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Resolution Way
Resolution Way
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bermondsey Blade Runner?, 24 July 2016
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Having followed Carl Neville via the Impostume and decades blogs as well as his Classless and No More Heroes books I have to say I was unsure what a move into narrative fiction would add. Thankfully it's not the 'state of the nation' doorstep freighted with too many ideas that i feared. The comparisons to Neuromancer are not at all overblown. The future it posits is much closer and much more grimy. Technology imprisons all completely - there is nothing that cannot be measured and monetised. Concern for others is weak and backward.
The thriller tropes are used well and it proceeds at a cracking pace. The characters are well drawn, recognisable and, at a basic level, you root for them. I enjoyed cyber-god Johannes and his Olympian curecting.
It is definitely rich enough to bear re-reading soon. Oh, and it's really well-written and funny. Looking forward to the companion work 'Eminent Domain'.


Strangled: Identity, Status, Structure and The Stranglers
Strangled: Identity, Status, Structure and The Stranglers
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked some of the singles at the time but wasn't ..., 29 Nov. 2015
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Followed the evolution of this from its first appearance as a number of provocative blogposts on phil-zone.blogspot.co.uk. I liked some of the singles at the time but wasn't a huge fan. As with other reviewers, it has made me revisit and reappraise the albums. What a strange and fascinating group they truly were! Phil Knight has clearly been bathing in currents far from the mainstream and brings his well-informed 'outsider' vision to some very central contemporary issues.v


The Big Book Of Woe
The Big Book Of Woe
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for jaded music lovers, 25 Jan. 2013
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Passion, knowledge, erudition and sheer bloody minded humanity are contained in this monster tome. It's a collection of Matt Ingram's various blog guises from over the years, including Woebot. This man knows his musical onions and I defy you to read any piece and not come away wanting to immediately hear and own (he's a keen advocate of payment to artists) at least 2 of the records described in each segment. Let a bit of Woebot into your life - you won't regret it.


Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK (Opus Projects)
Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK (Opus Projects)
by Jeremy Deller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go outside and look again, 30 Jan. 2010
The stuff your neighbours do may be so mad it's fascinating. Jeramy Deller and Alan Kane are largely interested in the stuff we do together on certain 'special days'. The people who do it don't call it art - they call it festival, carnival, St ?'s day. While gathering all this disparate stuff together Deller and Kane have made a beautiful book, but have also problematised a whole area of activity that had hitherto been untouched by the ravenous bourgeois art hounds. Oh well, great book!


The James Sallis Reader (The Point Blank Reader)
The James Sallis Reader (The Point Blank Reader)
by James Sallis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars If I have to convince you to read James Sallis I can't be bothered, 30 Jan. 2010
Read the Lew Griffin novels -Longlegged fly, Bluebottle etc etc, then read the Turner novels. Just read everything. If you don't 'get it' - read them again. Just a brilliant writer - humane, funny, playful,brutal, vicious - all shot through with beautiful sadness. I guess this book could act as an intro or as an enlargement to one's knowledge - either way I don't think you can have too much Sallis.


The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music
The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music
by Rob Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wire primers - I read it and what I thought, 30 Jan. 2010
You could quibble with their choices, but there's enough here to send you scurrying off to old record shops (ask a grown up to explain) or to the reissue section of your favourite on-line retailer. It pretty much does what it says on the tin. At worst it will act as a bluffer's guide to protect you against experimental muso bores.


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