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Only Words [Kindle Edition]

Tina Anderson , Caroline Monaco
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1941 Poland, silence is a way of life. Eighteen-year-old seminary student Koby Bruk has watched for two years as the people of his home town allowed the Germans to move in, displace homes and families, and impose their rule on the people who remain. When Koby is bullied by his classmate Irvine, he chooses to speak up against him. This doesn't sit well with Irvine's friend, Hitler Youth Oskar Keplar. Oskar corners Koby in an alleyway and makes a sinister promise.

REVIEWS:

"...it hits the notes of both sex and dark emotions in a believable way. [...] Stark and realistic, unencumbered by over explanation or unjustified romance, the story’s emotional content is strong."
- Jason Thompson, author of Manga, The Complete Guide.

"...packs a very powerful punch by not sticking to the frilly and effeminate... [...] The classic joke “Hurt me,” said the masochist, “No,” said the sadist, rings true towards the end, but it’s much much more than a classic joke and heartbreakingly so."
- Erastes, author of Transgressions and Speak Its Name.

"Only Words is a good example of the talent pool for global manga-influenced works out there and it’s a read I’m glad I finally got to experience."
-Lissa Pattillo, Kuriousity Reviews.


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... a short, intense study on the powerful lure of the forbidden. And with the multiple layers of wrongness come stronger desire and more serious fallout -- political, religious, and ethnic on top of the usual homosexuality taboo... potent stuff. There's sex, yes, but it's part and parcel of these characters' trajectories. Kudos all around. ---Prospero's Manga

For me, this was a hard-to-take and very personal tale that touched on many global issues with a needful light touch. It could easily have been turned into a massive political statement but it didn't attempt to do so. It remained for me a story of two young men caught up in circumstances they are completely unable to change. It has had the same visceral punch for me as films such as Se7en and I know for a fact that Only Words will stay with me for a long long time. I m very pleased that this was my first foray into this genre. --Speak Its Name

There is so much good in this release that it's hard to find just one thing to point out that s truly exemplary. [...] This to me, is OEL (Original English Language) manga done right. --Boys Next Door

About the Author

Tina Anderson and Caroline Monaco are better known to doujinshi fans as Elegant Madness [formerly Studio Plugâ(tm)n Play]. Despite working separately on small projects for other publishers, the pair decided to pursue creating professional works as a team; their first was for gay comic publisher Class Comics entitled "Diplomatic Immunity," featuring that companyâ(tm)s signature comic star Camilicat. Only Words will be their first full length graphic novel together.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8005 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Iris Print; 2 edition (June 11, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002G9UBES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Delight! June 12, 2007
Format:Paperback
Wow. This isn't what I expected. I'd seen other Nazi yaoi from Japan, and it's mostly stupid, unrealistic, and it looks like its just the same old sex story, but with hot Nazis in well drawn uniforms--or if there is no sex, it's some unrealistic drama that's best seen on a ladies soap opera with lots of ellipses and little sense, but hot Nazi's in well drawn uniforms.

Not this book. Only Words actually has a story, and while it's not an earth-shattering deep one, it's something of a page turner, and I couldn't put it down. It doesn't feel like the kind of story that is formulated as an Excuse to have a sexual relationship between two men. I picked this up a convention, and the book is in great condition, though the print seems a bit dark on some pages, and I think there might be pages missing because it just abruptly ends after the artist `freetalk', with a blank page, and some publisher information. Given writer Anderson's reputation to love to hear herself talk, (world's largest Ego, really) I can't believe she didn't write notes for this book. The art is very interesting, and the artist isn't afraid of using black, in fact, Ms. Monaco seems to be a master of it, and her character designs are refreshingly unique and interesting. You're not going to find breath-taking bishounen in this one; you're going to find guys you might know. Another plus, in my opinion.

I don't want to spoil the story, but I can't help but share some of it. It takes place on a border town in Poland at the start of the war, and we meet this young man named Koby, who would've been a priest, had it not been for the German invasion. He attends school with many German youth, most notable, young men in the Hitler Jugen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ************* April 12, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For such a quick read, what stood out about this manga was how much was gotten across in so short a time. Generally shorter mangas have that rushed feeling about them and I end up having difficulties caring about the characters at all. With Only Words, this was not the case.

Every incident has meaning behind it, building up this story of a student named Koby, who from the start seems to be one of the few who has survived the Nazi occupation with a good soul still intact. He refuses to see others bullied---regardless of how outnumbered he is---and ends up in a situation that leads to his acquaintance with the Hitler Youth, Oskar.

This isn't much by way of romance if that's what you're searching for. It's more about Koby trying to cope with his feelings, trying to understand his interest in Oskar, and attempting to make a life when everything he was counting on before has been destroyed.

The ending is not a happy one, and I'm sure it would put off many readers. Recommended, however, for those looking for something more historically-based, and who like their yaoi with more substance and little to no fluff.

Only Words does lose a few points with me, mostly for length (too short) and artwork that wasn't much to my taste. The characters are definitely male-looking, which will please some, but I found it to be a little too blunt to be anything of a favorite. The backgrounds, however, are detailed and relay the story well. This problem is mostly subjective, and I think regardless of whether or not you find the art appealing, it's still very much worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...a refreshing change..." January 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The lead of Only Words is Koby, a seminary student who lives his life honestly and quietly within the confines of society in Nazi-inhabited Poland. Affecting his life in a way that will forever stay with him is Oskar, a Nazi soldier, and between them is arranged a seductively dangerous encounter.

Koby is a somber character and, for the little readers get a glimpse, is a bit of a masochist, his personal sexual attentions on Oskar. The whole story carries along at a pace that suits Koby's personality, slow and steady, but sharply changes in contrast by appearances of Oskar, whose page-time is brief, but notable, in Koby's life (for which this book is only a small part of). Panels are laid out evenly and more sparse compared to most, with only about 2-4 panels per page. Honestly, it was nice to read it that way when compared to some graphic novels that suffer from an abundance of clutter.

As both a warning and point of interest, those looking for romance won't find it here, so don't let the tender cover fool you. What passes between the characters is lust, if anything, but fluffy love it most certainly is not. No complaints from me however, because the cold, harsh reality of it felt like a refreshing change from the usual unrealistic, forced romantics of many other stories. A little more dark and depressing than some may expect but thankfully not in a way that takes any time to wallow in itself.

With the end set up as it was, and the brief though impacting interactions that will no doubt have a lasting effect on Koby, I would love to see the story taken further since I felt this book worked to set up a great potential follow-up. By the time I'd finished the book, I'd really got the feeling that it was more of a prequel than a standalone.
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More About the Author

Tina Anderson specialized in male homoerotic graphic novels and original-English 'yaoi' manga for women. In her active years between 2003 and 2012, her work was published in United States by Yaoi Press, Dramaqueen, and publishers Iris Print and Radio Comix; in Canada by Class Comics, and in Germany by Fireangels Verlag and Cursed Side.

Anderson retired from writing erotic comics in 2012 to complete her science-fiction novel series, Femitokon.

Updates on Tina Anderson can be found at her production blog Gynocrat Ink.


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