Think Jane Eyre, except with Jane as a troubled young man named Robert and you have Gaywyck. I bought this novel about three years ago and it is stillThink Jane Eyre, except with Jane as a troubled young man named Robert and you have Gaywyck. I bought this novel about three years ago and it is still one of my favorites. Like a true gothic romance, there is a brooding manor and its equally brooding master, a romance between the innocent protagonist and an older, tormented, love interest and of course, a dash of the supernatural.
Despite the truly engaging romance central to the genre, what I appreciate most about this is also a coming of age story. Robert begins the novel as a sensitive, timid young man who is attached to his mother. By the end, he is no less sensitive, but infintely stronger and wiser for learning some very important lessons at a difficult price. ...more
I don't even have words to begin to describe the sorrow and poignancy of "Cry to Heaven". The novel's protagonist is Tonio, who is unwillingly castratI don't even have words to begin to describe the sorrow and poignancy of "Cry to Heaven". The novel's protagonist is Tonio, who is unwillingly castrated in a series of events riddled with deceit and betrayal. Enraged and tormented, at first Tonio refuses his fate, but as the novel progresses he is slowly transformed into an ultimately triumphant figure. Lush, sensual prose and an ending that will hold you by the throat, this is a book that will stay with you long, long after it is read....more
If I had to compare the Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams I'd say that though both are excellent, Point of Dreams is better than Point of Hopes. WhilIf I had to compare the Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams I'd say that though both are excellent, Point of Dreams is better than Point of Hopes. While in the first book there were a few places were the plot slowed down as a result of the authors' world-building, Point of Dreams is much more fast-paced.
The relationship between Philip and Rathe really makes it an enjoyable read because we get to see so many glimpses of the way they care about each other.Philip especially is quite protective. Rathe is completely oblivious, but his friends keep joking him about his "black dog" much to his embarrassment.
Another scrumptious tidbit for the yaoi/shounen-ai fan is the friendship between Rathe and b'Estorr, a necromancer at the University. He plays a big role in both books, but in Point of Dreams there's really some interesting tension between him, Rathe and Eslingen and though it's never mentioned, you wonder if there was something between him and Rathe in the past.
It's quite delightful watching their interactions because Rathe just doesn't seem to notice the way Eslingen is always rather short with b'Estorr. I mentioned "the black dog" bit in reference to Philip because the other half of the joke is that b'Estorr who has blond golden looks, is also called Rathe's "white dog" *grin* . Throw in the return of of Rathe's ex-lover to the mix of all the mystery and murder and Point of Dreams becomes a truly fabulous read....more
In Point of Hopes, our hero, Nicolas Rathe is a Pointsman (think detective) and he's called to investigate the sudden disappearance of a shocking numbIn Point of Hopes, our hero, Nicolas Rathe is a Pointsman (think detective) and he's called to investigate the sudden disappearance of a shocking number of Astreiant's children. At the same time, former Lieutenant Philip Eslingen, new to Astreiant and just released from his period of service, finds himself out of a job. He becomes a bodyguard at a local tavern and through a number of twists of fate, he and Rathe cross paths and end up working together to find the children.
There are so many wonderful things about this book. Firstly, you know the old maxim that goes something like " if you introduce a gun at the beginning of a story, then you better be prepared to use it"? Well, Scott and Barnett are masters of it! Not one detail is wasted. If they show you a knife in chapter one, you can be sure it plays a role in the plot somewhere later. If you are looking for loose strings you'll find none here--and that's what makes this such a great mystery. The authors really take you on a ride as each piece of the puzzle is slowly revealed.
Even better than the mystery, are the yummy hints between Rathe and Philip, like the way they can't seem to help thinking of each other, or the way Rathe feels self-conscious when he meets Eslingen and he's not in his best suit, or the way Eslingen admires Rathe. I also liked that they're quite human. The authors know how to poke fun at them. Eslingen is quite muscular and handsome, with long black hair and blue eyes and he's just the tiniest bit vain about his looks ^_^ . Rathe on the other hand always looks like he dressed on his way out the door. So they're opposites but not quite. Both are capable, smart and extremely resourceful. By the time I got to the end of the book I was praying for a touch, a kiss something to happen between the two of them--but alas!...more
It's interesting seeing how Yoshinaga Fumi's works develop over time and I could see the workings of Gerard and Jacques in this one. More like a serieIt's interesting seeing how Yoshinaga Fumi's works develop over time and I could see the workings of Gerard and Jacques in this one. More like a series of vignettes than G&J this is still a good fun read especially if you like couples where one partner is staid and responsible and the other a little bit spoilt....more
I adored this anime and I love the manga just as much. The historical detail is so wonderful, so meticulous, that you really feel transported to VictoI adored this anime and I love the manga just as much. The historical detail is so wonderful, so meticulous, that you really feel transported to Victorian London.
At first glance the romance between Emma, a maid and William, a young gentleman is nothing original--that is until you start reading. The characters are wonderfully engaging and Kaoru Mori advances the plot in an unhurried but gripping fashion. If you love historical manga, a good romance, and wonderful characters, Emma is a great read....more