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J LHLS Archives: August 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Clear Skies! A Charming Love Story
Story by: Akira Sugano
Illustrated by: Etsumi Ninomiya
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-572-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-572-8

Review by Kris

The Obinata household is a boisterous den of testosterone. Taiga is the oldest male and took over the manly duties of being the head of the house after his parents passed away. But, there is one older than he is, and she rules with fear. The oldest of the Obinata children is Shima. She happens to be a journalist and doesn't come home too often. Taiga works as an editor for a science fiction magazine and does what he can to support his younger brothers. The middle child is Akinobu and he is a student at a university. Next in line is Jou (yes, its pronounced Joe) who happens to be a professional boxer. The baby of the family is Mayumi. He's currently in high school and has Taiga and his brothers wrapped around his finger.

One hot evening, the Obinata family gets two visitors. Shuu Asuou, a writer at Taiga's magazine and a former schoolmate of his, and some dude who looks like yakuza, have arrived with luggage in hand. Of course this throws Taiga for a loop. Why on earth would an author and a yakuza be standing at the door like they're ready to move in? Shuu claims that he and Shima, the older sister, have recently gotten married and he and his brother, Yuuta, will be moving in. Initially no one believes them, until they get a call from Shima confirming what Shuu says. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 11:15 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Adam the King
By Jeffrey Lewis
Published by Other Press
ISBN-10: 1590512847
ISBN-13: 9781590512845

Review by Lynn Loper

‘Adam the King’ starts simply, with a wedding. A wedding is simple, at least in concept: two people, witnesses, words about forever. But the witness is thinking about the bride’s sister, killed in an accident years ago, and the groom was driving. And the bride’s cancer. And when he comes back to visit, the beautiful house Adam had built his wife is gone, burnt down. Nothing is ever really simple. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 06:47 PM PST [Link]

Migration Patterns
By Gary Schanbacher
Published by Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN-10: 1555916465
ISBN-13: 9781555916466

Review by Lynn Loper

I don't often read short story collections, and I'm so glad I read this one. 'Migration Patterns' is a group of stories with interconnections, not so strong that you lose track of the individual stories, but strong enough that the stories wouldn't be as good without them. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 06:46 PM PST [Link]

Me, Myself & Him
Me, Myself & Him
By E.N Joy
Published by Urban Christian
ISBN-10: 1601629540
ISBN-13: 9781601629548

Review by Lynn Loper

This book was labeled 'Urban Christian Fiction', and it's a genre with which I'm utterly unfamiliar.

Given that: this is the kind of book you see lining shelves at the drugstore. It's a factory story. Someplace there's a publishing house that has a box full of characters. You pick some, then some characteristics out of another box, and some situations out of yet another, and you mix them all up, and you have a story. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 06:45 PM PST [Link]

Mabinogi
Distributed by Nexon

Review by Jilly Gee

Released earlier this year, Mabinogi is a fairly recent (at least in North America) free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Nexon, the same company responsible for the incredibly popular Maple Story; aside from having the same logo appear before the log-in screen, though, the two are nothing alike.  More like the Harvest Moon series of farming simulation games than any MMO I can think of, players of Mabinogi can still live a fulfilling virtual life even without slaughtering numerous spiders, wolves, bears, and going after insanely hard dungeon bosses.  Not that there aren't any spiders, wolves, and bears to massacre, or any insanely hard dungeon bosses that will kill you and your party a few times over.  They're all still there; they're just joined by many alternate activities. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 01:40 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kiss All the Boys vol. 2
Story and Art: Shiuko Kano
Published by the Deux Press Imprint of Aurora Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-10: 193449626x
ISBN-13: 978-1934496268

Review by Kris

Tetsuo Atarashi is in need of some people skills. We learned that in the first volume, but this fact is hit home in this volume. Michiro Enomoto has finally confessed, after years and years of friendship. Thinking that Tetsuo was asleep, those three words slipped from his lips. We know that Tetsuo was actually awake. Michiro likes to blame Keiichi Momoyama for forcing his hand to confess, but it was bound to come out eventually. Tetsuo is one who is unforgiving, uncaring, and an all around creep. He leaves Michiro's after an argument. Tetsuo decides that he needs a little payback for the betrayal he feels; so, instead of going home he goes to Momoyama's. Tetsuo pretty much gets out of others what he wants and then moves on. This is what he does to poor Momoyama. He sleeps with him out of spite for Michiro and doesn't think of Momoyama's feelings.

Tetsuo approaches Michiro to tell him that he's quitting due to his writers block. Michiro informs Tetsuo that he's gotten another job at another company so he'll no longer be Tetsuo's editor. Tetsuo decides to continue at his current magazine, but as a final goodbye lets Michiro know that the night that Michiro came onto him he ended up sleeping with Momoyama. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 06:17 PM PST [Link]

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