06 May 2007 at 07:18
Comments Off on This side of Saturn by Shinji Yuri – review
Title: This side of Saturn
Author: Shinji Yuri
Genre: Sci-fi, romance
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 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?
ETA: Because of my Firefox settings, I entirely missed the sweet little trailer at the top of the story. A nice bonus.
17 Feb 2007 at 00:34
Comments Off on Your cover’s blown by Shinju Yuri – review
Title: Your cover’s blown
Author: Shinju Yuri
Genre: Romance, vaguely historical
Other Information/warnings:mild m/m
Frederick Rochester is a cat burglar. Walter Jennings is an absent-minded inventor. Easy pickings…or maybe not.
Another sweet one from this author (and some darling illustrations to go with it). She manages to create beguiling and lively characters with economy and cleverness, and while the plot is on the slightly fantastical side (rather fairy tale like), I loved the descriptions of the devices and ideas, the fact that both characters surprised me at times with their reactions. It’s funny, and a jolly nice romance. Highly recommended.
15 Feb 2007 at 07:49
Comments Off on Care and feeding by Shinju Yuri – review
Title: Care and feeding
Genre: Romance, fantasy
Other Information/warnings: involves fantasy anthropomorphic creatures
‘The first time Sakito met Hiraku, Hiraku was wearing a shirt that said YOU LOOK TASTY in English, with a pair of cherries as the two ‘o’s in ‘look’. Sakito walked past and Hiraku reached out, caught his hand and said, “I’m a fox. Can I eat you?” ‘
What a sweet (in all senses of the word) and lovely treat – rich, sensual, very, very funny, and a romantic and touching fairy tale as well as being a non-sappy story of two boys in love (one of whom is a kitsune – Japanese fox spirit). Some delicious illustrations and recipes, deftly written and engaging. Very much recommended.