Ex Civil-War surgeon George Callahan is a man haunted by his past. Unwilling to deal with the demons of his childhood he turns to opium, and finds back-alley employment with the heartless brothel keepers of San Francisco’s Chinatown. In Volume 1 of this gorgeously illustrated gay historical drama, Dr. George Callahan searches for a Chinese woman from his past, and soon finEx Civil-War surgeon George Callahan is a man haunted by his past. Unwilling to deal with the demons of his childhood he turns to opium, and finds back-alley employment with the heartless brothel keepers of San Francisco’s Chinatown. In Volume 1 of this gorgeously illustrated gay historical drama, Dr. George Callahan searches for a Chinese woman from his past, and soon finds himself unwittingly drawn to dim-witted male prostitute Jun, whose own life is complicated by the unwanted attentions of an aggressive bouncer named Roan Baxter....
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games with me volume 1 Reviews
Tina Anderson never conforms, and never shies away from pushing hard at the edges of her genre. I’m no yaoi expert, as I’ve said before on this blog; the handful of books I’ve read have not gripped me because of the dewy eyed and seemingly mentally deficient ukes and enormous and suited semes–plus rape being a shortcut to love of course, which seems to be a must.However, here we DO have a dewy eyed, long haired uke AND a angsty stern be-suited seme. But there the comparison stops dead. And good job too.Right from the first page we are thrust into Callahan’s bloody world. He’s a doctor all right, but he’s an abortionist at the same time, necessary work for the brothels of San Francisco in 1869. It’s clear that Callaghan is talented, and has a conscience, but we are also shown –cleverly–that he’s got that certain disconnect that many doctors need to have. The Chinese think he’s dead inside, a frozen man.He is a troubled man, and one clearly with a “past.” He loses himself in opium when he’s not working–what is he trying to forget?Callaghan calls at a male brothel to collect payment for a job, and asks to spend some time with a young man there, called Jun. “A retard” according to Roan, the brutish bouncer. As Callaghan walks to Jun’s room, there are chilling details, a padlocked gate, windows that don’t look out onto the outside world, a man with two obviously underaged boys. We know, if we hadn’t known from page one, that we aren’t in yaoi land any more.Jun is heartbreakingly my favourite character in this. So sweet to George (and you can guess, probably to all of his customers) and with the mind of a child you almost feel uncomfortable reading about him, but he’s not a child–the book doesn’t cross that line. It’s clear that George knows Jun from somewhere, and the first volume here doesn’t do more than tease us with this.There’s a subplot involving Roan, the bouncer–who fancies the pretty Jun, too, and wants to play “love games” with him. Jun, to my delight, was nicely pragmatic, telling Roan he had to buy a card to spend time with him. (Red for teatime, White for fulltime, Black for roughtime) It broke me when George pushes Jun away at one point and Jun recoils in fear “if you want to hurt me, you got gotta buy a black card!” Just. Gah.But, the writer being who she is, doesn’t make Roan a typical villain. He actually does seem to want Jun, he just doesn’t have a clue how to approach him, how to woo him. Jun is understandably wary of the man, as he’s obviously been abusive–or worse–to him before, so Roan tempts him with toys.The drawings are beautiful. Brighto doesn’t stick to any fixed layout, but changes it from page to page, sometimes three panels, sometimes less, a full page here, a small insert picture there – I’m sure there are technical terms for this, but I’m afraid I don’t know them. Also it’s nice not to have to read front to back! The historical detailing is beautifully done, the clothes are good, as is the architecture and the sex is rather warming without showing anything too graphic.Take all that, and the promise of volume 2 to come, and you certainly have a keeper in my book. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. This ranks up there with the best gay historical graphic novels – the other being, of course, Only Words, by Tina Anderson and Caroline Monaco.If reality based m/m historicals are selling, and are popular, then so do graphic novels deserve to be. I highly recommend this, and hope that it comes out as a print book at some point–that she gets a publisher to take it on, as it’s only available in English as a Kindle version at the moment. But if you have a Kindle, then don’t miss out of this little gem of a book.
Written by Tina Anderson and illustrated by the talented Lynsley Brito Games With Me is a historical drama set in the late 1860’s. The story follows the life of George Callahan as he deals with his demons past and present and his encounters with Jun, a male prostitute.The feel of the book is very distinctive and after reading it several times I can safely say this is certainly not a light and fluffy story. Despite the bleakness of the setting Jun’s warmth seemed to add to the narrative and especially George’s character. George struggles with his past, his addiction and his growing attraction to this young man who seems so innocent. Because Jun is a prostitute and a little slow, the power dynamics in the relationship seemed very one-sided, but George’s feelings for Jun make me wonder a little who is really in a position of power.The artwork is beautifully done and moves the story with strong expression and crisp, gorgeous historical detail. I loved how George was depicted. Elegant and kinda austere. Jun is seriously cute, pretty and that hair! The sex is hot and tastefully done, but not as explicit as some of my recent reading! I think one of my favorite panels is near the end with Jun kinda smooching up under George’s chin. Loved it. There is plenty of depth to the story and I am looking forward to seeing where Tina Anderson and Lynsley Brito take it. The secondary characters were also interesting and I wondered at times if there was more going on with Sung than met the eye.This was an enjoyable read and definitely worth a look if gritty historical drama is your thing. Check it out here at emanga or get it through Amazon Kindle.Original reviewhttp://sharrow.wordpress.com/2009/11/...
Since this is in comic style, I have different standards, so I'm less concerned about how it's written, and more critical of how it's drawn. It's actually drawn very well, and in a manga-influenced style that's not forced or warped looking. I've read this some time ago, but the story stuck with me on how people, especially sweet, unassuming, people that naturally give out unconditional love really just ease the soul. I'm sorry if that makes it seem I'm romanticizing mental ailments, but I enjoy how the (good...ish) people around lil' baby protect him more to some degree. This was a story that made me a little sad, but historical stories set in this time period usually make me sad, and I think of all the poor people used and abused.
The Christmas gift via Kindle made me extremely happy so I bought the second volume right after reading the first one.The plot line is simple and according the typical yaoi canon which postulates many emotional drama peppered with lot of steamy sex with hint of something depraved and forbidden. It brings the taste of good old days when BL mangas were full bloodied action mixed with emotional trysts of main actors and happy ending was not always ensured. The setting of the story was in post American civil war period, which gave opportunity to introduce over-traumatized veteran George Callahan, who happened to be medical doctor. There were many ghosts which hunted dr. Callahan not only his army past, but also his childhood with memories of Chinese woman and her baby son. He was dividing his life between earning money by doing his job in shadows, which sometimes involved helping prostitutes to solve delicate problems and opium den operated by handsome man with Japanese and Chinese origin. He found young boy in brothel who was innocent in matter of mind not body and started to reborn in a way. It was slow process of self awareness and realizing that there was something or somebody to life for.
Story has lots of promise, but I'm not quite buying it like I would prefer. Plus, there are several squicky things going on here- Jun is clearly of legal age (mention is made of his mother dying 16 years ago, when he was a toddler), but his mental capacity is diminished. He remains very childlike, which I find creepy. Also, there is the are-they-brothers-or-aren't-they thing. Just not sure what to make of this one yet. Art is gorgeous, though...
★ = I don't want to talk about it. It left a bad taste in my mouth *tsk*