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The Vault (The Eleanor Raven Series Book 2)
The Vault (The Eleanor Raven Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 31 July 2015
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Excellent second Eleanor Raven novel. The story follows on a few months after the end of the first book with a number of seemingly unrelated murders and missing people stitching together in a very fast paced story. Couldn't put it down!


The Waiting Game: You never know who's watching ... by Bugler, Sheila (2014) Paperback
The Waiting Game: You never know who's watching ... by Bugler, Sheila (2014) Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from Sheila Bugler, 27 July 2015
The second Ellen Kelly book and it is gripping from start to finish. Ellen is dealing with what seems to be a case of stalking but quickly changes into something much more sinister and closer to home. It's well paced with twists and turns right up to the end. Excellent


Hunting Shadows: An obsession for him ... life and death for her.
Hunting Shadows: An obsession for him ... life and death for her.
by Sheila Bugler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut, 19 Sept. 2013
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I didn't really put this book down once I started reading it. Ellen, the heroine has skeletons in her closet and the fast paced story about a missing child kept me hooked as I wondered how she would succeed when there were so many challenges for her. Some of these were created by those who should be helping her, and there were enough surprises to keep me turning the page to find out what happened next. Really looking forward to the next instalment.


TINY CITIES
TINY CITIES

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5.0 out of 5 stars Modest Mouse Meets it's Match in Mark, 2 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: TINY CITIES (Audio CD)
It's not often I will just replay a song or album over and over, but having just put Tiny Cities on, I am doing just that; perhaps it's just my mood, and I will concede this is a CD that appeals in the right mood.
I have been a Sun Kil Moon fan for a while, and also Modest Mouse, but it is incredible to hear the latters songs so completely reworked - not detracting from the original - they sound like different songs. Simple acoustic reworkings result in mellow, country-ish and plaintive versions of even some of the more in-you-face Modest Mouse tracks; in "Ocean Breathes Salty", "you wasted life, why wouldn't you waste death?" becomes a simple lament rather than the original's challenging query. "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" becomes meditative with a simple melody over falling acoustic guitar lines.
Overall, I'm reminded of Neil Young, Richmond Fontaine, and even of the Sundays. Exquisite.


Throwing Muses
Throwing Muses
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My album of the year...in March!, 25 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Throwing Muses (Audio CD)
OK, it certainly won't be to everyone's tastes and it may not be the most accessible music around, but that doesn't detract from how good this is.
Since the Muses's broke up a few years ago, Kristin Hersh has been producing some excellent music. What could the Muses do that she couldn't do on her own? The answer is found here. This CD is raw, there are time signature and volume changes that haven't been found in her solo work. And although Tanya Donelly hasn't rejoined permanently, her backing vocals lift this music. David Narcizo and bassist Bernard Georges supply the backing in their distinctive styles. The songs may be Kristin's, the realisation is the Muses.
The opening track “Mercury” sets the tone – a four beat count in followed by a manic riff before settling into the vocal at a half the pace. This is not music for those who like their music straightforward. As the song develops, the vocal lines become more entwined and reminiscent of the Muses’ debut album.
Similar twists accompany many of the other tracks. “Pretty or Not” strolls through the verses until the chorus kicks in with a 6/8 beat and distorted guitar raising the energy. “Solar Dip” switches between 4/4 and 6/8 in alternate phrases – sounds a bit bizarre but it works. “Status Quo” could be taken from any of the first three albums, the end as Kristin sings “what do you have on your mind?” is full of the emotion that distinguishes he from so many other singers. I could go on through every song but I think I’d be too indulgent.
The final two tracks though are incredible. “Half Blast” starts with distorted bass and a slow picked riff, a melancholy vocal, the odd extra beat to unsettle…before launching into the uplifting chorus of “come outside, everyone’s outside, everything’s alright”. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up the first time I listened to it…
“Flying” completes the record with a driving, lifting beat. Again the vocals, this time with careful echo and reverb create something more than your run of the mill indie album. As Kristin sings “I want you so bad, what can I do?”, you believe it as it feels every emotion has been poured into this music.
I can’t imagine this converting anyone to the Throwing Muses on first listening, as I said, it’s not the most accessible music. But it is worth persevering with, it is powerful, challenging and uplifting music.
For those who know them, this is possibly their best work. It’s good to have them back.


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