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Sounds That Can't Be Made
Sounds That Can't Be Made
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Price: £8.66

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year, 17 Oct. 2012
You won't hear it on the radio or see them on tv but here it, the latest Marillion album. From the political Gaza, to the quotidian, but brilliantly so, Montreal, to the moving Sky Above the Rain, this is an album of great tracks from a band at the top of their game. After listening to this it's hard to listen to anything else. It's an album that will take over your life, haunt you, keep you coming back for one more listen. Not Sounds That Can't Be Made but great sounds that can. Fab.


7dayshop Exclusive PU Leather Book Case for Amazon Kindle 3 / Kindle Keyboard - Red (NOT Compatible with 2011 Kindle 4)
7dayshop Exclusive PU Leather Book Case for Amazon Kindle 3 / Kindle Keyboard - Red (NOT Compatible with 2011 Kindle 4)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price, 5 Aug. 2011
I originally bought the amazon official lighted case but had to send it back because the light didn't work. It was also, I thought, quite bulky. I then opted for this cheaper option. And it's great. Looks nice. Folds back easily so you can read with the kindle in it. A definite bargain and highly recommended.


Happiness Is The Road
Happiness Is The Road
Price: £22.54

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 17 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Happiness Is The Road (Audio CD)
ESSENCE - DISC 1

This is volume one of Marillion's brand new double album Happiness is the Road. Like all Marillion albums this gets better and better with each listen. It needs to be played loud for it's full potential and played all the through. If you listen to this album properly and like good rock music I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy this album.

Steve Hogarth's voice is again brilliant and emotional and Mark Kelly's keyboards are exceptional and he is all over this album. Highlights from volume one include Essence, This Train is my Life, Woke Up and A State of Mind.

All in all this album is a must buy and possibly one of the best albums of 2008, it's quite simply stunning.

HARD SHOULDER - DISC 2

This is volume two of Marillion's brand new double album Happiness is the Road. Like all Marillion albums this gets better and better with each listen. It needs to be played loud for it's full potential and played all the through. If you listen to this album properly and like good rock music I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy this album.

Steve Hogarth's voice is again brilliant and emotional and Mark Kelly's keyboards are exceptional and he is all over this album. Highlights from volume two include The Man From the Planet Marzipan, Older Than Me, Threw Me Out, Whatever is Wrong With You and Real Tears For Sale.

All in all this album is a must buy and possibly one of the best albums of 2008, it's quite simply stunning.


Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 2: The Hard Shoulder
Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 2: The Hard Shoulder
Price: £14.09

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 21 Oct. 2008
This is volume two of Marillion's brand new double album Happiness is the Road. Like all Marillion albums this gets better and better with each listen. It needs to be played loud for it's full potential and played all the through. If you listen to this album properly and like good rock music I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy this album.

Steve Hogarth's voice is again brilliant and emotional and Mark Kelly's keyboards are exceptional and he is all over this album. Highlights from volume two include The Man From the Planet Marzipan, Older Than Me, Threw Me Out, Whatever is Wrong With You and Real Tears For Sale.

All in all this album is a must buy and possibly one of the best albums of 2008, it's quite simply stunning.


Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 1: Essence
Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 1: Essence
Price: £19.10

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 21 Oct. 2008
This is volume one of Marillion's brand new double album Happiness is the Road. Like all Marillion albums this gets better and better with each listen. It needs to be played loud for it's full potential and played all the through. If you listen to this album properly and like good rock music I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy this album.

Steve Hogarth's voice is again brilliant and emotional and Mark Kelly's keyboards are exceptional and he is all over this album. Highlights from volume one include Essence, This Train is my Life, Woke Up and A State of Mind.

All in all this album is a must buy and possibly one of the best albums of 2008, it's quite simply stunning.


Marillion - Somewhere in London [DVD]
Marillion - Somewhere in London [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marillion

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Fantastic!, 19 Jun. 2008
This dvd is from Marillion's two sell out nights at London's Forum in June 2007. It features songs from the brilliant Somewhere Else album released last year as well as older Marillion classics such as Easter, Neverland and the hit singles You're Gone and Thankyou whoever you are.

If you are a Marillion fan then this is a definate must have as it is easily there best live dvd to date. If you are new to Marillion you should still own this DVD as it will show just how awesome they are live and will go some way to making people who don't know about Marillion just what they are missing out on.

It starts off with the fantastic Splintering Heart which is worth the price alone. Steve Hogarth has such an amazing powerful voice and this showcases in the live arena and with Steve Rothery's soaring guitar this gets the gig and crowd off to a flyer. We then have numerous tracks from last years Somewhere Else album and this dvd shows you just how brilliant and powerful the songs from that album are. We have Fantastic Place, The Release in there too.

Overall, this dvd is money well spent and if you like live quality music you should own this DVD. Don't listen to what you have heard about Marillion - find out for yourself.


Day
Day
by A.L. Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!, 10 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Day (Paperback)
I read in another review once, don't waste your time reading this review, go out and buy the book. You should do that now, this book is awesome.

Still here?

Oh well...

The Day of the title is Alfie Day, former RAF sergeant and gunner in a Lancashire bomber. The year is 1949 and Day is back in Germany in an ersatz prison camp as an extra in a prisoner of war film. Probably not a good idea as Day previously was a prisoner of war in a German prisoner of war camp.

Alfie could be said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress, although such terms didn't exist then. Then, you just got on with it. Or not. Alfie feels like he is floating, not connected to the world. Sometimes he tries to solve this by sitting very quietly, or lying flat on the ground on his back, or by howling. Day loves a good old howl.

There is something of Catch 22 about the camp. Some of the extras are digging a tunnel, escapes, ruses are being plotted. And factions are building up - there are the Good Germans, the Ukrainians, people with pasts they are trying to hide.

Unfortunately for Alfie his past is right there in his head and this past is the story of the novel; the first meetings with his crew, flying bombing raids, going out to London, meeting and falling in love with Joyce, his brutal father and the mother he loves. His life in the bookshop where he worked before going to the film camp.

Kennedy is a short story writer and that perhaps shows. This book is made up of many episodes, a drunken train journey, a night in a shelter, a particular raid. The writing is fabulous, Day a brilliant, confused and mixed up character.

And this is a book about war, about bombing people and being bombed, about what that does to you and them whoever `them' may be.

One of the Costa book judges said that this is a masterpiece. It is. Kennedy said her writing is like anal sex. It's much, much better than that.


The Howling Miller
The Howling Miller
by Arto Paasilinna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to howl about, 29 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Howling Miller (Paperback)
Funnily enough, this book is about a howling miller. The miller in question is Gunnar Huttunen. The time is just after the 2nd World War and the place is northern Finland. Gunnar's mill and wife have been burnt to the ground and so he moves to a new town, buys a new mill.

At first the town's people like Gunnar; he can impersonate animals, tell stories, gets up to wild antics and entertains the children. But when Gunnar sinks into melancholy and starts howling all through the night things change. The villagers start to despise him. They want to get him sent to the lunatic asylum. There is no place for people like Gunnar in their village.

Although it may not sound it, the book is a comedy. It is written in a deadpan style and there are some great scenes. Gunnar falls in love with the local 4H woman. She says come and see him, anytime, so at 4am marches off to the farm where she is lodging and wakes the whole household. The wife of her landlady hides outside the door to hear what Gunnar might say and when Gunnar comes out of the room she gets hit by the door handle and rolls down the stairs. After this, she declares herself paralysed and takes to bed, only getting up when curiousity takes her - and then has to drag herself back to her bed, looking as paralysed as possible.

It is also a compulsive read. It brims with plot, events, happenings and wonderful characters.

It also has a nice cover.


Donjong Heights
Donjong Heights
by Ben Borek
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel in verse!, 29 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Donjong Heights (Hardcover)
The first thing about this book, it looks nice. Small and hardbacked with a beautiful picture on the cover, and then between each chapter. The second, it's in verse. That's right, verse!

If that's the kind of thing that puts you off then don't let it! Really!

The Donjong Heights of the title is the tower-block where our protagonist lives. It's in South London and home to the ethnically diverse. Our hero, unnamed, has a big problem. It's his `lame aorta' which is not beating `as it ought to'. To put it simply, he's dying.

Dying puts things in perspective. It's a time when you need to reassess, judge, put things in order. Or as our hero does, decide to have one last fling of the dice by throwing a Christmas party.

And inviting his long lost love.

To the party come Tyrone, his neighbour, and `one man, all-night Dub Selecta', Hylie `the fair-skinned Rasta-Queen' (used to be known as Kylie), Lord Byron `governed by his Johnson', his brother Chester, a pro-wrestler, John J a sozzled former academic and finally Tony, the tailor.

It may all end in disaster.

Oh yes, and don't forget the omniscient narrator. With a lisp.

`We find him in the blacketht thtate
Tith truly foul and unpropitioth'

This wonderful novel (in verse!) about the man with the poorly heart truly pulls at the heart strings. Or heart thtringth. It's both funny and sad and verbally dextrous. It's the kind of thing you want to read out loud and you should. Cause it's in verse!

And when you've read this one go out and buy Eugene Onegin and The Golden Gate.

They're in verse too. And as wonderful as this.


The Braindead Megaphone
The Braindead Megaphone
by George Saunders
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the braindead, 27 Feb. 2008
The Braindead Megaphone is a collection of the journalism of the wonderful short story writer, George Saunders. Although it is not your typical journalism. Not quite.

It starts with a call to arms. The Braindead Megaphone of the title piece is our current mass media. It shouts the loudest and is the most often heard. Saunders charts its beginnings in the OJ Simpson trial. To wring thousands of hours of coverage from what could be summarised in two minutes necessitated a dumbing down. "And now we go to our glove expert in Vancouver who will discuss the history of glove-wearing" and so on.

By the time something really important came along, the Iraq war say, we no longer had the tools to discuss it.

This is what Saunders advocates. That we look at things in depth, without an agenda, taking time to consider both sides, with complex but clear thoughtful language.

He applies these principles in his own journalism. He goes to Dubai and is overawed by the wealth there but also considers and meets the people who built this city. He travels along the US-Mexican border, spends time with the border patrol, some Mexicans and the Minuteman (Texans armed to the hilt and a hilarious night passes in which they manage to get lost between two fences yards from their cars, one old-boy's knees go.)

And there's another long night in Tibet with Ram Bahadur Bomjon, the snake-boy, or Buddha Boy who has been meditating under a tree for seven months without moving or eating.

But what comes through most is Saunders own wit and humanity. Did I say how funny these pieces are, how passionate? He makes you sit up and realise what writing is for, how important it is.

In 2006 Saunders received the MacArthur Foundation "genius grant".

Well deserved.


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