George Owers

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Caribou ~ Elton John
Caribou ~ Elton John
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underrated, 25 May 2003
Caribou is simply one of Elton's greatest albums. Like all of his best albums, it has a bulk of fine tracks, one or two classics and a disappointment. In this case, the disappointment is rather aptly named 'Stinker', and the classics are 'Don't let the sun go down on me', 'Ticking' and 'The Bitch is back'. 'Ticking' is his trademark leviathan masterpiece; a seven minute epic, one of Taupin's most melancholy lyrics. It reminds me of a cross between 'The Ballad of Danny Bailey' and 'Funeral for a Friend' on GYBR.
There are several frankly weird tracks, both brilliant and bizarre, such as 'I've seen the Saucers', 'Solar prestige a gammon' (don't ask) and 'You're so Static.' 'Grimsby'… Read more
The Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sartre's best, 21 April 2003
The Reprieve is a stunning, dazzling novel; Sartre's most powerful, yet subtle and complex. In a few hundred pages, many stories are told in such depth and with such tender feeling as to distinguish the novel alone, but at the same time the narrative offers so much more, both philosophically and literarily.
It is written in fluctuating, unique prose, different scenes cobbled artistically and aptly into single sentences, the prose vacillating between many diverse scenarios, settings and characters, providing a quite awe-inspiring juxtaposition of ideas and concepts. Each facet, melded by Sartre's unceasing genius, works in union whilst simultaneously amazing one on its own.
From Russia with Love (James Bond 007) by Ian Fleming
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bond book., 31 Aug 2002
From Russia, With Love is stunning. Fleming writes in an unusually excellent prose for a thriller writer, combininng the threads of the complex plot to excellent and often harrowing effect.
The characterisation is the best feature of this tour de force. Every character is fully and artistically developed - Red Grant, the psychotic killer, is the ultimate Bond enemy and he still packs a punch fifty years on. Rosa Klebb is written vividly, in all her detestable glory. Romanovna is not the average Bond girl - she is well introduced, as well as being a most luscious Bond girl, and plenty of backround to her life is given, something often lacking in Fleming's other efforts. Bond himself… Read more