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Darkness on the Edge of Town ~ Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town ~ Bruce Springsteen
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This album is very much the most underrated Springsteen album of all. Wedged between his breakthrough album "Born to Run" and the smashhit "The River", this album got pretty much overlooked next to the aforementioned albums, yet it manages to combine the freshness of Born to Run with the power of The River and the melancholy you feel at night, yearning for some comfort. Not devoid of out and out rockers (Badlands and Streets of Fire), the main star on this album is Racing in the Street, a slow ballad that brings tears to the eyes. This is the song that Thunder Road ought to have been. (not that TR is a bad song)... Full of raw emotion, stirring lyrics and… Read more
The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dan Simmons had a tough job ahead of him trying to write the conclusion to Hyperion. The main negative critic one can give is that Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion should have been published as one book as it's a homogenous whole, not two distinct stories.
On the positive side it is as stunning as Hyperion was and whilst Dan doesn't use as many diverging styles as he did in Hyperion, the story is strong, involving and does pose interesting philosophical and sociological questions. Simmons manages to create a very believable universe against the tapestry he wove in Hyperion. All in all I would say this is definitely a classic, rivalling with the very best SciFi has to offer to the… Read more
Phases of Gravity by Dan Simmons
Phases of Gravity by Dan Simmons
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A former astronaut who walked on the moon, middleaged travels to India to visit his estranged son who lives in a guru's commune. This kicks off a spiritual journey during which he discovers more about himself than he ever hoped to learn.
I might be slightly biased to Dan Simmons' work but this is surely one of his finest books. Whilst it defies classification , no horror or scifi here, it is an intriguing tale of self discovery and more importantly the discovery that man is not Atlas , the titan who carries the whole world on his shoulders.
This book had a profound impact on my life and if I could take 5 books to a deserted island this would be one of them. Superb!

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