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Strange Air: An atmospheric railway adventure by Tom Brown
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Set on the same tracks as the train in which I read it to work, Strange Air is a proper page-turner about an infamous episode on the suburban London rail project. Time travelling between the wild, charismatic entrepreneurship of Victorian London and the contemporary Crystal Palace park, there is a sense of a steampunk novel in all but genre. This is mainly to do with author Tom Brown's striking device of introducing the supernatural early on in the book - just as he introduced science fiction in his previous novel, So Long, Shakespeare - to throw the story open and (literally) provide the connection between the past and the… Read more
McNeff: Madrigali Dell'Estate (Implorazione) (Clar&hellip ~ Clare McCaldin
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An intriguing disc of new music resonating with the Italian landscape. The music of the titular Summer Madrigals traverses a wide span, giving an impression of the hillside of the Abruzzo region of Italy, the inspirational vista for composer Stephen McNeff. Mezzo-Soprano Clare McCaldin, for whom the cycle is written, matches the stretched-out range of the writing with controlled singing with line and phrasing that suggests a minute comprehension of Gabriele d'Annunzio's poems. Andrew West provides febrile, characterful accompaniment on piano, from pontilist touch to suggest the etiolated heat haze to grand, caressing sweep to take in the landscape - often referred to as if it were a woman's… Read more
So Long, Shakespeare (a genetically-engineered aut&hellip by Tom Brown
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A brisk, twisting and often funny thriller, So Long, Shakespeare has been a welcome companion on the morning commute. In an unusual sci-fi adventure hybrid, a group of socially-inhibited Shakespeare scholars run up against the slick, driven creator of a successful Hollywood film franchise. The resulting drama ricochets from London's Globe Theatre to an evening at the Oscars, from the glass and steel offices of American cultural imperialism to the doughty people of London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

There's lots packed into the story. In the out-and-out satire of mindless mainstream movies, a Howard Hughes figure demands the impossible. When he seems to get it, it blows open the… Read more