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J LHLS Archives: July 2005

Friday, July 29, 2005

Beet The Vandel Buster, Vol. 5
by Riku Sanjo and Koji Inada
Published by VIZ Media

Review by Tom Good

As I read the first few pages of Beet Vol. 5, I chuckled at some of the odd character names: Beet, Rozzgoat, Frausky, Grineed. The next thing I knew, twenty minutes had passed, and I was gripping the edges of the book, enthralled by the battle scenes and concerned for the main characters. In this fantasy action manga, Koji Inada poses the characters for maximum effect in a series of balletic fight sequences. Beet's feet seem to sink into the ground when he fires his weapon at full power, and the reader can almost feel the impact of various attacks, falls, and explosions. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 10:37 PM PST [Link]

Vampire Princess Miyu, Volume 1 and Volume 2
By Narumi Kakinouchi
English translation by AnimEigo, 2005

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

There's something sexy about an import. This is true for cars, wine, and, surprisingly enough, folklore. The Japanese are as crazy about Western-style vampires as Americans are about ninjas and samurai. Like almost all cultures, the Japanese have their own home-grown vampire myths. However, in the same way that a BMW seems to glitter more brightly than a Buick, anime artists tend to evoke Dracula more often than native kyuketsuki. [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 10:26 PM PST [Link]

Monday, July 25, 2005

Edited by Range Murata
Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Tom Good

In Hanaharu Naruco's Picnic, the second story in this collection, the Shibuya district of Tokyo appears as an abandoned, overgrown ruin, an image I found as startling and memorable as the final scene in the original Planet of the Apes movie. Each of Robot's 20 stories is quite short, but they manage to pack a lot of emotionally involving images into a few pages. The gorgeous full-color, large size format also helps to show off each of these artists. Range Murata, the editor of this collection, is also known for his work on the anime Last Exile. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 10:30 PM PST [Link]

The Pirate Coast. Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
by Richard Zacks
Published by Hyperion

Review by Tom Good

The Marine Corps hymn begins:

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea.

As a child, I learned to play that tune on the piano, but not until reading The Pirate Coast did I learn what actually happened on the shores of Tripoli. Richard Zacks recounts this episode in history, a story so full of larger-than-life characters, bold deeds, and strange twists that it often seems more like the plot from a Hollywood movie than anything that could have really happened. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 03:12 PM PST [Link]

Marriage Most Scandalous
By Johanna Lindsey
Published by Pocket Books, 2005

Review By Ida Vega-Landow

I've been addicted to Regency Romance novels since I was twelve. Growing up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City, where you traditionally got new clothes only three times a year, at Christmas, Easter, and on your birthday (if at least one of your parents was working, that is!), it was a delightful piece of escapism for me to read about beautiful young noble ladies making their coming out in tailored gowns of exquisite materials like silk, satin, and organdy, trimmed with lace or shiny buttons of gold, or silver, or jet. Not to mention the pretty hats they wore, trimmed with ribbons, feathers and fake fruit. And all the accessories like gloves, scarves, shoes, fans, muffs and so on, all lovingly described in great detail by imaginative authors like Georgette Heyer, the foremost among Regency Romance writers, in my opinion. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 02:59 PM PST [Link]

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