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Children of the Matrix: How an Interdimensional Race has Controlled the World for Thousands of Years-and Still Does
Children of the Matrix: How an Interdimensional Race has Controlled the World for Thousands of Years-and Still Does
by David Icke
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political/social dissent literature, May 5, 2006
If a fiction writer actually BELIEVES to be true the fiction he writes, does that free him to write a wilder, more detailed story? Icke proves that it does.

Conspiracy literature is the new literature of dissent. It's not difficult to deconstruct the mythology that Icke has pulled together. The world, he claims, is "secretly" controlled by shape-shifting reptiles who also happen to commit unspeakable crimes against children. Bush, Clinton, and the other world rulers are certainly "reptilian" in that they are cold-blooded men governed by their deeper animal instincts and desires, such as greed and bloodlust. They are "shape-shifters" because they are deceitful, liars, and they cannot be "pinned down" (as if Kerry is the only one who ever "flip-flopped" on an issue).

Our rulers are "snakes." Their policies are the moral equivalent of child molestation, because they starve, bomb, fail to educate, or otherwise oppress most of the world's children.

Icke's ideas (outrageous, of course, on the literal level) provide his readers with a mythology and meta-narrative of the world in an age when traditional mythologies and religions have crumbled. Some of you readers need to get a grip on yourselves. Read properly, David Icke can provide some fascinating LITERARY insights into the world we all live in.

(For some reason I can't edit my review, I can really only give this THREE STARS because of Dave's bad grammar and run-on sentences.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's Voice on Earth, April 21, 2006
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
I can't put into words how awesome this music is, the writing, the vocals, the arrangements. The violin is awesome. If you're starting to get older, and tired of popular music, check out Josh Groban. He straddles classical and pop, but he's never sappy or schmaltzy. Take it from a big rock fan, I've seen the future of popular music, and his name is Josh Groban.

Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)
Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)
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5 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the days when he mattered..., April 20, 2006
I was living in San Francisco in the late seventies and one of our greatest joys was listening to bootleg Springsteen concerts. The Odeon concert includes the great stuff, the seminal stuff, and if you've never heard the young Boss live you simply must purchase this music. Bruce faded from my favor pretty quickly. His fourth album - Darkness ('78)- was a masterpiece, but he hasn't written one good song since then, and in fact, his 80s-90s-current stuff is garbage. But this music provides a glimpse of the excitement -- the hope of greatness -- that we experienced then. I was lucky enough to see the "Born to Run" and "Darkness" tours in small arenas, before stadiums and Born in the USA and icon status and all the overbloated, lame, sell-out trash associated with the "mature" Springsteen. But THIS is still good stuff.
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The Fifth Element [Blu-ray]
The Fifth Element [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by newbury_comics
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7 of 159 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a cab ride, April 20, 2006
This is by far the stupidest and most incomprehensible work Willis has ever done. I don't mind comic books, but if you can follow this cockamamie plot and care about this goofball story, you're smarter than I am.

Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
by David Foster Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent journalism, excellent writer, April 16, 2006
Yes, this is good stuff. While not that impressed -- yet -- with Wallace as a novelist, his essays/articles here reveal the heart of a real, thoughtful, sensible human being. His style is so accessible, so regular and so American, he makes Keillor look crotchety and makes Hitchens seem like an anal dweeb. Yes the essay on language is worth the price alone (it's the most important piece of its kind since Orwell's "Politics and the English Language"), but so is the essay on lobsters, on porn, and on Dostoevsky. My only problem with "Host" -- it's excellent, perceptive writing -- is that the "hyperlink" stuff is gimmicky (like Cormac McCarthy's not using punctuation or capitalization - a cheap literary trick) and all the boxed entries could simply be footnotes.
Nevertheless, this is good reading, excellent reading. I'll look for Wallace's next novel and hope it's better then Infinite Jest, which out-Pynchoned Pynchon.

The Horse and His Boy
The Horse and His Boy
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most American of the Chronicles, January 26, 2006
This review is from: The Horse and His Boy (Paperback)
I guess I'm the only one egg-headed enough to notice that this is the most American of the Chronicles, with a reason. Two protagonists flee NORTH to freedom. Sounds like Huckleberry Finn to me. A dash of Prince & The Pauper when Shasta is confused with his brother, voila!, looks like Lewis was reading AMERICAN children's books to get some ideas. And why not, his wife was a very American girl, A LOT LIKE Aravis, wouldn't you say? In fact, the dialogue between Aravis and her girlfriend sounds almost like something out of Henry James.....

Amazing, isn't it, that all the brilliant Lewis scholars don't catch any of this. But hey, Lewis scholarship is so lame and degraded that the publisher can get away with repackaging all the books and renumbering them for NO GOOD ACADEMIC REASON at all. I think the renumbering scam is all about making windfall profits, but that's another story. At least Aslan hasn't become a TV pitchman for children's products...yet...

The Choirboys
The Choirboys
by Joseph Wambaugh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch-22 in Wilshire Division, January 2, 2006
Okay, he stole the voice and the ideas from Joseph Heller. There's way too much narrative. And there's no plot. SO WHAT. Wambaugh's Choirboys is his finest work, and it's what I love the most, gritty reality. It's a book that needs badly to be read in this era of fantasies, king kongs, hobbits and other escapisms.

by James Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FBI Agents fall in love with serial killer suspects every day, October 26, 2005
This review is from: Lifeguard (Hardcover)
Listen up, everyone. FIVE STARS means a classic masterpiece: Catch-22, World According to Garp, Deliverance, Catcher in The Rye, Old Man and the Sea. LIKE THAT. Just LIKING a novel doesn't mean you give it five stars, okay?

I liked a couple of the early Alex Cross novels but this Lifeguard thing is absolutely absurd. I only read it because I'm interested in "Florida" novels but this one should have been set in California, it has no Florida quality at all. MOREOVER, the FBI vets their recruits a lot better than this. It's ludicrous. As for the people who are giving this commercial pablum five stars, they can't read many books. Try something by James Lee Burke or Henning Mankell if you want to read a really good crime novel, something by Carl Hiaasen or James W. Hall if you like a good Florida novel. Honestly, around the entire Amazon website I'm finding one thing. Write any piece of commercial garbage and someone will give it five stars.

Made in Japan
Made in Japan
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent twaddle or greatest live performance ever?, October 16, 2005
This review is from: Made in Japan (Audio CD)
This is probably the greatest live rock performance ever captured, so it rates five stars. Thank God, these guys never took themselves too seriously...a lot of riffs similar to Zeppelin, but they thankfully lack Zeppelin's ridiculous pretensions to seriousness. Lazy, Smoke on the Water, and Space Truckin stand out here. They're masterpieces. They're also ridiculous, juvenile, and self-indulgent. The vocals are great. If you are any kind of rock fan, you need to own this thing.

by Robert B. Parker
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The ball comes down, deflated", October 15, 2005
This review is from: Appaloosa (Hardcover)
When Spenser used the phrase "if the ball goes up" in "Potshot," it worked because Spenser is a noted sports-freak and Celtics fan. I don't think Virgil Cole would have used metaphors from a sport that was only being invented in the 19th century. Does Bob Parker think his readers aren't catching all this? It's insulting. And who's proofreading these books? Did Bragg really offer HIMSELF a cigar. (On the last page it should be mares' NOT mare's.)

One of the reviewers below thinks this is Parker's first western, but it isn't. "Gunman's Rhapsody" was terrible, but based on the Earp-Clanton legend. I tried Appaloosa thinking Parker could do better with an original story. He can't. This is a terrible, terrible novel. Anyone who reads this and thinks they can "taste the dust" of the streets of Appaloosa hasn't read many Westerns. And anyone who thinks this is as good as L'Amour is just crazy. This is a really bad novel and bad Western. Please, Mr. Parker, don't plagiarize yourself any more, using lines from Spenser novels in Westerns. Some of us aren't stupid.
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