Mr. C. A. Shoebridge

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (25 of 30)
Location: Kent, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,098,731 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 30
The Endymion Omnibus: Endymion, The Rise Of Endymi&hellip by Dan Simmons
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
How does a novelist follow up one of the most incredible, awe-inspiring and enlightening SF books ever written...?

Dan Simmons does it by taking the formula of Hyperion (another journey this time through the River Tethys and its farcasters, the manipulation of humankind by the TechnoCore, the reappearances of the strikingly memorable shrike), but placing it in a very different post-Web universe. The Christian society known as the Pax has taken over most of the fallen worlds, and rules ruthlessly and unforgivingly, rather than the vast Capitalist government seen in the Hyperion omnibus.

Anyway, that is all irrelevant, you will read all of this when you buy the book… Read more
Real Illusions: Reflections ~ Steve Vai
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You're here, which means you're already a fan of crazy guitar music; so what are you waiting for? Go and buy this album!
So, the first full length studio album from Mr. Vai in quite some time and its generally a good one. Even though (like most Vai albums) it takes a few listens to really love the album, the tracks 'Building the Church', 'Lotus Feet', 'K'm-Pee-Du-Wee' and 'Midway Creatures' immediately stand out ('Lotus Feet' being the new 7th song), with lots of nice riffing and good solos. Once again his playing is impeccable, and the tone he gets from his Carvin amps is astounding.
If you're not a fan of absurd time-signature-inventing music, then the tracks 'Freak Show Excess'… Read more
Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D] ~ Deftones
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
15 years and 5 albums later, Deftones release their self-titled album. This is the one I've been waiting for. They've stuck mainly to their usual formula of low power chords, screaming uninterpretable lyrics and simple yet effective drumming, but somehow it sounds better than ever. White pony was an amazing release, which I (and many others) thought couldn't be beaten - we were wrong!
The songs are darker, and heavier, than ever, (such as the chorus of 'When Girls telephone Boys', featuring a perfect fitting kickdrum triplet) but they are more melodic and with Carpenter's samples echoing malevolantly in the background, they all work perfectly. Abe's footwork is much better on this… Read more

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