katikat: (reading-newspaper-sky)
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Review: 3rd in the "Starfleet Academy" series - don't ask me why I read it out of order, heh :) This is a young adult book so the plot is pretty thin - just like the book itself - and rather straightforward and uncomplicated. Unfortunately, I do prefer a bit more twists and turns and at least a surprise or two. Also, I didn't like the fact that 99% of the book was told from McCoy's POV and then suddenly, for just two scenes, it switched to the bad guy's POV - it could've been handled differently, with McCoy hiding and listening to the bad guys' conversation or something; this abrupt change of POV was a bit... strange.

But I loved McCoy's monologues, his acerbic comments and his "OMG, we will so die here!!!" attitude, that was pretty funny. Kirk didn't click for me much here, but I did like the way the three of them - Kirk, Spock and McCoy - influenced each other's way of thinking.

So, all in all, a good book, a quick read but not all that memorable.
katikat: (glasses-book-white)
Vol. 3: Not as good as the previous volume, mostly because it was basically a stand alone story in which Kubota and Tokito investigated a cult and became friends with a freelance reporter. We did learn more about Tokito's past, though. And the bonus story was incredibly cute!

Vol. 4: Sometimes, I just want to shake the characters hard and order them to, you know, TALK to each other. So much trouble could've been avoided here, if Kubota had just talked to Tokito, if he had told him the truth from the get-go...

The bonus story made me sad. The ending was quite tragic and even though I didn't like that character much, it still made me sad...

Vol. 5: This volume fleshed out the characters of Kubota and Tokito, mostly through the POV of a neighbor's kid, Shouta. It's set between vol. 1 and 2. I loved to see all the little things about those two, as viewed by an outsider. A good one.

Vol. 6: That was really... bloody. Yikes. But it showed nicely how far Kubota would go for Tokito. For Kubota, nobody but Tokito matters and it was great that he finally understood that. And the strange thing is, their relationship still isn't sexual! Just very... co-dependent.
katikat: (woman-black-reading)
Vol. 1: What a weird, weird manga. So violent and raw, there are no good guys in this, only Yakuza members, murderers and arms and drug dealers. The main hero is Makoto Kubota, who's in this all for himself - but at the same time, he's strangely selfless. I wonder what's up with his aversion to sex in general, het or gay. Quite intriguing. And did I mention how weird it is?

Vol. 2: This manga's getting better and better. The relationship between Kubota and Tokito fascinates me. It's not sexual but still crazily possessive and protective. And it's so funny to watch Tokito bristle when everybody calls him a "cat".

And again, the manga is quite violent, so definitely not for faint-hearted people.



And I'm done with the "144 in 2010" challenge! W00t! Go me! *throws confetti*
katikat: (reading-lamp)
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Review: Great premise and a great setting. Josh Lanyon sure knows how to evoke emotions - when Colin entered the underground room and suddenly became scared that someone would lock him in and he would suffocate, it really got my heart racing. And I liked all the backstory for Agro and Swanhild. But!

At the same time, the book felt... rushed. People in this world knew about magic. But what were the Arcane Services and how did they operate? How did Septimus stop the sea monster? Also, Septimus' declaration of love seemed to have come completely out of the blue. And the ending was so abrupt. They just let Irania go? Why did the faery woman help Colin? Did Colin have a magic of his own in the end or not?

So many loose ends, so many questions left unanswered. I was a bit disappointed.
katikat: (woman-black-reading)
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Review: This is exactly the kind of sci-fi I like: set in space and portraying heroes. I wish there was a show like that on TV right now. I really liked John and the way he kept the whole fleet in check while aware of his own shortcomings and of the need to hide them. And I'm really curious about the possibility of a non-human life form they found. I'll definitely read the next book in the series.
katikat: (reading-lamp)
Vol. 3: I find Koji's obsession with Izumi fascinating - if creepy - and it's too bad that it's not more focused. The story seems rather all over the place. Also, I'm not a big fan of sports so all the soccer scenes are kind of boring for me.

I also liked the stand alone story at the end. Too bad it just skimmed the surface, that it didn't go deeper into the friendship between the two main characters, there was a lot of potential there.

Vol. 4: The best volume yet, all about Koji and Izumi, no stand alone stories. I'm glad that the author stepped up the tension between the boys. It's fascinating, the way they drive each other crazy. They can't be apart but when they're together, they are destroying each other. This manga is definitely not for faint-hearted people.

Vol. 5: 3.5 stars but only because there's yet again a stand alone story in this volume that has nothing to do with the main pairing, Koji and Izumi. I was glad to see that the boys finally gave in to their feelings and realized that they just couldn't be separated. When they're together, they are hurting only each other. When they're apart, they hurt people around them too, not just each other. Their relationship is obsessive, abusive and dark, but also incredibly fascinating because of that.

4 more books to go and I'll meet the 144 in 2010 challenge!
katikat: (reading-newspaper-sky)
Vol. 1: You know, I think I love the potential this manga has more than the manga itself. Katou and Iwaki are two very intriguing characters but their interaction, the way they react, is so full of pathos it's slightly cringe-worthy. The sex is hot, though, that's true.

Didn't care one iota about the stand alone story at the end.

Vol. 2: I absolutely didn't get Iwaki's reactions in this volume. Everything was Katou's fault, no matter what. And what's up with Iwaki smacking Katou around all the time? I have the sensitivity of a brick, I admit that, but Iwaki's behavior's making me uncomfortable because it's bordering on abuse. And, of course, more pathos *cringes*

The art is unique, the sex scenes hot - but the writing is kind of awful.

Vol. 3: I didn't understand why Iwaki kept calling Katou selfish. It rang rather untrue to me. But once again, the art was amazing and the sex incredibly hot. It's just too bad that the writing wasn't all that good.

This is the last volume that I own and I don't think I'll try to get my hands on the rest available. I think that there are better yaoi manga out there.
katikat: (woman-headphones-bed)
These stories were much better than what was presented in the anthology "My Man Jeeves" - all the stories were centered around Bertie this time, told from his POV - on the other hand, Jonathan Cecil's reading wasn't up to Martin Jarvis' standards (I especially disliked the way his voice started to sound so wet, like his mouth was full of saliva, when he had to read long monologues - it made me swallow and swallow just hearing it).
katikat: (reading-white)
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Review: One of the creepiest Judge Dee stories - it's set in a secluded Taoist monastery in the mountains, in a monastery full of secret rooms and passages and crazy, crazy people - but also one of the funniest - Dee has the flu and he's even grumpier than what's usual for him. We also learn more about Dee's personal life, that he has three wives, called the First, Second and Third Lady in the book, and about his assistant, Tao Kan. The story itself is rather gory, bodies hacked apart and similar stuff. As I said, creepy.
katikat: (reading-lamp)
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Review: I needed a change of pace, so I chose an old mystery book, one of the Judge Dee Chinese mysteries, that I read a long time ago - and it was just as good this time around. I know that van Gulik's books aren't exactly known for their historical accuracy - the Judge Dee mysteries are set in the 7th century - but I love them nonetheless for their atmosphere and for the camaraderie between Dee and his bodyguards, in this book Chiao Tai. Loved it.

But the Czech translation was awful. Oh my God, I work as a translator too and that was... Trash. I mean it. I'm not saying my work is worthy of an award but this... *shudders*
katikat: (W_Headphones)
Wodehouse's stories are certainly written for reading aloud and Martin Jarvis reads them in such a hilarious way that you simply have to laugh out loud. Too bad that not all of the stories are about Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves. Only two actually are: "Bertie Changes His Mind" and "Fixing It for Freddie". The rest is told from the point of view of Bertie's various crazy friends. I've seen the show Jeeves&Wooster and those stories that actually don't have Bertie and Jeeves as the main heroes were re-written for them in the show and to be honest, they were even funnier that way. I especially loved the story "Doing Clarence a Bit Good" in the show where Bertie had a big problem stealing the painting, almost gluing himself to a table. That was hilarious.
katikat: (atlantis-john-rodney-chair)
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Review: Quite an interesting book, told from Carson Beckett's POV. I was glad that Carson didn't simply stick to his convictions rigidly. By the end of the book he understood why the leader did what he did, he understood that, with the means available and with no one willing to help, they really didn't have much choice. I think the point of this book was the understanding that it's easy to criticize when it's not you doing the tough decisions.
katikat: (reading-lamp)
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Review: What started as an intriguing sci-fi quickly turned into a porny PWP. I was so disappointed because the idea was quite interesting. But instead of exploring the differences between humans and the Kuryeen, the author used the setting only as a springboard for the two main characters' humping. Some very interesting plots were touched upon - like Liam's detoxification - but it was all swept under the rug and the ending was so abrupt as if the author suddenly ran out of space. Disappointed.
katikat: (reading-newspaper-sky)
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Review: 2nd in the "Madison Avery" series - and the last one I'll read. The characters are downright unlikable. Madison is a little miss know it all and dumb as a lamp post. She wants to change the way dark reapers and light repears do things but she can't even keep Nakita and Barnabas from arguing or manage one reap without making a huge mess of things because she acts first and thinks later. And most of the book is made up of them - Madison, Barnabas, Nakita and Grace - arguing. About every single, simple thing. All the time. No, just no.
katikat: (reading-white)
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Review: 2nd in the "The Walker Papers" series. I really like Joanne, Gary, Morrison, Billy and the others. I really do. But this book... In the middle, I had to put it on hold because it bored me so much. And it also annoyed me, which is never a good combination. What I didn't like...

a) The fact that Coyote went missing and Judy appeared and Joanne didn't even question it. She just accepted Judy as her teacher and that was that.

b) The fact that she thought that bringing a godling, Virissong, into this world was a good idea in the first place. For Christ's sake! When has ever been something like that a good idea?!

c) This book has 400 pages and good 2/3 of it was spent on various soul quests and spirit quests and shamanic teachings and whatnot. The murder investigation made up just a fraction of the story. And because I'm definitely not a spiritual person, it bored me to tears.

I would love to read more books in this series because the characters are incredibly likable, but Joanne needs to stop being utterly stupid right this moment!
katikat: (reading-lamp)
#125 was Matsuri Akino's manga "Pet Shop of Horrors #5" and in the review, I said: "I'm losing interest in this manga. 5 volumes in and it's still the same old, same old spiel, short stories in which Count D and Leon have only short stints and it's all about the characters who come to buy an animal in Count D's shop. And I should care about them why? It's boring :("

#126 was John Meaney's "Bone Song" (Tristopolis #1), a translation and a re-read for me from 2009, and in the review I had said, back then: "Wow. Okay, the beginning was a bit slow and it took me a while to get into the book - but then I couldn't put it down. The world that John Meaney built is stunning, a world where everything runs on the power of the dead, mostly their bones. It's scary and creepy and it takes time to get used to it, to be perfectly honest. The setting aside, this is basically a mystery book. I fell in love with it once Donal joined Laura's team. I'm now really curious how the team members will react to what happened in the last chapter, at the very end of the book. That means I will be reading the next one in the series for sure! The most captivating quote: Do you hear the bones?"

18 books to go in the "144 in 2010 challenge"!
katikat: (reading-newspaper-sky)
So, I read 9 manga this week. I thought I wouldn't bore anybody with my thoughts on them, seeing as most people on my flist have at least some idea of what "Bleach" is. But my favorite part in all the volumes? Ichigo and Ishida fighting the Menos Grande. Yup.

20 books to go to finish the "144 in 2010" challenge!
katikat: (woman-painting)
Review: This manga is silly. And funny. And so, so over the top. Not just the fights, but also the characters, their traits. Like Rukia's love for anything cute, the fact she sucks at drawing and that she lives in Ichigo's bedroom closet. And that's just one character! But in the middle of all the crazy, something dark and serious usually pops up - like the fate of the "modified souls" - and it feels even darker compared to all the funny stuff going around. I quite like the manga.
katikat: (T_Champagne)
I'm so sad to see the series end. This must be, hands down, Kazuma Kodaka's best manga. The art is beautiful and the characters feel so real, they grow, they mature, they change, they marry and have kids, they move in together and they have sex, sometimes oh so hot, sometimes awkward and messy... All of the characters are three-dimensional, all of them have their own little story to tell. It's amazing. I laughed out loud and I teared up reading this manga. Is there anything better?
katikat: (book-glasses)
Review: I love this manga so much. The characters are always evolving and moving forward, changing and maturing. Masami and Toru become a couple and move in together, Masayoshi finds a flat for himself and admits to Arisawa that maybe, just maybe he does have some feelings for him and we also find out more about Catherine-san and her friendship with Yoshiyuki, Masami and Masayoshi's father. I also love how accepting everybody is of Catherine-san, a transgendered person. It's such a warm-hearted manga...

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