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30th Apr 2010

Loud Snow

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Ah, another GloBL manga from Tina Anderson! This time she’s teamed up with Amelie Belcher. Now, we should all know by now that Anderson delivers the goods. However, before I got my hands on Loud Snow, I wasn’t familiar with Belcher. After poring through Belcher’s deviantART, I was sold. What a talent!

Anyway, enough of my gushing. Loud Snow is about an ice-age family living on the coast of North America. In this happy family is Anituk, who is not happy. Anituk shows that teenagers are sulky and grumpy no matter the era. He’s cute and harmless, though.

One day, a stranger from the south pulls into camp. This stranger, Abalu, takes a keen interest in Anituk. Anituk, completely taken off guard, rebuffs Abalu’s friendship. Of course, Abalu won’t give up the pursuit our surly teenager.

As the tale continues, Abalu teaches Anituk some important lessons. With these lessons, Anituk lowers his guard and the two become closer. And, as they become closer, Anituk finds himself attracted to Abalu…

There’s more to this story, but I don’t want to spoil it. Also, it doesn’t end exactly how one would expect. Having said that, Loud Snow is entertaining and touching. I dare call it sweet. ‘Sweet’ is not usually an adjective I would employ to describe an Anderson manga, but it fits this time.

Overall, Loud Snow isn’t one of Anderson’s most complex stories nor is it gritty. It’s a delightful story with lovely illustration, though. If you’re a fan of GloBL, I think you’ll find this manga to be worthy of your shelf.

Posted by Nikita | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Anderson, Tina, Belcher, Amelie, Loud Snow | 2 Comments »

23rd Aug 2009

Games With Me 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Before I start this review, I want to point out that Games With Me 1 is only available for Kindle right now. I think with enough interest though, a hardcopy will become available. So, if you’ve read this already, spread the word, do a review, do something, to get this great GloBL manga published!

I think Games With Me is great. This is Tina Anderson and Lynsley Brito I’m talking about. No one should be surprised. As to why Games is great: The atmosphere is just right. It plays out like a movie with quick-moving scenes with intriguing characters.

We are first introduced to Dr. George Callahan. George is a Civil War veteran/surgeon running from his past. He takes care of the men and women in the brothels of San Francisco’s Chinatown. When not making the rounds, George is smoking opium. George is no angel, but he’s a good man.

While working, George comes across the beautiful Jun. Jun is a mentally-handicapped Chinese prostitute, but he’s more child-like than anything. After a couple of meetings, George begins to suspect he knew Jun when they were children. If they did, what is George supposed to do with Jun?

There is more to this story than I’m telling. I don’t want to spoil it, though! There are more great characters besides George and Jun. There are subplots which really give a depth to Games With Me. The sex scenes are not explicit, but actually further the story.

Anyway, I can’t praise this volume enough. When I first sat down to compose this review, I was too caught up in the story to write. For me, that is saying something.

Posted by Nikita | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Anderson, Tina, Brito, Lynsley, Games With Me | 6 Comments »

27th May 2008

Gadarene

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Welcome to America of the late 1800s. New York City to be precise. The ethnic stew that is the ghettos is palpable in this novel. I can feel the oily fog surround me and the grimy streets rasp under my shoes. The authors do a fantastic job with the atmosphere here. I also love the unapologetic way in which old-fashioned phrases are used. It really adds to the book.

So, here we meet our lovers, Galen and Wira. Galen has just finished his term in jail. Wira is a gorgeous transgendered prostitute. Their reunion is a happy one. However, the past – or more accurately, someone – is haunting Galen and Wira. Galen can’t forgive and Wira wants to ignore. But how can one forgive and forget when there are frightening reminders quietly following?

Some of the narration in Gadarene reads like a fever dream. It’s confusing and manic in a good way. It reminds me of classic horror novels I’ve read. However, this novel has the distinction of having two lovely boys fucking. I would die to see this made into a movie, honestly. I don’t suppose that will ever happen. I can dream, right?

Anderson and Potts did a fantastic job with this novel. I don’t mean to gush, but I really enjoyed this piece! The sex scenes are not the point of this novel. It’s definitely not porn barely resembling literature. If you are a fan of horror and intriguing characters with a dash of erotica thrown in, Gadarene is right up your alley!

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24th May 2008

Only Words

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I am a big fan of Tina Anderson’s work. Not so much for what she has her characters say, but for what is left unsaid and what you can infer from their silence. I’m also a fan of her because she always manages to make me think. You can’t just walk away from one of her stories being unaffected. You’re left pondering it and letting it roll around in your mind for hours after you’ve finished. This is probably why people who are just looking for fluff end up getting turned off by her work.

Set in Poland in 1938, we have Koby, a seminary student. Even though the churches have been closed and the priests have been removed from office, Koby’s determined to continue his schooling. The Nazi regime is encroaching more and more into his life. At first, it’s just little changes, but soon everything is topsy-turvy.

Enter Oskar, a classmate of Koby’s and a member of the Hitler Youth. Oskar takes great joy in bullying Koby. Koby takes the bullying, not that he has much choice otherwise, but there’s something more to it than just wanting to avoid trouble with anyone else. There’s something about Oskar that fascinates Koby.

There’s something about Koby that fascinates Oskar as well and that’s part of the problem. He wants Koby’s attention, but doesn’t know any way to get it other than threats of rape and beating.

Let me just gush for a moment with how Caroline drew the cat in the story. I’m always a sucker for a cat in any piece of work, but this was one of the better cats I’ve seen. It had nothing to do with the plot really, but it was so well drawn and true to life that it just made me happy to look at. The art is clean and crisp. I love the facial expressions on the characters.

There is so much good in this release that it’s hard to find just one thing to point out that’s truly exemplary. The sad part is that I know that a lot of people are going to be turned off by the subject matter and not even give this book a chance.

Read it. Let the story percolate in your head for a little while, then let me know what you thought of it. I want to know if other people found it as powerful as I did. This to me, is OEL (Original English Language) manga done right. Iris Print really does have their thumb on the pulse of what BL fans with half a brain want to see get released.

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