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J LHLS Archives: July 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Christina, Queen of Sweden
By Veronica Buckley
Published by HarperPerennial, 2005
ISBN: 9780060736187
ISBN10: 0060736186

Review by Chad Denton

Queen Christina Vasa of Sweden is a topic that should be formidable but rewarding for any biographer. It is true that she fails to meet the criteria that usually earn the "great people" the books that map out their lives and motives. Scholars of women's history, if they take some of her pronouncements utterly seriously, might see her as a female misogynist; besides, rather than being a good sample of royal and aristocratic women's experiences, Christina instead spent a lifetime ducking the hurdles and avoiding the paths European society placed before the women of her time. By the chilly standards of political history, Christina was almost a non-entity even though she was born a monarch, her reign one dull gap between Sweden's time as one of the leading Protestant nations in the Thirty Years War and the era of Swedish dominance that overshadowed northern European history in the late 1600s. Even though she was an accomplished polyglot academic, for intellectual history Christina has no scientific discoveries or philosophical breakthroughs or groundbreaking writings or translations to offer up, just her correspondences with scholarly superstars like René Descartes, Anne Le Fèvre Dacier, and Pierre Gassendi. [more]

Posted by Chad Denton @ 08:44 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

VIZ announced today that all 37 episodes of the DEATH NOTE anime are now available for purchase and download at Apple's iTunes store. It looks like they are US $1.99 per episode. Some episodes of BLEACH and NARUTO are also available at iTunes. I'm very happy to see more and more high-quality anime officially available online.

"VIZ Media is committed to giving fans the best in animated entertainment and we are thrilled to have captivating and unique series like NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE now available on iTunes to provide the best options in delivering exciting animated content in a high quality digital way," says David Rewalt, Senior Director of Retail Development at VIZ Media. "For new fans, iTunes also presents a flexible and portable way to view content when and where they want. We look forward to fans visiting iTunes for the latest in Japanese animation."

Tom Good

Posted by Tom Good @ 06:48 PM PST [Link]

Christmas Sucks: What to Do When Fruitcake, Family, and Finding the Perfect Gift Make You Miserable
Written by: Joanne Kimes
Published by Adams Media
ISBN-10: 1598698125
ISBN-13: 9781598698121

Review by Kris

I know I'm not the only one out there. Haven't you noticed Christmas decorations mixed in with your swimwear choices? Or during the commercial break while watching your favorite Halloween horror flick a commercial comes on and reminds you that you need to start your Christmas shopping? In my opinion the Christmas commercial during Halloween is probably scarier than anything you will see on the telly. Thanks to Joanne Kimes, author of such books as Pregnancy Sucks and Dating Sucks comes a book to help those of us who dread the holiday season. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 04:01 PM PST [Link]

Story and art by Satomi Sugita
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569705631
ISBN-13: 9781569705636

Review by Jilly Gee

Tooru Katsuragi, the second of three brothers, remembers his cousin, Takara, as kind and warm, especially to Tooru. When Takara suddenly shows up to live with the Katsuragi brothers years later, however, he is cold and abrupt, especially to Tooru, stating that he had never wanted to see him in the first place. What happened to those happy childhood days? [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 02:44 AM PST [Link]

Monday, July 14, 2008

Roureville vol. 1
Story and Art: E. Hae
Published by NETCOMICS
ISBN-10: 1-60009-208-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-60009-209-1

Review by Kris

Evan Pryce is a reporter for The New York Times. He seems to be at the top of his game. He even broke a story involving South American terrorists. Since he has a bounty on his head he's been living in his cubicle at the office. A call comes in about a ghost in a small town and Evan's boss feels it is the perfect opportunity to get Evan out of the office and in an unidentifiable location until the death threats subside. Evan reluctantly agrees as you can hear a collective sigh of relief from the rest of the office.

The town is Roureville. It's so small it's not even on a map. The only information he had to go on is that Roureville is located somewhere between California and Yellowstone National Park. That's quite the large area to search. Ten days pass and asking just about everyone he could find, Evan had no success and no gas. Standing next to his car, with nothing and no one around, he catches the sight of a priest. Seizing the opportunity he approaches the priest and asks if he knows where Roureville is. Instead of the answer he expected, the priest flipped out and told him to get lost. Once the priest is gone, Evan finds a neglected sign pointing the way to Roureville. It's also the road that the priest walked down. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 08:26 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Promise of Romance
Story by: Kyoko Akitsu
Illustrations by: Tooko Miyagi
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-710-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-710-4

Review by Kris

I'm going to say this first. Initially I had no desire, I repeat no desire, to read this book. I read the synopsis on Juné's website and it didn't do anything for me. It wasn't until I read Ryes review of it that I changed my mind (click here to read her review).

Edward, aka as Lord Argyle, is one of England's most eligible bachelors. When his parents died in an automobile accident the will stipulates that he must marry by the time he turns 26. If he doesn't, he loses everything, the money, the estate, everything. With a meddling butler, a caring uncle, and a nasty uncle are all trying to marry him off to someone. Edward enjoys being a playboy and schemes with his schoolmate, Neville, to hire himself a fiancé. There is a family heirloom, a ring, that the woman who wears that ring is the one that the man will marry, according to family lore. Edward gave the ring away to someone who was in need and figured that he could hire her. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 08:27 PM PST [Link]

Caged Slave
Story by: Yuiko Takamura
Illustrated by: An Kanae
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-735-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-735-7

Review by Kris

Tsukasa Shinozaki has really bad luck with men. Part of the problem is that he is extremely good looking. When men approach him, they only look at his outward appearance and only want him for his good looks and smokin' body. Because of this he has developed a complex and has very little self-confidence. For the past year he had been dating his boss but recently his boss tossed him aside to become engaged to the daughter of the president of the company that they work for. To add insult to injury, Tsukasa was demoted to a crappy position in the company. He had been working as a secretary and actually doing a good job. To drown his sorrows, one evening he finds himself drinking by himself in a hotel bar. When fate appears. A mysterious stranger buys him a drink and then proceeds to invite him to his room. Tsukasa is starving for some physical action and takes him up on the offer. They have quite the passionate night of hot, sweaty, wild sex. The next morning Tsukasa wants to know the name of this gorgeous, mysterious stranger. But the only answer he gets is that the room they are in will be reserved again next week and Tsukasa is more than welcome to join him for some more hot sex. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 07:11 PM PST [Link]

Sweet Admiration
Story by: Yuuki Kousaka
Illustrations by: Midori Shena
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-732-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-732-6

Review by Kris

One summer during Katsuya's childhood, his life changed forever. Kazuki and Shio came to spend the summer with their Uncle. Katsuya and Kazuki were the same age and became friends immediately. Shio is Kazuki's older brother. Katsuya is an only child and both his parents work full time. He doesn't know what it's like to have someone waiting for him at home after a long day of playing with friends. He always appreciated when Shio would come and pick up Kazuki and they would walk Katsuya home. From that summer on Katsuya loved Shio. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 01:52 PM PST [Link]

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