Saturday, June 16, 2007

My picks for June

Fiction Book: Eva by Peter Dickinson

Eva woke up suddenly. Her last memory involved a car accident. She was 13 years old. Ice skating was her favorite thing. Her favorite TV show was "Adam and Eve", where Adam was in charge of the animals and Eve in charge of the plants. Eva was talking through a keyboard. But she could not see her nose! Even when she closed one eye, she could still not see her nose. So she asked for a mirror.

"Hi Kellie!" she waved when she saw her chimpanzee friend.

Except that it was not Kellie in front of her. Eva was looking at her face in the mirror! Her memories had been saved from the accident and transplanted into Kellie's body. Now Eva will be living as a chimpanzee. And talking through a voice synthesizer. Except that Eva is still a young woman inside.

Non-fiction book: Inventions by James Robinson

Who invented the first computer? How did the first television set work? What was the first video game created? Do you remember LPs or 8-track players? Have you ever ridden a hot air balloon or dirigible? Ever heard of nanotechnology? All these marvelous inventions- and more- are in this awesome book.

Manga: Basara by Yumi Tamura

It is now post-apocalyptic Japan. King Ukon rules the land and has divided it among his four sons- including the Red King. A pair of twins, a boy named Tatara and a girl named Sarasa, are born in the Byakko village. One of them is prophesized to be the child of fate who will lead the revolution.

So the Red King assumes it is the boy and gets rid of him...but it turns out that Sarasa is the true child of destiny! Sarasa now assumes the identity of her brother and sets out to get revenge against the Red King. But one day at the hot springs when she is not disguised, Sarasa meets a boy named Shuri and they fall in love with each other. However, Sarasa and Shuri have no idea about each other's secret identities- Tatara and the Red King!

Anime: Kaleido Star

Sora Naegino wants to be an acrobat in the Kaleido Stage more than anything else! So much that she moves from Japan to the United States in order to join the Kaleido Stage. Sora almost did not make it due to being late to her audition- but Kalos, the head of the Kaleido Stage, lets her perform after another acrobat is injured and decides she's right for his show!

Sora's not alone in her new adventure. Ken, an American boy, is always supportive towards her. Anna and Mia become her new best friends. And there's also Jonathan the Seal- yes, Kaleido Stage's mascot is a seal! But Layla Hamilton (my favorite character) is cold towards her- why would she be jealous of Sora? And what is Yuri Killian up to? Most mysterious is The Fool- the spirit of the stage- whom only Sora can see so far. Will Sora be able to become a Kaleido Star and perform the Amazing Flying Maneuver someday?


Cowabunga! Yeppers, this is the official website of Mirage Studios- creators and owners of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Learn more about the many TMNT universes here- the original Mirage Comics, the old and new cartoons, all 4 movies, and all other incarnations. Discover how the Ninja Turtles were first created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird- and how they became the sensation they were nearly 20 years ago and still are. Find out what the characters' favorite foods and books are! Read summaries of episodes and comics- and even order back issues you may have missed. See some nifty fan art and toys available. Total heaven for a Ninja Turtles fan!

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