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J LHLS Archives: May 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005

By Graham Annable
Published by Alternative Comics
48 pages, $6.95
ISBN: 1891867806

Reviewed by Jane Seaton

An author has a problem with visual arts. In a conventional novel or short story, if a work of art is key to the narrative, the reader must also be some kind of creative genius. The author may describe the work, and then use his characters to pronounce it good, but ultimately, he has little control over the photofit in the mind of the reader.

Posted by Jane Seaton @ 08:29 PM PST [Link]

Salmon Doubts
By Adam Sacks
Published by Alternative Comics
128 pages, $14.95
ISBN: 1891867717

Reviewed by Tom Good

I dare you to read Salmon Doubts and not be haunted by it a week later. That being said, let me back up and begin from the beginning. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:19 PM PST [Link]

Reviewer news: Jane Seaton's new kitten and Kathy LaFollett's new motorcycle. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 02:19 PM PST [Link]

What Happens to Star Trek Now? [more]

Posted by Editor @ 12:33 PM PST [Link]

Monday, May 9, 2005

Cold Case Squad
By Edna Buchanan
Publisher: Pocket Books

Review by Betsy Phillips

This review contains plot and character information that could be considered spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.

Edna Buchanan's Cold Case Squad is the first book in a new series about, appropriately enough, a cold case squad in Miami. Since it's an introduction of sorts, it has to accomplish two tasks: it's got to pull you into the specific stories it tells and present you with a rich enough universe that you feel compelled to read more books set in that world. Buchanan's world is a contemporary Miami populated by murderous criminals, exotic dancers, ethically-challenged reporters, and a police force still reeling from decades of corruption. Pretty predictable crime novel stuff. [more]

Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 08:44 PM PST [Link]

Breaking the Time Barrier: The Race to Build the First Time Machine
By Jenny Randles
Publisher: Pocket Books

Review by Betsy Phillips

Jenny Randles's book, Breaking the Time Barrier: The Race to Build the First Time Machine must be the kind of book that people with any kind of scientific knowledge hate, because people like me, who had to cheat to get through high school physics, read it and think we now have some deep knowledge of quantum mechanics.

So, being totally ignorant of almost all physics (what I know, I get from the Discovery Channel or old episodes of Star Trek) I liked it. Randles takes really complicated scientific problems and theories and articulates them in very easy to understand prose. She introduces the reader to a number of famous and not-so-famous scientists who all have, at one time or another, been working on the question of whether people will ever be able to travel though time. She asks what I think are interesting questions about whether "kooky" phenomena like some kinds of reports of alien abduction might be easily explained by some type of heretofore unknown but potentially naturally occurring time travel anomaly. And it's nearly impossible not to get caught up in her enthusiasm. [more]

Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 08:41 PM PST [Link]

Star Pet
By Bash Dibra with Kitty Brown
Publisher: Pocket Books

Review by Betsy Phillips

When it comes to training dogs, I subscribe to the PBJ method -- Persistence, Bribery, and Jocularity -- the basic philosophy of which is that you might as well learn to laugh at yourself and your dog because it's going to take you a lot of repetition and handing out of treats to teach your dog anything, and it'll go better if you find a way to enjoy the time in which the dog cannot understand what you want her to do.

Unfortunately for Bash Dibra, the author of Star Pet, and Pocket Books, the publisher, few people will pay for the wisdom I've just imparted. So, if you're going to sell a book about pet training, you've got to have something more to offer. [more]

Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 08:37 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Dolls II
by Yumiko Kawahara
Publisher: VIZ

Review by Kathryn Ramage

The dolls are back!

The living dolls featured this second collection of graphic short stories written and beautifully drawn by Yumiko Kawahara are actually a plant that grows to resemble a beautiful Victorian-style doll. They live on milk and sugar cookies, are eye-poppingly expensive, and require a near-slavish devotion to maintain. The dolls often choose their owners; they respond only to people they've taken a liking to, for reasons known only to themselves. It seems that the dolls reflect their owners' personalities for better or worse -- or perhaps it's the other way around, and the owners reflect their dolls? Sometimes the line between dolls and owners are even further blurred and confused, until it's hard to tell which ones are which. [more]

Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 07:47 PM PST [Link]

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