When I find an author I really like, I usually go deep and read everything they’ve ever written. I trust them to tell a good story, but I also like the way they tell a story. Mood, tone, pacing, flow—they matter. And there are places I don’t like to go, so when I find a writer whose tastes align with mine, ah! Bliss! Continue reading
I’ve been on a CLAMP kick lately, in part because the more of their stories you read, the more you appreciate their stories. The ladies of CLAMP are known for story overlaps and allusions, and a savvy reader can Continue reading
Gate 7, Vol. 1 by CLAMP, Dark Horse Manga
“Is that a girl? Or… a boy…?” —Chikahito, Gate 7
Chikahito Takamoto, a high school boy from Tokyo with a fondness for history in general and Kyoto in particular, pays a visit to that city’s landmarks. At a shrine, he spots two men and a beautiful (yet confusingly androgynous) kid sitting in a tree. Shadowy serpents suddenly attack, and these mysterious strangers do battle, saving Chikahito’s life.
He faints and wakes in their company…at the Uri-Shichiken Hana Machi. The men assume he’s ordinary enough, but they can’t exclude him when they envelope an area, and they can’t erase his memory. Chikahito wants an explanation, but the pretty kid grabs his hand, drags him out front, and kisses him. Continue reading