Book # 114

Oct. 24th, 2011 07:48 pm
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"Excalibur Vol. 1: Forging The Sword" by Chris Claremont

4 stars out of 5

Art: Aaron Lopresti's art is really pretty, especially the female characters - the pictures are sexy without being lewd and all of them are distinct, not carbon copies of each other. 5 stars.

Story: I was so happy to find a story about Charles and Erik! As much as I like Wolverine, Cyclops or Jean Grey, I don't have to have every X-Men book about them, really, it gets tiresome. And Charles and Erik, their differences and friendship, are so interesting! It's too sad that more comic books don't focus on them. It was interesting to see Charles so disillusioned with humans which brought him closer to Erik. I also loved Erik's admittance that, even after everything that happened, Charles was still his friend. Also: There are some very funny parts! 4 stars.

Book #112

Oct. 20th, 2011 09:08 am
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"Captain America: Red Menace" by Ed Brubaker

3 stars out of 5

Art: Several artists worked on this collection. Perkins' and Epting's art was top notch, as always. But I didn't really like Pulido's and Martin's art, it was very retro, though I understood why it was used for the flashback. Nonetheless, it felt a bit jarring, the transition between the styles. 4 stars.

Story: The last third of the book was amazing, full of action and great heroes, both male and female, kicking butt. But! The first two thirds? Slow, oh so slow. Too much time and space given to Lukin/Red Skull and Crossbones and Sin, a lot of talk and not enough action. I wanted to see the Cap going after Bucky, an intriguing cat and mouse game, what I got was the Red Skull plotting and cackling madly in the background. He's mad, Lukin is untouchable, we get it, Mr. Brubaker, move on! 2 stars.

Book #107

Oct. 6th, 2011 08:18 pm
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"The Ragged Man (Twilight Reign #4)" by Tom Lloyd

3 stars out of 5

So much potential - and most of it wasted. Instead of focusing on a handful of characters in-depth, the author uses dozens of them and barely touches upon them, mostly he just introduces them and hints at their greatness only to kill them off or let them fall aside, forgotten - General Lahk's twin brother? Also, it felt like there were chunks of the book missing: in one chapter, Doranei and his men were surrounded and facing certain annihilation, several chapters later, he was all safe and sound, attending his king a kingdom away - what happened? How was he saved?

I really like most of the characters - Isak Stormcaller, Mihn, king Emin, Vesna, Legana, even Kastan Styrax. But four books in, I still feel like I don't really know any of them...

Book #106

Oct. 2nd, 2011 02:30 pm
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"Captain America: Winter Soldier" by Ed Brubaker

4 stars out of 5

Art: Four different artists are featured in this omnibus, but I liked Steve Epting's art best, even though all his characters look really rough and old. 4 stars.

Story: All the stories seemed rather depressing, at least to me. Steve's loneliness and weariness, the Winter Soldier's story, the Nomad's descent into madness and subsequent death... I liked the 2nd half of the book better, the Cap's hunt for the Winter Soldier, the revelation of his identity, Sam (Falcon) and Tony's (Iron Man) help... It definitely opened many interesting avenues that could be followed in the future. 4 stars.

Book #105

Sep. 29th, 2011 08:15 pm
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"Border Vol. 1" by Kazuma Kodaka

4 stars out of 5

Kazuma Kodaka proves once more that she knows how to build interesting, deep, three-dimensional characters. Yamato, Tamaki, Kippei, Sohgo... I want to learn more about every one of them! Yamato as the main character is front and center, of course, but for me, the most intriguing character is Tamaki. But I did love the flashback that told us how Yamato fell in love with Will and then lost him...

There were some things that I didn't understand, like what did Yamato, a Japanese, do in the US special forces. Or I didn't really feel Will's reasons for sleeping with Yamato, at least his initial reasons.

Definitely looking forward to volume 2!

Book #104

Sep. 25th, 2011 06:23 pm
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"Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories" by Robert van Gulik

4 stars out of 5

I think I prefer short stories when it comes to mysteries: they are concise and to the point. And despite their briefness, every one of them tells us something about the main character. In this, Robert Van Gulik's stories are very similar to Arthur Conan Doyle's. For example, in "He Came with the Rain", we find out how Dee married his third wife. In "The Red Tape Murders", we see what a pedant Dee is and how little patience he has with disorderly, stupid people. In "Murder on New Year's Eve", it's shown that even Dee can jump to conclusions. A lovely collection.
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"Open Tackle" by L.C. Chase

3 stars out of 5

A sweet little story that would've been even sweeter if 3/4 of it wasn't sex. I mean, even the sex was sweet, both of them fumbling, this being their first time with a man, but I would've preferred to learn more about them, about their past, about their friendship, how they fell in love... I think I just prefer sex scenes a little less graphic.

"Inside Out (PsyCop 0.1)" by Jordan Castillo Price

3 stars out of 5

How Jacob met Victor. But Victor didn't meet Jacob - he was namely too busy washing a huge gob of jam off his jacket to look up... Oh, Victor, you clumsy dolt!
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"Consequences" by Lissa Kasey

4 stars out of 5

A short story about a vampire and a were-lynx. Sexy, sweet and funny. I especially loved the part where Gabriel threatened to neuter lynx Sei! And the cuddling! Aww...

"Tree Hugger" by Julia Talbot

4 stars out of 5

So funny! A short story about Dorian, a werewolf on the run, and Ash, a dryad. I laughed out loud more than once. Seriously, a tree-like spirit and a shaggy were having sex! It was really sweet. And funny!
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"Mind Reader (PsyCop #2.3)" by Jordan Castillo Price

3 stars out of 5

I love Victor. I love how he deals or doesn't deal with his ability to see ghosts. And this was pretty neat, him and the mummies. If it weren't for Crash, I would have given it 4 stars. Also, I would've preferred to see Victor visit the museum with Jacob, to see Jacob geek out about the mummies. Oh well...

"Many Happy Returns (PsyCop #2.2)" by Jordan Castillo Price

1 star out of 5

I'm pretty ambiguous about Crash in the books - pierced/tattooed/goth characters are not my thing. But until now, I have never considered him a slut. Well, now I do. I don't find one-night-stands or unprotected sex with strangers - hey, it's not just HIV, peeps! - hot. This made feel dirty, not hot and bothered. Meh.

"Alpha, Omega (Alpha Omega #1)" by Cassandra Gold, Beth Wylde

3 stars out of 5

A cute short story about two mated were-lions, the alpha and the omega of the Pride, and about the time they switched their usual roles in bed. A bit too sweet and sugary for my taste but it did intrigue me enough to want to read more about these two.

Book #90

Sep. 15th, 2011 07:45 pm
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"Under The Christmas Lights (Letting in the Light #1.5)" by Fae Sutherland

3.5 stars out of 5

A sweet Christmas story - don't ask me why I was reading it in September! - about two very different men, the young and outgoing Rowan and the older and more private Finnegan. I haven't read the first book in the series yet but I plan to get it as soon as possible, the characters and their story was intriguing!

Book #89

Sep. 14th, 2011 09:11 am
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"Checkmate" by Fae Sutherland

3 stars out of 5

For such a short story - just a handful of pages - it packed one helluva punch. Very, very creepy. But I so hoped it wouldn't end the way it did...

Book #88

Sep. 13th, 2011 10:00 am
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"Coconuts Over You" by Yeva Wiest

2 stars out of 5

I honestly don't know what to think about this book. The island was wonderfully described, but! Sex without lube? No food the whole day long? I think it would've been better if it ended just two pages in, with Scott meeting Jaunay just after asking the island king for a man, that would've been magical. The rest though... I was just too boggled by the logistics of what was happening. I did love the "I'm coconuts over you!" declaration, but the rest felt... weird.

Book #87

Sep. 12th, 2011 09:33 am
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"Bourbon Affair (Pentacles of Magick)" by Eliza Gayle

2 stars out of 5

Disappointed. I was willing to give it 3 stars, despite this being a PWP with a lot of missed potential, but then I found out that in the next part, this M/M paranormal romance turns into a M/M/F romance with two butch men protecting a vulnerable girl - *snorts* - and it basically destroyed the one thing I liked about this short story: the special bond between Den and Jake. It was the whole point of the story, after all, that despite the prophecy, Den chose Jake, not a girl. And instead of running with that, the author used it as a stepping stone to a threesome that allowed Den to keep Jake and still fulfill the prophecy - as cheap a way out as I've ever seen. I feel cheated because I actually invested myself in their special bond and the addition of a woman in the next part simply diminishes everything this story established. I wish I haven't read the summary of the next book, it ruined this one for me completely.

Book #86

Sep. 11th, 2011 09:18 pm
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"This Rough Magic (A Shot in the Dark #1)" by Josh Lanyon

4 stars out of 5

Ah, Josh Lanyon. His writing is a real magic. I don't know how he does it but all his characters are so lovable and Neil and Brett were no exception. I loved the atmosphere of the 1930s, I loved their little road trip to Reno, I loved Neil's quips. For me, Josh Lanyon's writing presents real quality and always makes me happy!

Book #85

Sep. 10th, 2011 07:51 pm
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"Ink and Paper" by Megan Derr

3 stars out of 5

Too sweet for my taste. Basically a retelling of Cinderella but Enitan was a bit too cliché angsty and Rem just too perfect. I mean, I'm used to Megan Derr writing sweet tales but this was just too sugary.

I think it's time to read a different genre/author.

Book #84

Sep. 9th, 2011 10:06 pm
katikat: (reading-white)
"The Matchmaker" by Megan Derr

4 stars out of 5

Another sweet gay fantasy romance by Megan Derr. I loved all the couples, both het and gay, they were all different enough to be interesting. I think my favorite pairing was Lyle and Eustace - I have a weakness for professors ;)

Yet I couldn't give it 5 stars, despite liking it very much, because of all the typos. The author really needs to get a better editor, the mistakes were quite annoying (and not just in this book).

Book #83

Sep. 8th, 2011 04:06 pm
katikat: (gay-handholding)
"An Admirer" by Megan Derr

4 stars out of 5

A gay fantasy story. Kaeck has a secret admirer - and you know, you just know it can't end well, not with Kaeck's crappy luck, so it's like watching a train-wreck in progress and your heart's hurting for him the whole story long because he's just so happy that something's going right for once in his life. Ouch. Well, at least Kaeck gets his happy ending and that's the important thing.

Book #82

Sep. 7th, 2011 07:59 pm
katikat: (reading-lamp)
"Seconds" by Megan Derr

4 stars out of 5

What a delightful little story! I loved the setting, the characters, the humor. Well written historical gay romances that don't focus on sex are hard to find but this one was incredibly sweet and well written. In a handful of pages, Megan Derr made me really care about the characters which is not that common. I think I found a new author to follow avidly!

Book #81

Sep. 6th, 2011 07:38 pm
katikat: (An_Occult)
"Yami no Matsuei Vol. 8" by Yoko Matsushita

4 stars out of 5

This is the last volume that I own and considering the series is unfinished, I don't think I'll be buying the rest. I decided to stop reading at the point where the anime ended.

I loved this volume. Tsuzuki's craziness and suicidal tendencies, Muraki's obsession, Oriya's friendship... Tatsumi, Hisoka and Watari... Yet, I couldn't give it 5 stars because at the volume's end, nothing actually changed: Muraki was still out there, Tsuzuki was still food obsessed, Hisoka still complained, Tatsumi still raged about expenses... It felt as if everything they had gone through was forgotten.

Book #80

Sep. 5th, 2011 08:04 pm
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"Yami no Matsuei Vol. 7" by Yoko Matsushita

4 stars out of 5

Finally, the return of Muraki and of the games he loves to play with Tsuzuki. I loved that both Tatsumi and Hisoka got to be there for Tsuzuki. Man, Tatsumi can be a real bad-ass when he wants to! And Hisoka! When he finally realized that he couldn't let Muraki take Tsuzuki away from him too! That was awesome. And I felt so sorry for Tsuzuki because of everything he had gone through in his life...

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