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J LHLS Archives: May 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Sight of Home
Written by Sean Michael
Published by Torquere Press

ISBN-10: 1-60370-297-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-297-3

Review by Linda Yau

Visually disabled Professor Stone Watson is a self-reliant and accomplished history professor. Accomplished to the point where people enjoyed his published book, so now he is scheduled for a traveling book tour. Everything should be easy on this trip, a paid vacation really. New locations, foods, locale, the scenery should be interesting… [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 01:05 AM PST [Link]

Friday, May 23, 2008

Cat Scratch Fever
Written by Jane Davitt
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Jilly Gee

Garin can't help but use his magic once in a while, much to the frustration of his totally human, magic-incapable lover, Simon. So when Garin unintentionally transforms a stray cat into an extremely horny human, not only does it put a strain on their relationship, it also means they have an incredibly troublesome pet to take care of.

While the concept of the wonders of magic clashing with the limitations of humankind sound intriguing, "Cat Scratch Fever" does not focus on that. This short story is primarily erotica, keeping the fantasy element on the sidelines and using it to serve as a good source of friction for the two lovers and as a reason to keep the snarky cat-turned-human, Tom, in the picture. As for why the former feline is so important for the erotica side of the story, he manages to attract both Garin and Simon to him, causing jealousy on the part of both, and justifying that jealousy when he attempts to initiate sexual activities with both. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 02:56 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 22, 2008

S vol. 2: A Love Bite
Story by: Saki Aida
Art by: Chiharu Nara
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-707-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-707-4

Review by Kris

The next volume of S is upon us.

Shiiba is an information gathering machine thanks to his S, Keigo Munechika. Of course, the only way he's able to get this information is by sleeping with him. Because of his successes he is looked highly upon by his superiors, and mocked by his fellow detectives. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:24 PM PST [Link]

S vol. 1
Story by: Saki Aida
Art by: Chiharu Nara
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-706-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-706-7

Review by Kris

Intrigue! Sex! Guns! Sex! Yakuza! Sex! Did I mention sex? Now that I have your attention S is a four volume series by Saki Aida-sensei.

Masaki Shiiba is a detective working undercover in Shinjuku's red light district. The particular division that he is affiliated with is the intelligence gathering arm to gather weapons. In order to find these weapons he works with an "S", or spy, that is on the inside of the organizations that are being investigated. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:17 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Like A Love Comedy
Story by Aki Morimoto
Art by Yutta Narumi
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569707332
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-733-3

Review by Linda Yau

Packaged in a short 158 pages, Like A Love Comedy is about Biwa, an novice screenwriter, who after three years gets his chance to make it on a new cross-Pacific Ocean production. The star of the show is a young and hot Japanese actor. However, on the first day of his job though, Biwa bumps into Yamato (the actor), who has some attitude issues leaving Biwa pissed off. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 09:41 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Vampire Hunter D: Vol. 8.
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Art by Yoshitaka Amano
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10: 1-59582-108-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-108-9

Review by Linda Yau

Florence, a coastal town was known a long time ago as a pleasure resort spot for the Nobility. However, upon the arrival of a lone traveler who threw the vampires out, one Nobility refused to leave and for this, was thrown into the sea by the traveler. Vampiric lore mentions how creatures of the night shun the sea or any moving water source. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 10:02 PM PST [Link]

Eternal Love
Story by: Mizumi Takaoka
Art by: Yukariko Jissohji
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-711-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-711-1

Review by Kris

I had no idea whether I was going to like this book. The cover has two very handsome men clad in Middle Eastern garb and one of those guys is wearing women's clothing. Because it was all white, I figured they were decked out in wedding clothes. Also the Middle East has not been a part of the world that I've been interested in. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Six years ago Tomoyuki Makabe was attending Cambridge University studying economics when he met the handsome, charismatic Aswil al-Murshid. They had sworn their love to one another and spent one amazing year with each other. One day Aswil disappeared very quickly but left Tomoyuki with a promise that he would come and get him. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 08:31 PM PST [Link]

Love Control
Story and art: Ai Hasukawa
Publisher: Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569707251
ISBN-13: 978-1569707258

Review by Cat

What do you get if you put two headstrong, proud, arrogant and highly competitive guys together?

Plain good fun. [more]

Posted by Cat @ 06:27 PM PST [Link]

A Love Song for the Miserable
Story and art: Yukimura
Publisher: Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569707189
ISBN-13: 978-1569707180

Review by Cat

A Love Song for the Miserable is a five-chapter (plus a bonus short oneshot) manga. This is, for me, unusual because it's been a while I read a full standalone manga. Those June/DMP books that I have are mostly the 'three-chapter story with two oneshots' type. Those that aren't are part of a series.

So to have a full standalone manga to read makes a nice change, but will the story itself be any good? [more]

Posted by Cat @ 03:36 PM PST [Link]

Restart
Story and art: Shouko Hidaka
Publisher: Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 156970726X
ISBN-13: 978-1569707265

Review by Cat

Restart, set in the world of modelling, features a relationship between two models, one is an established name and the other a fast-rising star. It also contains two oneshots: For You features a former child model and a photographer and Overlap features a guy who mourns a lost love but unexpectedly gets another chance to fall in love. [more]

Posted by Cat @ 09:43 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hero Heel vol. 2
Story and Art: Makoto Tateno
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-836-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-836-1

Review by Kris

Hero Heel is a three volume series written and illustrated by Makoto Tateno-sama. Be sure to check out my review of Hero Heel vol. 1 here and Ginger Mayerson's review here.

Masaki Minami and Kazuomi Sawada are two of the lead actors in a new and hugely popular television show. Minami is the hero and Sawada plays the villain. In real life Sawada is kind of a jerk and Minami is kind of naive. Minami's love for Sawada is unrequited because Sawada made it clear that he doesn't get involved with co-stars. Throw in Katagiri's unrequited feelings for Minami and you have a sexy yaoi story headed for an explosive conclusion in the third volume [more]

Posted by Kris @ 09:30 PM PST [Link]

Feverish
Story and art by Takaaki Kusaka
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569705658
ISBN-13: 9781569705650

Review by Jilly Gee

Pretty male escort attempts to woo handsome, young waiter. Or rather, childish pretty boy ambushes and manipulates average working man every day. Chihiro never misses a chance to declare and demonstrate his love for Kensei, but Kensei, dense as he is, doesn't take him seriously. A pushy uke and reluctant seme aren't new to the genre, and this first part of Feverish doesn't bring anything new to the table. It still has its charms, however; Chiharu's wonderfully mischievous personality plays nicely off Kensei's all-too-conservative way of thinking, resulting in many giggle-worthy moments. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 03:47 PM PST [Link]

Immoral Darkness
Story by: Miyu Matsuda
Illustrated by: Yukariko Jissohji
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-713-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-713-5

Review by Kris

We all know what it's like to be lonely, right? I know I do. The blurb on the back has a pretty good description. It goes as follows:

"Beautiful, cool, Shiina Jun has always been admired by the women around him. But he would give up their admiration for just one ounce of affection from his family, or a chance at true love from anyone who could save him from the dark loneliness he's lived in for so long.

His teacher, Sasagawa Tetsuya, wants to be his savior. But is Sasagawa offering a way out, or pushing Shiina deeper into darkness? Can Shiina trust his heart to a man who forces himself on him?

Masterfully crafted by Miyu Matsuda, this story of a forbidden, passionate, love between a student and his teacher is definitely must-read! Are the two willing to overcome all obstacles to get what they truly want in life?" [more]

Posted by Kris @ 03:12 PM PST [Link]

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