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Forever Delayed
Forever Delayed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power, Passion and Beauty, March 29, 2015
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Manic Street Preachers are one of the most important bands of the last 30 years. They made uncompromising music with real beauty and passion which stands out amongst all the dreary commercial rubbish that major corporations pump out.
This CD collects all the major singles from the first half or so of their career. Classic albums such as The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go and This is My Truth Tell Me Yours are represented here but some of their newer stuff is left off.
If you are new the this band then this is an excellent starting point. If you already have all their albums like I do then this makes an excellent car CD for long drives. Highly recommended.


The Return of the Soldier (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
The Return of the Soldier (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Rebecca West
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5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's perspective on the sadness and loss of war, March 29, 2015
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I found this book after reading "The Fountain Overflows" by the same author and enjoying it immensely. This novel is shorter than TFO and has a darker tone whereas TFO was more an expressing the joy of having a loving family this novel talks about the sorrows of war, the lost loves and lives we hide.
The novel is narrated by a spinster cousin to the soldier in question who has shell shock and memory loss after his time in Flanders. Complications ensue when this damaged young man only has memories from years ago before he met his wife. He contacts an old love as if they were still courting and his wife despairs that she can't make him remember who she is.
The book is short but packed with meaning and thoughtful passages of real beauty. Rebecca West is a vastly underrated author in my opinion and it's a shame she is not as well known as other writers of her generation.


The Cement Garden
The Cement Garden
by Ian McEwan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, dark and brilliant, March 18, 2015
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Sometimes short fiction is the best fiction and I think it's the mark of a great writer when they can capture a world and the lives within that world in the space of less than 200 pages. Clocking in at 152 pages The Cement Garden is on the border between long short story or short novel but either way it's top quality writing.
An English family living in the rundown part of town lose their father to a heart attack then their mother to sickness. The children hide their newly orphaned status and try to continue life as best they can. They experience all the usual trials of puberty and growing up with no guidance as they idle away the days in their ramshackle old house. Dark undercurrents of sexuality, incest and loss bubble away beneath the surface of this book and the author portrays what life is like when you have no-one very well.
Easily read in a single sitting this book will haunt you for weeks afterwards.


CD/CS Version of the first two records
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original riot grrls, February 18, 2015
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Despite being male I love riot girl music, it's just so real and raw which is a pleasant change from the manufactured crap that record companies serve up nowdays. Bikini Kill were the rawest and realest of the riot girl bands back in the day. This CD collects their first two albums in one volume. The energy and anger just leap out of the speakers and punch you in the face. It's music to feel alive to.
The liner notes and booklet give you a little background and are mildly interesting. Well worth it.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten classic that everyone should hear, February 18, 2015
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Firstly a mild complaint about the seller, they didn't put enough bubble wrap in the packaging and as a result the case was cracked when it arrived, bubble wrap is cheap guys how about using it?
Aside from that this was an excellent purchase. I had this album on cassette back in the day and have missed it for years. GD were one of those bands who deserved to be huge but never were. The fact that they are obscure now while Twisted Sister are doing reunion tours is proof there is no justice in the world.
The sound of GD is jangly guitars and psychedelic fuzz topped with clever lyrics and great melodies. If you liked bands like REM and The Smiths from the same era you'll love these guys. These guys take me back to a time when the quality of your songs is what counted and for that I love them. 10/10 would buy again.


My Face for the World to See (New York Review Books Classics)
My Face for the World to See (New York Review Books Classics)
by Alfred Hayes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the fringes of Hollywood, when the American dream doesn't work out, February 17, 2015
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A woman makes a half baked attempt at suicide in the Pacific ocean, a man sees her and recues her, they start an affair, two lost souls on the fringes of Hollywood with no future but too much past.
This is one of the best novels I've read in a while, I can't understand why it and its author aren't better known. The hard choices of life and the emotional mess of a barren and failed life are eloquently discussed here in a way I've not seen before. Other novels have tackled the Hollywood success stories, this is a Hollywood failure story done so well it will haunt you for weeks after you've finished reading.
Highly recommended.


The Godwhale (SF Masterworks)
The Godwhale (SF Masterworks)
by T. J. Bass
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4.0 out of 5 stars A science fiction classic, February 15, 2015
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This novel is the loose sequel to "Half Past Human" you don't need to read the first book to understand this one but I recommend it because it's just a great book.
The Godwhale is in the cream of the science fiction genre. The ideas and concepts explored here have lasting impact and really get the reader thinking long after you've finished reading the novel. I especially liked how the author dealt with the idea of overpopulation and what sort of society might evolve in response to it.
If you like your science fiction with some real meat in it then this book is for you.


Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life
Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life
by Timothy W. Ryback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fascinating, February 3, 2015
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This is by far one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time.
Despite his lack of formal education Hitler was not a stupid or ignorant man, books were his constant companion throughout his life and he read more widely than most people. After the end of the war a large portion of his library was seized by allied troops and much of it is now stored in the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
The author has written a series of fascinating essays about specific books Hitler owned, the circumstances of how they came into his possession and what they tell us about Hitler's life and mind. For sheer insight into the man I can't think of a better book, as I read it I felt I was really being given an understanding of what Hitler thought and felt in a way most standard biographies just can't manage. The other thing I took away from this book was the difference between the self educated mind of a man like Hitler and a true intellectual.
Simply fascinating, I can't recommend this highly enough.


Half Past Human (SF Masterworks)
Half Past Human (SF Masterworks)
by T. J. Bass
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4.0 out of 5 stars Convincing vision of a conformist future, February 1, 2015
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I love the SF Masterworks series, they have turned me on to all kinds of cool books that I would probably have never heard of otherwise.
Half Past Human is one of those gems of science fiction which should never have been allowed to be forgotten in the first place. It paints a convincing and plausible picture of a dystopian future where overpopulation and automation has created the hive, an underground society where humans are bred for specific task only with permission. Humanity is almost lost under the crushing force of conformity and only a few ragged survivors known as buckeyes survive in the wilderness above ground where they are hunted like pest animals.
If you enjoy quality science fiction with real thought and depth to it then you can't go past this book.


Magnus (Dedalus Europe 1992 -2012)
Magnus (Dedalus Europe 1992 -2012)
by Sylvie Germain
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, January 29, 2015
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I agree with the reviewer above me who said that it is a tragedy that certain disposable pop novels have thousands of customer reviews on amazon while a work of art like this has one or two.
This book is a masterpiece there is no other way to say it. It is one of those books everyone should read but hardly anyone probably ever will.
The plot follows the life of a young man whose father was apparently an SS doctor responsible for war crimes during the Nazi era. He leaves Germany after the ruin of 1945 and lives in England, Mexico, America and then returns to Europe as an adult to try and understand who he is and where he has come from. There is a great mystery at the heart of this book which hooks the reader early on. A young man doesn't know for sure who he is and where he came from, he can't or won't deal with unfairly inherited guilt for his father's crimes and he has no idea how to live in the world with all this trailing behind him.
If you read this book you will remember it for years to come and it will probably get you thinking about your own life in a deeper way.


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