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Shikha Sharma (Middx, United Kingdom)

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So Much For The City
So Much For The City
Price: £1.26

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure pop perfection, 24 July 2003
This review is from: So Much For The City (Audio CD)
With this album, The Thrills have created an immediately likeable collection of effortless pop tunes. From the catchy opening track, Santa Cruz, you're carried away on a summer holiday as singer Conor Deasy croons about familiar American locations.
No doubt you've read in every other review about The Thrills that their sound pays homage to the era of West Coast and The Beach Boys and it works well for them in this breezy collection. The singles One Horse Town and Big Sur are a good indication of the other songs on the album so if you liked those, you're bound to love this. But at the same time, the more catchy, upbeat tunes are tempered by more melancholic sounding songs such as on the achingly beautiful Deckchairs and Cigarettes.
This is the perfect soundtrack to the summer with breezy, sunshiney tunes to lie back and enjoy.

A Handful of Magic
A Handful of Magic
by Stephen Elboz
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A magical adventure through Victorian London., 20 Aug. 2001
This review is from: A Handful of Magic (Paperback)
This book is the first in a magical series that follows the adventures of the young wizard, Kit. It contains all the classic ingredients of a children's storybook - good in the form of the magic community versus evil which manifests itself here as the evil scientist, Stafford Sparks who is determined that electricity should replace the use of magic in England. Elboz writes well in a style comparable to J.K. Rowling, and the story commences at a nice pace, with novel touches such as the bewitched gargoyles who guard St. Paul's Cathedral. Set in Victorian England, what works especially well in the novel is the way in which the fantastical world of witches and wizards is juxtaposed with the reality and familiarity of everyday life. The reader is transported to a period when secret Burrower populations lived beneath London helping to construct the Underground. What perhaps spoilt the book for me was the disappointment of Kit, the story's main character who comes across as rather irritating with equally irksome friends. The lack of truly remarkable characters definitely affected my overall enjoyment of what is otherwise a well-written novel by a fantastic author.

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