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J LHLS Archives: October 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Flamboyant
Art: Ugetsu Hakua
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10: 1-56970-801-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-801-9

Review by Kris

I love artbooks. For example, I have no problem with shelling out $50+ for Shiuko Kano-sama's Playgirl. So for me to have the opportunity to snag DMP's production of Flamboyant at no cost to me, of course I'm going to jump!

Honestly, I had never heard of Ugetsu Hakua. All I had ever seen of sensei's work was the cover at different DMP websites. While doing some digging I found out that Hakua-sensei was involved with the design of the anime series, Burst Angel. I had never heard of it, but because it had been licensed here in the US I figured that this is a series many have heard of. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 10:27 PM PST [Link]

Polanski: A Biography
By Christopher Sandford
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN-10: 0-230-60778-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-230-60778-1

Review by Chad Denton

More than any other film director in recent decades, Roman Polanski is a case study of the artist as a celebrity in ways detached from his own work. Within his own life Polanski embodies the history of the West in the twentieth century: a Holocaust survivor, an émigré from Communist Poland, a champion of the Sexual Revolution, the husband of the Manson Family's most well-known victim Sharon Tate, a mass media villain, and to this day, by being a culture hero to many French and a notorious pedophile to many Americans, an example of stark, perhaps insurmountable cultural gaps between continental Europe and the United States. Even without such a colorful life, which may not be stranger than fiction but is certainly more interesting than the plots of most novels on the bestseller lists, Polanski's corpus of work could fuel any number of books. After all, his filmography contains a milestone in horror cinema (Rosemary's Baby), a gritty but straightforward Shakespeare adaptation (Macbeth), a homage to sadomasochism (Bitter Moon), "neo-noir" (Chinatown), a parody of Hammer-style horror (The Fearless Vampire Killers), and a big-budget pirate-themed action movie (Pirates), just to name some. [more]

Posted by Chad Denton @ 04:26 PM PST [Link]

Friday, October 3, 2008

What is Money?
Written by: Etan Boritzer
Illustrated by: Jennifer West
Published by Veronica Lane Books
ISBN-10: 0-9762743-3-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9762743-3-9

Review by Kris

When I was a kid I never really knew where money came from. I always figured that as long as my parents had checks in the checkbook, they had money. Little did I know that my understanding of money was totally wrong. I really wish this book had been around when I was learning how to read. Maybe, while growing up I would have had a healthier relationship with money. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 09:23 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs
Written by: Jina Bacarr
Published by the Spice Books Imprint of Harlequin.
ISBN-10: 0-373-60522-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-60522-4

Review by Kris

Breezy Malone was once a nondescript archaeologist who's only pleasure in life was digging around in the Syrian Desert. That was until she met Sharif. Sharif seduced Breezy with his dashing good looks and smooth personality. She thought that Sharif was interested in her when in actuality he was more interested in her newest find, a priceless artifact from the Crusades. It turns out that Sharif has ties to the al-Qaeda terror network and had planned on getting his hands on Breezy's treasure. He wanted to sell the item so he could continue his jihad. Sharif murdered Breezy's contact and framed her for the murder. All so he could get his hands on the item while she rotted away in prison.

Two years later, Breezy works as a covert sex agent with the FBI hunting down terrorists, especially Sharif. She's determined to exact her revenge. She made a deal with the FBI to help, but if she goes AWOL, she'll get sent back to prison. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 06:31 PM PST [Link]

The Spanish Bride
By Georgette Heyer
Originally published in the United Kingdom in 1940 by William Heinemann Ltd., re-released in 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-4022-1113-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1113-3

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

This has got to be one of the best stories ever written by the prolific Ms. Heyer. Similar to her earlier novel about love and war, "An Infamous Army", but a lot more satisfying for the romantics among us who prefer fact mixed in with our fiction. While "An Infamous Army" concentrated on the Duke of Wellington's brilliant strategic defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo, with the rocky romance of Lady Barbara Childe and Colonel Charles Audley serving as background. In this novel the love story of Harry and Juana Smith is given equal time with old Hooknose (as Wellington's men fondly called him) and Boney's dispute. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 04:20 PM PST [Link]

What is Dreaming?
Written by Etan Boritzer. Illustrated by Jeff Vernon
Published by Veronica Lane Books
Hardcover: 978976274377
Paperback: 9780976274360

Review by Linda Yau

From the many parenting books that are out there, how many can name a strategy of answering those sticky questions that kids seem to love to ask. I myself cannot count how many times, when I was a kid that I asked my mother - what that is…or what is this? Etan Boritzer's book What is Dreaming is a fun read out loud book that grown ups can share with children, explaining and answering one of life’s unanswerable questions. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 10:20 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, September 28, 2008

West Hollywood Book Fair 2008

An express report by Ginger Mayerson

So, I went to the West Hollywood Book Fair today.

It's quite a schlep from Lincoln Heights, but no schlep is too large to stop J LHLS from bringing our readers the latest in cultural news.

I don't have a big picture picture of the big picture, but here's a panel I made it to in the Queer and Quirky or Quirky and Queer Pavilion. That's Brad Rader in the center and Luis Reyes on the right.


[more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:03 PM PST [Link]

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama
Written by: Garen Thomas
Published by the Feiwel and Friends Imprint of Macmillan.
ISBN-10: 0-312-53709-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-53709-8
Review by Kris

Barack Obama

If you have never heard this name before you have either been living in a cave or under a rock. Barack Obama is the Democratic Party's presidential candidate (that is for those of you living in a cave or under a rock.) Garen Thomas has written this biography to introduce young readers to one of the most charismatic politicians of our time. I want to let you all know that when it comes to my political affiliations I am an independent voter. I vote on issues, not on the party. But thanks to this book, I have a new appreciation for this man. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 08:41 PM PST [Link]

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