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Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This book was written when my parents were ten years old, in the 1950’s and it is every bit as relevant now as it was then. Guy Montag is a fireman and the story opens en media res with him burning a home filled with books. He is happy and very proud that this is his job. A chance meeting with a new teenaged neighbor changes all of this. She is counter to the world. In a world that races cars too fast to read billboard, that doesn’t read, that purposely allows its young to stalk and kill each other, she likes to walk, to gather flowers and most of all to think.

Her strange attitudes and knowledge begins to infect Montag and even after she’s gone, it continues to grow in his mind. She told him that firemen once put out fires, not start them. Slowly, Montag questions his world. His wife, Mildred, lives for the three (and she wants the expensive fourth) walls that are part TV and part interactive programming where random strangers are your family. She wears seashells (ear buds) to drown out the world. She seems content but is she? Montag finds an old professor, frightened and hiding from him and his fireman kind and the world of the past slowly opens to him.

But once Montag starts down the path of books, of free knowledge and the exchange of ideas, can he survive a government that would see him burn for it?

I read this on video, this week for banned book month and when I think of the whole idea of banning books (especially this one), and of our ipads, web cams and Skype, it’s as if Bradbury looked into the future and saw us. It’s a classic we should all take the time to read.

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Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 7Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 7 by Nozomu Tamaki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In volume 7, there are a short couple of panels that might be triggering for some people (and there is no way anyone is going to take those scenes as anything other than a violent homosexual rape). Consider that a warning. As hime-sama is recovering, Alphonse tells her of Pied Piper, a nano machine attack on vampires, severing the bonds between vampire lord and his/her fledglings. She is effectively isolated from her people until blood testing can prove if they’re infected or not. Worse, someone is attacking the Beowulf werewolf guards.

This storyline is interwoven with Akira’s past. It’s been hinted at since the beginning that something bad happened two years ago. We finally learn what it is in this volume and I’d rather not say more and ruin surprises. Akira and Angie’s past has come back to haunt them. Angie decides to take it on himself to stop this assassin, realizing he knows who it is.


I admit it. From the moment I saw Angie, the transgendered werewolf hopeless in love with Akira I started counting the chapters until he was brutalized. I’m just shocked it took a half dozen chapters to get there.

This volume has almost as many naked people as clothed ones. I’ve repeatedly said it’s not for kids by any means. In this we have variations on naked werewolf boy butt. We have full front with werewolf tufts of fur hiding the forbidden penis. Vera gets a full frontal nude bit too. I actually wish that there was less of this in this manga. Not because I’m a prude, far from it but because it would be ashamed to see it written off as a ‘titty’ manga or too exploitative for a female reader (there is equal opportunity nudity here). The story here is shockingly touching more often than not. It doesn’t need the titillation. Ah well, I still think this is a very good series.

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Tags: classic, manga, sci-fi

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