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Review: What a great book. It had me on the edge of my seat more than once. Fast paced action, original plot and interesting characters, spells and werewolves, shoot-outs and strange supernatural forms... Though I did feel like I was missing a prequel to this story, there was much hinted at and never explained. Hopefully, Connolly will rectify that in the next book in his series. I'll be definitely getting buying it!
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Review: A Stargate SG-1 book. Interesting plot and very "in character," I would say. The interaction between Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c rang true, it really did feel like an episode of the TV series. There were three story lines: Jack, Daniel and Aris', Sam and Teal'c's and then Jacob's. Jack and Daniel's part was the most interesting, though. Overall, a good book. But!

The writing. This would've been a great book if the authors slashed it down and threw away at least 50 pages. The style was way too descriptive in places, I even felt like skipping pages, and overall it seemed very... tedious. For a good portion of the book they just walked and talked and ruminated. I'm all for character building but too much is simply too much.

And with this book, my "150 books in 2009" goal has been achieved! *throws confetti*
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I have so much love for this manga, insane love! For real. I know that the whole card catching part is quite silly but the awesome characters make up for it. And all the slash vibes too, of course. Toya loves Yukito, Yukito loves Toya, Tomoyo loves Sakura... It's so cute! And the way Shaolan blushes every time Yukito smiles at him! And then there's the quite touching relationship that Toya and Sakura have, how they bicker and insult each other, but God forbid someone tries to hurt the one or the other! And the silly, silly banter between Sakura's dad and Tomoyo's mom! Ha!
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Review: Josh Lanyon's stories never disappoint! This is a Christmas story so it's perfect for this season of the year. There were many touching but also many funny moments in this book - I especially liked the "ocelot in the bar" scene and then the flavored condoms thingy. Very amusing. So yes, another m/m hit by Josh Lanyon. What is it about his writing that it just clicks for me every time?
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Review: 2nd in the Remy Chandler series. Better than the first and as before, very Supernatural like in its take on angels. In this book, Remy has to stop the Nomads from releasing Lucifer. And as is usual in Sniegoski's books, the creatures of both Heaven and Hell turn out to be pretty much selfish bastards. Though I admit that sometimes it was hard for me to understand Remy's reasoning: like, he's blaming everything that happened - the war in Heaven, the rift between the fallen angels who stood with Lucifer and the host of Heaven - on Lucifer alone despite doubting God's mercy and the rightfulness of the actions of the Heaven's host himself. So yeah, in the end, reading the book you really do feel like Dean Winchester who told both the demons and the angels to go and screw themselves because neither party was righteous in its doings and goals. I think that people who like the 4th and 5th season of Supernatural would like this series.
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My favorite story in this volume was the first part of "Flowers and the Detective". Though even the other stories were interesting, now that the manga started focusing much more on Count D and Leon and not so much on the "guest stars" of each "episode". Also, the manga is getting much slashier than before. I like that a lot!

But! I'm really disappointed in the English version. Page after page all the apostrophes were replaced with Ö and the list of chapters was all wrong too. Too bad that the German version wasn't available anymore.
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A series of short stories depicting the various adventures of Antoine and Jules in old France. Some are funny, some are touching, there are misunderstandings, hurt and comfort parts, some non-consensual sex and it's also rather graphic so it's not a manga for kids. The last part is a stand-alone story about Laurent and Leon and there's no connection between it and the rest of the Romance plot.

What I really love about Moka Azumi's work is that the men really look like men. Even Antoine who is just too beautiful for words still looks like a man. Gorgeous man but still a man. It's rather unusual in the Japanese manga.
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Review: First in the Remy Chandler series. For once no vampires or werewolves but angels. And I quite like Sniegoski's version which reminds me very much of how angels are portrayed on Supernatural - they are warriors first and foremost and there are the good angels and then there are the dicks. I freely admit that I would have preferred if the story was more fleshed out, if it went into deeper detail but I really liked the characters: Remy, Francis, Marlowe the Dog etc. Inspired by Raymond Chandler's novels, it reads more like a detective story with a big showdown - the showdown itself takes almost 1/4 of the book after all - than your usual urban fantasies. But I liked it a lot and I'll be definitely reading the second book in the series!
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Review: An interesting manga with great potential for future development. This volume consists of stand-alone stories that set the "mood" of the series. The last story tells the reader how Asagi and Amano met. Also, the vibes between those two are rather yaoi-sh - when Amano met Asagi, Asagi was dressed like a girl and Amano fell for him and hard. So far, it looks like he still has it bad for his boss and Asagi teases him mercilessly about that. This manga is funny but also very creepy and there are a lot of nude scenes so it's definitely not for kids!
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Review: Third in the Anita Blake series. A very well-written book, full of action and surprising twists. I really liked Larry, Richard and Stephen, just like Anita's cop friends Dolph and Zerbrowski. And in places the action was so fast that I was literally on the edge of your seat. But!

I just really dislike Anita Blake herself. The fact that she hates anything supernatural often clouds her judgment to the point where she makes grave mistakes that cost people their lives (but only when it's humans does she care, when it's vampires or lycanthropes who get killed, she just shrugs it off). And the same goes for her temper tantrums - Bert annoyed her, so she didn't call back when he paged her. Result? Two dead innocent humans. And she just never learns. And the way she treats lycanthropes? On the one hand she admits that lycanthropy is a disease and she compares its victims to rape victims - then she does 180 and calls them monsters. I just can't stand her holier-than-thou attitude.
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Review: This book feels like a one big filler, I don't even know why. It just plods along, there's no big climax or anything. It follows three story lines: Drizzt, Catti-brie, Regis and Bruenor's, then Wulfgar's and Entreri's. It's a good book but, I don't know, the spark's missing, I guess.

Also, what really irked me was how Drizzt and Catti-brie, mostly it was those two, were all about how they wanted to give Wulfgar time and space to get better - and at the same time they kept nagging and nagging, wanting him to be the same Wulfgar he had been before the yochlol took him, as if they knew better what he needed/wanted. And when it didn't go well, it was hard for them to ~forgive~ Wulfgar his behavior. I was all WHAT? Wulfgar's the victim here, it should be about what ~he~ needs, not what ~you~ need. And the last straw? When Catti-brie consented to sleep with Wulfgar to ~help~ him - right, to sleep with someone out of pity is so good and pristine!

Yes, I'm tired of Drizzt and Catti-brie being the Marty-Sue and Mary-Sue of these books. They can't do any wrong, they are wise and serene and so zen! Right. You know, there's being the "good guy" and then there's "Marty/Mary-sue-ism", and this smacks of the latter.
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Review: Mediocre to average at best. And the synopsis is also misleading, at least two stories in this manga are definitely het - not that I minded terribly but the synopsis suggested something else. The drawings aren't bad per se, but they vary in quality from good to amateurish. The stories had so much potential but they lacked the emotional punch, I guess. I would say that the first story was the best, the one about Lucifer seducing the son of his long lost love. The rest disappointed me. Quickly finished, quickly forgotten.
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Review: As much as I like Jaz, Vayl, Cassandra, Cole and Bergman (hello, Rodney McKay!) this story really didn't hold my interest. Yes, the writing was funny and Jaz's quips hilarious, the story nevertheless dragged in places. Also, the whole body-armor thingy that Lung stole, well, it seemed a bit over the top. I don't know, I just didn't find it all that interesting. The saving grace of this book are the lovable characters, that's for sure. They behave like one big family, though the jealousy between Vayl and Cole is getting quite annoying fast.

To sum it up, a good book but nothing special.
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Review: Very good. So good that I can't wait to read the next part in the series. I was rather surprised that the story was less about the teenage angst - although the Moroi teens behaved pretty much like your normal teens, they were often cruel and heartless - and much more about the horror and intrigue. And Rose, the main heroine... Well, sometimes, she made it rather difficult to actually like her - like when she lied to Christian about Lissa's feelings just because she herself didn't like him or when she behaved a bit like a slut - but she was quite interesting. Though I found Lissa and Christian and their relationship much more interesting than the whole thing between Rose and Dimitri. But the story itself left me wanting more and that's always a good thing.
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Review: Cute little story. Though I couldn't help noticing that it must've been heavily influenced by CWRPS J2 - it might have even started as a fanfic. Oh, I'm not complaining, definitely not. But all the time I expected to see Jared and Jensen, not David and Jason :P
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Review: Second in the "Alpha & Omega" series - and much better than the first, "Cry Wolf"! Anna is finally starting to resemble a strong heroine, even though I still find the secondary characters like Alan Choo, Moira or Ric more interesting. The story is also more intriguing than the previous one and it takes place between "Moon Called" and "Blood Bound" in the Mercy Thompson series by the same author. And the villain... I hoped that it wasn't ~that~ character because I actually really liked that one. Oh well...
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Review: A cute gay historical romance. That's basically it. Leander is a lovable geek and Julien is quite an interesting character himself. I liked all their crazy friends, too, especially Penelope! This is no "deep" literature, just a fun little romance, like Amanda Quick's historical romances just gay. I liked it!
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I'm still a little stunned. I mean, I expected there to be something bad in Fye's past but something this bad? I wonder how he can even function. And I wonder if he remembered the second curse. I mean, Feiwan told him that he didn't need to remember it, so... And it's pretty funny - at the beginning, Kurogane couldn't get away from them fast enough, now he's the one holding the group together. Also, they keep sacrificing pieces of themselves to have their wishes fulfilled, I wonder where that will end...
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Wow, we really did leave the fluff behind. That was creepy and cruel and dark and I'm still stunned. Clamp really knows how to shock. I mean, I hoped that this volume would delve into Fye's past but I didn't expect ~that~! Now I'm curious how the others will react to what Fye did. And how will Fye react. I'm so glad that I bought the next volume already!

Oh, and I feel the insane need to slash Geo and Eagle. I don't even know from which Clamp manga they are but they were so immensely slashable in this book! Maybe I'll look them up and buy their "original" manga if they are as slashable there as they were in here.
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I decided to stick with the German version of their names, it's easier that way for me. So, vol. 18. Am is it just me or was Yuko's explanation of the whole mess Feywan had created rather confusing? On the other hand, this volume has got to have the most gorgeous picture of Fye - the one where he's all vamp-y and slit-eyed and he's licking Kurogane's blood off his fingers. Wow, that's beautifully drawn. And a Fye-related cliffhanger, too!

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