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R.I.P. Tokyopop USA [25 May 2011|11:29am]

ravenbloodmist
[ mood | irritated ]

I was really shocked when somebody on Gaia online told me that the US office of Tokyopop has been closed.
Ok, living in Germany has the advantage now that I can still purchase German Tokyopop mangas, but the US division gave me some interesting Clamp manga goodies I´ve been searching for a very long time, such as

- Clamp paranormal detective novels
- The legend of Chun Hyang
- Miyuki-chan in wonderland & Shirahime-syu in a size that fit in my bookshelf

I´ll really miss the opportunity to compare the German against the US program and to close my manga gabs.

It´s a shame a big publisher as Tokyopop has to do a closing measure like this.

What do you think about it?

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Quiz! [22 Sep 2007|08:42pm]

shanejayell
[ mood | amused ]

*lol*
I think you'll like this.







Which Read or Die character are you?




Maggie the shy and ovely tall member of the paper sisters. You are nice and will always protect your sisters no matter what
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The Art of Detection, by Laurie R King [16 Jan 2007|07:29pm]

shanejayell
[ mood | content ]

(On a bit of a mystery kick lately)

The latest in the Kate Martinelli books, "The Art of Detection" features as most unusual crossover with Sherlock Holmes! Sort of, anyway. The murder victim is a obsessive fan of Holmes, which leads to a great deal of entertaining quirkyness. There's also a Holmes short story worked into the book, which is both clever and quite humorous.

This book can be read without the prior novels, begining with "Grave Talent" though it does help to get to know the cast better. I'd give this book a 8/10, in part for the comedy mixed with the detective bits.

Fave quote:
"Since no Holmes obituary has yet to appear in the Times of London, clearly he has not yet died."

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Dispatch to Death by Martha Miller [25 Oct 2006|03:32pm]

shanejayell
[ mood | amused ]

I liked this book, as far as it goes, but I found myself pulling my hair out over the leading character's gullibility. Not being too spoilerific but she gets decieved twice by a certain character.. then happily lets it happen again.

I'd have said no WAY sooner. lol

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Interesting arguments I've read in books... [25 May 2006|09:40am]

makotomizuhara
I just finished up Loop, the third book in Koji Suzuki's Ring Trilogy (The novel that the movie The Ring is based off of)

I think I may have read one of the most brilliant arguments in favor of the existance of God or some higher being.

In the book in question, the main character as a child is having a philosophical discussion with his mother talking about such topics as artificial life, life on other planets and the existance of God.

At one point the character makes the statement that the fact that intelligent life exists on Earth is so against the odds that it would be equivilent to someone throwing dice and coming up with snake-eyes 100 times in a row.

At that point, the mother makes a statement, "If that happened, I'd think the game was rigged."

and in his epiphony, he realizes that it is more likely that the game is rigged and there are very few suspects in who rigged it...

Oooohhh... very deep. Then again, I guess who would have to be open to the idea in the first place, but still, something worth thinking about.
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Ode to the Greatest human who has ever lived... [03 May 2006|08:26am]

makotomizuhara
[ mood | awake ]

This is cross-posted in yomikos_apt because it's book related and I'm only one who posts anything there anyway...

Having finished the first seven books of the Dresden Files series, I am now convinced that Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the greatest human who has ever lived and I will tell you why...

For those who have not read the first 7 books, spoilers within!Collapse )

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For love of books, or just love of free gifts... [11 Apr 2006|10:19pm]

makotomizuhara
[ mood | Giving ]

Okay gang, Things are a little slow, but that's cool. Maybe you just need free shit to encourage y'all.

Ask and ye shall recieve. A special gift for the first members, since I know I never have one when I actually need one and if your books are full of half folded post-its, maybe this will look better...





Nothing special, just cut out and fold in half along the top. If your feeling adventurous, you can always punch a hold at the top and string yarn or ribbon, but as a good-old fashioned bookmark, I think it should work...

(Do not eat. Yomiko's Apartment is not liable for papercuts, scissors injuries, or any other assorted nonsense.)

Mega props to Trav for playing host. But it's a limited time engagement. So if you want one, d/l it soon cause I told him he can take it down after a week or so.

Kay, I wanna get some reading in and I actually have an idea for a short story brewing, so I'm gonna place a bookmark here for now.

More book discussion tomorrow, unless someone else wants to share... anyone? Anyone? Bueller?...
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This review of "Micah" is better than the book! [11 Apr 2006|12:15pm]

worlds_unseen
[ mood | amused ]

Reposted from my personal LJ, worlds_unseen

Disclaimer: This is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever written. Srsly. Even if you’ve never read anything by Laurell K. Hamilton before, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read this. I know it’s long but please, bear with me here, it’s well worth it.

For those of you that have never read Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, allow me to enlighten you before I review her newest ‘novel’, Micah. The Anita Blake series is set in St. Louis in an alternate world universe where monsters not only exist, most have legal rights; werewolves are discriminated against, necromancers work for the FBI and vampires run everything from a circus to a strip club. The main character is Anita Blake, an animator who raises zombies for a living and works as a legal vampire executioner who hunts down vampires who break the law. Anita unfortunately gets into a whole mess where she’s mystically tied to the Jean Claude, the Master Vampire of St. Louis, and the series of books chronicles her life as she tries to solve supernatural cases for the local police and the FBI while managing to navigate the alien political worlds of all the monsters she deals with and trying to hold together the romantic relationships she seems to find herself winding up with.

Well, at least they were like that until Narcissus in Chains, which was only a so-so book that seemed to focus more on Anita having sex with random people than the actual plot. It wasn’t that odd really; the books usually contained a sexual element as well as some pretty well-written and arousing sex scenes. The problem, however, was that Mrs. Hamilton stated that her sales had gone up when she started adding more sex; by the time Cerulean Sins was release, the books focused almost completely on the ardeur, a mystical power/curse that had essentially turned Anita into a succubus and forced her to bang people at random. After the horrifically awful Incubus Dreams, which had no plot until it was 300+ pages in, most of the longtime fans bemoaned that the witty, hard-hitting fantasy series had become nothing more than a clichéd erotica novel stereotype with some of the most boring sex scenes ever written, despite the fact they contained everything from female ejaculation to were-bestiality. Thus, I was very nervous when I borrowed out Micah, her newest title, which was billed as a short story that would give details on the past of Anita’s newest lover in her ever-growing fuck buddy circle.

Well, it’s better than Incubus Dreams. Though not by much.

First, let me point you to the cover. I want to know a few things; if Micah has dark brown hair, why did they use a Fabio look-alike on the cover that was blonde? The top says “NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED”; why couldn’t it stay that way? Lastly, why is the title of this book Micah? The book is supposed to be named after the focus of this story; the title should obviously be Micah’s Schlong.

Or Were-Wang. Yes, definitely Were-Wang.

Next, I’d like to address the size on the ‘novel’, a term that I’m being very generous with in describing this book. Discounting the preview for her next book, it’s only 245 pages. That doesn’t sound too bad, until you take in to account that the book is uses half-inch side margins and has an inch margin at the top and bottom, is double spaced and uses cheater pages to display the chapter number on, with a blank page before and after that one. Really, that’s the same shit I used to pull on twenty page high school reports. I’d be very appreciative if someone could give me a definitive page count, since this thing feels and looks like a Harlequin novel. Except that a HQ is $4.25 and this is $7.99.

Plot synopsis; Anita wakes up in bed after shagging Micah and Nathaniel all night long. Gets call from Larry, whose wife is in the hospital. Anita takes his place in a job to raise a zombie for the FBI that was a federal witness before it died. Has encounter with an FBI agent that has heard bad things about her. Here’s a snippet of dialog;

Agent Fox: Anita, r u a hore?
Anita: OMG, oh noes! wuh sed taht?
Agent Fox: kan’t sai. Iz it true?
Anita: lol tehyre teh jelose cuz tehy git no seXX0rz!

Okay, so maybe that’s not the exact dialog. But it’s close. Anyways, she goes to Philly to raise the zombie for the Feds, where she discovers Fox, who’s warmed up to her by now, knows about Micah and his DARK, TRAGIC PAST! *dum dum DUH!!!!!*

So they get a hotel room, talk and proceed to get it on. For 75 pages.

Now, something that people who’ve never read any of the Anita Blake books might not know…Micah is the leader, as well as a member, of the local Were-leopard Troop St. Louis branch. A psychotically evil villain once forced him to remain in leopard form much longer than he should have, and because of it, part of him never changed back; his eyes are like a cats eyes. However, deep in a vault belong the Vatican, I discovered a secret room that had a note from Laurell K. Hamilton that revealed that Micah was originally supposed to be a were-horse, and that it was going to be his penis that never changed back. Thus, he would always have a horse cock.

Hence my nickname of Were-Wang for him. No srsly. Like a literary Enzyte, it increases in thickness with every new book.

How big is Micah supposed to be? Well, Anita claims that he’s so thick that her index and thumb can’t touch when she puts her hand around him. Go ahead, make the motion with your hands and think about that for a second. After all, he is SO VERY (Mrs. Hamilton’s absolute favorite two words, right after ‘MONEY PLEASE’) large, while Anita is SO VERY tight, though admittedly she’s also SO VERY wet. Congrats. You’ve just experienced what sex with Micah is like! Feel dirty yet? Let me use a line from the book to give you a better impression of what these scenes are like:

*read in the voice of Anita*: “Micah was as thick as a well-padded 720 page hardcover (double spaced, with inch margins and a cheater page that simply announces the chapter number) to be released on June 27, 2006, and was as long as one of those celebrity novelty checks that they pay writers with at pre-release ceremonies that I, er, I mean, the writers, can never get cashed at the Giant Eagle.”

All right, maybe I embellish it a bit. But hey, let’s ignore the sex for a moment and concentrate on the revelation of Micah’s DARK, TRAGIC PAST! *dum dum DUH!!!!!*

Anita has been upset over almost everything up to this point, to a ridiculous extent; what the FBI thinks of her, how her makeup looks, that her relationship with the person she’s with is going too smoothly (I wish I had that last worry). Micah decides that the two of them should have a heart-to-heart and share their past a bit. So he tells her the story of how he became a were-leopard. *gasp*

Surprise! Turns out he was attacked by a were-leopard. Just the same as everyone else in the story who a were-critter, with the exception of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ex-husband...er, I mean, Richard! She realizes there’s more to this though, so Mary Sue, er, I mean, Anita, confronts him! Finally, Were-Wang, um, Micah, decides to tell her the whole story of his TRUE TARUMATICALLY PAST OH NOES!!!1!11~~~!1!!!

Now keep in mind, what I'm about to say is absolutely true. Alright, you ready for this?

Micah's traumatic past is that he has a string of ex-lovers who left him because his penis is simply TOO MASSIVE for them, as well as a group that loved him only for his TOO LARGE were-horsecock.

...exactly how the hell is Laurell K. Hamilton getting away with selling fan-fiction?

Cut to incredibly boring sex scene for almost forty pages. Follow that up with the actual ‘plot’ where you sprinkle in a zombie raising for the FBI that goes wrong and the last atrocity in this book; Anita is knocked out before the climax. Any nitwit, half-baked, dumb-fuck of an amateur author can tell you that the climax of the story should not be off camera. Good God, this was the ONLY climax that happened off camera!

Anyways, there’s a preview in that back for Danse Macabre, her next book in there series, that’s being released on June 27th, which makes me feel dirty, since that’s my birthday. I love the preview though; since all it’s about is Anita’s pregnancy scare and her friend Ronnie talking about how Anita is a whore even though Ronnie proudly proclaims she’s slept with a number of men in the triple digits, it’s going to be perfect parody material for my next review. With any luck, it’s have a scene where Anita wields a cross at a vampire wielding a coat hanger, and the sex scene with contain golden showers and an enema. Hell, my review will probably be the sublime ascension of all that is good and just in the world

Assuming I’m not crushed by the weight of were-dong in the meantime.

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Kay, it's called a community for a reason... ^_^ [10 Apr 2006|10:44pm]

makotomizuhara
[ mood | amused ]

Well, now we actually have members, four of them even! (collect them all!) Thank's y'all, but don't forget to whore the community to others so we can sucker them into giving us... er... sharing their love of books.

Speaking of sharing, I'm working on a gift for all you guys as a thank you for being the first ones. It'll prolly be ready for tomorrow, so I'll try to keep that promise, and no, it ain't cash, but yes, it is something physical...

Anyway, Tonight I'm on a short timer, so I'm gonna make tonight's discussion a little one.

Favorite Quote/Line ever printed in a book:

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly dissappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, page 0


Anyone else have any nuggets of wisdom they like to share.

Remember, it's called a Community for a reason...

This is where I place a bookmark.
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Some reads... [09 Apr 2006|09:44pm]

makotomizuhara
[ mood | peaceful ]

Okay, to kick things off here at Yomiko's Apartment, I'll give you a quick taste of my bookshelf (Or nightstand, or desk at work, or end table...)

What I'm currently reading:

Storm Front by Jim Butcher.

Trav loaned me this paperback and I've gotten about 6 chapters into it. So far, I'm enjoying it and Trav was right that I would like the character (afterall, I've played many the smartass in the various role-playing adventures we've had.)

I am enjoying it, so if I had anything negative to say about it so far, it's that so far the plot doesn't seem nearly as interesting as the character itself and I find myself seriously wanting to learn about the protagonist. I'll reserve final judgment until it's finished.

What I'm currently Re-reading:

Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Winston

A rather trippy smattering of words that kinda resembles a novel. It's by no means a easy read as since the story deals with paralell universes, the Illuminati, and other assorted weirdness, the unitiated will find themselve asking "dwah?" The narrative can be hard to follow because the story never stays in the same universe for very long and once it leaves one dimension, don't expect it to go back. If you've ever played a Steve Jackson game, however, you take to this like Mongolians to BBQ.

Most people will prolly find The Illuminatus Trilogy a bit easier to digest and admittingly, since Schoedinger's is the follow-up novel, it's probably recommended to read it first.

Most likely, both of these books were written with the aid of mind-altering chemicals, but I don't think it's required to use them to enjoy them. If you're looking for something really different than the usual Grisham, King, Nora Roberts faire, you mind like this.

A book I would like to check out:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

I'm a huge Miyazaki fan, so of course I own the movie. I know that the story is much diffrent in the book, apart from the basic premise of Sophie's Curse, Howl and Calcifor's Bargain, etc. I would like to give this a once over to compare and contrast with the film version like I finally did with The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

Okay, now for some recommended reads for anyone looking for something new to try...

Ai Yori Aoshi by Fumizuki Kou (series).

Okay, so yeah, it's a comic book, but don't let that stop ya from giving it a look, especially if you tend to drift toward romantic reads anyway.

It can be described as a "Harem" series (a plot that is based on the premise of one male protagonist surrounded by several female co-stars all trying to win his limited attention) and it does tend to drift into those stereotypical plots sometimes, but the scenes that involve Karou and Aoi are what make this worth checking out.

Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley.

You may not be fans of pro-wrestling (abet even I stopped watching the last couple years) but don't blow this off. If you're a fan of just plain interesting people, Mick Foley will grab your by the eyes and not let go. With a life story a million times more interesting and bizarre than any character that could be created by a backstage wrestling writer, Mick Foley used this book as a stepping stone to his own writing career.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you wish you were him and bless the fact that you aren't. This is a highly recommended read for any biography lover and has the added bonus that it is one of the few "sports" autobiographies that was actually written by the person in question and not ghost-written.

Okay, I started the ball rolling. Now, if you excuse me, I do wanna get a couple chapters in before bed.

Here's where I place my bookmark.

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Welcome to Yomiko's Apartment LJ Community [09 Apr 2006|03:53pm]

makotomizuhara
[ mood | contemplative ]

Welcome to Yomiko's Apartment. Named after the bibliophile heroine of R.O.D. (Read or Die) and her apartment building crammed with wall to wall piles of books. Fan's of R.O.D. are welcome, but not required. This is mainly just a place for book-lovers, from those who pick up the occassional paperback, to the hardcore bibliophile.

This is not a formal type of book-club. No monthly picks of required reading for monthly discussions. No required book-reports. Just a place to chat about what you're currently reading, why you love it, loathe it, or couldn't even be bothered to finish it. A place to share some of your choice picks, authors you admire, genres you can't stand , etc.

In essence, if you just want to occassionally B.S. about books, here's as good a place as any.

And if you have an Inner Nenene and like to write your own narratives, feel free to share those as well, be it excerpts, short stories, poems, novella's, etc (just please be aware of LJ cuts for excessively lengthy posts, kay?)

Hopefully, I won't be the only member for too long. I'll be writing a book-related post this evening. For now, just annoucing that it's out there. I hope some of my book-loving(liking) friends on the friendlist will grace it with their pressence.

This is where we place a bookmark for now.

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