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Feathers and Sparks (The Bone Jester Book 1)
Feathers and Sparks (The Bone Jester Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Baroque adventure in the Below, 23 Mar 2014
Beneath the familiar streets of Hannah & Tom's home town lies the sunless Below,drenched in perpetual moonlight & peopled by Skinstalkers seeking host bodies.Into this world the children unwittingly stumble through their accidental possession of theTelein, which the Dragoman Slaye has come in search of. Helen Winters leads us through strange and haunted landscapes to encounter the denizens of the Below. This is a compelling journey,described with an eye for the bizarre & the exotic, and enough literary allusions to keep the grown-ups intrigued too.Looking forward to the next episode !


Phenomenology of Perception
Phenomenology of Perception
by Taylor Carman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major text of C20 European philosophy, 21 Jan 2014
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It is perfectly laughable to be asked by Amazon to review a dense, complex, major text of C20 European philosophy in a few sentences a week or two after purchasing it. Ask me again in six months, after I have read it and discussed it sentence by sentence with fellow-members of a philosophy seminar. In the meantime there are reviews and critiques of a few thousand words to be found in academic journals and text-books.

It must be understood that Amazon's title and attribution are completely wrong. The book is not an introduction; nor is it by Taylor Carman. It is by Maurice Merleau-Ponty; it is a full exposition of his philosophy at this stage of his career; and Taylor Carman's contribution to this English translation is one of three introductory essays for English readers.

For now, all I can say is: if you want one of the principal contributions to the development of post-Husserlian phenomenology, and of C20 philosophy outside the Anglo-American analytic sphere in general, buy it and struggle with it. If you want a good read to while away a long train-journey, don't.


Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1-5; Symphony No. 2, Op. 36; Fantasy For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra, Op. 80; Choral Fantasy (two altern. improv. piano introd.); Rondo For Piano And Orchestra WoO6
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1-5; Symphony No. 2, Op. 36; Fantasy For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra, Op. 80; Choral Fantasy (two altern. improv. piano introd.); Rondo For Piano And Orchestra WoO6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, expressive, dramatic — and historically informed, 21 Jan 2014
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Why on earth is this listed under Constanze Backes's name? The complete piano concertos under the name of one of the six vocal soloists in the Choral Fantasy? More: a symphony listed without saying that it is in an arrangement for piano trio!

Don't be misled. These performances, by Robert Levin on various fortepianos contemporary with each work and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, are the aural equivalent of an over-familiar,dark brown painting restored to vivid, colourful life by cleaning. They are vivid, powerful, beautiful, expressive. I shall certainly continue to listen to them in preference to any other recording of these great works. The recording quality is outstanding. But don't play them on the car radio! The dynamic range is huge.


Creative Evolution
Creative Evolution
by Henri Bergson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Original, fresh, beginning to arouse contemporary interest again, 21 Jan 2014
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Bergson developed an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution without relying on divine design or intervention. Science has moved on and some of the experimental bases of his theory would now be considered doubtful by biologists and other scientists. Nonetheless, there has been a renewal of interest in Bergson's work amongst European philosophers, and this, coupled with Bergson's easily-readable style and this good translation, makes this book an interesting and pleasurable one to read.


Rentokil Live Capture Mouse Traps Blister
Rentokil Live Capture Mouse Traps Blister
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely idea, but does it work?, 21 Jan 2014
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This humane mousetrap (is 'humane' quite the right adjective? it certainly saves humans from pangs of conscience, but its primary function is to save mice from physical hurt) is neat, compact and easy to set up. It has no springs or injurious moving parts. Its operating principle is that the weight of a mouse, entering it to reach some peanut butter, cheese or other bait, tips it over and prevents the mouse from getting out again. It then provides a further service by forcing its human owner to go for a walk in order to release the mouse in suitably rural surroundings; the instruction leaflet tells one about environments free from predators.

In our experience, it only has one disadvantage: it does not catch mice. But to be fair, it may be that we did not try it for long enough to allow our resident mice to become accustomed to its presence, so I have not given it a an out-and-out condemnatory rating.


Bento 3 (Mac)
Bento 3 (Mac)

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, inexpensive but useful database application, 21 Jan 2014
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Bento is all the database that a home or a small business needs. Its great asset is that one can very easily import multiple spreadsheets in Microsoft's Excel or Apple's Numbers formats into it. Its great disadvantage is that further development on it has ceased and help and support are no longer available. Nonetheless it is worth investing in a copy even if there is no immediate need for it, since it presumably will not remain available for ever and there is nothing in its price-range this reviewer knows of that is remotely as good.


The Story of the Jews [DVD]
The Story of the Jews [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Schama
Price: £6.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, beautiful, truthful: a masterpiece of faithful historical condensation, 21 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Story of the Jews [DVD] (DVD)
The six episodes, on two DVDs, of Simon Schama's recent television series cover the history of a people and a religion from Biblical times to the Holocaust and beyond. Schama does not disguise his commitment to Judaism and the Jews and is all the more powerful for it, but is as thorough and balanced as a condensation of thousands of years of history into five hours can possibly be. It is visually beautiful, and it is full of insights into issues around assimilation and separateness that are relevant to other uprooted cultures, too. It is scholarly and highly intelligent; Schama's introduction to Spinoza's thought and its social, cultural and political context, a mere few minutes long, for example, is a masterpiece of exposition.


The Radetzky March
The Radetzky March
by Joseph Roth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major novel that combines history with humanity, 28 July 2013
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This review is from: The Radetzky March (Paperback)
Roth depicts the decline and disintegration of the Habsburg dual monarchy and its Austrian empire through the lives of several generations of one military family. tTe erotic passivity of the last scion of the family is both touching and pathetically symbolic. Despite an evident desire not to carry its heart on its sleeve, the book is, in fact, profoundly moving, and the fatally flawed symmetry between its beginning and its end is a structural and expressive tour de force.


Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (International Library of Philosophy)
Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (International Library of Philosophy)
by Franz Brentano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brentano: Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, 25 Nov 2012
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There is something slightly comic about being invited to review in a few words a book that has been a standard text in the history of ideas, the development of modern European philosophy and that of structuralist (Freudian and Lacanian) psychological theory for well over a century (and available in English translation since 1973).

I shall therefore content myself by saying that it is not about either clinical or experimental psychology, that it is not an easy read and demands some familiarity with Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Kant, and that it is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the development of Husserl's phenomenology and subsequently Heidegger's ontology and in modern European philosophy in general.


Mahler: Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor: Allegro
Mahler: Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor: Allegro

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler's early piano quartet, 29 July 2010
As the only surviving chamber work of Mahler's, this fragment (the first movement of what would, no doubt, have been a four-movement work, of which, in addition, a few bars of a scherzo have survived which Schnittke has amplified into a complete piece -- not included in this recording) is of great interest. What is more important for most listeners is that it is deeply moving and beautiful, though closer to Brahms in musical language than to mature Mahler. It is in a free sonata form, the first subject unusually being lyrical and expressive and sounding as if it might actually be part of a slow movement rather than of a first-movement allegro.

Mahler's mature writing for very large orchestral forces is conspicuous for his exquisitely-coloured, continually changing chamber-like textures of small numbers of instruments selected from the mass, the complete orchestra being reserved for the climaxes. So it is surprising, and may be considered evidence of inexperience, or even of a lack of sympathy for the chamber medium, that in this piano quartet the piano plays absolutely continuously except for one bar of violin cadenza, and the string parts frequently double the voices of the piano part at the unison or octave. Formally, and in its internal organization of keys, there is already a hint of Mahler's later originality, though also of some uncertainty.

The performance on this recording is outstanding, deeply moving but never self-indulgent, coherent and texturally clear, as is the recorded sound quality. These Russian players remind one of what a profound influence Mahler exercised on Shostakovich.


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