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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the hype suggests, 24 Sep 2009
Like the first novel in the trilogy, it's very hard to put down. Lisabeth Salander is tailor-made as a modern action hero - Larsson has chosen a personality profile for her that allows her to credibly take the story to places that most popular novelists wouldn't be able to go.

Do read it - but wait until you are on holiday otherwise you'll still be reading at 4.30am on a day that you have an early start for work.

Searching for the Young Soul Rebels [VINYL]
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels [VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome the new Soul Vision, 25 April 2002
I'm now on my third Vinyl copy of the LP. It's the only record I've ever managed to wear out. The lyrics are angry and cutting at times as well as fervent - a good word to describe Kevin Rowland's approach. Rowland's vocals are mercurial - at times the modulation grates, but the passion carries it through.
The whole album is carried by a super-powerful horn section that emulates (but, for me, surpasses) the Stax sound. It was the springboard to the commercial success of 'Too Rye Aye' and the fantastically under-rated 'Don't Stand Me Down' - the only LP that I've ever come across that was a commercial failure but has a sizeable following who hold it to be "The Greatest Album in the World - Ever".
Buy this. And buy the other two as well - if you can find them.

The Gift
The Gift
Price: 7.80

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patchy - but containing the very best of the Jam, 15 Dec 2001
This review is from: The Gift (Audio CD)
A lot of Jam fans haven't really listened to this album. Shame really - people always pick out the singles as the highlights (Malice, Carnation, etc) but this album has a track that is, for me, the quintessential Jam track - it distils the best of their power-pop arrangements with the best of Weller's lyrics: It's called 'Happy Together'. Sing it in the bath a few times, and you'll see. Especially the lines ..."I never let my feelings fool you...." and later the "...thought I was an angel with no wings". Sing it and hear the 'lift' that the best songs on Sound Effects or All Mod Cons gave you.
Nothing captures the essence of seeing the Jam quite as much as Happy Together. Worth the purchase on its own.
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A Little White Death
A Little White Death
by John Lawton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.54

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reworking of the year Britain went 'BOOM', 5 Aug 2000
The Irish novelist Brian Moore asserted that the moment of crisis is the moment of epiphany that is most fruitful to novelists (a poorly remembered quote, I admit - Moore doubtless put it more elegantly).
Here Lawton locates Britain's moment of crisis in 1963. Accurately, I think. He does it using a hugely attractive character as his protagonist. A policeman of impeccable tastes - although he seems as 'involved' in his work as many of James Ellroy's cops - Troy is a symbol of the new age: Detatched from class and conviction.
So, you get great social commentary, a very alluring millieu, and a good thriller as well.
I must admit, I'm a bit fascinated by the early '60s - but this book is even better than 'The Long Firm' - set in a similar age
So, read it!

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