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The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
by Peter Maas
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunken Hell, 15 Sept. 2004
Being fascinated by submarines I couldnt resist reading this tale of horror. The book is in effect the biography of "Swede" Momsen, who pioneered rescue techniques for submariners. The atmosphere the author creates is terrific, the feeling of helplessness the crew of a sunken experience is conveyed in full. The frustration Momsen felt when his brilliant ideas sat untouched on the shelf in the Navy Headquarters is conveyed brilliantly. When he takes up a new post and stumbles across his own work unaddressed and ignored the anger comes across. Terrific book.


The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Trilogy)
The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Trilogy)
by Jonathan Stroud
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 15 Sept. 2004
After reading the Amulet of Samarkand I couldnt wait for the next installment, The Golems Eye. Noting it was released in the US a month ahead of the UK I had to get a copy, well done Amazon for making the US version available. Jonathan Stroud has done it again and has delivered another cracking installment. The style of telling the story from different characters perspective works just as well as it did before in Amulet, this time there being another view, in that of Kitty from the Resistance. There are still the wonderful asides from Bartimaeus the Djinni which made me laugh out loud. The story is set a couple of years after Amulet with Nathaniel now in post in the Government with responsibility to crush the resistance movement. He is now absorbed into the Magicians culture, mimicking their foppish dress code, and enjoying the benefits of power, all of which provides plenty of ammunition for the irreverent Bartimaeus to exploit. What unfolds is just as good as Amulet, with intrigue and dirty dealings to the fore, and Demons by the dozen. London is being terrorised by a new unknown adversary, and finding himself with a major headache Nathaniel turns once again to Bartimaeus. With the resistance seeking more power, colleagues in Government looking to stab each other in the back, a "thing" on the rampage, the story never flags and I couldnt put it down. Yet again I am left wanting more, and cant wait for The Other Place, shame it wont be out until Oct 05, how will I survive the wait??? Amulet will soon be out in Paperback and I will watch with interest as to how this does in the best sellers list, as it seems to be an undiscovered treasure to date. Wonderful inventive stuff, and I cant get enough of it!


Buried Fire
Buried Fire
by Jonathan Stroud
Edition: Paperback

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy, 10 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Buried Fire (Paperback)
I discovered Jonathan Stroud through reading his wonderful Amulet of Samarkand, and wanted to read more of his work. Buried Fire is another fine example of Strouds imagination. The story centres on Michael, a young man who has fallen asleep on top of a large mound, under which is buried a dragon. As he sleeps he absorbs the dragons power, discovering that he has new abilities as a result. It is his coming to terms with what has happened to him and the discovery that he is not alone that keeps the story line moving along at a fast pace. He soon learns that he is not alone in gaining new powers, and learns that the others in the village have a sinister motive - to raise the dragon from its sleep. The story ultimately ends in a battle between good and evil. I found the storyline more simple than Amulet of Samarkand, with less character development, showing perhaps that either the author has matured in his writing or it was deliberately targetted at a slightly younger audience. Either way it was an entertaining story, well told, and well worth reading.


A Century Of Blues
A Century Of Blues
Offered by tunesonline
Price: £17.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money., 10 Jun. 2004
This review is from: A Century Of Blues (Audio CD)
There are many collections of blues music available, and this one stands comparison with any of the others. This a very varied collection taking recordings from the 1940s through to the 1990s. Interesting blend old and new. This set does not really take the listener through a chronological history of blues music but gives more of a sample of the music through 50 years of recordings, and thereby doesnt really live up to its title as such. However if you want a wide introduction to this type of music it fits the bill, taking you from from Son House through to Dr Feelgood. Giving you a taste of different artists and different styles of blues music. I suspect many will be surprised at how many of these tracks they have heard at one time or another, through radio, tv commercials, to film (the terrific Bad to the Bone from George Thorogood as featured in Terminator 2). Excellent value for money.


Collection
Collection
Price: £6.89

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius, 8 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Collection (Audio CD)
I had occasionally heard the odd song by Tracy Chapman but never really paid much attention before, and hadnt heard anything by her for several years. Seeing this collection I was tempted to buy it based on it being a bit different to the usual stuff I listened to and I fancied a change. Playing it, I was stunned. Brilliant song followed brilliant song, Tracy's voice is just amazing, she can impart so much feeling into her music. It is now one of my favourite all time CDs. It is certainly one of the most played and I never tire of it. Every track on it is a gem. I now own every album Tracy has made, as she is pure genius. If you havent really listened to Tracy before this is a must, all her greatest songs in one fantastic collection, but be warned, you will be hooked and you will want more! Buy it!


Tokyo Olympiad [VHS]
Tokyo Olympiad [VHS]
VHS
Offered by smallerneil
Price: £21.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Historic Record, 3 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Tokyo Olympiad [VHS] (VHS Tape)
As a great admirer of the Ethiopian Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila, I bought this because of its footage of the great man winning his second Olympic Gold. However I was gripped by the whole film. The images captured are simply beautiful, amazing for its time. Hundreds of cameras were used to gain images not just of the events, but all the other activity surrounding the Games, opening ceremony, through to the finale with a solitary individual with a broom sweeping up. Stands as a wonderful record of the 1964 Games, and stands in stark contrast to the modern extravaganza the Games have become. Stunning.


Beware Of The Dog
Beware Of The Dog
Price: £12.51

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a group of guys having fun, 3 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Beware Of The Dog (Audio CD)
If you like your music rough raw, and fun then this is for you. Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers just go out and have a great time, a band just having fun and enjoying every minute. Not the greatest singer, not the greatest guitarist, but the energy and exhuberance comes across in oodles. The sound quality and balance is unusual by todays immaculately groomed standards, with Hound Dogs screaching guitar way to the fore, but this adds to the intimate feel. You feel as if your in the front row, sweat dripping down your neck. It made my foot tap, with a smile on my face. Great Stuff!


Nothin' But The Blues
Nothin' But The Blues

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Blues, 3 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Nothin' But The Blues (Audio CD)
There seems to be another resurgence in interest in Blues music, and this is an essential collection for either the newcomer to the Devils Music, or the hardened collector. I bought it as an introduction to the blues, over 70 of the finest Blues tracks, featuring all of the great names in Blues and some lesser known names as well. Fantastic collection to step back in time to, where the raw emotion of these great artists comes to the fore. If your interested in the blues or tempted to try the blues its a must have, and at this price what have you got to lose?


Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter
Offered by westworld-
Price: £13.44

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 3 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Johnny Winter (Audio CD)
Reading a book on the blues, I came across Johnny Winter, who is regarded as one of the greatest slide guitar players that has ever lived. Never having heard him before, I bought a copy of this CD on the strength of that comment. Awesome is the best word to describe Johnny's playing, whether on electric or acoustic guitar, and this album shows him at his best. I cant even begin to dream of being able to play guitar like he does on "Dallas", an awesome example of slide on his steel National. How many fingers does this man have? Vocals is not Johnny's strongest suit, and may be an acquired taste, but his guitar playing outweighs this flaw. Being first released in the late 60s on vinyl, the only down side is the comparatively short playing time (45 mins or so).
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The Amulet of Samarkand (Amulet Trilogy)
The Amulet of Samarkand (Amulet Trilogy)
by Jonathan Stroud
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, 3 Jun. 2004
Browsing for something to take on holiday I stumbled on a review of the Amulet of Samarkand, the first in a trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Having never heard of it before or its author I was tempted enough to go out and get a copy. I was also intrigued by the fact this book has already been signed up for a film. What a discovery! I was gripped from the very first page, the story rattles along at a cracking pace, and introduces the readers to the wonderful Bartimaeus, an irreverent Djinni (Genie), cant wait to see how the film deals with him. I cant recommend it highly enough. I would liken it in some ways to His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, perhaps not as complex but equally wonderful and entertaining, with some lovely touches of humour, mainly supplied by Bartimaeus. Cant wait for the next installment, due late in 2004. Buy it!


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