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J LHLS Archives: December 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Trinity Blood: Chapter 2 (DVD)
Trinity Blood Website
Review by Tom Good
"Thinking of things is your strong point. My strong point is not thinking of things." -- Trinity Blood, Chapter 2
Trinity Blood seems designed to confound our expectations. The post-apocalyptic future looks a lot like the past. The Pope is a child, and priests can be robots or vampires. The hero, Abel Nightroad, acts like a bashful geek most of the time -- when he isn't transformed into a terrifying killing machine. And the sexiest character so far is a nun.
Sister Noelle is drawn like a stripper whose nun costume is destined to be on the floor within minutes. Yet she also has the power to see feelings "in the way most people see colors" and track where people have been. In the English dub, Christine Auten gives Noelle a pleasantly sultry voice, but also conveys her thoughtful and sensitive sides. This makes her relationship with Abel Nightroad convincing and interesting, as well as funny. The skillful balance in this performance is just one reason why I enjoyed Chapter 2 even more than Chapter 1. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 07:39 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Edited by Rob Knight
E-book published by Torquere Press
Review by Lynn Loper
'Eternal Darkness' is a collection of stories about vampires, with a nice little twist: they're all gay and they're all blind. And they all have sex a lot, so there's the porn element.
The sex is – well, workmanlike. They get right to it. All the parts fit into the right slots; every story includes everything you might want to read about. Or do.
But the stories, and the characters...you'd think that a gay, blind vampire would have led a different, more dangerous, more exciting life. Even the one who was born a slave and buried alive has settled into a nice vampiric middle age with secure investments. They have nothing better to do than cruise bars and coffeehouses, and they're always waiting for that One True Love, the guy who wanders off with them and is willing – no, eager – to be Changed, and live happily ever after. [more]
Posted by Lynn Loper @ 08:31 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Ranma ½: The Final Episode, (Vol. 36)
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi
English Language Version produced by VIZ, 2006
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
As devoted readers of my reviews know (or would know if there actually were any devoted readers of my reviews) I luuuuuv Rumiko Takahashi and of all my favorite Takahashi favorites, the Ranma ½ series is my favorite-est. Therefore my expectations were high when I picked up this the final volume of my favorite-est favorite manga ever.
Takahashi herself pumps up the volume by putting a picture on the cover that fans have waited the whole series to see -- reluctant fiancées Ranma and Akane in full wedding gear. I won’t give away the end, but I will tell you that you the cover is not simply part of a bait and switch ploy. You do get to see Ranma and Akane in those lovely white outfits. Wedding invitations do go out. The ceremony… Okay, I’m shutting up now. You have to read the manga to find out. To cut any stress-inducing suspense out of this review, let me go ahead and tell you that I think you should read the manga. [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 06:32 PM PST [Link]
Julius Winsome: A Novel
By Gerard Donovan
Published by The Overlook Press
Review by Kathryn Ramage
I probably shouldn't have read this book so soon after Tales of Woodsman Pete. While I was reading Julius Winsome, a sentence from my Woodsman Pete review kept popping into my head: "It's a lonely existence... and it's made him a mite peculiar."
Julius Winsome lives a lonely existence in a cabin in the woods with only two companions: a dog named Hobbes and the collection of books left to him by his father. There was also once a girl-friend, who suggested he get a dog to keep him company, and has since left him for someone else. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 01:05 PM PST [Link]
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