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J LHLS Archives: May 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

The First Stage of Love
Story and Art: Kazuhiko Mishima
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-739-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-739-5

Review by Kris

We've all been there once, right? You get the butterflies in your stomach, the the tongue that gets all twisted, the twitching. These can be some of the the first signs of love. OK, that beginning was a little cheesy, but the book was a little cheesy as well. It was sugary, syrupy, and sweet. With all the angst, sex-laden, and intense yaoi I've been reading lately, this set of five one-shots was just what the doctor ordered to refresh my spirit. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 08:38 PM PST [Link]

Sugar Milk
Story and art: Jaryu Dokuro
Publisher: Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1569707449

Review by Cat

I have to confess that I recently had been ill with the flu and a chest infection, so I wasn't in the best of moods when I started reading Sugar Milk. Since it's not a review copy, I had nothing to lose. If it's crap, it's crap. If it's good, it's good.

Yeah, well, by the time I finished the book, I was so relaxed that I didn't even bother thinking of kicking my younger brother's head in for purchasing four PS3 games on my credit card without permission. [more]

Posted by Catya W @ 04:00 PM PST [Link]

Black Sheep
By Georgette Heyer
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

Ah, the joy of reading an old-fashioned romance, with no explicit sex, no lewd language, and no political correctness! All that and more can be found within the covers of a Georgette Heyer romance. The late Ms. Heyer, a charming Englishwoman who died in1974 at the age of 71 (God bless her!) was a lady through and through, who wrote about real ladies during the Regency Period of England, when mad King George III's throne was kept warm for him by his son the Prince Regent, who later became George IV. She was known as the Queen of Regency Romance, who knew how to tell a tale as elegantly as Jane Austen did. Indeed, Publishers Weekly once commented, "Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 02:46 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Loving Gaze
Story and Art: Akira Kanbe
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-722-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-722-7

Review by Kris

According to Juné's website, Loving Gaze is described:

"Kazumi is the beautiful head of a design office, and he's head over heels for the younger Yajima, one of the top workers at the building next door. But Yajima is uncontrollably jealous, and so he comes to the office at night -- and kidnaps Kazumi!? A tale of adult love full of sexy situations, this book combines compilation and lots of new material in a story of a company head vs. a nymphomaniac!!"

I honestly wonder what book they were reading, and what they were smoking when they wrote that explanation. Loving Gaze is nothing like that. It's a sweet tale of love from a distance. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 07:20 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Love Recipe 2
Story and Art: Kirico Higashizato
Published by the Juné imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-013-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-013-6

Review by Kris

This release of Love Recipe 2 is by far the most exciting for me! I immediately fell in love with Love Recipe 1 after I read it several months ago that I actually purchased the sequel in Japanese, and I don't even speak the language (I'm trying to learn it though!) The book arrived in the mail today and was waiting for me to get home from work. Needless to say, instead of doing the things I needed to, I curled up on my couch and immersed myself in the tale of Tomonori Ozawa and his lover/mangaka Sakurako Kakyoin. [more]

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

Melted Love
Story and art: You Takumi
Publisher: Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 156970760X
ISBN-13: 978-1569707609

Review by Cat

Do you know how when you meet someone for first time, you just - and for no apparent reason - feel all your hackles rise? And no matter how you'd try to rationalise, you just can't help but want to stay away from that person?

Well, you can get that kind of reaction towards a book, no matter how well written or popular it may be. That's the case for me with Melted Love. In fact I'd go as far as to say there are two characters in this book that I'd dearly love to punch in the face. Even though it's painfully clear that they didn't do anything to deserve that. [more]

Posted by Catya W @ 06:36 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Love is Like a Hurricane vol. 4
Story and Art: Tokiya Shimazaki
Published by 801 Media, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-934129-10-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-934129-10-4

Review by Kris

It's school festival time for our all-boys school. Because of all of the preparations being made Mizuki and Azuma, and Akira and Izumi don't seem to have enough time on their hands to spend time with their respective lovers. So it's no surprise to walk in on Akira and Izumi getting it on. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 04:22 PM PST [Link]

Love is Like a Hurricane vol. 3
Story and Art: Tokiya Shimazaki
Published by 801 Media, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-934129-09-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-934129-09-8

Review by Kris

Mizuki is consistently getting himself in trouble, and Azuma's pals seem to be the ones placing him into those situations. When I was a kid I was taught never to take candy from strangers, unless it was Halloween. Even then, the candy got checked over by a loving parent. I think Mizuki didn't get that lesson. Miyamoto, Azuma's cousin, feeds Mizuki some strange candy that turns out to be an aphrodisiac that he was making in his free time. Not only is Mizuki feeling the fever, but his pheromone production has gone into overdrive. Azuma is nowhere to be found, and Miyamoto feeds Mizuki to the throngs of rabid wolves waiting outside of the student council room. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 03:36 PM PST [Link]

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