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House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition
House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good but..., July 9 2004
It's very hard to follow along with the story. Throughout the book there are places where the writing is backwards, upside down, diagonally written across the page, even a few pages where you have to get a mirror and place it against the book to see what was written inside out. Not to mention you'll be really into a certain part of the book and then you see a footnote that goes on for 10 pages that has a small part to do with the story you're currently reading. But my final word - It's a very interesting book, a good story, well developed characters, but be prepared before you pick this book up to read it, it's pleasure reading, but it's a lot of work too..

Dreams
Dreams
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5.0 out of 5 stars i cant believe, July 5 2004
This review is from: Dreams (Audio CD)
the gall of some of you people.
the one star reviews are ridiculous, saying things like "ms. piggy and diana degarbage"... grow up you buffoons.
on the other hand you have people saying "she's not ready" or "she yells/screams too much" (people said the same thing about christina aguilera when she first came on to the scene, and where is she now? polishing her grammys') then give her one star. well this isn't a one star effort. diana may need some polishing around the edges, but we already have a great singer. she will only get better with time.
whether you like it or not millions and millions of people actually enjoy the talent she has to offer, she wouldn't have lasted as long as she did otherwise.
but with all the american idol stuff aside. we're supposed to be reviewing these three tracks, not what she sang before this.
and here we have a toned down version of diana, it is quite obvious that the producers told her to hold back.
dreams - isn't the best written song, but diana's voice on this track is what stands out the most. she sings it very well and has embraced it.
don't cry out loud - here we have diana singing over the original music to the melissa manchester version. i'd say she surpasses the original, with her voice alone. but it's a nice song to relax to.
i believe - personally i think its just a bad song, no matter who sings it. but diana works the song like her own, and when she goes high, she soars, and once again, her voice is what makes this cd a 5 star cd. not the words or music.
i'd also like to add that you can't compare diana degarmo to fantasia barrino (its like trying to compare sarah mclachlan to whitney houston - 2 great singers, but very different types of music). Each of these artists have talent, style and grace in their own respect.
true fans of diana should also be ashamed if they were truly bashing fantasia. i remember diana's last word on the show were "you will treat her well"

I Believe
I Believe
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3.0 out of 5 stars American Idol 3 is over -, June 29 2004
This review is from: I Believe (Audio CD)
Why waste time hating on Fantasia?
anyway...
I'll start by saying I quite enjoy Fantasia's voice BUT!! I don't like her version of "I Believe". It's not a song that fits her style or voice. But the other 2 songs - Chain of Foools and Summertime are awesome. To those who says she screams and yells and yeah yeah yeah's.. well... she does, but then again she makes it work, and she does a good job at it, check it out though - and Fantasia is no Macy Gray (who is rather throaty) Fantasia is more of a ghetto gospel Aretha. (I think its original, to say the least)

Dreams
Dreams
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5.0 out of 5 stars i cant believe, June 29 2004
This review is from: Dreams (Audio CD)
the gall of some of you people.
the one star reviews are ridiculous, saying things like "ms. piggy and diana degarbage"... grow up you buffoons.
on the other hand you have people saying "she's not ready" or "she yells/screams too much" (people said the same thing about christina aguilera when she first came on to the scene, and where is she now? polishing her grammys') then give her one star. well this isn't a one star effort. diana may need some polishing around the edges, but we already have a great singer. she will only get better with time.
whether you like it or not millions and millions of people actually enjoy the talent she has to offer, she wouldn't have lasted as long as she did otherwise.
but with all the american idol stuff aside. we're supposed to be reviewing these three tracks, not what she sang before this.
and here we have a toned down version of diana, it is quite obvious that the producers told her to hold back.
dreams - isn't the best written song, but diana's voice on this track is what stands out the most. she sings it very well and has embraced it.
don't cry out loud - here we have diana singing over the original music to the melissa manchester version. i'd say she surpasses the original, with her voice alone. but it's a nice song to relax to.
i believe - personally i think its just a bad song, no matter who sings it. but diana works the song like her own, and when she goes high, she soars, and once again, her voice is what makes this cd a 5 star cd. not the words or music.
i'd also like to add that you can't compare diana degarmo to fantasia barrino (its like trying to compare sarah mclachlan to whitney houston - 2 great singers, but very different types of music). Each of these artists have talent, style and grace in their own respect

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
by Stephen Hand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Skip It -, May 23 2004
It's not horrible, but you won't miss any sleep if you miss it.
A fan of the movie I am, but the novelization of the movie just isn't nearly as fun, scary or exciting. I did enjoy Mr. Hand's previous horror tie-in (Freddy vs. Jason), but it took me over two weeks to read this, I kept telling myself "you have to finish it", and I did. It felt like a job to finish reading it though, instead of pleasure reading. Just my 2 cents.

So-Called Chaos
So-Called Chaos
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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading all of these reviews, May 21 2004
This review is from: So-Called Chaos (Audio CD)
I had to wonder why a lot of people thought this was like Jagged Little Pill. The mood is totally different than Jagged Little Pill, so I pondered it, then it hit me, much like JLP, you find yourself liking every song, thinking wow - every one of these songs could be released as a single and it would do well. I actually think that the lead single ("Everything") has the least "single" potential of all these tracks. Id be expecting So-Called Chaos to be nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy's, and if not that, she'll definately get song recognition in the women's rock/alternative categories.

The Snow Garden
The Snow Garden
by Christopher Rice
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a chilling surprise, Feb. 19 2004
This review is from: The Snow Garden (Paperback)
After reading this book, I noticed that I was kept mentioning it to everyone I talked to during the next following weeks. It left that type of impression on me.
You love and hate the main characters - Randall, Kathryn, Jesse, Tim and Eric, it's a wonderful mix. The story follows along smoothly and never bores you, but it does keep you staying up late at night just to finish those last 10 pages before drifting off to sleep. But at the end - after all the twists and turns you take, you end up at "The Snow Garden", with some horrors that I couldn't stop thinking about, and insight on how evil some people can be. A part of me almost wishes I never read the last 30 pages. The fate that awaited some character's at the end were very, very disturbing
Mr. Rice has a very different style than that of his mothers. He goes into just enough detail without boring you, and keeps the story moving along nicely.

Tasty
Tasty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magically Delicious ~, Dec 27 2003
This review is from: Tasty (Audio CD)
From the opening to the last track, this album is one of the best of the year. It starts off suprising you, Not sure what instument it is, but it kinda sounds like an old piano and a banjo, but like it's reminiscent of a 70's b-movie, then blows up into a heavy bassed funk song, and says : freedom to us has always been a trick, freedom to you has always been, whoever landed on your d**k. - But you have your club tunes, your on the verge of hard rock songs, your 00's hip hop songs, its just - delicious, plus she has a good voice and an eclectic style.

Slow 1
Slow 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars come on and dance with me ~, Dec 8 2003
This review is from: Slow 1 (Audio CD)
Wow.
To the reviewers who've said this was slow paced - you're kidding right?? While it isn't as high energy as fever, it's still an upbeat, delicious club groove. It kind of sounds like a "summer" song though. I say Kylie rocks, and this single does too !

Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy vs. Jason
by Stephen Hand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only read this if you've seen the movie ~, Oct. 3 2003
Is the book better than the movie?
In a word. No.
With a different ending than the movie and what would have been an extended scene at the beginning of the movie (welcome to camp crystal lake, ms. skinny dipper). You learn a good bit more of Freddy's trial and murder, about his mother, and the link between Freddy and Westin Hills.
The author did rush through the book though, you often read through many misspelled words (ex: "whate4ver") but you can blame all that on editing. He stayed true to the movie/screenplay, not missing a beat. It's still all in there and not horribly butchered up like some movie tie-ins.
But If you're a fan of either series, and enjoy reading, sure; pick up a copy. It proves to be fun, but not as much fun as the movie of course.

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