Saturday, January 5th, 2013 05:04 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Jane: The woman who loved Tarzan (on Librarything)
Author: Robin Maxwell
Language: English
Series: none, but related to the Tarzan series.
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): Tarzan #6 - Jungle Tales of Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Format: paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Tor Doherty Associates, LLC
Year published: original 2012, my edition 2012
ISBN number: 9780765333599
Topic of the book: Jane's life before, during and after she met Tarzan; beginning of the 20th century (Victorian/Edwardian eras); difference between ways of living
Reason for reading: Tarzan <3 Though I did think of it as 'published fanfiction', as it's based on another author's work, I like the Tarzan series so much that I wanted to read this book too, as it sounded quite interesting (and the cover art was pretty too). I asked it for Christmas and I got it as my present (^-^).
Recommended: YES!! Even if you have never read the original Tarzan books and only know the story from the Disney movie or something.

Back cover text:
Cambridge, England: 1905. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, Jane Porter is far more comfortable in a lab coat, dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of travelling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father on an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.

Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the publication of the original Tarzan of the Apes.

First paragraph of the first chapter, "Chicago Public Library, April 1912":
Good Lord, she was magnificent! Edgar thought. Infuriatingly bold.
He had many times fantasized about women such as this Jane Porter, but he honestly believed they existed only in his imagination. The vicious heckling she had endured for the past hour in the darkened room would have broken the strongest of men, yet there she stood at the podium casting a shadow on the startling image projected by the whirring episcope on the screen behind her, back straight as a rod, head high, trying to bring order back into the hall.

Comments on the first paragraph:
The book starts in third person, as Jane is introduced to Edgar Rice Burroughs - the original author of the Tarzan books.

Saturday, October 13th, 2012 01:11 pm
This is our first guest-review. The one who wrote it will remain anonymous, but we shall call her P. for now. P. is 11 years old and lives in the Netherlands. She only recently learned English at school, so yes, the grammar and spelling are not amazing. Please keep that in mind when you're reading this. I hope we will receive more reviews from her, so we can all see her grow.

Title: Mermaid Melody, Pitchi Pitchi Pich (all 7 manga volumes)
Original title: マーメイドメロディーぴちぴちピッチ (Māmeido Merodī Pichi Pichi Pitchi)
Author: Written by Michiko Yokote, Art by Pink Hanamori
Language: English
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): None
Format: Manga volume
Pages: Depends on the volume and they are not numbered
Publisher: Del Rey
Year published: All English editions were bought right after the release (2006-2007)
ISBN number: Volume 1: 9780345491961 , Volume 2: 9780345491978 , Volume 3: 9780345491985, Volume 4: 9780345491992 , Volume 5: 9780345492005 , Volume 6: 9780345492012 , Volume 7: 9780345492029
Topic of the book: Magical Girl, Shoujo, Mermaids, Idols, Singing
Reason for reading: P. saw the anime and wanted to read the manga, which Kitty Ocean owned. This is the first manga P. read.
Recommended: Yes

Back cover text:

I (Kitty Ocean) won't list all the back cover text, but will summarize the story for you, before we head over to the review. Luchia is a mermaid princess who gave away her magical pearl to save a human boy. However, without her pearl, she can never become a true princess and goes to shore to find that boy and her pearl. Meanwhile, strange things are happening in the seas, as mermaid princesses are captured by an unknown foe...

Read the full review! )
Saturday, July 21st, 2012 11:47 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Zilverwolf: De val van Rome (on Librarything)
Original title: The Silver Wolf
Author: Alice Borchardt
Language: Dutch (original = English)
Series: Book 1 of Legends of the Wolves. The book doesn't indicate it's part of a trilogy. It works very well as a stand-alone.
Format: paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Het Spectrum
Year published: original 1998, my edition 1998
ISBN number: 9027464782
Topic of the book: history, Rome, (were)wolves
Reason for reading: The combination of werewolves/Rome sounded interesting.
Recommended: NOT the Dutch version! See 'Writing style' in my review linked below for the reason. I'd recommend it if you think the combination of werewolves/Rome (after the glory period of the city) sounds interesting, but not if you care a lot about the writing style.

Back cover text:
Regeane, een beeldschone jonge vrouw, wordt door haar bloedverwantschap met Karel de Grote een pion in de strijd om de macht. Het beangstigt haar dat er allerlei krachten tegen haar samenspannen, en ze verdedigt zich dan ook met hand en tand. Haar tegenstanders weten echter niet dat ze niet alleen heel intelligent is en over een grote innerlijke kracht beschikt, maar ook een aantal heel bijzondere eigenschappen van haar vader heeft geërfd. Ze heeft een geheugen dat duizenden jaren teruggaat en beschikt over zintuigen met bovennatuurlijke krachten. Bovendien kan ze van vrouw in wolf veranderen en daarmee een gedaanteverandering ondergaan van prooi tot jager...

Alice Borchardt is een auteur met een unieke schrijfstijl, die zowel aan Marion Zimmer Bradley (Nevelen van Avalon) als aan Jean Auel doet denken! Met Zilverwolf, een lyrische, sensuele roman, rijk aan historische details en aan menselijke emoties, heeft ze haar meesterproef afgelegd.

First paragraph:
De zon ging onder. De felle lichtcirkel gleed langs de met acanthuskapitelen bekroonde zuilen van een vervallen tempel, die de gloeiende bal in plakken rode gloed sneden. Bijna nacht, dacht het meisje. Ze huiverde toen de kille herfstwind door het onbeglaasde raam woei.
Er zaten tralies voor het raam - dikke tralies. De ene rij liep horizontaal, de andere verticaal. De stangen waren in de stenen muren van het kamertje ingemetseld.

Go here for the review.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 01:18 am
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Jungle Tales of Tarzan (on Librarything)
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Language: English
Series: Tarzan #6
Format: paperback (also available as free ebook here)
Pages: 183
Publisher: Standard Publications, Inc
Year published: original 1919, my edition 2008
ISBN number: 1605974536
Topic of the book: Tarzan's younger years in the jungle (short story collection)
Reason for reading: I'm reading the Tarzan series in order on paper, but as I didn't have #6 (in paper version), I skipped it because it's a collection of stories taking place during book 1. Now I got it on paper, so I'm reading it :)
Recommended: Yes, but you should have read at least the first Tarzan book (not only seen the Disney movie! There are too many references to things in the first book which don't appear in the Disney movie).

Back cover text:
No back cover text.

First paragraph of the first story, "Tarzan's First Love":
Teeka, stretched at luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness. Or at least so thought Tarzan of the Apes, who squatted upon a low-swinging branch in a near-by tree and looked down upon her.

Read the entire review here!