Archive for February 2012

Poet At Large Reviews, Anime, Heroic Age   Leave a comment

The Anime Heroic Age first aired on April 1, 2007.  All 26 episodes may now be viewed on Netflix dubbed in English.  I have managed to watch 19 episodes so far and find it very compelling.  The story line is very much based on Greek myths of Hercules  but placed in a future where humanity is fighting to retake Earth from a force known as the Silver Tribe.  A Human boy named Age who is bonded with a creature called a Nodos takes on the role of Hercules and his 12 labors to help humans become the winner in this strange fight to survive.  Along the way he must fight four others like himself.

The art is very beautiful with use of light and layering that give it a depth at times that draws in the eye.  The character design of the Nodos is truly well thought out and makes them frightening to behold when the characters bonded to them transform.  Though some lines used to define the female forms in the story give the impression of a permanent wedgie as part of their uniforms.

The story is very compelling and the main characters of such depth the audience will  either love them completely or want to reach out and slap them.   The characters I hate the most are the two human princes.  I find myself hoping that by the end of the story they will find some truly horrible demise.

The theme song at the beginning is a combination of opera and rock that is very beautiful to listen to and very emotionally sung.  The words may be in Japanese with a few Japlish slang words but the subtitle translation is very poetic and fitting to the story.

All in all a must watch series for the Anime lover.

From the Poet’s Mouth

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Posted February 22, 2012 by lydamaedameron in Reviews

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The Iron Dragon III The Secret Empire   1 comment

Paul Genesse’s Iron Dragon series has only become more wonderful with each volume.  Book Three The Secret Empire has become more detailed, more fanciful and more suspense filled than the first two books put together.  His characters deal with the trials of a hunt for the king of all dragons and face both undead and shape changing demons as well as cultists and misguided politicos. Not to mention a desert crossing intended to end their lives.  Each chapter will draw you even further into the intrigue and danger.  Though I warn readers that one character will suffer an untimely end that is very grisly end straight out of a Greek tragedy.  The amount of detail is such that I will suffer nightmares of undead wingitars  and shape changing Sekkmets for at least a month, and the story strong enough that I can forgive the moment I was briefly in want of an airsick bag.  I look forward to the next volume with much delight and only hope that the wait will not be long.

From the Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

Life The Universe and Everything 30 Feb 9-11, 2012   Leave a comment

Life The Universe and Everything or LTUE is a Symposium or Conference held for Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy in The Provo/Orem area of Utah every year for the last 30 years straight.  It’s full name is the Marion K. “Doc” Smith Memorial Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy.  The Symposium has had such Guests as Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Dave Wolverton, Rebecca Moesta,  and this years guest of Honor James A. Owen.   The Symposium has for the last 29 years been held at Brigham Young University but this year was moved to the Smaller State run Utah Valley University, this is Due the the Larger Religious School’s Deans choosing to no longer support the subject matter of the Coference.  The change of venue did not stop crowds as class rooms filled to the point of turning away late comers to popular presentations and panels.  There was also a rise of individuals choosing to wear costumes or Cosplay outfits to the conference, something the former location had discouraged.

Mr. Owen wowed crowds in his Friday Main address with stories of his young life and early carer.  Stories which proved that he is not just a great author and comic artist but a very determined and charming individual.   Presentations by the crew of Writing Excuses who recorded Pod casts that will air later this year left attendees with notes on how they can become better writers.  Panels on collaboration, how to insert romance, avoiding cliches, as well as “If Dumbledore had plotted for Snape to die” and many more topics were open to attendees.  Panels on “how to draw dragons” and “artists on art” gave those with aspiring ambitions in the artists field urges to get out the paper and try it from another angel than they might have been previously trying.

Chances to hear authors do readings of their latest works lead to the need for more rooms on Saturday.  For many attendees the chance to get books signed that day was simply the treat that made it all worth while.  I personally left with a copy of a book I have been waiting for with almost painful wishing, “Iron Dragon 3 The Secret Empire” by Paul Genesse.  I have previously reviewed the first 2 iron dragon books on Amazon and will review the third one once I have finished it.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron