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The Mark: 1 (MIRA)
The Mark: 1 (MIRA)
by Jason Pinter
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packs A Powerful Punch, 26 Jun. 2008
This review is from: The Mark: 1 (MIRA) (Paperback)
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Well, you have read other reviews etc for a synopsis. Jason Pinter writes sharp, focused, powerful lines that develop their own sense of excitement. You can clearly visualize the story and get an akin to the central character. Sometimes dark and broody, other times deeply engaging and riveting as far as his descriptives go. I like Jason's style, I think he is a fab addition to the genre and look forward to seeing him develop.

I took one star off because despite the promise of the writing and how it keeps you hooked, there's nothing new here as far as imagination is concerned, we need a different approach to how the stories are told. A little bit more of a challenge in creativity would do wonders for this otherwise fine novel.

If this is your style of reading likes, I don't think you'd be disappointed, but might feel it needed a little tiny something more.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and eventful story, 4 Jun. 2008
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Although I had shades of "Fluke" by James Herbert ringing in my ears on reading this, I can safely say this delightful romantic idea for a story is genuinely unique. Here we have the canine taking on the human role.

Hoping to come back as a man next time. This is the story of an adorable pooch, looking at his family through the eyes of emotion more in-tune with those of spiritually connected humans.

The family dog is in his final hours and reflecting on his life, the lives of his family and making some succinct evaluations. The little dog plays Freud. This is one that will make you smile, have you cry, and keep you hooked in the enchanting story. Heartbreaking and beautiful; melancholy and happy, this one takes you through a journey of self-discovery.

You might never look at your own dog the same, ever again...just in case!

Great read, go buy!

Riding Icarus
Riding Icarus
by Lily Hyde
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story with no peaks and troughs, it just coasts along the middle somewhere., 29 May 2008
This review is from: Riding Icarus (Paperback)
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A nice story all about Marsha who lives in a trolleybus called Icarus, who one night decides to take her to far off lands, an enchanted place where fairytale and certain corporeal worlds collide. Marsha has a wish to make for her and her mother's safety awaiting the time she can escape forever the forceful hand of her evil Uncle. Is there a happy ever after? Yes, of course if only Marsha would make the right wish, but does she?

I think it is a delightful story for the age group required. The problem is the premise of the book does not live up to the imaginative story outline. You expect so much from the author who has taken quite a time to come up with an artistic promise. However, she barely gets off the mark and leaves little to feed the imagination of a child, sometimes in the book you read it with the clear understanding that a child would have difficulty associating with the metaphors and detail you wish the child to believe in as fact.

It is a story, however imaginative it seems, that has trouble getting off the same level. It just skims along. It never takes the imagination up or down, there is little to get excited about. However, it is a book with the feel good factor, and if your 9 year old can take the pace, they might emerge from the after end of this book with an enchanted smile. The ending chapter works well and does have a little surprise. If only you could feel that through the entire book, it would have been a whole lot more enjoyable. It is not a bad book. It is a book worth reading, if only for the final instalment of the story. It just needs a bit more adventurism.

The Simpsons Movie [DVD] [2007]
The Simpsons Movie [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Dan Castellaneta
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This crosses over fairly well, 3 Dec. 2007
This actually (contrary to other reviews) brings a lil shot in the arm to The Simpsons. Lately, they are running outta ideas for the show, and likely should have stopped after this movie. The way this movie builds and ends says, there is another cinematic journey for The Simpsons to come.

There's nothing relatively new here, but it does approach it in a different manner and clearly defines itself as a single entity apart from the TV show.

The jokes are not side splitting, but entertaining and obvious in a fond kind of way.

Fans will love this movie, and the kids will love it too. It's great for family viewing. It will bring a lot of enjoyment to most open-minded ready to be entertained families. I think this appeals to adults as much as children.

The Simpsons are iconic, and perhaps the next movie (or perhaps there's a trilogy on the way) will bring an end to that journey.

Simply entertaining and highly enjoyable.

It's being added to our DVD collection this Christmas, and you should add it to yours.

Led Zeppelin - Mothership - Very Best Of (2CD/DVD)
Led Zeppelin - Mothership - Very Best Of (2CD/DVD)
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairly Definitive Collection of Rock Classics., 3 Dec. 2007
This is a quality piece of workmanship. I guess this is put out to introduce people to Led Zeppelin of old to the new and interested, possibly coinciding with Robert Plant's album release with Alison Krauss. This is no big difference to the excellent "Remasters" collection.

If you are new to Zeppelin, or a young rock fan curious of where your favourite bands draw their inspiration. This is the band you are looking for.

Led Zeppelin are quite possibly the greatest rock band to ever emerge, next to Pink Floyd.

The tracks on this album are a cumulative aspect of their entire career. It is a good way to introduce you to the band and become amazed at the songs and sounds that Zeppelin had in the 60s and 70s.

The lyrics were tight and immense and brought a whole new generation of rock to the eyes and ears of an already bored and in need of new direction youth of the sixties.

All kinds of rock music today, began here with Led Zeppelin. This is not an album that hardened rock fans, and more especially Zeppelin fans will need, you probably have (or bloody well should have) all the tracks this compilation offers.

Those new to them will find it inspirational and exciting. Pin back your ears and listen up for a lesson in how rock began.

The Eagles - Eagles - Desperado - World's Greatest Albums [DVD] [2007]
The Eagles - Eagles - Desperado - World's Greatest Albums [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Eagles
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £10.03

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done!, 3 Dec. 2007
OK I say nicely done it's not great, but it is informative and looks at one of the most fantastic albums made in Rock history. When I say it's not great, it isn't an accurate review of the album and doesn't give an intensive look at how it was made and many contributions from the band themselves.

It is a nice documentary if you want a bit of nostalgia or a reflective look back at America's greatest Soft Rock band.

The Eagles were kings in the 70s, now watch the DVD and buy the album for a delight and a working knowledge of sheer class in how to make an album.

I just wouldn't suggest "Long Road Out of Eden" for that!

I enjoyed this and you will too, nice DVD and one that would make a great stocking filler or birthday pressie for instance for a hardened Eagles fan

Shock Value
Shock Value
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but I believe there's more in there to find in Timbaland, 26 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Shock Value (Audio CD)
OK I love the sounds that Timbaland is creating around his work with Nelly and JT, but this album fails to live up to the hype, there are some notable tracks Apologise" with One Republic, of course, "One and Only" with Fall Out Boy and the massive "The Way I Are".

There are more great tracks, but the less said about certain ones the better.

The Nina Simone rip off of `Sinnerman' on "Oh Timbaland" for one. The album samples way too much for my liking, and the original lyric or creative vocals are tainted by the fact that this album appears to be manufactured in a lot of ways.

The album deserves four stars for the likeable quality and listenable factor, it is one I'd play again and enjoy. I just think this creative talented producer could do better next time. He is evolving as an artist, so the next album will be make or break for T, let's hope it doesn't fall flat on it's face like his contemporaries are doing at the moment.

Shock Value is worth an addition to any hip-hop fans list, and more worthy of recent releases by 50-Cent and Kanye West.

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.79

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me likeyyyyyyyy!!, 26 Nov. 2007
Some damn!!! Fine songs on this album, this is definitely buying into the "sexy rock" that is breaking through from emo and grunge styles. There are definite influences which we see in a lot of modern albums on here too, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix - you can recognize all their styles here.

"Come Alive" is a stunning floyd-esque song, but there are many others which will reach out and grab you. One of the albums of the moment for me, Dave Grohl has never sounded better vocally. A touching and provocative album.

Elect The Dead [Digipak]
Elect The Dead [Digipak]
Offered by nagiry
Price: £11.48

5.0 out of 5 stars A great rocker with a message for all, 26 Nov. 2007
Serj Tankian is a huge talent waiting to be exposed to the international superstardom, he enjoyed with `System of A Down'. He is very political one minute and emotive the next. His songs bring in a new breed of "sexy rock". You lose yourself in each song, the tempo of the album is very much up, but is littered with inspiring viewpoints throughout.

"The Unthinking Majority" is a stunning single, other excellent tracks on this album include the opening hard rocking "Empty Walls", "Feed Us" (stunning), "Baby" (ONE STUNNING ROCK LOVE SONG) and "Lie Lie Lie" (undoubtedly the next single)

All in all `Elect The Dead' is a valuable asset to any rocker, emo, or grunge lover. Some very truthful messages about the world in general and some poignant personal messages evoking too.

Paul Weller - Studio 150 [DVD]
Paul Weller - Studio 150 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Weller
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £2.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concert, 21 Nov. 2007
Crystal clear impeccable performance from the ModFather. This is Paul Weller in an intimate recording of songs from the "Studio 150" album. As well as a solo classic, and even the Style Council creeps in there.

There are some amazing cover versions Oasis "One Way Road", "Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep", the outstanding "The Bottle" and of course "Wishing On A Star". Each track is actually a gem, recording Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower", Weller seems to interpret Dylan's own version and Hendrix's version, whilst making it his own.

Some famous named backing singers here, Carleen Anderson and Joceyln Brown. This DVD also has the promo for the single "Wishing On A Star" as well as a VERY rare interview with lifelong fan and all things Weller expert Gary Crowley. There are also interviews with the band to boot.

All in all this is one heck of a promise and it is everything you want for a great night in.

It's Paul Weller, It's the Modfather, cover versions and all, a classic album, a classic concert. Top class!

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