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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Worth Reading, 31 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Lord of the Flies (Kindle Edition)
I can’t remember the last time I read this book, but I must admit it was good to come back to something like this which is something that really draws you in. I should think that at least half the country by now has had to study this book at one time or another, and so loads of allegories and symbolism can be argued over certain passages in this novel.

At the beginning though it didn’t look like this book would be published at all, but after being pushed by an editor at Faber and Faber and requests for a few alterations this eventually hit the shelves in 1954. It is rather ironic that some of the most well known and popular books of the last century, that also made some authors household names were initially rejected by numerous publishers, so if you are a writer carry on and persist in your endeavours.

With a plane crash a group of schoolboys come together on a deserted island and have to make the best of things. Apart from a choir group who all know each other, and twins who obviously do know each other for the majority here they have never really met before and age from about six to twelve years old. William Golding was himself a school master for many years and so he knew and could see how children can become suddenly vicious when left to their own devices and this comes across very well in this book.

Ralph is arguably the main character in this book, but there is also Jack who is head of the choirboys, and Piggy, an overweight, bespectacled and asthmatic boy who is the most intelligent in the group. From the initial shock of their predicament we see how at first they try to get organised and make preparations for surviving and being rescued. But these are little boys and soon things start to get left undone as the smaller ones play and there is disputing amongst the older ones.

As we see the group start to flounder and separate there are tales of a monster and more and more of the boys turn to barbarism from their civilized upbringings. As the story progresses so does the savagery, which Golding doesn’t shy away from, and although we know that ultimately a group of adults would start to alter with the young boys the disintegration of modern ways happens in a shorter time frame.

Still influencing authors today this is always a good read and is ideal for those who are going to secondary school or older persons, as it reminds us all how close we really are to our ancestors despite the veneer of civilization that we try to cling to.


Totally Essential Rock 'N' Roll
Totally Essential Rock 'N' Roll
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixty Classic Tracks, 30 Mar. 2015
I wasn’t even thought about let alone born when Rock ‘n’ Roll swept the charts in the US and then beyond. The actual name of this genre didn’t come about until the Fifties if I remember rightly, although you can argue that it was with us before then as Blues and such like started getting more thumping beats since the late Twenties and early Thirties.

This three CD box set contains sixty classic tracks that we all know from that golden period in the Fifties and takes in Rock ‘n’ Roll in all its diversity, from different performers coming from different backgrounds and musical influences. Of course you have the big names here Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, and the list just goes on.

It may be old music to us now but it is still influencing groups and performers to this day with its rocking tunes and long may it continue to do so. This album is perhaps proof that the Devil has the best tunes, and knows how to play them. In all the reproduction of these old tracks is perfectly adequate and this is a real bargain giving you sixty great tracks that you can play at any time. In all this is a real joy of listening pleasure.


Escape From Evil
Escape From Evil
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lower Dens Re-Vamped, 30 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Escape From Evil (Audio CD)
Lower Dens it has to be admitted have not really made an impression on me before as I have found their previous albums a bit too lacklustre for my personal tastes, but as with other groups they have always been there with me hoping for something a bit meatier, and here they have done it. Jana Hunter and the boys have really put themselves out here. This was produced by Jana and Chris Coady, and there are also collaborations with others here such as Ariel Rechtshaid.

Arguably this is their most accessible album although the tracks don’t really appear to be that catchy and there is a hodge-podge feel to this in its entirety. Although so saying I quite enjoy this despite its faults. I have no idea how well known this group is over here so I don’t know if they have a fan base here or not. For those who have heard this group before you may enjoy their earlier work rather this new re-vamped feel, which I prefer. I would recommend anyone thinking of purchasing this to try out the samples first to try and avoid any disappointment.

I will admit that I absolutely loathe the cover artwork here it is just so bland.


Pleasure Boy
Pleasure Boy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Her Second Album, 30 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Pleasure Boy (Audio CD)
You may not be that interested in this album, after all if I mention that Hannah Cohen is a model as well as a singer you may think it is one of those publicity jobs, but you would actually be quite wrong. Ms Cohen is actually the daughter of jazz drummer Myron Cohen and this is in fact her second album.

Based around a messy break-up this does sound quite personal almost as if Hannah is trying to get something off her chest for her own therapy, and so at times I did think of this as part of one those thought journal thingies that people are encouraged to take up when problems hit their lives. On ‘Queen of Ice’ there is a certain Jazz element that comes through here, perhaps influences of her father.

In the main Hannah’s voice is allowed to swell and stir you with a more minimalist approach to instrumentation, none of which is overdone. I personally find Ms Cohen’s voice quite haunting with a slightly hypnotic effect which works with this album very well, as it does get quite deep and dark at times.

Comparisons have been made between Hannah Cohen and Lana Del Ray, albeit with Hannah being less polished and a little bit harsh, so if you like Lana then you could well enjoy this album.


TRESPASS (TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries Book 2)
TRESPASS (TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars TJ Peacock Investigates, 29 Mar. 2015
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This is the first time I have read anything by Marla Madison, and despite a little bit of a slow start I was soon into this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I should point out that this is told in both the first and third hand narrative. When we are reading of one character here, Gemma Rosenthal and follow her this is in the first person, all the rest is in the third person.

When Gemma’s friend, employer and neighbour Norman Teschler dies after his house explodes it could have just been one of those accidents that happen, but Gemma is unconvinced, and so she calls on the help of TJ Peacock, former police officer now a private investigator. The police although going through the motions obviously aren’t too bothered about Norman’s death as it could just have been one of those things, plus they are already investigating a case where people’s houses have been entered and sex has occurred on the premises, which now seem to have perhaps escalated into murder.

TJ starts picking at her new case and gradually things start cropping up as we read of swingers, a small church and an old double suicide case. As things develop with more dead bodies turning up the police and TJ will have to pool resources if anyone is able to make any head ways in their respective cases. The characters here are well drawn and there is more going on than just the actual crime cases as we read of different relationships and problems. At times the story does go a bit woo woo as TJ would put it, as there is mention of sleep paralysis and out of body experiences here.

This is a good story that you can get your teeth into as this twists and turns throughout and the ending is such that there is scope for a continuation of sorts to this if the author wants to come back to this at a later date. Especially whilst this is currently on promo it is well worth downloading.


Killer's Dream
Killer's Dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Underground Country, 29 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Killer's Dream (Audio CD)
Except for one track on here ‘Every Night About This Time’ (written by ‘Fats’ Domino) which is a cover version all the other tracks on this album were written by Rachel Brooke herself. Although hailed as the Queen of Underground Country this doesn’t really capture the essence of this album which although predominantly Country does have strong Blues and Jazz influences as you will soon hear if you listen to this, as well as a bit of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll. Apparently recorded live onto analogue tape this does have that sort of sound from older days giving this a timeless appeal.

The mixture of different elements here in the making up of this album shows that Ms Brooke is a very versatile artiste and is comfortable in good old fashioned music. For someone who hails from Michigan she is a bit of an anomaly, she shouldn’t be able to sound and play like this, she sounds like she was born and raised in the Deep South. This is a brilliant album that gives us dark gothic and moody songs with ones that are more upbeat and really is a joy to listen to. I believe that she has a new album out in a few months with Lonesome Wyatt, which will hopefully be something good to listen to. But if you are looking for something a bit special, well you could have just found it with this album.


Adult Entertainment: Sex Pictures Photo Book (Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Adult Entertainment: Sex Pictures Photo Book (Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Short, 29 Mar. 2015
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I saw the cover of this with these two lovely models and immediately started fantasising about my GP and the local pharmacist, so as it was on promo at the time I obviously had to download this.

All the photos here are in colour and they can all be enlarged on a tablet device. All the photos are also well taken, and we see these two models that are obviously having fun strip to their bikini briefs. The thing with this book is that it is very short, meaning you are just getting to enjoy this, and then it finishes.


Sheer City Young Naked Women - Stella May Slowly Strips and Caresses Her Body: 69 Photos of Shaved Pussy XXX Nude Horny College Girls
Sheer City Young Naked Women - Stella May Slowly Strips and Caresses Her Body: 69 Photos of Shaved Pussy XXX Nude Horny College Girls
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Stella May, 29 Mar. 2015
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Stella May is just so cute and sexy you want to take her home with you and keep forever. All the photos in this book are in colour, and on a tablet device they can also be enlarged.

We see Stella May in her underwear here which she gradually removes, displaying her gorgeous body as nature intended. And she is definitely not shy about showing what she has. You will also find a link in this book and a pass code, if you follow the link and type in the code you will see some more very intimate and revealing photos of this lovely model. The only perhaps slightly off thing in these photos is that Stella May has got a shaving rash from doing her most intimate place.


Bars Brawls & Booze
Bars Brawls & Booze
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Fun, 28 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Bars Brawls & Booze (MP3 Download)
Miss Izzy Cox hailing out of Austin, Texas at the present time is it must be admitted quite strange. By herself she sings plays guitar and kick drum. Over the years she has supported many other bands on tour, playing in many locations both in the US and Canada, as well as abroad (yes, she has been over here). Classifying herself as an anarchist crooner playing Outlaw Americana and Hellbilly she is someone who is let’s just say it, a little different.

With her very distinctive voice and minimalist instrumentation her songs come across as little stories or indeed even as entries in a journal. I did hear that the little lady had recently lost her regular gig so I don’t know what she is doing with herself, although I do believe that she has turned to crowdfunding for creating a new album.

Here we are being presented with what is a double CD edition of what are good tracks, although I have always thought of Miss Cox as a very Marmite artiste. She has a very distinctive voice, which some may find slightly grating, and to be honest the very first time I heard her I did think she was a novelty act, although time has definitely proved me wrong on that.

Please, please listen to the samples here if you are pondering the purchase of this as Izzy Cox is someone you are either going to enjoy, or absolutely detest. Although I find this album good it doesn’t have quite the appeal as if you are lucky enough to see her play live.


The Silent Years
The Silent Years
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Country, 28 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Silent Years (MP3 Download)
I will admit that probably the album cover artwork did more than anything else to introduce this band to me, who up until then I had never heard of before. Coming out of Denton in good old Texas this is very gothic in lyrics and instrumentation, playing more of a Country style with some other elements of Americana. I personally quite like this album which I find quite enjoyable, albeit a bit dark in places.

Pinebox itself is a slang term for a cheap pine coffin, but it must be admitted that being called Pinebox Serenade does sound a bit more stylish that Coffin Serenade which sounds more like a funeral song. This group play a large selection of instruments, some you may not expect to hear on an album such as this, but it all works. Chris Welch who has a fine distinctive baritone on the songs here also wrote a lot of them. In all I like this but to be honest it could perhaps have been a bit better.


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