The Wall (Experience Edition)
Consistently breaching international top 10s from 1973's mainstream breakthrough The Dark Side of the Moon until 1994's swansong The Division Bell, Pink Floyd has attained an untouchable status amongst critics. But 1979's The Wall is, once separated from its makers' peak-period accolades, not quite as impressive as the preceding trio: Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and Animals – by virtue of its ambitious design. A sprawling monster of a rock opera, The Wall is ripe with rewards for intrepid listeners. The Wall hides its treats away beneath multi-layered distractions, its makers reacting negatively to their newly acquired stadium-sized crowds. Singles Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell are David Gilmour co-writes, but the school choir-featuring Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), number one on both sides of the Atlantic, is all Waters'. The band's biggest hits also represent commercial zenith. This Experience Edition – is also available, with content comparable to the Dark Side. It features a variety of demo versions, mostly of an impressive fidelity. Notable amongst these recordings is The Doctor, later shaped into Comfortably Numb. For the hardcore these demos comprise valuable additions to the commercially available Floyd catalogue.
On The Shelf
Our pick of the NOT-TO-BE-MISSED books
I've Got Your Number
by Sophie Kinsella
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her "happily ever after" begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life. What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
by Jodi Picoult
Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision? Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it's meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason.
Beat Sneak Bandit iOS
Beat Sneak Bandit's story is definitely funny and charming. The world's clocks have all gone missing, leading to widespread chaos because people can't tell when their favourite TV shows are on or how long they're supposed to brush their teeth for. All clues point to the reclusive Duke Clockface as being the culprit, but the man is quick to deny stealing the timepieces in order to build a device that will allow him to freeze time. The eponymous Beat Sneak Bandit decides to infiltrate the Duke's mansion in order to set things right. Gameplay is deceptively simple: in order to get Beat Sneak Bandit to move, you have to tap the screen in time to the beat of the music. So long as you keep tapping in time, the hero will shuffle across the floor to the next flight of stairs that takes him ever closer to the big clock he needs to steal in order to complete a level. Of course, the big clock is only the end goal; there are smaller clocks all over each area to pick up, though they'll explode if you're on the corresponding floor and tap the screen at the wrong time. Beat Sneak Bandit is a true work of art, in so many ways, it's smart, challenging and gorgeous but most importantly, it is fun.
MAG's Trilogy Pick of the Week
Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. Both work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer?
State of Play
A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway – two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins.
Angels & Demons
Following the murder of a physicist, a symbolist, Robert Langdon, and a scientist, Vittoria Vetra, are on an adventure involving a secret brotherhood, the Illuminati. An assassin, working for the Illuminati, has captured four cardinals, and murders each, painfully. Robert and Vittoria also are searching for a new very destructive weapon that could kill millions.
For three years, Andrew Paxton has slaved as the assistant to Margaret Tate, hard-driving editor at a New York publisher. When Margaret, a Canadian, faces deportation for an expired visa, she hatches a scheme to marry Andrew – he agrees if she'll promise a promotion. A skeptical immigration agent vows to test the couple about each other for a whole week.
He's Just Not That Into You
The needy Gigi Haim is a young woman seeking her prince charming somewhere amongst her unsuccessful dates. After dating estate agent Conor Barry, Gigi anxiously expects to receive a phone call from him. However Conor never calls her. Gigi decides to go to the bar where he frequents to see him, but she meets his friend Alex who works there. They become friends and Alex helps Gigi to interpret the subtle signs given out by her dates.
Top Five Releases This Week
Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 (PS3)
Nexuiz (Xbox 360)
PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond (Wii)
Devil Survivor 2 (DS)
Tobe's Hookshot Escape (iOS)
The Fray – 'Scars And Stories'
Bruce Springsteen – 'Wrecking Ball'
Morning Parade – 'Morning Parade'
Keaton Henson – 'Dear'
Jim Rivers – 'Airport Vultures'
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Partials by Dan Wells
Perception: A Clarity Novel by Kim Harrington
Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham
By Blood by Ellen Ullman