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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Insipid, 30 Aug. 2007
It's not horror.

It doesn't have a plot.

It is predictable.

Ok if you have nothing to do for a few hours in the airport. Certainly not one of King's best.

Positive Attitude: A Dilbert Collection (Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel))
Positive Attitude: A Dilbert Collection (Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel))
by Scott Adams
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same... which is great!!!, 30 Aug. 2007
If you like Dilbert, then you know what you are letting yourself into. I find volume 29 as good as volume 1, 17 or 24. It does not matter, it is just great fun. And for those of us who work for those kind of corporations, it is a continuous succession of "been there/know someone just like that".

It does not get better than this.

Creative Zen V+ 4GB
Creative Zen V+ 4GB

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, 30 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Creative Zen V+ 4GB (Electronics)
I owned the original creative zen (see my other review) and when it went belly up, I thought about switching to iPod. In the end I went for the next generation of creative, and after 9 months, so far so good. Good sound quality, good functionality, good battery capacity, but a few points:

1) It only works with windows, it says so on the box, so be warned.
2) It can only recharge by being plugged into the computer, but I found out that the battery recharger of the old creative zen still works on this one.
3) You can use windows media player to rip your cds, so no need to depend on the software.
4) When importing music, it sorts out by artist/band, sometimes if the info fed from the internet is wrong, it will mess up the organization of your music.
5) For some cds it does not store the album cover, this seems to work randomly.

I have not had an issue with the freezin problem other people report, but my girlfriend has her own creative zen v and she has that problem. Sometimes it's just best to let the battery run out and restart it rather than play around with the pin/shake it/throw it on the floor/whatever.

I feel these new gadgets have not been around for long enough to test their reliability, and probably by the time they break down you are out of warranty and new models have come out, so you are better off keeping your music stored in your computer in case you end up buying a different toy!

Black Rose
Black Rose
Price: £7.06

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a master piece, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Black Rose (Audio CD)
This record could have been a masterpiece if not for certain things.

Overall, it seems like a collection of very good songs lacking a certain cohesive structure.

Do Anything You Want To and Toughest Street in Town are decent rock album tracks, but nothing to lose your head over.

S&M sounds a bit odd with its fractured bass line.

Waiting For an Alibi is classic Lizzy. Lynott's lyrics about gangsters and drug dealers, twin guitars and his thundering bass make this song an instant classic.

Sarah is one of the silliest most sirupy ballads ever and should have been relegated to a Lynott solo album.

Got To Give It Up is a standout track. Lyrically it will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. This is Lynott openly and painfully admitting to the seriousness of his addictions and it makes you wonder how could the people around him have remained blind after such a frank admission.

Get Out of Here and With Love are ok.

Black Rose, well, perhaps a bit pretentious. An attempt to write an epic Irish flavoured track that does not fail but does not deliver either, I often find myself skipping this track when I listen to the album.

So a good effort but perhaps reflective of the turmoil the band was going through at the time.
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Thunder & Lightning
Thunder & Lightning
Price: £7.24

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure waiting to be unearthed, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Thunder & Lightning (Audio CD)
For quite a while I thought Thin Lizzy was only worth exploring up to Live and Dangerous. Boy was I wrong.

Thunder and Lightning could be considered the "heavy metal" album in Lizzy's back catalogue. The production is rougher on the guitars and Lynott's vocals sound a bit more muffled than in other albums such as Black Rose.

Thunder and Lightning wouldn't stand out like a sore thumb on any Motorhead record, Cold Sweat is a head down no nonsense rocker and instead of the cringeworthy sirupy ballad of Sarah from Black Rose we have the eerily atmospheric The Sun Goes Down.

Baby Please Don't Go is vintage Lizzy with the almost tribal "oh no"s of the chorus and Bad Habits is another typical Lynott composition.

If you are a Lizzy fan, it is definitely a must in your collection, and if all you know about Thin Lizzy is Live & Dangerous, you could certainly do a lot worse in their back catalogue!

Price: £39.18

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flavour of the Month, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Wolfmother (Audio CD)
Yeah, they may sound like Led Zep, but they are not a hundredth as good as.

I'm a big rock fan, but this was just awful, I couldn't get past the third song, and judging from it, I doubt Wolfmother will get past 5 albums, they'll disappear in no time.

Backstreet Symphony
Backstreet Symphony
Price: £33.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Rock and Roll, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Backstreet Symphony (Audio CD)
It's not exactly heavy metal like Iron Maiden, but it's not as rock and roll as The Quireboys. It is a sort of perfect-how-did-they-manage-it in between the two.

The record has anthemic rock/metal tracks like Backstreet Symphony or Distant Thunder coupled with a killer ballad such as Loved Walked In and raunchy balls out mid tempo rockers like She's So Fine. Hell, it even has a great blues rock piece such as Don't Wait For Me that reminisces of Zeppelin's Since I've Been Loving You.

I bought this cd without having heard anything from Thunder before and I was very greatly pleased. It has it all!!!

Scar Tissue
Scar Tissue
by Larry Sloman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not about the music, 20 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Scar Tissue (Paperback)
Great stuff. I am not a great Chilli Peppers fan though I admit to buying "By the Way" on the back of reading this book.

The great thing is, "Scar Tissue" is about Kiedis, and you have to give credit to the guy and admire the way he looks these days and even the fact that he is alive after all he has gone through.

From hippy-druggy-spoilt-brat childhood to the excesses of LA, "Scar Tissue" is a gripping tale about sex drugs and rock and roll. Much more deeply introspective than Motley Crue's "The Dirt", chillingly explicit when it comes to drugs like "Trainspotting", the book is both thrilling, telling and entertaining, in no doubt helped by enlisting Larry Sloman for which we can only be grateful.

Don't worry if the Chilli's are not your cup of tea. After all, it's not about the music...

The Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story
The Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story
by Graeme Obree
Edition: Paperback

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but..., 20 Aug. 2007
The book should flow naturally, being the account of a series of remarkable achievements by someone who effectively remained a semi-pro cyclist throught his life.

But yet it fails to deliver to some degree. The account of O'bree's second attempt on the hour record almost passes unnoticed in the book, and the book does not really dwell into much detail as to how much/how hard O'bree really trained other than passages such as "I went for a long ride".

Somewhat disappointing for those cycling fans and perhaps not thrilling enough for newcomers to the sport.

The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting at times, bit patchy at the beginning., 20 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The God Delusion (Paperback)
This is a very interesting book about the existence (or rather, non existence) of God and the impact of religions in general on society.

Whereas most of the arguments are well presented and documented, at times Dawkins simply gets too personal, in some parts the book reads as a who's who of moral/religious philosophy; in particular, the continous references to Dawkins' grudge with the Templeton foundation which, if amusing at first, ends up getting a bit tiring.

Personally, I found it hard (if not impossible) to disagree with Dawkins' arguments. However, this can be a bit soul destroying as inevitably, it ends up in moral relativism, what was not acceptable one hundred years ago, is acceptable nowadays. If we iterate this forward, what is the future of mankind's morality?

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