Tom Eiselberg

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (10 of 10)
Location: Bransgore, UK


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Echolyn ~ Echolyn
Echolyn ~ Echolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Become A Garden..., 2 Dec 2013
It is the eternal curse of contemporary progressive bands, that they must walk in the exceedingly long shadows of their 1970s forebears. In comparison many of them too often come up short. This is, perhaps, unfair as we have long since given up knocking Led Zeppelin and The Stones for wearing their blues influences so proudly on their sleeves. The difference in eras is now about the same 1930s/40s blues add 30 or 40 years, 1970s prog add 40 odd years (yep, it's been that long).

So to Echolyn and why this CD is so damn fine. Thankfully they have stuck to the cardinal rule of great prog - there must be a good song at the heart of all the twiddly clever bits. There is no twiddly… Read more
Exiles: The Progenitor Trilogy, Book One (Progenit&hellip by Dan Worth
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum..., 7 Jan 2013
Nothing much to add to the one star review comments - if, like me, you hate not finishing a book then you'll skim on just to find out the ending and then not bother with the sequels. It's shallow, events happen, characters do stuff, but nothing makes me care about any of it. As others have also noted, the number of typos is ridiculous. I bought this because it turned up on a "people who like Peter F Hamilton also liked Exiles" line on my Kindle, but it's nowhere near as good. Chen and her colleague/lover are just plain annoying and share some truly awful dialogue. Two stars because I did finish it, but it was a long plane journey...
Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle (Baroque Cycle 1) by Neal Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail The Vagabond King, 17 May 2012
Ok not everyone liked this book - read their reviews and you get the impression it's overlong and plotless with weak, bland characters. So why have I just embarked upon reading the whole damn trilogy for a third time? Because I find the characters endlessly engaging and wonderfully drawn. First we meet Daniel Waterhouse, never quite as clever as his illustrious cohorts at the Royal Society, an outsider within the inner circle, on the fringe but central to all that occurs around him - witness to and collaborator in all the invention, creation, machination and politicking. The start of Daniel's story does take the first few hundred pages and whilst it's not "all action" you can hardly call a… Read more

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