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    07.12.09
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    The concept itself is hilarious to start out with. Engagements to princes or the modern day version of heirs to major firms are common in the shojo genre. But this is the first story I have ever come across where a boy gets drawn into the mix instead. The author also refuses to keep things simple, and just when you think you're about to settle down to a cutsey romance, there is another turn in the plot. The characters' emotions are realistically portrayed, and the characters are simply too complex to fall headlong into a relationship without considering the consequences. Or, if they are, the world they live in is too complex for things to work themselves out. The plot is also rife with intrigue and politics, to which love takes a back seat. The constant insertion of back story gives the sense of the story opening up both before and behind you, gradually illuminating the world in all directions. I'm only up to Volume 4, but I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing how the story progresses in the next five books.

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    5
    07.12.09
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    The first book does a good job of establishing the world and emphasizing the contrast between the fantasy world and modern day Korea. I think that it is interesting that the author decided to have a female as the lead instead of a man. When the character first goes to the world (a reversal on more traditional patriarchies), she expects that it will be a paradise. Yet, because she is confused for a man, she is chased and almost sold as a slave. Rather that take advantage of the fact that she is a woman, she is horrified at the state of humanity in this alternate reality. Rather than simply make the society a haven for women, where they are served by men, the author criticizes any society in which a certain group of people are arbitrarily made subservient to another.
    The author refuses to back down from any issue, or to simplify the story and the issues at hand. Those who are repressed are not universally rebellious, and those who rebel are not universally righteous. Nor do all of the women, even those in positions of high power, beat or ill-treat the men in their lives. This book has really surpassed my expectations, and I cannot wait to see where it will go.

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    5
    07.12.09
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    I love the in depth development of the fantasy world in this story. The explanation of magic at play sets the stage for discussion of the exact nature of the magic necessary for the prophecy in the upcoming chapters. It's also interesting to watch the development between the two main characters, and the balance between their contrasting natures. While the first book is concentrated on world development, I'm excited to see where the story will go from here in terms of the action, political intrigue, romance, and tragedy the first books sets in motion. And I'm very curious as to who exactly Det is.

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    5
    07.12.09
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    I just finished the first volume and I loved it. It sort of makes me think of Fruits Basket with a twist with how all the characters are completely dependent upon Ewon to keep things clean, make tea, and serve them hand and foot. Of course, Fruits Basket didn't have this kind of heated romance and complex love triangle. The art is also beautiful, and I really enjoyed the character development of Ewon where you get a really thorough sense of the character in such a short period of time. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    5
    07.12.09
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    This story is great for middle and high school students. It's a really sweet father/daughter story. The relationship between the father and the daughter is hilarious, with the father encouraging and even giving advice to the daughter in her crazy escapades. And the romance between Myunghae's ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend is really sweet. I'm really rooting for those two. Myunghae doesn't deserve him.

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    5
    07.12.09
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    I've only read the first book, but I'm in love. The art is simply stunning, and I love the interweaving of fantasy and history. The dialogue is also beautifully written, and I love the integration of poetry into the text of the story. It reminiscent of the Tale of Genji. I wonder if they're from the original text? The story is a bit difficult to follow, but I love the different layers of romance, adventure, political intrigue, fantasy, mythology, and actual historical incidents. I can't wait to read more!

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    5
    06.29.09
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    I loved this comic so much. The story is so interesting and I love how it's embedded in Korean culture. The balance between darkness and a deep spirituality make this a captivating read. Not to mention that the art is amazing. I can't wait for this author to get off hiatus and start writing again!

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    5
    06.28.09
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    I'm usually a complete art snob, but the story here is just amazing. And the more I read the story, the more I think the art style is perfect for the sort of story the author is telling. It's funny, but also reminiscent of growing up from a teenager into an adult, and all the craziness that entails. On the whole the characters are very endearing and comical at the same time, a rare balance.

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    5
    06.26.09
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    I just finished the first volume, but I'm really confused, in a good way! I get bored with all the titles that have overly simplified story lines that you can only half pay attention to and still get. This one is a real challenge to read, but it's rewarding. The author has created this intense and fantastical world that I loved getting lost in. I can't wait to read the rest!

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    5
    06.26.09
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    This is a great BL title. The art has the crazy detail of manhwa, as well as the really streamlined quality of manga from the past couple of years. The story also has an interesting twist with the whole idea of the perfect body temperature. And I think Gain is so cute!

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