Mr. A. Milne

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (185 of 225)


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The Abominable by Dan Simmons
The Abominable by Dan Simmons
First off, the title of this book is intentionally misleading which has resulted (perhaps fairly) in some very critical reviews here. This is not The Terror, in fact it isn't horror at all. It's historical fiction, and very good historical fiction at that. What the title refers to is indeed abominable, disturbing and quite uncomfortable to read (in fact it pushes the boundaries of good taste in my opinion), but it does not refer to big scary snowmen.
The device Dan Simmons uses to great effect in this novel is to insert himself as a character at the start, meeting the protagonist when he is an old man. This makes Jake Perry totally convincing and relatable as a character and gives the… Read more
The Whippoorwill [3 bonus track] ~ Blackberry Smoke
This album is a grower and a great find. The closest comparisons that spring to mind are Lynyrd Skynyrd and, more recently, The Temperance Movement, but I also hear The Eagles and The Rolling Stones in some of the songs. And what songs. The album runs the full gamut of emotions, from joy and optimism on the opener to the world-weary cynicism of the closer, each song painted with raw emotion and fuelled by rocking riffs. Stand out tracks for me are Pretty Little Lie, One Horse Town, Leave a Scar and Up The Road, but all of the songs have a timeless, classic feel to them and I would not be surprised if I'm still listening to some these songs in twenty years time. Great album.

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Imaginaerum ~ Nightwish
Imaginaerum ~ Nightwish
This review is a little bit late to the party, but as a result I have had plenty of time to listen to the songs and let them settle in my mind. This is a large album with grand ideas and deserves a certain amount of attention before forming any kind of opinion.

Although it doesn't quite tell a story, this is a concept album based around the theme of the importance of stories. In a way it is a logical extension of Century Child's themes of the value of innocence, and explores this territory more fully. It is clear that this means a lot to Tuomas, and the band have clearly worked hard to create a masterpiece by complimenting the album with a film and a soundtrack. It's a typically… Read more