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J LHLS Archives: June 2005

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Written by Hee-Joon Son
Art by Youn-Kyung Kim
TokyoPop, Inc. 2005

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

Hee-Joon Son, the author of iD_eNTITY, has come up with a horribly plausible idea for the next next generation of videogame consoles -- dream-mode. Dream-mode allows players to jack into their MMORPG of choice to play all night instead of just frittering away eight hours sleeping. So, yes, this means that five to ten years from now I will be a psychotic, REM-state deprived zombie, but I will have finished Final Fantasy XII, by golly! [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 10:28 PM PST [Link]

Visitor 1
By Yee-Jung No
TokyoPop, Inc. 2005

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

The first thing that hits you about Yee-Jung No's Visitor is the artwork. The style is teen romance with an eerie edge too it. A handful of the main characters have the big sparkly eyes and lush hairstyles so typical of teen romances. In stark contrast, other characters are drawn in a much simpler, no frills graphic style.

This juxtaposition of styles makes the more elaborately rendered characters stand out to the point of seeming out of place. The "everyday" characters at the high school in which this story is set are so plain they make the exceptional characters seem almost like supernatural beings. [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 10:14 PM PST [Link]

Friday, June 10, 2005

Excerpts from an exciting new book on Delta blues (think Muddy Water's thoughts) that reviewer Betsy Phillips worked on: Lost Delta Found. Many are called but damn few are cool enough. Or something.

This book isn't shipping yet, but here's the Powells link. God, how does anyone compete with Amazon anymore?

Posted by Editor @ 11:49 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Specialty perfume blends: Organic Herba Fresca, Organic Coco Coriandre, and Organic Aqua Fioria from Escential Oils and Lotions

Review by Kathy LaFollett

I've never been a big jewelry fan. I only wear my wedding rings. I've never been a perfume fan either. Most scents seemed contrived, chemical, and fake. Like cheap makeup.

I'm still not a big fan of jewelry. But the three specialty blends from have completely changed my mindset about fragrances. After a short time of having them, I feel naked if I don't wear one of them. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:06 PM PST [Link]

Are You There Alone? The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates
By Suzanne O'Malley
Published by Simon and Schuster
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*The updated edition "Are You There Alone?" features a new chapter on the appeal of the Yates case, as well as personal updates on both Andrea and Rusty Yates.

Review by Kathy LaFollett

I lightly followed the Yates murders when it hit MSNBC and CNN like a Mac Truck. I remember thinking, no mother in her right mind could do such a thing -- 5 times in a row -- without being insane. No way. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:00 PM PST [Link]

Monday, June 6, 2005

Lions, Tigers and Bears 1-3
By Mike Bullock and Jack Lawrence
Published by Image Comics

Review by Kathryn Ramage

Oh my!

Despite the title, this children's comics series has only a basic thematic similarity to The Wizard of Oz: a young person is drawn into a fabulous fantasy world, journeys to see the ruler of this land, faces some dangers, and learns some important lessons about growing up along the way. Instead of a scarecrow and tinman, our young hero's companions are all huge jungle cats (and not one of them cowardly).

Our hero is a young boy named Joey, who is moving to a new home and is trying to overcome his fear of the dark. He is especially worried about the monsters in his closet, which he calls "The Beasties." [more]

Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 08:44 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Story and Art by Joe Sacco
Published by Fantagraphics

Review by Kathy LaFollett

I've put off writing this review on Palestine for about 2 weeks. I can't find a place to put my foot down on the opening sentence to this article. How can I possibly meet the author's extreme skill, intelligence, patience, empathy and artful execution I find myself thinking "I am not worthy" to write a word.

The Israel/Palastine conflict (and I use that word "conflict" VERY loosely in reference) is SO convoluted, so OLD, so very very deep and painful only those in the theatre of conflict and inherent to the history truly understand the immensely doomed situation. Until 2001 when Palestine was first published. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 03:07 PM PST [Link]

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