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Ghost Moon by Ron Butlin
Ghost Moon by Ron Butlin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic ouroboros, 13 May 2014
Maggie is 90 and slipping out of life, not able to grasp the reality of her surroundings. Instead she relives the experiences of 60 years before, when the harshness of her struggle to find a place in Calvinist Scotland set her on her terribly sad and narrow course. She finds her home town of Edinburgh to be a city of mostly closed doors, closed minds and self-righteous cruelties. Her resourcefulness and persistence saves her, but her humanity is inevitably damaged in the process (her later scenes with the bright, innocent Donna are almost unbearably painful).

Ron Butlin's prose reminds me of his poem about Mozart; it's like a stream whose clarity misleads you into thinking the… Read more
Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Camera - (46 MP, Bod&hellip by Sigma
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to supplement my Canon system, because it can do certain things better than any other camera, although its range is much narrower than practically every other digital system.

I love the quality of the Foveon image, its solidity and accuracy of colour and tone reminiscent of film. But it only really resolves properly under good light conditions, otherwise colours can become confused, oversaturated or just plain odd. The ISO shouldn't be set beyond 200, or the colour noise soon becomes unacceptable. However, when you get a balanced exposure, the presence and reality of the image can go beyond any other digital camera's capabilities. This is easily the most… Read more
Gulliver's Travels by Martin Rowson
Gulliver's Travels by Martin Rowson
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Martin, 7 Mar 2012
How do you describe Swift's book? Is 'satire' adequate? Perhaps 'science fiction', as practiced by the likes of Zamyatin, Huxley and Orwell? That is, political satire which grotesquely projects a zeitgeist through distorting lenses. 'Gulliver's Travels' could be seen as the most scabrous and scattershot example of this genre, though disguised so well by the decorous and rather dull sensibilities of Lemuel Gulliver that it eventually came to be sold as a fantastic adventure story for children. No such fate will ever befall Martin Rowson's savage re-imagining and distillation of this masterpiece.

He brilliantly translates the themes of the original into contemporary (well,… Read more