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J LHLS Archives: April 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
RG Veda, Vol. 1
Review by Tom Good
The four-woman team known as CLAMP has created many popular manga such as Tokyo Babylon and Chobits. Rg Veda is CLAMP's first major work, and though the name refers to the Rig Veda, the story seems unrelated to the Sanskrit original. As this story begins, the cruel king Taishakuten sends his servant Lord Yasha to kill the Royal Stargazer Kuyou, who has escaped from her prison. She tells Lord Yasha what she has seen in the future: that six stars will fall and defy heaven, the child of a vanished race will be found, and this child's destiny will be to kill Yasha. Yasha discovers the child, who is the earthly form of Lord Ashura, and the wheels of destiny begin to turn. Though aware of the danger, Yasha quickly becomes attached to the child. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 08:03 PM PST [Link]
Heaven Above Heaven, Vol. 1
by Kang-Suk Kyun and Joong-Won Jeon
Review by Tom Good
"You . . . Morons!" says Bakhong, "You've ruined the moment . . . a moment I may never get again in my life!" Filled with rage, the young man turns on those who disturbed him, and whirling his staff he takes on three Volcano School swordsmen in a wild battle. But what was the moment they disturbed? Only Bakhong's attempt to peep through a hole in the bathhouse roof to catch a glimpse of a beautiful naked woman below. (The bathhouse voyeurism scene seems to be a common stock element of manga, much like the chase scene with fruit cart in action movies.) [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 08:02 PM PST [Link]
Friday, April 22, 2005
The Plot Against America
By Philip Roth
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2004, ISBN 0618509283, Hardcover, 400 pages.
Review by Richard Mellott
The first thing I noticed about this book is the cover. With a large swastika on the front, and the title in bold, I didn't feel comfortable carrying the book around in public. Being a tall white guy with short hair, I thought the impression might be negative. Several people who visited my place asked me about the book, so the cover is certainly an eye-catcher. The premise of Lindbergh being elected as a pro-Nazi president, and having an anti-Jewish homeland policy, is the foundation of the book, which is close enough to what almost happened with the isolationist movement in both WWI and WWII to make it eerily close to historical truth. [more]
Posted by Richard Mellott @ 10:42 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Owly: Just a Little Blue
by Andy Runton
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Reviewed by Kathryn Ramage
The adorableness continues.
Andy Runton carries on the adventures of Owly, the lonely little owl whose kindness and generosity helps him to find friends. (See my review of the first Owly graphic novel.) In Just a Little Blue, Owly and his best friend Wormy, along with a butterfly named Flutter who shows up unexplained halfway through the story, try to make friends with a bad-tempered bluebird and his family. The bluebird is hostile and suspicious, certain that, as a member of a predator species, Owly must be up to no good. He resists all friendly overtures... until Owly’s good-heartedness wins out in the end. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 11:54 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Owly lovers take note!
Owly: Splashin' Around
By Andy Runton
"Top Shelf is proud to join the industry-wide FREE COMIC BOOK DAY celebration with an all-new, heartwarming tale from the all-ages graphic novel series, OWLY. Already winning fans around the world, Owly is the kind, yet lonely little owl who knows what it means to be human. Join Owly in his latest adventure, Splashin' Around, as he learns that following your heart can bring the greatest reward. ... Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's clean style makes it a perfect all-ages read for anyone who's a fan of Jeff Smith's Bone, Mike Kunkel's Herobear and the Kid, or Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants. -- 32 pages, Comic Book
"ABSOLUTELY FREE AT A COMIC BOOK STORE NEAR YOU ON MAY 7TH, 2005 -- FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!"
And according to reviewer Kathryn L. Ramage, it's absolutely adorable, too!
Posted by Editor @ 04:35 PM PST [Link]
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