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The Executioner's Song (Arena Books)
The Executioner's Song (Arena Books)
by Norman Mailer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated; the book AND Gary Gilmore, 13 Feb 2007
It`s a book people will either love or hate.
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A 300 to 350-page book on the subject might have worked, but, unfortunately, Mailer`s account is just so long and full of tedious and unnecessary detail, including the day to day lives of the lawyers and producers, and the deeply irritating and uninteresting exchanges between Gilmore and his lover, that you may end up thinking, as I did, "Why bother?"


Short Stories Tall Tales
Short Stories Tall Tales
Offered by A1tradingGB
Price: 10.46

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No wonder they quit soon after this dud., 13 Jun 2005
Sounds like this was their attempt at being eclectic, with its mix of pop(ish)-rock and new wave(ish)sensibilities. That`s the trouble with this record; it defies description or categorisation, it`s all so pseudo and would-be. Some of the band members were enamoured of the punk and new wave bands then prevalent on the music scene, but if some of the guitar-riff oriented tracks on this album, such as Law On The Run and Unapproved Road(were they trying to copy The Cars?) were an attempt at contributing to that scene, then the results are underwhelming to say the least.
The only decent tracks here are Rescue Me(acoustic and folky-sounding), The Life You Save(in the same vein as The Man Who Built America album), and the simple but infectious Guests of the Nation, which was also released as a single. Back In My Arms is tolerable padding.
Of the rest of the material, Amazing Offer and Ricochet Man are cringeworthily frivolous, and the cheesy Soap Opera is equally execrable.
Oh but how could I forget Summer`s Most Wanted Girl - very easily, in fact.
Short Stories/Tall Tales more often than not sounds like a lame and forgettable debut album by a late 70`s wannabe pop-rock band that would subsequently disappear without a trace, as Horslips were in fact to do not long afterwards.


Drive the Cold Winter Away
Drive the Cold Winter Away
Offered by A1tradingGB
Price: 21.94

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and inconsequential, 12 Jun 2005
This is one for Horslips completists or for fans of acoustic traditional music, the sort of people who would get excited about De Danann or The Bothy Band.
Horslips tried out various approaches to their music - from wishy-washy trad. music like this effort, to pop-rock and even a sort of pseudo-"new age" pop on their final studio album, which, incidentally, was a travesty - and their decidedly dubious attempts at being versatile only resulted in their body of work being inconsistent, incohesive and very hit-and-miss when considered chronologically and as a whole. "Celtic-Rock"(The Tain; The Book Of Invasions; and to a lesser extent Dancehall Sweethearts) was their forte and they should have left the pop music to the bands that were good at it. That way they would have had a lot more credibility.
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