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J LHLS Archives: September 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Written by Sean Michael
Published by Torque Press
ISBN-10: 1-60370-434-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-434-2

Review by Linda Yau

BDSM dominant, Marcus Goodfellow never imagined he will find a perfect submissive for him until he meets ex-Professor Jim Upton at the local bookstore. In spite of the dark and lonely past that placed Jim into a self-imposed existence. Marcus pursues him relentlessly to make him realize that under all that layers of denial, lays a man who is in need of someone. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 07:46 PM PST [Link]

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Gentleman's Kiss vol. 1
Story and Art: Shinri Fuwa
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-581-x
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-581-0

Review by Kris

I seem to be on a yakuza reading binge. First it was A Gentleman's Kiss. I followed it up with Yakuza in Love vol. 3. Then it was the yaoi novel Sleeping with Money. I rounded it out with Totally Captivated vol. 4. OK, Totally Captivated is a Korean manhwa but it still deals with organized crime. All these other reviews will come later, but this one is dedicated to Shinri Fuwa-sensei's A Gentleman's Kiss vol. 1.

Homura Yasobe is a young, handsome businessman. He's also being groomed on being his father's successor. His father happens to be a yakuza boss. Homura is carrying a huge secret with him as well. He has a male lover, Touji Karasuma, who happens to be the successor of his father's business. That business is as a yakuza boss, and rival faction to Homura's. The two met in high school, but started seeing one another many years later. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 07:00 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Clear Skies vol. 1
Story by: Akira Sugano
Art by: Etsumi Ninomiya
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-575-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-575-9

Review by Kris

Clear Skies was a yaoi novel before it was made into a two book manga series. Feel free to check out my previous review for the novel. The first volume of the series covers about the first half of the book.

Taiga Obinata is the man of the house. He is the oldest male in his family of rowdy younger brothers. There is an older sister they look up to, but she does her own thing most of the time. We have the opportunity to see that when Shuu Asuou and a yakuza punk named Yuuta show up on the Obinata's doorstep. According to Shuu, he and Shima (the sister) were recently married. No one believed him until a phone call from Shima sets them all straight. No one seems cool with the arrangement, especially Taiga. Taiga is an editor for a sci-fi magazine and Shuu is an author for the same magazine. Not only are they coworkers but they are former classmates as well. It seems we are in for a wild ride.

Posted by Kris @ 05:55 PM PST [Link]

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Ruby in the Smoke
By Philip Pullman
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0394895894
ISBN-13: 9780394895895

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

This is the first of a series of children's books written by Philip Pullman, the author of "The Golden Compass", which is part of a trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" that has been denounced as atheistic by the Catholic Church. Never having read these books, nor seen the movie based upon "The Golden Compass", I don't have any preconceived notions of the author's alleged atheism or the grudge he supposedly has against the Catholic Church, of which I am a member. Therefore I was able to judge this charming book on its own merits. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 09:10 PM PST [Link]

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