Reviews by Pumpkinscones
Covers
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This is a fun little album - all of pop covers done in various styles. It's a nice background type of album while cleaning the house or doing something requiring a little concentration. You can hum along, bop away and try and figure out who sang the original.
Not as good as family but...
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This story of the Moomins has a huge flood wash them all away - a catastrophic incident that is seen by the wonderful family as another opportunity for adventure, rather than a cause for alarm. Finn Family Moomintroll remains the best of this series but this one is definitely a contender. For Snufkin lovers he doesn't appear until the 2nd half of the book but he recieves some consequences for his actions and behaves admirably. Give it a read.
For fledgling writers
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What I really like about this anthology is the hope it gives young writers. Martin offers two things - advice and encouragement and his early stories. Which are awful. Not super awful but you can read them and think, wow, I could probably write this. Through this anthology you witness his writing evolve, watch him hone his skills and eventually become amazing story after amazing story. It's a mix of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, blends of all three and his thoughts on genres. Great read.
One of the reasons for Loeb's rep
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While I don't think Loeb is as good as the world thinks he is, he does have a handle on Batman. This is a masterly crafted book from go to woah. The art by Jim Lee is expressive, beautiful, dark when it needs to be and in Absolute format: huge. The extra artwork and interviews are well-presented and remember that an Absolute edition is heavy enough to be used for home defence so your arms get a good workout while reading. Nearly the whole of Batman's classic rogue's gallery make an appearance, as well as Superman so if you want a good intro to the caped crusader, give it a go. Oh but look up Harold before you do.
Damn vandals
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This is my favourite of Dylan's albums - Nearly every track is a classic. It also has the best example of 'studio noise' ever left on an album with the opening of 115th Dream. If you are browsing the catalog and looking for a Dylan album because 'you've heard your parents and grandparents talk about him and you really should check it out' then this is the one to do it and find out why the pump don't work.