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J LHLS Archives: May 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Switching Sides
Written by Beth Wylde
Published by Torquere Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-344-4
ISBN-10: 1-60370-344-6

Review by Linda Yau

Elizabeth enjoys sex with men, and is determined to sleep with her date. The only problem that occurred was when he hightails it out of the bar-restaurant after Elizabeth made her intentions clear. Confused, Elizabeth sits at the bar, barely able to afford for the drinks when Kara approaches her. She is a neighbor of Elizabeth's. What follows is a night of intense fiery passion that made Elizabeth realizes that she may not like men as much as she use to. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 03:53 PM PST [Link]

Sweet Admiration
By Yuuki Kousaka
Illustrations by Midori Shena
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

Sweet Admiration by Yuuki Kousaka is a nice novel about businessmen falling in love, kind of similar to The Man Who Doesn't Take Off His Clothes. Except in this one, Katsuya and Shio already know each other from the past.

Katsuya and Kazuki were childhood friends who spent one crazy summer together, but became so close that they always kept in touch. Kazuki has a brother named Shio who is so beautiful that Katsuya's been in love all these years. When he hears that the company Shio works at in Tokyo is hiring, Katsuya jumps at the opportunity to get to know Shio better. But when they end up rooming together Katsuya finds out Shio has changed. [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 07:07 AM PST [Link]

A Promise of Romance
By Kyoko Akitsu
Illustrations by Tooko Miyagi
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

I'll admit happily that my preconceptions for this novel were proven wrong. Because this novel included cross-dressing, I expected the main character to be weepy or girly, but he was neither of those two. The characters and the plot were engaging and this was a great afternoon read! [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 06:32 AM PST [Link]

Little Darling
By Matsuri Kouzuki
Illustrations by Naduki Koujima
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

Little Darling tries to achieve a lot and is very ambitious with its plot and character relationships. I feel that the novel could have been a success in the hands of a more competent author. A lot of the issues I find with this novel are completely subjective, so I hope this review doesn't come off as a discouragement for buying this book. [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 04:41 AM PST [Link]

Monday, May 26, 2008

Red Skin
Written by Tracey Shellito
Published by Torquere Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-149-5
ISBN-10: 1-60370-149-4

Review by Linda Yau

Once a year, there is work for cattle herders moving their animals in search of food. Ross temporarily has a job as one of those herders; he is also a fine good shot. His fellow crew member mentions how easily it would be for Ross to become a Pinkerton or Marshall, but the young man always refuses. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 07:29 PM PST [Link]

Mahape a ale wala'au
Written by Paul G. Bens
Published by Torquere Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-279-9
ISBN-10: 1-60370-279-2

Review by Linda Yau

Visiting the island of Waikiki, Hawaii is a memorable location, balmy and breezy the culture is something to experience. This is where Toshi, a Japanese businessman takes his winter vacation at; away from the busy office. Toshi clearly identifies himself as homosexual with Japanese people having fetishes. A chance encounter with Kristopher, a street performer had him starting an exhibitionist game that would lead to one night of passion. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 07:27 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Taming the Mountain Mist
Written by K.C. Warwick
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Jilly Gee

As the new commander for a Roman garrison, British-born Justin has a lot of adjusting to do. It is fortunate then, that he should meet the handsome shape-shifter, Falan, to help him with getting acquainted with the area. As the village healer and leader of the wolves that the villagers seem to revere, he and Justin are able to meet on several official occasions and many unofficial ones as well. This being an erotic romance, the unofficial meetings consist of much more than casual conversation and sharing meals. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 11:19 PM PST [Link]

Honey and Clover
Directed by Masahiro Takata
Screenplay by Masahiko Kawahara and Masahiro Takata
Based on the Manga by Chica Umino
Distributed by VIZ Media

Review by Kris

This is the blurb on the VIZ Media website:

"Based on the popular manga by Chica Umino which has sold over 10 million copies in Japan, Honey and Clover is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students who try to find their way. But when an innocent and talented 19-year-old girl enters their lives, things get a lot more complicated as love triangles result. Starring Yu Aoi (Hula Girls) and J-pop star Sho Sakurai. Directed by Masahiro Takata."

Honey and Clover follows the lives of five students at the same art college. The focus is on the interaction of these students with those around them. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 02:54 PM PST [Link]

Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go, Vol. 1 & 2 (Boxed Set)
By Tatsuo Yoshida
Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN: 1569707316

Review by Tom Good

As a child, I had very little disbelief in need of suspension, and I accepted Speed Racer as practically a documentary about auto racing. So when I revisited it I finally noticed how completely weird it is. But its delightful, retro kind of strangeness also makes it very readable today. DMP has published a beautiful two-volume boxed set of the original Speed Racer manga by Tatsuo Yoshida. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 12:11 PM PST [Link]

Hula Girls
Directed by Sang-il Lee
Screenplay by Sang-il Lee and Daisuke Habara
Distributed by VIZ Media

Review by Kris

The movie Hula Girls has been reviewed once on this site by the fantastic Ginger Mayerson, be sure to read her review here. I 've been given the opportunity to review it also. Hula Girls is based on a true story. It's amazing that something so inspirational could have really happened. In 1965 in the town of Iwakishi, the Joban coal mine has been providing jobs for many years. It has been decided that the mine would close and they would lay off many of the workers. To help soften the impact of the job cuts the mine management decide to use the hot springs nearby to their advantage. They decide to open a Hawaiian Center to take advantage of tourist dollars. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:37 AM PST [Link]

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