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Don Quixote (Wordsworth Classics)
Don Quixote (Wordsworth Classics)
by Peter Anthony Motteux
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Going To Test the Patience of Most Readers Attempting To Read It, 30 Oct. 2016
The fact that this novel has stood the test of time for as long as it had is probably this novel's best achievement. Comprised of several parts, Don Quixote blends between our titular character's 'antics' with excessive amounts of dialogue. The middle parts in particularly suffers from the latter. So anyone that gets past that part without the urge to give up is worthy of special mention.

For anyone that is into this century's literature heritage or chivalry novels that this book mocks to some degree, may get more enjoyment out of it then the average casual reader. Don Quixote has made such an impact on popular culture may explain its instant 'classic' status throughout the centuries, but the novel is going to test the patience of most readers attempting to read it for the very first time.


Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John (1995) Audio CD
Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John (1995) Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Breeze to Listen To, 28 Jun. 2016
On the subject of all things Elton John, mostly everyone can agree that some of his work came out of the 1970s, which iconic albums such as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, as well as lovely album such as Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy from 1975.
This album is a delightful breeze to listen to with the writing partnership of John with Bernie Taupin on top form, with such lovely works such as We All Fall in Love Sometimes, and Tower of Babel to name but a few of their melodic morsels on offer on this album.
Whilst in retrospect there maybe stronger albums in his back catalogue, Captain Fantastic shows a more melodic side to his music which makes it a welcoming start for anyone trying to get into his music without the glam rock pomp and circumstance of some his more distinct works. If you like your pop music straightforward, melodic, and easy on the ear, then this album is for you.


Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis De Bernières
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Novel Will Make You Appreciate Bernieres' Distinct Writing Style, 14 Jun. 2016
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is an epic tale set in war-torn Greece. One aspect of the book that may confuse the casual is the use of different perspectives in some of the chapters: predominantly most of them are written in third-person, but there can be a few written in first-person. Whilst this makes reading its epic length a welcome change, it might alienate the average reader who has never read a novel on this scale before.
The main character arcs are written, with its historical context gone into enough detail to make worth reading on, rather then feeling like you have picked up a history book on Greece during World War 2. Whilst the final chapters can be challenging, the final chapter does tie up the overall arc well.
Whilst this might be the first book of Louis de Bernieres because of the film adaptation, reading the novel will make you appreciate Bernieres' distinct writing style, and may encourage you to pick up reading some of his other novels too afterwards.


Glasvegas
Glasvegas
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.93

4.0 out of 5 stars A Rather Rewarding Audible Experience, 8 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Glasvegas (Audio CD)
Glasvegas' self-titled album from 2008 is an entertaining experience from the Scottish indie group. There is plenty on offer here from the very dramatic (the spoken word track, Stabbed) to the very catchy (Ice Cream Man). With such a vast array of emotional content in most of the tracks' lyrics, this makes their debut album a rather rewarding audible experience.

Glasvegas is worth a listen to for anyone into his or her British indie rock from the late 2000s. Whilst the album has plenty of competition in terms of making an impact from that era , including The Pigeon Detectives, Hard-Fi, etc, Glasvegas' emotional clout make them worth your time, as well as their Celtic folk roots giving them a musical accent too.

This is an enjoyable album, and, for the die-hard fans, not their last album by any means.


The Visitors
The Visitors
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tracks That Bring Such Emotional Core to Its Album, 6 May 2016
This review is from: The Visitors (Audio CD)
Abba is a group that will always have fans with its well-crafted pop, and critics for the very same reason. However, even sceptics will be pleased with the emotional depth that their 1981 album, The Vistors, brings to the table. There are plenty of lovable pop tunes to keep the average fan happy (One of Us; Two for the Price of One; its title track). However, there are tracks that bring such emotional core to its album, making it substantial for those that think they do nothing more then catchy pop (Head Over Heels; I Let the Music Speak; Slipping Through My Fingers). This edition also features some extra tracks to the mix as well, including the emotionally charged The Day Before You Came.
So The Visitors is a very good album for die-hards to have to show what breadth and depths the group were capable of, whilst also for newcomers that happen to enjoy their pop music in that general sense of it all. This album is worth a listen to; even thou you would not normally associate this Swedish quartet with created such bleak undertones to their distinct take on making pop.


Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.94

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Somewhat Risqué Surprise, 28 April 2016
This review is from: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Audio CD)
For anyone that it is only acquainted with the hit singles of this popular New Romantic group from the early 1980s (Tainted Love; Say Hello, Wave Goodbye), then hearing Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret may come as a somewhat risqué surprise, with such tracks as Seedy Films and Sex Dwarf painting such perverse imagery with their lyrical content. Whilst the actual album is an enjoyable experience, this edition includes a truckload of extra tracks to enjoy too, from their faithful rendition of 'Where Did Our Love Go?' to their excellent instrumental 'So'.

Whilst going through all 18 tracks may prove that there are limits with Marc Almond's vocals with a synthesiser, this edition of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is worth a treat for anyone that enjoys the New Romantics music scene from the 1980s. Newcomers may particularly enjoy the extra content to accompany the original album; die-hard fans will lap it up just as much as they adore the original album.


Duets
Duets
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.97

4.0 out of 5 stars An Audible Pleasure, 30 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Duets (Audio CD)
Duets from Elton John is an entertaining album from a decade that deserves a mention for his musical work. There is a blend of pop, which is smooth and catchy, which is what you expect from any Elton John album. Whilst there are a couple of tracks that may seem a bit out of place, such as the borderline-pointless version of Don't Go Breaking My Heart with RuPaul, the flow of the album is a very positive experience.
Fans of Elton John will want to check out this album, as it has some unique collaborations; some are better known then others, but the majority of them is an audible pleasure.


Invincible
Invincible
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Revisiting For The Sake Of Revisiting, 1 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Invincible (Audio CD)
Invincible was the last album of original to be released in the iconic entertainer's lifetime. Whilst it may not get the praise as some of his iconic albums, this album does have a lot to offer for both new and veteran fans of his music. With an eclectic range of musicality for anyone that has enjoyed his work from the 1990s, there is plenty of smooth R'n'B beats to keep you entertaining throughout listening to it. There are standout tracks that are probably worth your time, such as the emotionally charged Whatever Happened.

Whilst the reception of this on its initial release was not the most positive, sceptics may want to check out this album again in contrast to his latter works amongst his expansive back catalogue. This is by no means a masterpiece, but an album that is probably worth revisiting for the sake of revisiting.


Mirrormask
Mirrormask
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Whilst it is far too sophisticated for young children to enjoy, this book is probably worth picking up for ..., 23 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Mirrormask (Paperback)
For anyone that has seen the film of the same name may wonder why this sophisticated picture book, the features stills from the very film, is worth publishing, but this book does bring its fantasy to an audience that may not be acquainted with the film.
The story is told from the first-person perspective of a girl who is fed up with her life involved in the circus. She gets the opportunity to experience 'real-life' because of the unfortunate illness of her mother, which results her in getting involved in a fantasy world inspired by her drawings.
With a premise that echoes Alice in Wonderland, the originality it lacks is made up for in its composition with graphic illustrations and intriguing text layout. Whilst it is far too sophisticated for young children to enjoy, this book is probably worth picking up for those that loved the film, as well as fans of all things Neil Gaiman.


Positive Songs For Negative People
Positive Songs For Negative People
Price: £16.83

4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining, If Polished, Offering From the Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter, 28 Jan. 2016
Franks Turner's 2015 release, Positive Songs for Negative People, is an entertaining, if polished, offering from the acclaimed singer-songwriter. With the deluxe edition of this album you do get a rather good acoustic take s most of the songs, which hark back to Turner's roots. The actual album provides plenty of songs for the fans to enjoy, whilst the polished music production makes it easy for the newcomers to enjoy too from his earlier 'rough' sounding work.
Positive Songs for Negative People may not be his best album, but that does not mean fans will lap it up, whilst new listeners will appreciate Turner's song writing skills on display here.


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