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Even more powerful live

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 03:52 (A review of BBC Sessions)

The live versions of several songs on this set manage to surpass the original songs for power and impact. Surprising, but true. Unfortunately, Led Zeppelin didn't perform at the BBC after the release of their first four albums, so all the songs here come for Led Zeppelin I-IV. Such a shame, but don't let it detract you from enjoying this set.


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Faith

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 03:37 (A review of Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West (Compass))

You can't give someone faith, they must find it for themselves. However, some special people can light the way for others. This book contains the poetry of a few such special people. I like some of them better than others and some speak to me while others don't.


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The apogee of the Rowling's writing

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 03:33 (A review of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire )

J K Rowling's writing and story telling are at their finest in the fourth Harry Potter book. She weaves all the plot elements together very skillfully. I loved her first four books because, at their heart, they were tales of mystery and adventure and this one was the best of them. After this one, the series went into a different direction, one more concerned with telling the history of Voldemort and Harry and bringing the tale to it's conclusion. This book remains Rowling's best.


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Sincerity and truth

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 02:45 (A review of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl)

The diary of an ordinary teenage girl living through extraordinary times. No embellishments, just her life and thoughts. It's amazing to see her grow into an amazing person during the three years she keeps the diary. Sincerity and truth are always powerful and moving.


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Fascinating and surprising

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 02:39 (A review of The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature)

Matt Ridley takes on the onerous task of explaining why sex even exists in the whole grand scheme of evolution of species. He then goes on to explain it's consequences, among other things. He explains the science without getting heavy handed with jargon and a dash of wit. My favourite book about evolution and genetics, so far. Totally, utterly, fascinating.


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Fake news more insightful than real news

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 10:38 (A review of The Daily Show)

Holds a mirror to all the 'real' news out there with wit and satire.


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The great divide of life and everything

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 10:20 (A review of Asterix and the Great Divide (Asterix))

Possibly my favourite Asterix book. I love how they divide the village into the 'Left side' and 'Right side'. It wasn't till years after I first read it did I realise the it represented left & right wing politics, the cold war, the struggle between democracy & autocracy..... the parallels to real life could go on. The most prominent message of the book is how unscrupulous people exploit and widen the divides between people. Brilliant storytelling.


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Down memory lane

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 10:08 (A review of Caught by Computer)

This used to be one of my favourite books when I was much, much younger. I must have read it when I was 9 or so.


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Wild Wild Outer Space

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 03:15 (A review of Firefly)

Strange pairing of sci-fi and western genres, it somehow works. 14 high quality episodes before the series was prematurely canceled. Great character development and plots throughout.


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Pathbreaking book on Evolution/Genetics

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 28 February 2008 03:13 (A review of The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author)

This book sparked my interest in evolution and genetics. He has his atheist agenda which bugs me a little. However, this doesn't detract from his excellent writing and lucid presentation of a complicated topic.


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