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PorterGirl: The Vanishing Lord
PorterGirl: The Vanishing Lord
by Lucy Brazier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing Point, 8 Aug. 2017
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‘The Vanishing Lord’ is Lucy Brazier’s second novel, taking off directly from ‘First Lady of the Keys’. It’s a rattlingly good yarn that uses the first person, present tense to create an immediacy to the narrative. This is often quite difficult to pull off I find, but here it’s perfectly pitched and the reader is drawn into the consciousness of the Deputy Head Porter as she gets involved in another scrape at Old College (we all know it’s a Cambridge college, but this is implicate in the story). The tale revolves around a missing 15th-century painting, but this is just the hook, upon which many hats are hung. The language is playful, but underlying this is quite a complex layered effect, based on the observational relationships between the characters, as seen from our first-person protagonist. It’s funny too. I had a particular chortle at the sections from the 15th-century diary of a hapless medieval porter, Humphrey Babthorp, found in Old Library by our storyteller, and which provides some clues to the unfolding mysteries. At one point he unexpectedly discovers his pregnant wife in the sack with ‘a candlestick maker from Bonkover Street’… this still raises a smile every time I think about it. But the humour is always offset with some pathos, and we get the distinct impression that our protagonist isn’t quite telling us everything about what she ‘really’ thinks. The reader has to work a little to get inside her mind - reading between the lines if you will. So this is a refreshing and innovative take on crime fiction, set in an unique environment, and delivered with much style - the author has carved out a niche all of her very own.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Feb. 2017
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PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys
PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys
by Lucy Brazier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A dynamic and humour-rich novel, 12 Feb. 2017
Other reviews cover the plot, so I'll concentrate on style. It's a dynamic novel, told in the first-person, that reads as if it is ready to be made into a screenplay. The author has definitely found her own voice, converting a blog into a coherent narrative-based story - no mean feet. The setting of a Cambridge college could have made the novel a staid affair with associated cliches, but by pitching herself/her protagonist as a genuine outsider, the reader is allowed to fall in line with her character from the get-go, and we are able to view the eccentricities and conventions of the college from the perspective of someone who is fully aware of (though frequently perplexed by) the gentle absurdities that keep the institution functioning. These absurdities manifest best in the college authority figures; skilfully rendered characters, that conform to type, but who always have a sequestered depth to them. This is difficult to pull off, and is achieved by the unbroken running commentary of the protagonist, who consistently shares her sophic thoughts with us, thoughts which navigate the ground between incredulity, confusion and knowingness. This works because the reader is allowed to join her fully as a square peg in a round hole - out of her comfort zone but somehow always (well, usually) managing to work out what's really going on underneath the human machinery of the college. And the dialogue is funny... sometimes a touch surreal, but always on-the-money, and consistent from start to finish. It really is a dynamic and humour-rich novel that successfully pulls you into a sui generis world. It will stay with you for a long time, and make you smile. It is a big storytelling accomplishment, and I am hoping there will be more to come from this author.


Star Trek V: The Final Frontier [1989] [DVD]
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier [1989] [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £6.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Forget the plot -- enjoy the characters and concepts, 3 Jan. 2016
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The plot is collander-like, the special effects are the poorest in the series and the jibby humour in the face of death and destruction wears a little thin, but it's still a corking great film! Apart from the ever-growing charm of the relationships between the main characters, I think this is mainly down to Star Trek constantly asking the BIG questions. The storyline manages to incorporate the concept of Eden, the nature of consciousness, psycho-traumatic healing, the moral questions of Euthanasia... and even God makes an appearance (well, sort of). Most especially, the scene with McCoy and his dying father is an incredibly moving piece of the film and beautifully acted. This isn't the best Star Trek film, but it's still brilliant.


Hand.Cannot.Erase
Hand.Cannot.Erase

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Genius, 5 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Hand.Cannot.Erase (Audio CD)
I have listened to this twice on good headphones and I think it is a work of musical genius. The sonics and reference-filled musicality are a joy. Most especially amazing is the eleven and half-minute Home Invasion/Regret #9...


Byron [DVD] [2010]
Byron [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Johnny Lee Miller
Price: £5.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Byron and the whole cast is just about as good as it could have been, 30 Dec. 2014
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Miller makes a fabulous screen Byron and the whole cast is just about as good as it could have been. The dialogue is beautifully written and lifts much directly from Byron's letters and journals. The plot sticks closely to the known narrative and Byron's innate humour and humanism comes through loud and clear alongside the relentlessly emotional story of his life. The only drawback to the film is that his time in Switzerland with the Shelleys is not depicted, which would have probably taken this to 5 hours. Philip Glenister's Fletcher is also a comic joy.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Awful, 5 May 2014
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Looks good and initially the screen was easy to navigate with good sense-touch. Terrible wi-fi range though -- it wouldn't pick up a router any more than about 5 metres away. After a week parts of the screen became non-touch sensitive and then after two weeks it packed up altogether never to return. I know it's a cheap Android but I thought it might have seen the first month out... dreadful.


Kubik Evo 8GB MP3 Player with Radio and Expandable MicroSD/SDHC Slot - Black
Kubik Evo 8GB MP3 Player with Radio and Expandable MicroSD/SDHC Slot - Black
Offered by ARC UK
Price: £49.99

1.0 out of 5 stars another mp3 player failure, 13 Sept. 2013
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I have tried two Sansa MP3 players and now this... all of them are rubbish. The Kubik Evo takes FLAC files and then simply mixes up the songs on each album in no apparent order. So an album's running order will be mixed up every time thus making it almost unlistenable. There is no way around it -- totally infuriating. The actual player is a bit plastic but the sound is great... so why can't it take an album and play the songs in the order they were meant to be listened to? I guess if you are just uploading individual songs it's ok, but mine is going in the bin.


Sandisk Sansa Fuze+ Plus 8GB MP3 Player, microSD/SDHC Slot, FM Radio, Voice Recorder, BLACK
Sandisk Sansa Fuze+ Plus 8GB MP3 Player, microSD/SDHC Slot, FM Radio, Voice Recorder, BLACK

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so so, 19 Jun. 2013
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Great beefy sound (better than i-pod) and very easy to load all music formats. BUT... it seems to throw albums by a single artist in together... so that if, for instance, you download the first four Led Zeppelin albums, they all turn up together in alphabetical song order in one file... so you can't listen to an album but have to listen to it all mixed together.... most frustrating. I have tried everything to rectify this but to no avail.
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Mourning Sun
Mourning Sun
Offered by MUSIC-2000
Price: £15.90

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Goth Dawn, 3 Dec. 2005
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This review is from: Mourning Sun (Audio CD)
When I reviewed the last FOTN album 'Fallen' a few years ago I suggested that the creative spirit of the Nephilim had been degraded and was unlikely to return. Well I was wrong. 'Mourning Sun' is a monumental masterpiece of astounding depth and vision. This is the heart and soul of the Nephilim that we knew and loved from 'Elizium' (1990) but with extra layers of atmosphere that will blow you into another realm. From the sumptuous artwork of grey light and butterflies/fairies to the musicianship and engineering, this is a trip into a strange world where beauty comes laced with a very sinister edge. You know what's in store when the intro-track 'Shroud' opens with pseudo-Gregorian Chant and then sinks into an atmosphere-dripping wall of sound infused with a sobbing woman, a crying baby and some ethereal pipes -- yes indeed! The next two tracks 'Straight to the Light' and 'New Gold Dawn' deliberately reference the Nephilim of old with that devastating bass line from 'Psychonaut' and guitar work that could have come straight off 'Dawnrazor'. But then there are tracks 4-7. These tracks represent some of the most accomplished musical creativity that I have heard for a very long time. 'Requiem' is achingly beautiful and is then perfectly complemented by 'Xiberia', which is what an electronic trance track would sound like if it were made by Sauron... but then, maybe it was. 'She' and 'Mourning Sun' are huge tracks with layer upon layer of melodic texture and atmosphere, in the same vein as 'Wail of Sumer' from 'Elizium'. And all this is topped off with one of the most outrageous cover versions ever 'In the Year 2525'. I am so happy that Carl McCoy and his 'ghost musicians' have graced us with this sublime work of art -- New Gold Dawn it is.


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