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Cold Sleep by Konohara Narise 
3rd-Dec-2006 11:58 pm
Or maybe the Juné line is flogging me. I suppose it's subject to debate. >_<

Konohara, Narise. Cold Sleep. Trans. Douglas W. Dlin and Iori. Los Angeles: Juné, 2006.
          Summary: After losing his memory in a car accident, Tohru Takahisa finds himself taken in by the gentle yet enigmatic Fujishima. Since Fujishima refuses to give him any answers to his past, Tohru goes looking for it, but what he finds is unsatisfactory...and, instead, he finds himself falling in love with Fujishima. However, only when a woman seeking revenge for her brother's death takes her anger at Tohru out on Fujishima, do the two confess their love for each other. Also includes to short stories featuring high school classmates that meet eleven years after graduation and strike up an unlikely friendship.
          Comments: Marginally better than any DMP novel translation thus far (or subsequently, if the first volume of The Man Who Doesn't Take Off His Clothes is any indication), but, unfortunately, the book itself in it's original form is fundamentally weaker than any of Konohara's other English-language releases. Those just looking for sex scenes get no satisfaction whatsoever in this novel. And, plot-wise, there's no satisfaction to be had here either--in EITHER of the stories. Both pretty much end with a confession of love, and in the title story you don't even get any explanation as to who Fujishima was to Tohru before he lost his memory. In her afterword, the author claims that this is the first installment of a series, but God only knows if we'll ever see the sequels. (DMP appears to be rethinking their BL light novel line, and, though I really do want to read them--or at least the good ones!--in English, if what they license isn't going to be good, they might as well just stop.) Even though I'm notoriously weak when it comes to sappy happily-ever-afters, there just wasn't enough here to make it worth my while.
          Notes: paperback, 1st edition, 1st printing; originally published in Japan in 2003
          Rating: 4.5/10 - An unessential novel that exists primarily to soak up money from an undiscriminating BL novel fanbase. Of questionable absolute value, even to enthusiasts.
5th-Dec-2006 04:24 am (UTC)
They're planning on bringing the sequels out, they're just in limbo right now while they settle things from the Biblos bankruptcy. This was probably my favorite offering by the DMP novel line to date, but if you really like the happy stuff you might want to just forgo the sequels all together. They're really dark. (When Fujishima said past-Tohru hated him, he wasn't kidding)
5th-Dec-2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, so it's a marketing nightmare, then. They should've held this release back if they couldn't officially announce the sequels; this volume emphatically does not stand on its own--and there's no indication from DMP in the book (sequel announcements, calling it Vol. 1, etc.) itself that it's going to do anything other than that.
5th-Dec-2006 09:21 am (UTC)
DMP appears to be rethinking their BL light novel line

How are they re-thinking it? From everything that I knew, I thought they were going full speed ahead.
5th-Dec-2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
There's nothing much scheduled for next year, and Ai no Kusabi's on a completely different order than their first six BL novels.
1st-Jan-2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Review archived.
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