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J LHLS Archives: April 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Legendz, Vol.1: The Tornado Comes!
Art by Makoto Haruno
Story by Rin Hirai
Published by VIZ, 2003
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
I've got mixed feelings about Legendz. It's an obvious toy tie-in comic for kids. And we all agree that's bad, right? But it's a tie-in for a toy that doesn't actually exist. So that makes it okay, right? The hero is a kid who is obsessed with a game that's a cross between Pokemon and Tamaguchi. And that's not a great role model, right? But the hero is also a charming, optimistic outsider who transcends the challenges in his life and teaches his classmates lessons about teamwork and caring which is pretty cute, right? Like I say, I'm kinda on the fence on this one. [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 04:05 PM PST [Link]
Monday, April 25, 2005
A two-part sci-fi novel by Andre Norton
Published by Baen Books, 2001
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
Every now and then, I get nostalgic for an old-fashioned science fiction story written during the classic period (1930-1950). But that wasn't my intention when I saw Andre Norton's name on the cover of this novel. I first became familiar with her works when I was in high school, back in the 70's. I'm more familiar with her Witch World series, which featured strong, independent female heroes, as befitted the era of the dawning Women's Liberation Movement, of which I was an ardent member. So I was genuinely surprised to find that Time Traders was originally published as two stories; "The Time Traders" in 1958 and "Galactic Derelict", in 1959, both by the World Publishing Company. As was customary in those days, the protagonist and all the main characters are male, with scarcely any mention of women in general. There is one outstanding female supporting character in part one, Time Traders; Cassca, a priestess of the Great Mother, who assists the disguised time travelers. But the cast of characters is predominantly male, who conventionally fall back upon force of arms rather than diplomacy when conflict arises. [more]
Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 11:02 PM PST [Link]
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