Only Words

Only Words


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ISBN-13: 9780979466717
Publisher: GYNOCRAT
Publication date: 06/27/2007
Pages: 131
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Only Words 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Nicholas Wafer More than 1 year ago
The story was a little short and progressed too quickly for my taste, but the ending was great. The author really threw in a twist of an ending that is not for the faint of heart.
narwhaltortellini on LibraryThing 10 months ago
After the Nazi invasion of Poland, Koby, a student studying to be a priest, must deal with the bullying of the Hitler Youth who now attend his classes. One in particular seems to hold a more involved and perhaps slightly more sinister interest in Koby, with the catch here being that maybe Koby doesn't find the attention as disagreeable as one might think...THE END....Ok, the book wasn't QUITE that short. Still, you may want to make sure your eyes are good and moist before cracking this one open. Blink too much, and you may not get your money's worth. When I first saw the volume, verging on the slim side (for a full-price manga, anyway), I was a little saddened, but figured this was merely where the story came to a natural conclusion, and the writer simply didn't want to drag it on longer just for length's sake. Knowing I would take a well-paced, well-concluded story over the usual yaoi any day, I forgot about my worries and began. However, though the pacing was indeed good, the ending does feel clipped. The climax scene could have used some more time, and the denumount possibly as well. But now that that's over with. The pacing here really is great. The dialog is sparse, and they both work together to fit the tone of the story. I was gripped through the whole thing. The art is good, actually a little more manga-esque than the cover lead me to believe, though still nothing that's going to remind you of bishounen and long flowing hair. I like more realistic manga styles, anyway, and found it quite attractive. The setting is historical, but least anyone be off-put or intimidated by these elements, it serves more for interesting flavor and added tension to me (that is to say, your having fallen asleep in your Global Perspectives class shouldn't hurt your understanding). Mind, the history isn't thrown in there to give it some cheap originality points, either. It's well-researchered, and throws an interesting wrench into the psychology of the characters.Who, by the way, are interesting, if rather mysterious people. I'd feel guilty commenting too much on the specifics of their situations and personality, as it's basically what you're reading the book for, and it's already so short. One thing to note is that it does not make any attempt to explain all their motivations. I get the feeling the writer wants you to take what you see and make your own conclusions, which is always fun, only I feel like I haven't gotten enough information to get started. And I think that's the main reason why the clipped ending bothered me. The entire rest of the book, I felt little things were being revealed about them at a good rate. I was waiting for the climax, though, because sexual and romantic stuff aside, I was waiting to see what I could learn about the characters when thrown in this kind of situation together in that scene. The scene DID supply some interesting events (shocking i'm not sure of, as the ending was spoiled for me by someone before i began ^_^;), and I wasn't expecting anything all-revealing, but I just need to watch them interact a little longer, watch for something telling. Instead the scene ended, and I was left not only curious about the characters in general, but in particular as the book ended, curious as to what the whole experience meant to the main character. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I've barley a clue.And I really want to know. Which says a lot about how good this manga is, but it's also a little frustrating. Actually, it would be really cool to read more about Koby, maybe see another volume with another romantic episode in his life. It would help the ending not feel so clipped as well. ....Unfortunately, even if the author had more to tell, I doubt this is something that will ever end up popular enough to warrant a sequel. Tch. There's just no accounting for yaoi fangirl taste. (...Mine least of all.)
jshillingford on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the first manga I have purchased from the new Irish Print publisher. I really enjoyed the novel, "A String and Sudden Thaw" so I decided to gamble on a western yaoi from them. It was well worth the purchase. The artwork is very good. The body proportions are usually correct, and the shading and backgrounds are well done. The characters look real and completely male; though not as attractive as in most yaoi - but that is more realistic anyway. My only criticism is that the lines are a little thick (not cartoon/coloring book thick, thank goodness!) so it isn't as clean looking as the work of mangakas such as Yamane or Nitta. But, this is a personal preference and did not deter my enjoyment of the story. The artist is likely to improve in subsequent work in any case.The story is set in Nazi-occupied Poland, and so the tone and art is understandably dark. There is not nearly as much dialog as in other yaoi I have read, but it fits with this story. Our hero finds himself almost unwillingly attracted to Hitler youth, Oskar. Oskar's feelings are not revealed, at least until the end. Hmmm, the end. What a SHOCKER! I will not spoil it here, but I will say that this is the first yaoi manga to actually surprise me with the conclusion. I will certainly look for more from Anderson & Monaco and may also check out Iris' other yaoi titles. Highly recommended.
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