Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dr. Stravagante presents: Wanted by Matsuri Hino (manga)

Author: Matsuri Hino
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (September 2, 2008)
Genre: Romance
ISBN-10: 1421519348
ISBN-13: 978-1421519340
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 0.7 inches
Price: $8.99

Description from Amazon

In the Mediterranean at end of the 17th century, former songstress Armeria disguises herself as a boy and boards the ship of the pirate Skulls--the man who kidnapped Luce, her first love. Captain Skulls is arrogant, violent, and a skirt chaser! And unfortunately for Armeria, he discovers she's a woman...


Did you watch or read The Princess Bride? Did you love it?
Do you or would you like to read manga?
Do you like pirate love stories?
If your answer to all my questions is always yes, then you must read Wanted.
The art work is beautiful and enchanting. The story is both sweet and fun.
A very  enjoyable manga for your summer reading pleasure.  

(Wanted has also a bonus story called “Spring Cherry Blossoms” about a girl in the early Meiji era who falls in love with her fiancé's brother.)

Biography from Amazon

Matsuri Hino burst onto the manga scene with her title Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), which was published in LaLa DX magazine. Hino was a manga artist a mere nine months after she decided to become one.
With the success of her popular series Captive Hearts and MeruPuri, Hino has established herself as a major player in the world of shojo manga. Vampire Knight is currently serialized in LaLa magazine.


Autrice: Hino Matsuri
Brossura con sovraccoperta: 192 pagine
Casa editrice: J-Pop
Collana: Shojo
Data di pubblicazione: Dicembre 2007
Genere: Romance
ISBN: 978-88-6123-158-0
Senso di lettura: Giapponese
Formato: 11x17, b/n
Prezzo: € 5.90

Descrizione presa dal sito della  J-Pop

XVII secolo, Mar Mediterraneo. Armelia, un tempo cantante, si traveste da uomo per salire sulla nave del pirata Skulls, che ha rapito il suo primo amore, Luz. Il capitano Skulls si rivela un uomo arrogante, violento e per di più donnaiolo! A causa di un imprevisto, però, scopre che Armelia è una donna, e...
Va in scena un’emozionante avventura di pirati! In aggiunta, una romantica storia autoconclusiva: “In primavera, fiori di ciliegio”, di atmosfera squisitamente giapponese!


Avete visto o letto La Storia Fantastica? Vi è piaciuta?
Leggete  o vi piacerebbe leggere manga?
Vi piacciono le storie d'amore con tanto di pirati?
Se la risposta a tutte le mie domande è sempre sì, dovete assolutamente leggere Wanted.
Le illustrazioni sono bellissime, incantevoli. La storia è dolce e divertente.
Un manga molto piacevole adatto alle letture estive sotto l’ombrellone.

(Wanted contiene anche una storia bonus, dal titolo "Spring Cherry Blossoms", di una ragazza dell’epoca Meiji, che si innamora del fratello del suo promesso sposo.)


Biografia presa dallo Shoujo Manga Outline

Nata il 24 febbraio nell’Hokkaido, Matsuri Hino debutta nel 1995 per la casa editrice Hakusensha con la storia breve “Kono Yume ga Sametara”. La sua particolare inclinazione verso le storie fantastiche, ricche di contenuti romantici e fiabeschi, unita al suo morbido tratto, estremamente ricercato, creativo e gradevole, le hanno immediatamente permesso di lanciarsi, nel 1999, nella serializzazione della sua prima opera lunga: “Toraware no mi no ue” (di prossima pubblicazione in Italia con il titolo “Captive heart”), in 5 volumi. Alle storie brevi di “Wanted” (raccolte in volume nel 2005), seguiranno nel 2002 “Merupuri” e, nel 2005, “Vampire knights”, entrambi pubblicati in Italia con successo dalla Planet Manga.



Monday, May 30, 2011

Random Magic Tour: Pirates! The Parting Glass

Today is the wrap day for Random Magic Tour: Pirates! (May 10-30).

As one of the mates - ahoy, matey! - sailing with this crew of
buccaneers, would like to say thank you for visiting the blog on 
my tour stop and hope you also enjoyed some of the other great
blogs on the tour.

I want to thank Sasha for giving me the opportunity to participate in this phantasmagorical blog tour and for her Random Magic, truly a gem of a book.  This Random Magic Tour was so fun and I wish I had more time to comment on every single stop. 
I also want to thank Velvet from vvb32 reads for her most entertaining posts.  
Dulcis in fundo, If you didn’t enter to win Pirattitude, no worries, you have still time. But hurry! The contest ends tonight at midnight. 

(video – the parting glass – Cara Dillon)

For the wrap day of the tour, we’re just going to raise a final pint
o’ grog to say thanks for the good company. Smooth seas be ahead o’
ye. As this particular traditional toasting song goes, good night and
joy be with you all!


Message in a Bottle: visit Liana's Paper Doll Blog to see 
the Pirate Queen Sasha 
and read more about her at Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf.


Also enter to win a surprise pirate book!
More information HERE
This giveaway is part of  "...and a bottle o'rum" event at vvb32reads.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we share what we got during the week.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
By Catherynne M. Valente

Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key
By Kage Baker


The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark
By Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
Illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III
Thanks Martha!

 The Horns of Ruin
By Tim Akers 
Thanks Suzanne!

 City of Fallen Angels
By Cassandra Clare
Thanks Rachel!


By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean
Thanks mom! 

What did you get?