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Apocryphon (Deluxe Version)
Apocryphon (Deluxe Version)
Price: $12.99
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocryphon, October 23, 2012
The same yet totally different. Just like all their other albums. I don't know how they do it.

Don't let the unobtrusive synthesizers and Gnostic lyrics fool you, this is still the best orc-killing music being made.

The Pillars of Hercules
The Pillars of Hercules
by David Constantine
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.86
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gearpunk Roller Coaster, April 28, 2012
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You can draw a direct line from 1940's cinema to Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. Likewise, you can draw a direct line from the modern Hollywood action blockbuster to this novel.

And that's a point that I'm sure some would count against it. But consider: when Hollywood nails it (like, say, "The Dark Knight") then the blockbuster becomes an exhilarating blend of eye candy, comedy, pathos, and even a little deep thought. Yeah, it's not going to win many academy awards, but, by God, it's *entertaining*.

And that's what this book is: entertainment. Like the blockbuster, its aim (after the initial windup to the top of the tracks) is capturing the speed and intensity of a themepark roller coaster. Hell, there's even a bizarre amusement park-like ride within the book itself that will leave you laughing with both the ridiculousness and fun of the whole thing. Constantine knows pacing; he knows setups and payoffs. He knows explosions and certain-death falls and unexpected rescues.

For this effect, he sacrifices some character development. Detailed descriptions are tossed to keep the thing moving at high speed. Internal logic fuzzes out at a couple points.

But by the end you don't care so much, because you've been entertained. Which, as mentioned above, is the entire point. Recommended.

Tales For A Dark Evening
Tales For A Dark Evening
Price: $3.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Also Good for Snowy Afternoons, December 21, 2011
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I bought this collection for "Leningrad Nights", and while it's great--grisly, yet uplifting--two of the other stories contained within left far more of an impression on me.

Both "Xenos Beach" and "Black Dust" feature timeless plots, transportive description, and an understanding of the human psyche that'll have you nodding at both the actions and motivations of the primary characters. Joyce mentions in his introduction that short stories magnify the weaknesses of the author, but for the most part here the opposite is true: Joyce's strengths dominate and carry these pieces, and the soft bits are easily glossed over by the sum of the parts.

Formatting issues and typos are evident, which seems to be somewhat standard for the Kindle, sadly. Otherwise, highly recommended.
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