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Return to Labyrinth Volume 1 (v. 1)
Return to Labyrinth Volume 1 (v. 1)
by Jake T. Forbes
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it, August 18, 2007
There have been a lot of negative comments about this "manga" (and I use that word loosely). My husband and I just got it and read it together, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was a fine continuation of the film's storyline. Let me explain why I gave it 5 stars.

One, I loved the artwork for both the cover and the story. It was a somewhat "girlie" style as mangas go, but there were a lot of nice, subtle details in the drawings which gave the look of the book some nice texture. It looked and felt like a comic book version of the movie with the human characters drawn in an anime style, which is what it was supposed to be. Best of all Jareth always looks very slick, and has quite a presence on every page he's on just as he did in the movie.

Two, I enjoyed the story. I was actually glad to see Sarah as a supporting character with the focus on a teenage Toby instead. For me, a focus on the continued adventures of Sarah and Jareth's flirtations with her would have been the sappy fan fiction way to go. In this story Jareth's love for Sarah is still felt, but is much more subdued and subtle. Blink and you might miss it, but it's there and, in my opinion, so much more powerful because of that.

Finally the dialogue was top notch. I laughed quite a few times, particularly at the Hana character, and enjoyed the banter between Jareth and Toby. In my mind I could hear the characters saying the lines as they would if this were a sequel to the movie.

I also have to point out that some of the things others have said about this book are outright false. It's never stated that Sarah doesn't believe in magic or fantasy anymore; only that she gave up theater because she "couldn't live in a fairy tale forever". The gang from the movie later laments that Sarah apparently forgot about them, but that just means she's lost track of old friends as time has gone on. Hey, happens to all of us. Anyways, I sense there's going to be more of Sarah in the next volumes... I mean, where do you think Jareth is heading off to in the end, hmm?

On the downside, I didn't care for Moppet (obligatory Toby love interest alert!), and the evil math teacher in the beginning was awfully cliche, but the strengths of this story far outweighed those weaknesses. Very much looking forward to the next one.


Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
by Jenny McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't begin to live up to her other books, May 20, 2006
I adored Jenny's first two books. Before I explain what made this one so bad, recall what made the first two so great: you could really relate to them! They made you laugh because you had been there yourself. Even if you came from a completely different background than Jen--religious, sexual, and cultural--you could still totally relate to everything in those books because pregnancy and motherhood are such universal experiences.

Not so with Life Laughs. For starters, enjoy the picture of her kid on the cover, because that's about all the "motherhood" Jen covers in this book. Out of 45 chapters, only one directly focuses on parenting. If you, like me, bought this book hoping for at least a partial continuation of the first two books and some juicy, hilarious anecdotes about the challenges of trying to parent a toddler in the real world, then you're going to be disappointed.

A better subtitle for the book would have been "The Naked Truth About Multiple Sexual Partners, Marriage and Moving On," because that's really what the book was about. If you've never slept around rampantly or faked your way through endless nights of tedious and unwanted sex, then you'll probably have a hard time relating to the brunt of this book, because that's what it's really about.

Jen is open and honest with her audience as always, and she'll doubtless cover material that you will still be able to relate to. Some of it is even funny. But overall the book feels hurried and disjointed--and the typos and grammatical errors don't impress much, either. Wherever Jenny is, I hope she someday reaches deep inside and brings out for us again that witty, laugh-out-loud hilarious woman we all know is in there. Because this isn't it.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Seventh Season
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Seventh Season
DVD ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
Offered by Brandon's House of Fun
Price: $19.19
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Final Season, September 1, 2004
This was a wonderful season of Buffy, the perfect follow-up to the dark and depressing season six. On the plus side you have the evolution of the Buffy-Spike relationship from icy mistrust to genuine friendship (Spuffy fans like myself will be very pleased), the redemptions of the ever-hilarious Anya (no more vengeance for you, sweetie) and Andrew, an odd sort of healing of the Xander-Anya relationship, the introduction of Andrew into the Scoobies for some much-needed comic relief, the odd yet touching chemistry between Andrew and Anya, no more whiny Dawn (she actually kills stuff in this season!), Giles in over half the season, some cameos by the old Buffy villains via The First, no Riley Finn appearances, Robin Wood and his intriguing but murderous grudge against Spike, the new villain Caleb, the return of a reformed Faith (redemption is contagious in the Buffyverse), the Slayer Scythe, and a finale that returns to and drives home the show's original message of female empowerment. It's also interesting to see Buffy go from student to mentor, and make some of the same mistakes with her slayers-in-training that Giles made with her in the earlier seasons.

On the down side you have Kennedy. Kennedy is to season seven what Dawn was to season six, only more annoying (yes, it's possible) and bossy to boot. Not to mention the horrendous acting on the part of the girl who plays her. The last thing I wanted to see was this little brat of a teenager and her tongue ring boinking Willow.

This was still a great season of Buffy though, and I can't imagine a better ending for the show. If you're going to buy only one season... get season four or five. But if you're going to buy two, make sure to add season seven to your collection.


Blood and Fog (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Unnumbered))
Blood and Fog (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Unnumbered))
by Nancy Holder
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Blood and Fog" is bloody awful, June 8, 2004
This novel was horrible for reasons I can only begin to describe. The characters didn't sound anything close to the way they do on the show, nor did they act like it, and they sure weren't funny. Significant chunks of the book were wasted on bland flashbacks concerning Spike, Drusilla, and a cowardly nineteenth-century slayer named Elizabeth, and more of the book is wasted on Anya and Xander, who ultimately play very minor roles in the plot and yet for some reason garnish pages and pages of material. The endless fog that the main villain utilizes gets boring after about two minutes, and you can top off all that awfulness with the fact that Holder apparently forgot to explain certain details of her B-stories, like how on earth Anya got from the car accident to a cliff on the edge of town while she was unconscious. Oh, and Holder's brief quip about ancient Romans having nothing better to do but persecute Christians was beyond pathetic. Any student of classics could tell you that it was the Jews who instigated most of the early Christian persecutions, not the Romans, since the Romans were an incredibly tolerant, live-and-let-live sort of people. That information may not be very politically correct, but it's true.
There probably are good Buffy books out there, but this isn't one of them. I've read three books in the Buffy series by Holder now (Immortal, The Book of Fours, and this one), and this was by far the worse. Joss really needs to quit letting Holder write for the series.
Please, don't waste your money (...).


The Body
The Body
DVD ~ John Shrapnel
Offered by Media Favorites
Price: $4.68
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, engaging religious film..., July 7, 2002
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I never would have expected to find such a deep message about faith in such a secular movie, but The Body was better than I heard it was. The movie is about an Israeli archaeologist who believes she has found the body of Christ hidden in an ancient secret tomb behind a rich man's tomb, her theory being that the disciples hid the body in the secret tomb and continued to proclaim that Christ rose from the dead. Antonio Banderas plays a Catholic priest sent by the Vatican to prove that it isn't Christ's body.
And this movie has a lot. It goes deep into the attention to the details of Christ's death as recorded in the gospels. It touches on the Shroud of Turin. It explains various archaeological methods of dating. It has characters from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic backgrounds, and it deals with the questions of religion v. politics v. science as well as faith v. evidence, and also, was Christ only a good man and a good teacher, or was He God? Is that important? Plus, it's got a good deal of modern Hebrew in it (being a student of modern Hebrew, that got me really excited). The heated discussions between Catholic Antonio Banderas and his agnostic archaeologist counterpart are engaging, and I found myself enjoying his "subtle style of Jesuitical debate."
But what impressed me most was that this movie could say so many nice things about Jesus. I thought that Hollywood wouldn't let the J-word onto the big screen unless it was to take it in vain, but this movie goes against that trend.
If I have one fault to pick with this movie, it's that, in the end, it doesn't offer a very favorable portrayal of the Catholic church, and I'm quite tired of seeing Catholics portrayed as the bad guys. Still, this movie has enough originality and intrigue about it to warrant five stars. If discussing religious philosophy is something you like to do, buy this movie.


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