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Weaveworld
Weaveworld
by Clive Barker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "That which can be imagined need never be lost...", January 15, 2000
This review is from: Weaveworld (Mass Market Paperback)
...and your imagination will never want to lose the excellence of this book. I have just finished reading Weaveworld for the third time and still find myself at a loss for words to capture its brilliance. Really, it defies explanation. Barker has created what I consider to be one of his greatest novels, heck! it's almost THE greatest novel. Its immensity allows its creator to use every aspect of great story telling to leave you feeling like you've just experienced something divine. It is an epic adventure of monumental proportions into a great secret world called 'The Fugue', that has been hidden away in order to elude its notorious enemies. Following the exploits of the two main characters, Cal and Suzanna, it tells us how they unravel (literally) the secrets behind the Weaveworld. This brings them into contact with some of Barkers most timeless and unforgettable characters, more notably so Immacolata and her side-kick the shifty salesman Shadwell. Mysterious, magical, loveable and terrifying - this book has it all. I particulaly love this book because of 'The Orchard of Lemuel Lo', with its entertaining magic and Jude Pears. A part of the book Clive Barker based on a early personal experience. It's just such a great chapter, magical in its peculiarities and believable by its veracity.
There are moments of exquisite tenderness and poetry in this book and moments that will have you practically tearing the page to turn it and find the answers to the many questions Barker poses throughout. The story will take you beyond reality, beyond fiction, beyond poetry and beyond fantasy to deliver you to an ambience that will intice, elate and overwhealm you. You will truly wish the story to never end, which in a way it never does - you have to experience it to understand. Suffice it to say Weaveworld is Heaven of a different form, only read it if you have plenty of breath to catch, tears to cry and imagination to be inspired, stretched and truly amazed.


Antichrist Superstar
Antichrist Superstar
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail the AntiChrist Superstar, January 14, 2000
This review is from: Antichrist Superstar (Audio CD)
I do not pay much attention to the stigma that one has come to associate upon hearing the name Marilyn Manson. To say he and 'evil' are synonymous is a bold statement and a complete matter of opinion. To be quite honest I don't care what the man chooses to get up to on stage, all I know is that I have discovered (for myself) that Marilyn Manson is an extraodinary music writer and artist, a fact that AntiChrist Superstar makes evident. While listening to the album one can not help but to embark upon its journey. Every song is a confession and a story within itself and they are all so compelling that you find it difficult to hit the stop button on your stereo. My overall view of ACSS is that it is very informative in an evasive kind of way. Mr Manson is making a statement with each song and having a great amount of fun whilst doing so. It is a very angry, creepy (not to mention 'Anti', obviously!) album with some fantastic sounds, gut-gripping rock tunes and lyrics that will make you stop and think about things for a while. That is, at least, how the album appears on face value, on another level it's actually very deep. Listen to the songs while reading the inlay booklet and you'll discover a deeper message: Ostensibly implying a transmogrify from 'worm' to 'angel', and why not, christians believe in being born-again into a higher spiritual state, maybe Marilyn Manson is speaking about his own higher state. After reading other reviews it appears to be unanimous that 'Man That you Fear' is the real high point of the album, and I would certainly agree, however, the song does not over-shadow the rest of them. One of my favorites is the techno/rock sound of 'Deformography', or the sheer power of 'The Reflecting God' in both its words and music, or the out-and-out creepiness of 'Kinderfeld' and the all time classic heaviness of songs like, 'Irresponsible Hate Anthem', '1996' and 'Angel with the Scabbed Wings'. I could rant on about every song but all the reviews in the world will never capture this albums vision or quality. Buy it if you like heavy-rock per say or if you're into deep philosphical lyrics, on all levels Antichrist Superstar is an all compelling, intriguing and totally fascinating album.


Passion of Darkly Noon [VHS]
Passion of Darkly Noon [VHS]
VHS
Offered by thebookgrove
Price: $9.01
28 used & new from $1.08

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Giant Silver Shoe of Movies, January 14, 2000
"For now we see eachother through a glass DARKLY..." states 2nd Corinthians 13:12, and that's really how you have to view this movie. In order to appreciate its uniqueness you have to understand its subtle dark side. Fundamentally it's about how a situation unveils the repressed desires (I should say 'passions') of a young 'christian-cult' man, and exploits the consequences of those 'passions' once they are realized and unleashed. In short, a film that I'm sure most human-beings can relate to albeit to a lesser degree (one would hope anyway!) It has some magical moments: the silver shoe, the cave with its 'part-of-time' and the dressing of ones self in barbed-wire, to name but a few. But that's really the tip of the ice-burg to Mr Noons passion. Whilst watching this film I was struck by Ridleys portrayal of raw human emotion, built around a solitary setting that adds to this films errie atmosphere and serves as the muse for its poetry, leading to a rather 'explosive' end of events. Fraser really stands out with a fantastic performance through out. He really embodies the two attributes of a shy, stuttering boy and physco-monster avenger that make Darkly dark (excuse the pun) that you really don't know whether to side with him or hate him. Whether you've just discovered Frasers talents, admire Ridleys work or just love errie, atmospheric films, this one's a must.
By the by, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on the films soundtrack (especially the PJ Harvey song) I would be indebted for life.


To Venus & Back
To Venus & Back
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tori and her Ever-Fading Piano, October 13, 1999
This review is from: To Venus & Back (Audio CD)
For all the die hard 'Ears with Feet', 'To Venus and Back' is an immense album of many different sounds and emotions, but for those of you who are more inclined to favour Toris' love affair with the piano (like myself), this album may disappoint. It is indicative of her last album, 'From the Choigirl Hotel'(which incidentally I loved), where she explored great new, hard-kicking beat-box sounds, but still retained some enchanting tunes of the piano that only Tori can provide. 'To Venus and Back' leaves the piano gathering dust in the dark for most of its journey. 'Juarez', 'Glory of the 80's' and 'Riot Poof' will have you bobbin' around and happily singing along, but also grateful for the more melodiously progressive tunes of '1,000 Oceans', through to the haunting quality of 'Lust'. 'Suede' is a capriccio of music; beginning with unnusual sounds and breaking in to (Oh my God is that a piano I hear!) you guessed it, a rather interesting arrangement on the piano, and 'Datura' is completely off-the-wall, with its bizarre and ridiculous lyrics, however, still has the power to keep you listening.
The second disc, which consists of live material, is complete gold. Tori is at her best live, and (you guessed it again) with a piano. It obviously can't capture the adrenalin of being there in the flesh, but with fantastic remeditions of Precious Things, Cruel, Sugar, Space Dog and Bells for Her, it comes pretty damn close.
Over-all, a very good album, however, 'To Venus and Back' only gains 4 stars from me because of the live material, which kind of steals your attention from the new stuff, and leaves it a little in the shade.


The Father of Frankenstein
The Father of Frankenstein
by Christopher Bram
Edition: Paperback
93 used & new from $0.01

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle in its immensity, as entertaining as it is haunting., October 10, 1999
Christopher Bram delivers an awe-inspiring portrait of the acclaimed Hollywood director James Whale in his book Father of Frankenstein. Above all an interesting and intriguing exploration of the mystery that surrounded the last days of James Whale, through to his inevitable tragic end, bringing in to his life the handsome yardman, Clayton Boone and expressively detailing his relationship with his maid, Maria.
If you have seen the film, a marvelous adaptation of the book, it may have left you feeling lugubrious and oddly empty; what stoked Boones' loyalty to Whale even after his ad-hoc rape attempt? Why did Whale do it? What is it he wanted from Boone? These were, at least, the questions the film raised in my mind, so I eagerly sought the book. Bram does not disappoint. He goes to great lenghts to explain the above questions and more. With eloquent and thorough ferocity he writes an all-enthralling account of the renowned eccentric James Whale. He opens each character with such delicacy and depth that you almost feel you know them, as you become intrigued as to how the paradox of human emotion Bram uses will climax.
In spite of the autonomy Bram gives the characters, you are still left wanting to know more; how Boone and Maria will carry on after Whales' death, do they keep in touch, but therein lies the books enchantment. Bram delivers an exciting and often times intensley erotic story, detailing all we need know about the intricacies of Whales' life and the blandness of Boones. The book encompasses both attributes with astounding reality and leaves you wanting to read on, past the back cover, to keep the characters and their relationships alive, one of the many reasons this book will haunt all who read it. A fact James Whale would undoubtedly be proud of himself.
A truly amazing book.


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