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Kid A
Kid A
Price: CDN$ 12.64
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid A, May 11 2004
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
As a person who has listened to a LOT of electronica, I am bothered by the few posts that claim Radiohead had stepped beyond their boundaries, that they are rock artists and they did a sub-par job producing the electronica elements of Kid A. Well, that's just a bunch of crap.
Idioteque isn't brilliantly produced, but it works for the song. Same with Treefingers. It all has a place. That's the thing with this cd, it is not something you can skip around through. Without Treefingers, the beginning of Optimistic wouldn't rock so much. It's the little break they give you to collect your thoughts.
And if you doubt Radiohead's production, listen to the end of In Limbo if you want a taste of their skill at producing.
Now onto the review:
Kid A is perhaps the most complete CD I have ever heard. (Up there with my favorite cd of all time, Tales of the Inexpressible by Shpongle) It's hard to really explain it, but if you have an open taste in music, I suggest you give it a few listens. It truly is amazing music, and I don't know where you guys are getting "pretentious" out of it; if that's how you interpret it, I feel sorry for you. I've heard pretentious music and this is not it. In fact, is one of the more subtle albums I've heard.
Just give it a few listens. If you don't like it, oh well!

The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics
The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics
by Gary Zukav
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with oberon69, March 10 2004
Wu Li Masters is more lucid than "A Brief History of Time" and "The Elegant Universe" combined in explaining Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, both of which are great books. Don't buy this book for a Eastern Religion/Physics connection (it's not very good), and don't buy this book to learn more about actual Wu Li Masters. Buy this book if you actually want to understand 20th century physics.

Tales Of The Inexpressible
Tales Of The Inexpressible
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 35.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD, Dec 24 2003
Ladies and gentlemen, with "The Lone Deranger" a close second, this is the trippiest CD ever made, and my favorite.
Far better than "Are You Shpongled?", this CD is musically brilliant AND a joy to listen to. Each song is completely different, ultimately unique and intricate. I cannot believe the things Simon Posford can do -- tripping vocal samples out of this word, mindbending time changes, beautiful jawdropping instrumentals, and very, very danceable rhythms and basslines.
This CD is a cross-genre gem that any music lover should have in their collection.

Separate Reality
Separate Reality
by Carlos Castaneda
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.71
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first, Aug. 29 2003
This review is from: Separate Reality (Paperback)
I LOVED this book. Yes, there are some good philosophies "revealed" in the pages, but the fun especially comes from guessing what is real, what is plausible, and what is possible. It is more plausible than the Bible...which is quite funny.
Read "Teachings of don Juan" first, than "A Separate Reality", though the latter is more interesting. Read them both, they are light reading, have a few good (but common) philosophies, and are a trip logically to decode.

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge
by Carlos Castaneda
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book first, Aug. 29 2003
It is the first of the famous Castaneda series of books (fiction, non-fiction, or something in-between) that have sold millions and started a following. For me, "Teachings of don Juan" was executed well - it was believable. But what makes this book entertaining and highly addictive is the excitement of hidden, untapped knowledge. Everyone wants to believe, no matter how logical or sensable that person may be, that there are magnificent forces lurking about. Though most are not convinced by Castaneda's recorded experience, that fascination makes the pages fly-by. It is fantasy that shows itself as truth; it's a clever game of guessing what is true, what is possible, and what is real.
Although I enjoyed "A Separate Reality" more, read this one first. If you like it, please check out the others in the series.

1984
1984
by George Orwell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politically Dated...but Masterfully Written, Aug. 7 2003
This review is from: 1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
Everyone knows of double-speak, Room 101, and Big Brother. They have become a part of common knowledge, much as 1984 has become the flagship for the genre of the Dystopia.
But what truly matters is how good of a read 1984 is, and how well Orwell fills the pages that you'll courageously flip through. Well, the word that best describes 1984 is: harrowing. Each sentences radiates a mood of despair: constant paranoia, unnecissary injustice, paradoxical regulations, torture, fear, etc. And of course, that mood Orwell creates will captivate you. You'll eat the pages; you'll cringe, you'll smirk at the ridiculousness of what you're reading, and you'll love it.
Read this book not becuase of the political propaganda, or to understand the termanology that has become a part of our vocalbulary. Read this book because it is a well-written, entertaining read.

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Aug. 7 2003
This review is from: The Grapes of Wrath (Paperback)
The Grapes of Wrath was the masterpiece of Steinbeck's carrer, the full embodiment of his previous writings, his social, political, and religious views, as well as his look on human nature.
Take it as a prediction for a socialist revolution in America, take it as a revelation of human injustice, take it as a story of the American Dream and the will to survive, whatever the book means to you, you'll take something away from reading it. Even if you don't buy into Steinbeck's political and religious views - that we are all "one soul" and that should work together as one big family - you will feel a compassion for the injustice that has occured to the working poor throughout history. It is a harrowing and powerful novel well worthy of five stars and its place as a classic.

Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Concept Not Quite Pulled Off, July 28 2003
As a young writer, Bradbury bubbles with ideas in "Fahrenheit 451", and the end result is a nice little novel about the evils of censorship and government control. The protagonist, a book-burner named Guy Montang, turns a complete 180 during the beginning of the novel, falling into the lure of freethinking in a world of blarring propaganda and social norms, of repressed emotions and the fast-paced, dangerous city lifestyle.
The book has faults. The actual writing is spotty at times, and the extremely circumstantial plot does not complement the thought-provoking concept presented in F451. This is not written as well as, say, Orwell's 1984, and likewise it is not as powerful or as captivating. Though the two books cannot be fairly compared, it proves as an example that the book is lacking something, that sustenance of style that makes a great book.

Breakfast of Champions: A Novel
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel
by Kurt Vonnegut
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Medley of Vonnegut, July 25 2003
Breakfast of Champions is a gift Vonnegut gave to himself, granting him power over his characters and the ability to spit out some of his views by way of ultra-analysis. Vonnegut's style is dripping throughout the pages, an irreverant showcase of wit and perspective.
Some of the work IS dated, but the clever viewpoints and wit still remains. His style of explaining things, such as fried chicken, completely and honestly, is amazingly addictive. If this novel were better editted (with Vonnegut's style, some things fail) it would earn from me that fifth star.
Better than Slaughterhouse-Five in my oppinion. Read it!

Franny and Zooey
Franny and Zooey
by J.D. Salinger
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost received that fifth star..., July 23 2003
In some ways, this novel is better than Salinger's hallmark novel "The Catcher in the Rye", although not as solid. The book centers around two young adults who's intelligence haunts them, they see fault in everything. Some very interesting psychological truths of human nature are spilled through the words of Zooey, and the conversations between him and Franny are wonderful reading.
If this were as solid as "The Catcher in the Rye" structurally, it would gain that last star. Worth a read nevertheless.

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