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J LHLS Archives: July 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Confessions of Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen
Written by Marie Etienne
Published by Alluvium Books
ISBN-10: 0-9748474-1-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-974847-1-2

Review by Linda Yau

Several things to point out, one, Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen is a memoir. Two, this is a sequel to the author's previous memoir, Storkbites. Three, this is a prepub copy that I managed to read, publication date for this book is not going to be released until February 2009. Ginger picked up this prepub at BookExpo 2008. Last point is that this is a book that is filled with short episodic chapters with interesting anecdotes on life lessons learned and what a refreshing read this is. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 07:58 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Experience Pipeline
by Quinn Haber
Published by Casagrande Press
ISBN-10: 0-9769516-3-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-9769516-3-6

Review by Kris

Our esteemed editor, Ginger Mayerson, picked up this book at BookExpo 2008. On the page where she listed the books available for review, she mentioned that she was surprised that there were surfers at BookExpo. The book they were promoting was Experience Pipeline by Quinn Haber.

In Experience Pipeline, you are a surfer competing in the Pipe Masters tournament at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. It is the final heat. It's just you, your two other competitors, and the waves. You can run into any risk, like being attacked by sharks, meeting sea turtles, plowing into coral, etc. What will become of you? Will you win? Will you be injured? Who knows? Check out Experience Pipeline. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 10:43 AM PST [Link]

Monday, July 21, 2008

Vampire Hunter D Volume 6: Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Art by Yoshitaka Amano
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10:  1595821066
ISBN-13:  9781595821065

Review by Jilly Gee

Within the world of Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D novels, vampires are more commonly referred to as the Nobility; a more fitting name given their status as former benefactors and saviors to the human race.  Now, however, after years of rebellion by the humans, they are slowly disappearing.  Of course, ordinary humans would not be able to accomplish such a feat by themselves.  This is where the vampire hunters come in; remarkably skilled, they make a career out of hunting and eliminating the Nobility.  One of the most well-known of these hunters is D, for not only is he beautiful and seemingly unstoppable, he is also a dhampir, one of both Nobility and human blood.

D, this time around, takes on an unusual request from a seemingly ordinary lawyer named Thornton:  to cross the Desert of No Return to the town of Barnabas; as incentive, Thornton offers information regarding a person D is particularly interested in.  Unofficially joining him in his journey are Granny Viper, an old woman with extraordinary powers involving sand and great skill involving guns; Bingo, a man who exudes a dangerous aura even while appearing to be in perpetual sleep; Clay, a man wielding a harp that can cause destruction; and Tae, a young woman eighteen years of age, eight of those years having been spent as a captive of the Nobility. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 07:06 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Heartbeat
By Helen Gabriel
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-10: 1-60370-378-0
ISBN- 13: 978-1-60370-378-9

Review by Linda Yau

Heartbeat is about Sean a Navy SEAL, who is in, what he perceives to be a one sided love for his foster brother, Jacob who is a major league baseball player. Nothing could prepare for what would happen when Sean learns that Jacob was kidnapped by a fan. Sean with his team of army friends forms a rescue mission to save Jacob. Upon rescue, the road to recovery is fraught with pit stops and blond hair bodyguards, while Sean and Jacob form a relationship that is more than brotherly. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 08:59 PM PST [Link]

Friday's Child
By Georgette Heyer
Originally published in the United Kingdom in 1944 by William Heinermann, reissued by Sourcebooks Casablanca, U.S.A. 2008
ISBN13: 9781402210792
ISBN10: 1402210795

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

Here I am again with yet another review of my favorite romance writer of all time, Georgette Heyer. This sweet little story was written in 1944, but it was still delightful to a troubled Puerto Rican teenager in the 1970's, whose life on the Lower East Side of New York was far from glamorous. This is a traditional romantic comedy, minus explicit sex or obscene language, which will delight you as much as a box of bonbons full of fruits and nuts. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 07:12 PM PST [Link]

Dark Submission
Written by Shayne Carmichael
Published by Torque Press
ISBN 10: 1-60370-409-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-60370-409-0

Reviewed by Linda Yau

As far as Luc is concerned, he is quite grateful for the employment opportunity that Marcus has given him. The only problem though is the noise he keeps on hearing at night. On a chance occurrence, when Luc goes to investigate, he finds out that Marcus might be doing something more than what he would imagine and this sets in motion something that Luc didn't imagine he would enjoy. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 05:26 PM PST [Link]

Boy Princess Vol 1
Story and Art by Seyoung Kim
Published by Netcomics
ISBN-10: 1600090303
ISBN-13: 978-1600090301

Review by Linda Yau

To some degree and on a personal note, cross dressing has been exemplified by the story of Fa Mulan; a story of family duty. Boy Princess has similar concept, with the prince from the neighboring country pretending to be his sister in a marriage of convenient farce. His sister, who seems, has run away with the sable hand, leaving the king giving away his son, so there wouldn't be war if the contract breaks. Rumors are though, Prince Jed has a preference for man, which shouldn't be a problem for the prince who is now dressed as a woman, but for the future of his home, has to pull off the appearance of being a woman for let's say, two to three years. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 01:45 PM PST [Link]

The Wonder Singer
by George Rabasa
Published by Unbridled Books
ISBN-10: 1-932961-56-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-932961-56-0

Review by Kris

An author, a nurse and a female impersonator. I know that sounds like the beginning of one of those "A priest, a rabbi and a Baptist minister" jokes. Throw in being chased by hitmen hired by a Hollywood talent agent and it sounds like a crazy Monty Python sketch. But, alas, you actually have the story of The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa.

Mark Lockwood is a writer. Not a huge name in the industry but he does have plenty of DIY (do-it-yourself) type books out. When he is approached by his agent with an opportunity to ghostwrite Mercé Casals memoir, he jumps at the chance. La Casals is a famous opera singer, nicknamed 'The Wonder Singer.' One morning, while Lockwood waited for La Casals, a heart attack strikes the diva while soaking in her enormous scented bath. Lockwood sees his chance, to finally make a name for himself. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 10:34 AM PST [Link]

Roureville vol. 2
Story and Art: E. Hae
Published by NETCOMICS
ISBN-10: 1-60009-210-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-60009-210-7

Review by Kris

Roureville. A town so small it doesn't even show up on the map. A town somewhere between California and Yellowstone National Park. Evan Pryce. A hot-shot reporter from The New York Times. He's on vacation from his crazy, hectic life in the city. Jayce. The mysterious townsperson who is allowing Evan to stay with him in his house. Rumor has it that Jayce is a ghost. What is going on in this little town?

Evan decides to stay in town to figure out what mysteries that the townspeople might be hiding. Like the priest, for instance. Why is he trying so hard to chase Evan out of town? Jayce, on the other hand, is another mystery all together. Why is he always lurking around? What is his fascination with Evan? Is he really a ghost? Why am I asking all these questions? [more]

Posted by Kris @ 12:35 AM PST [Link]

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