M. Yon

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Man On The Rocks ~ Mike Oldfield
Man On The Rocks ~ Mike Oldfield
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
So: what to make of the man’s return to pop/rock? His first album for six years, the album that wasn’t going to be made because Mike had ‘semi-retired’ until his appearance at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony spurred him on.

And not an instrumental in sight, unless you count the album given (minus vocals) in the deluxe edition.

Well for me it was a bit of a mixture. Whilst Mike’s guitar is recognisable throughout, and in places really soars, in other places the tracks are a little – well, bland. It did take a couple of listens to the full album to really like, but on the third listen some tracks began to become noticeable.

It’s clearly an album that tries… Read more
The Black Guard (The Long War 1) by A.J. Smith
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 19 Aug 2013
As I type this, we're past the midpoint of 2013, which is shaping up to be a great year for Epic Fantasy. When I started at the beginning of the year, like 2012, I had great hopes for the genre. There were some debut writers who I hoped would set a standard, but was generally disappointed by what I read.

I'm pleased to type that The Black Guard is an entertaining debut from an author I want to read more from.

Readers of Fantasy may recognise much of what is here. There's an attempt at a coup, the return of an old God (or its descendants) in a medieval-esque world. We have sieges, catapults, battles on a large and small scale, longswords and beheadings a-plenty… Read more
Joyland (Hard Case Crime) (Hard Case Crime Novels) by Stephen King
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyful..., 8 Jun 2013
Stephen King's latest seems to have caused a bit of a stir. First of all, it's currently a print-only novel (at least initially), something which has annoyed a few people now used to reading on their generic e-reader device. And secondly, it's a noir-like crime novel, which is not what many King fans will expect (although he has written there in the past.)

But then, to my mind, that's not a bad thing. Joyland is a book that is meant to be read with no preconceptions, no baggage attached. It's meant to be the sort of a story that a reader picks up at random, perhaps from one of those newspaper bookstands whilst about to embark on a long journey and looking for something to just… Read more

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