 2. (I haven't seen the Amercian the Ring and I don't intend to, in case I like it.)

Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Nanako Matsushima
Price: £3.04

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scariest Horror Film of all time!, 10 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Most people will tell you that films like The Exorcist or the Texas Chainsaw Massacre are the scariest films of all time.
While I will admit that these are good films, I didn't find the Exorcist scary. (I haven't seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre). In fact I have never truly been scared (except as a child) by any film.
That was until I saw this film. Through out the film it uses an atmosphere of dread, combined with the surreal imagery of the infamous video tape to leave you unerved until the final nerve-ripping scene. You have to see to know what I'm talking about.
Other recommendations: Dark Water, Ring 2, Ring 0

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