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J LHLS Archives: August 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Hate to Love You
Story and art by Makoto Tateno
Published by Deux Press
ISBN-10: 1934496014
ISBN-13: 978-1934496015

Review by I-hsiu Lin

Three estates lie side by side, only separated by a thin river. However, the tension between them separates the rival families more then the waters themselves. A ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story with a boys love twist.

Yuma Kazuki and Masaya Konoe were childhood friends though their families were rivals in the real estate business world that both are expected to inherit. The roles that they play are made even more prominent at their elite school, casting them as competitors in grades and rank. Although Yuma and Masaya are always at odds with each other, Masaya still sees them as friends along with Akiko Tojoin whose estate lies to the north of their own. Masaya began to question his friendship with Yuma when he learns of Yuma and Akiko’s engagement. But Yuma’s only comment to Masaya is a simple, “I hate you.” [more]

Posted by I hsiu Lin @ 07:29 PM PST [Link]

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
By Don Thompson
Published by Palgrave Macmillan

Review by Ginger Mayerson

$12M for a stuffed shark...

But is it art?

So, thank you very much to Palgrave Macmillan for sending us an advance copy of "The $12 Million Stuffed Shark," subtitled, "The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art," which a helluvan understatement.

The book goes a long way to explain how and why the superstar artists and the superstar galleries, but mainly the superstar auction houses (Sotherbys and Christies mainly) and the superstar collectors (Charles Saatchi mainly) do such strange things with money and contemporary art. I can understand the prices for things that have survived for decades, if not centuries, but $12M for a stuffed shark? And it's not even the original stuffed shark Damien Hirst bought, had stuffed and put in a case full of formaldehyde. That shark rotted away so badly it had to be replaced after the sale to Steve Cohen. I recount these facts calmly, but as I was reading this book, my brain would occasionally short out: $12 million yankee dollars for a stuffed shark?! WTF?! Huh. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:11 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mister Mistress, Volume 1
Story and art by Natsuho Shino
Published by Deux Press
ISBN-10:  1934496294
ISBN-13:  9781934496299

Review by Jilly Gee

Being the only male teenager in the house, Fujimaru Senda is the only one with feelings lusty and horny enough to reawaken the incubus that lives there.  Fujimaru, of course, is far from happy about about having the demonic Rei interfering in his dreams, and later even his reality, to kiss and feel him up wherever he pleases.  Or at least, he thinks he's far from happy; what seemed to make him even less happy than having his sexual fantasies intruded on by a male was discovering that Rei had been feeling up all the other boys in the school despite having told Fujimaru that he was the only one who could satisfy him.  Mister Mistress is a classic case of uke-in-denial, surrounded by a not-so-classic case of a stalker incubus who can only feed off the sexual energy of males. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 03:14 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pretty Poison
Story and Art by Yutta Narukami
Published by Luv Luv Press
ISBN-10: 1934496383
ISBN-13: 978-1934496381

Review by Linda Yau

Pretty Poison is about Riyako, a woman who dreams of a happy marriage, but that is shattered when she realizes that her boyfriend has been stringing her along with two or three other girls. She finds herself seduced by Shogo, a young man that results in a night of hot passion. Afterwards though, Riyako realized that Shogo and her ex-boyfriend might be connected. Shogo turns out to be a passionate problem that Riyako can't help, but become addicted. Their love affair ensues as problems and secrets comes back to haunt them. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 11:31 AM PST [Link]

My One Hundred Adventures
Written by Polly Horvath
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books, imprint of Random House Children's Books
ISBN-10:  0375845828
ISBN-13:  9780375845826

Review by Jilly Gee

Jane Fielding is content, living in the beach house with just her three siblings and her mother; or at least, she was content before she turned twelve and realized she could pray for things in church.  Feeling a strong desire for something different this summer from their normal beach activities, she prays for adventures, one hundred of them. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 12:58 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wild Raspberries
By Jane Davitt
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Lynn Loper

I always beg to review Jane Davitt's work, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

In 'Wild Raspberries' she takes two cliches (young runaway working his way across country to an uncertain destination; ex-Black-Ops guy hiding inside a bitter shell) and makes them work for her. Dan is hungry and scared when he stumbles across Tyler's secret raspberry garden. By the end of the book, Tyler and Dan are working their way into each other's hearts, and you believe it. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 08:43 PM PST [Link]

Empty Graves: A Murphy's Lore After Hours Collection, Volume 2
By Patrick Thomas
Padwolf Publishing, 2008

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

A famous comedian once said upon his deathbed, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard". Well, according to the dozen zombie tales assembled in this slender volume, dying is the easy part. It's what comes after that's hard, upon the living and the dead, especially when the dead come back as zombies. But seriously, folks, Patrick Thomas is one of my favorite living authors, a talented local boy who knows how to mix horror with comedy even better than Stephen King. Now if only he were as popular as Stephen King, he'd be a best selling author. He might also be able to get his books decently proofread before they're released. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 08:43 PM PST [Link]

Millennium Darling 2006
Story and Art: Maki Naruto
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-031-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-031-0

Review by Kris

I am the type of person who doesn't like to start reading books in the middle of a series. I tried it once and I was so confused that I vowed I would never do it again. Unfortunately, with Millennium Darling 2006 I didn't have that luxury. The previous seven volumes of Millennium Darling (known as Seikimatsu Darling in Japan) haven't been licensed here in the States. For me to be able to grasp the plot and get a handle on the characters I had to read it at least twice.

Sakamoto is a spoiled guy. His lover, Sentarou, dotes on him 24/7. One afternoon Sakamoto gets a call from Takasugi, a friend of his and Sentarou's. Takasugi warns Sakamoto that if he continues to behave the way he does, Sentarou will get fed up and leave. Sakamoto will have none of that! Not only does Sakamoto have to find out what's up with Sentarou, Sakamoto's father has found him a bride. It's none other than Takasugi's sister, Reiko. WAHHH! What will Sakamoto do? Sakamoto decides to follow Sentarou around, while he's in disguise, and goes to Takasugi for help on the sister front. I sure hope that things will get worked out! [more]

Posted by Kris @ 06:43 PM PST [Link]

Sweet Regard
Story and Art: Juji Fusa
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-564-x
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-564-3

Review by Kris

The story of Sweet Regard is a tale where two brothers-in-law become lovers-in-law (yep, I'm proud of that one). Let me give you a brief synopsis on the plot. Kohei Sasahara has had kind of a hard life. When he was younger his parents died leaving Kohei alone with his younger sister. His sister was his entire world. When she decided that she was going to get married, he had a fit and wouldn't accept it. Of course she and Shingo got married anyway. To try and smooth things over Shingo took on the Sasahara name. Because his sister no longer needed him (or so he thought), Kohei started to distance himself. One day he was summoned to the hospital only to find out his sister had been killed in a traffic accident. There was only one other who shared his grief, Shingo. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:40 PM PST [Link]

Oh My God! Volume 1
Story and art by Natsuho Shino
Published by Deux Press
ISBN-10:  1934496243
ISBN-13:  9781934496244

Review by Jilly Gee

Descended from a long line of sorcerers, Yuto Hikami believes that his family has long since lost their power.  No one outside of the family knows that, however, so his grandfather is keeping the famly fairly well-to-do by defrauding people with fake charms, fortunetellings, and the like.  While searching for more things with which to help his gandfather keep up the charade (not that he wants to), he touches a sealed sword, releasing a god that was inside.  Or at least, he thinks he's a god; he's not at all god-like, with an appearance and attitude more befitting a pet than someone with divine power.  Because of his amnesia, Yuto gives him the name of Jade, for the stunning green of his eyes.  This name also seems to hold some sort of power over Jade, as uttering it will freeze the amnesiac god in his tracks, though Yuto remains unaware of this fact. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 03:31 AM PST [Link]

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hot Limit
Story by: Minori Shima
Art by: Akira Kanbe
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10:1-56970-571-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-571-1

Review by Kris

Kazuma Sogou is a college student who hates to go to school. To occupy his time he works several part-time jobs to pay the bills. One evening at the bar he works at, Kazuma sees the most beautiful person he ever beheld. But he was taken by surprise when he found out that this beautiful person is a guy (he thought he was a girl). It turns out that Maya is a regular customer and seems to be able to charm the pants off anyone, literally. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 07:43 PM PST [Link]

Wild Butterfly
Story and Art: Hiroki Kusumoto
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-562-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-562-9

Review by Kris

Wild Butterfly by Hiroki Kusumoto is a series of one-shots.

This volume contains stories about all kinds of different things. We have the tale of a teacher who tries to liberate the minds of his students by teaching things against government norms. There is a story of a Demon Oracle who attacks humans who are close to dying. Another tale is of a guy who seems to travel back in time to meet a man in exile. One story is about a vampire and his lover who doesn’t believe him (the vampire). The final tale is about a protector of the dead and his heroic deed. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:09 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Love Bites
Edited by SA Clements
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-10:  1603704140
ISBN-13:  9781603704144

Review by Jilly Gee

Love Bites is an anthology of eight ménage à trois stories.  As with any anthology, there will be stories that will bore one person to tears and other stories that will excite that same person to giddiness; because of this, there is bound to be something to please a wide audience looking for threesome stories. Well, as wide an audience can get when excluding those looking for more feminine action anyway; the stories all involve two men and one woman, the woman usually finding it one of the hottest things for the two guys to be going at it with each other. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 04:17 PM PST [Link]

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