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J LHLS Archives: May 2007

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Scarlett Rules: When Life gives you green velvet curtains, make a green velvet dress, and 23 other life lessons inspired by Scarlett O'Hara
By Lisa Bertagnoli
Published in 2006 by Villard Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

You could say that Scarlett O'Hara left a lasting impression on Lisa Bertagnoli of Chicago. When she was sixteen years old, she borrowed a copy of Gone with the Wind from her high school library after her father pointed out a beautiful house on a car trip as the model for Tara, Scarlett's home. She intended to read it between bouts of homework. Three days and no homework later, she finally finished the thousand-plus pages of Margaret Mitchell's magnum opus. Several years later, she still has that copy of Gone with the Wind, never having returned it to the school library. (I hope she donated a new one at her last high school reunion!) [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 03:16 PM PST [Link]

Lost Laysen
By Margaret Mitchell
Published in 1997 by Scribner Paperback Fiction of Simon & Schuster New York, Inc.

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

Summertime is my time to dive into new books, preferably short novels or compilations of short stories to pass the time on the subway taking me to the beach, or at the beach itself. When my husband and I went on to Atlanta, GA on our annual vacation the weekend of May 4th, our main intention was to see the baby girl panda at the Atlanta Zoo. But we also visited the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum on 10th and Peachtree Streets in midtown Atlanta, a museum dedicated to that one-hit wonder of novels written by Margaret Mitchell, "Gone with the Wind". While we were browsing in the ubiquitous gift shop, my husband, who had never read the novel, bought the DVD of the movie, which he had seen, while I, having partaken of both the novel and the movie, scanned the bookshelves for anything else Ms. Mitchell might have written. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 11:32 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Enchanter, Vol. 4
By Izumi Kawachi
Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Tom Good

The class trip is a perfect plot device for a school-based romantic comedy. The way these stories usually go, the destination will be some place like a beach or a hot springs resort, where the girls get a chance to show off their bodies. Rare, tame variations of this will substitute cherry blossom viewing or some other fully clothed activity. Enchanter not only pulls the beach gambit, it chooses Hawaii and throws in love triangles, a hot-for-teacher story line, a demonic girl trying to seduce a boy into giving up his soul, and magical shape-shifting. It's almost like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with demons. This is all pretty silly, over the top stuff, but it works. (But how come my high school never took us all on a trip to Hawaii? I feel cheated now.) [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 06:45 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Moon and the Sandals, Volume 1
By Fumi Yoshinaga
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Fumi Yoshinaga must never sleep. She's incredibly prolific. According to Yaoi Suki's biography, (I can't believe Yoshinaga doesn't have a Wikipedia page, wtf?) "The Moon and Sandals" was Yoshinaga's debut manga in 1994. But it's not like you can tell because like all of her manga that I've read, it's tightly plotted and the characters are fleshed out and developed apace with the story. As good as it is, I did think the plot of this story wandered a little too much in the beginning, but it settled down soon enough. What bothered me was I wasn't sure who to cheer for until around page sixty-five or so. And then I wasn't so sure I was happy about it. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:35 PM PST [Link]

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