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J LHLS Archives: March 2005
Thursday, March 3, 2005
The Hand of Kahless
John M. Ford and Michael Jan Friedman
Publisher: Pocket Books
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
The Hand of Kahless is less than meets the eye. I was very eager to review this book. Looking at the cover, I assumed that John M. Ford, writer The Final Reflection, a book I consider to be the best Star Trek novel ever published, had after twenty years finally teamed up with another writer to create a sequel. Alas, no. Opening the book, I found that The Hand of Kahless is Final Reflection and another novel combined into one volume. Quellle disappointment.
Getting over my initial letdown, I settled in to re-read Final Reflection. I was pleased to find that after twenty years, my original estimation of the book's quality had not changed. In fact, re-reading deepened my admiration of the novel. I caught references that had gone over my head on my initial reading and noticed details that I had missed before. [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 04:30 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Duty, Honor, Redemption
by Vonda McIntyre
A Star Trek Signature Series novelization of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock", and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home."
Published by Pocket Books
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
This three-part compilation consists of the novelizations of three of the most popular Star Trek movies, first released in the 80's as companion novels to the above movies. Having originally read all three novels after first seeing the movies, and finding them a poor substitute for the real thing, I thought I would give them another try and see if my opinion of Ms. McIntyre's writing had improved with maturity. I was barely into my twenties at the time; now that I'm in my forties, I've mellowed about a lot of things I used to think harshly of in my careless youth. Unfortunately, Ms. McIntyre's writing isn't one of them. [more]
Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 10:17 PM PST [Link]
Underbelly -- Additional Observations of the Beauty/Ugliness of Mostly Pillowy Girls
Weasel Number No. 1
The art of Dave Cooper
Published by: Fantagraphics
Visit Dave's Site: http://www.davegraphics.com
Reviewed by Kathy LaFollett
Let's get one fact on the table, Dave Cooper is a talented, expressive, focused artist who has more brain synapses running than most. His technique and mastery of his medium are without question.
That being said, let's move onto the subjective part of this review. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 06:16 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Just a reminder that July 1, 2005 is the the next essay deadline for the next issue of J LHLS. Reviews are published as we get them. Please see our editorial policy and submission guidelines, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, thank you. Hope we see you on July 1.
Posted by Editor @ 03:52 PM PST [Link]
Monday, February 28, 2005
Silent Scars of Healing Hands
By Naomi Hirahara and Gwenn M. Jensen
Publisher: The Center for Oral and Public History at California State University, Fullerton
Silent Scars of Healing Hands was an extremely rewarding and thought-provoking read. It was a challenging book as well because I careened from outrage to guilt to sadness to hope to cheering and running through all those in various permutations while reading and thinking about this book. But worth it, and I feel everyone in America should read Silent Scars of Healing Hands, because we stand on the brink of making the same foolish and wicked mistake. Except this time it would not be a mistake: we know better.
The general facts of the Japanese internment are well documented, if not especially well known: on February 19, 1942, FDR signed Executive Order 9066 ordering all persons of Japanese descent removed from the West Coast of the United States. This sounds innocuous, but the level of suffering was and is immeasurable. Entire families were uprooted, often broken up, lives were lost to disease in the concentration camps; businesses were destroyed, careers derailed, and entire communities never recovered from this forced relocation. Silent Scars of Healing Hands follows the lives of some of the victims of this action, how they coped, and how they recovered. And how they forgave the country that wronged them. [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:11 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, February 27, 2005
by Doug TenNapel
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Review by Tom Good
Creature Tech begins with a mad scientist trying to lure giant space eels to Earth, and it only gets stranger from there. The hero, Dr. Michael Ong, researches alien activity at a facility nicknamed "Creature Tech." While opening crates from an excavation site, he finds a monster, the ghost of the space-eel scientist, an alien, and the Shroud of Turin, which has the power to raise the dead. The symbiotic alien attaches itself to his body, the ghost is resurrected by the shroud, and Ong embarks upon a series of battles to thwart the evil scientist.
This is Doug TenNapel's first graphic novel, but he has worked on video games such as Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood,. The character designs in Creature Tech, especially that of Dr. Ong, remind me of a 1995 computer game called Full Throttle. Dr. Ong looks a bit like a thinner version of Full Throttle's main character Max, and both heroes ride motorcycles. Of course, the similarities end once Ong gains a few extra limbs from the symbiotic alien and then starts fighting against demon cats. In general, the art looks loose and spontaneous without seeming unfinished. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 02:07 PM PST [Link]
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