Lord and Master by Jules Jones – review

Title: Lord and Master
Author: Jules Jones
Genre: Romance
URL:Loose ID
Other Information/warnings:explicit m/m.
When Mark’s PhD supervisor sent him for a job interview with an old university friend, he didn’t mention that the friend was devastatingly handsome. He also neglected to mention to either that the other is gay.My review:

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This side of Saturn by Shinji Yuri – review

Title: This side of Saturn
Author: Shinji Yuri
Genre: Sci-fi, romance
URL: Bang*Bang
Other Information/warnings:possible underage squick (one is technically 17). Imbedded video (worksafe) may start to play when page loads, if you’re watching it where people might wonder what you’re up to.
A young man has his hopes and dreams turned upside down when his best friend contracts an incurable disease. What will he give up to save him? Part of issue No.10 of Bang*Bang ‘May and December’

My review:
My goodness. This is both excellent sci-fi and a bittersweet romance. Naoki dreamed of the stars and of Saturn, but his dreams became dust when his best friend and crush, Ken, develops the then incurable McClain’s Syndrome and must be put into deep sleep to save his life. Naoki then dedicates his life to find a cure – and then has to deal with the fallout when he succeeds.

So many good ideas here from this capable author, and deftly handled. The patient, waking from sleep into a brand new and scary world. Those who waited patiently, letting some hopes die, not daring to let others blossom for fear of disappointment. How to handle a love formed in the teenage years, when one of the partners has endured life and pain for fifteen years, when the other has been stuck on hold all that time. None of the problems are ignored or brushed away. The lovers can’t go back in time – the question is, can they go forward?

Highly recommended.

ETA: Because of my Firefox settings, I entirely missed the sweet little trailer at the top of the story. A nice bonus.


Yaoi art by Lady Tempest – review

Website Title: The Realm
Artist: Lady Tempest
Genre: Yaoi/ m/m
URL: http://www11.asphost4free.com/Tempest/Realm/index.htm
Other Information/warnings: none (art is not explicit)

My review:
I’m not a big fan of a lot of yaoi artwork – the characters’ body always seem distorted and don’t look particularly human. However, I was very struck by just how damn pretty and soulful some of the characters on Lady Tempest’s site are. For example:

I adore the colours and the soft, androgynous feel of this portrait. It’s vivid without being too in your face, and the expression is lovely. The artist does seem to like femme-y men (as do a lot of yaoi artists) but she’s skilfull enough to make them actually look like people. Here’s the same character again, in pencil:

A more ‘rugged’ male with a decidedly Japanese influence, also appealed to me:

And this is just a rich fantasy portrait which is beautifully composed and executed: