Darrell Reimer

Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (24 of 37)
Location: The Great White North
In My Own Words:
I sing the bawdy eclectic.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,645 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 37
Suspended Animation ~ Monks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really want to give Suspended Animation a passing grade of three stars, because, like so many Canadians who came of age in the early '80s I am a drooling fan of their truly five-star first album Bad Habits. But honestly: Suspended Animation does not pass muster.

As I understand it, in their native England the Monks never surpassed one-hit wonder status (Nice Legs, Shame About The Face), so John Ford and Richard Hudson returned to their paying gig in the Strawbs and moved on. Across the pond in Canada, however, it was another story. Bad Habits attained a high cult status with its infectious hooks and sly lyrics that kept… Read more
The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason
The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The witless naif who wanders around a foreign environment and calls it as he sees it, unintentionally bringing the oppositional truth to light, is a literary trope that has been around since the beginning of story-telling. Just consider Adam's initial exclamation when he first encounters Eve: 'Flesh of my flesh!' surely rates as the most original and mythical naif 'boner' of all time.

It's hard to improve on that, but the literary impulse is relentless, giving readers a rich heritage of unforgettable naif progeny, including Don Quixote, Prince Myshkin and Howard The Duck. And now we have Hallgrimur Helgason's Turn-of-the-Millennium naif: Tomislav Boksic, AKA 'Toxic,' a hit man… Read more
Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) by Scott Snyder
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
'THE NEW 52' ' DC's ill-considered reboot of its most-recognized brands ' has caught public attention chiefly for its ineptitude. If you're old enough to remember the New Coke fiasco, try imagining how that campaign would have fared if, in response to the precipitous plunge in sales, Coca-Cola had responded not by returning the 'classic' brew to the shelves, but by rolling out yet another radically altered, unrecognizable recipe and called it 'New, New Coke.' So long as the beholder is not emotionally invested in the given brand, it all makes for an entertaining show.

The only DC brand that's ever mattered to me is Gotham's Dark Knight, whose character has endured any number of… Read more

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