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Caged Slave by Takamura Yuiko 
4th-Aug-2008 01:33 am
Takamura, Yuiko. Caged Slave. Trans. Misa Kaye. Gardena, CA: Juné, 2008.
          Summary: With illustrations by Kanae An. The mindblowing one-night stand of Tsukasa Shimozaki's life turns into a series of secret encounters, and he's in love with his nameless paramour before he knows it. But then the nameless man acquires the name Takeshima when he becomes Tsukasa's new boss at Dai Tech. A series of misunderstandings due to Tsukasa's bad experiences with ex-boyfriends culminate in reconciliation, and not even President Ookawa's plans for Takeshima's marriage can derail their True Love.
          Comments: Well, it looks like the miles of improvement I noticed in the translation of Sweet Admiration was not just a fluke. Caged Slave, although credited to a different translator, is just as good as far as readability in English goes, and I only noticed a few minor typos and grammatical errors. Content-wise, this is without a doubt the most sexually explicit BL novel DMP has published thus far. Besides the fact that every chapter except one has an extended sex scene, the prose itself reads practically like (Western) gay porn. (Could this be globalization at work yet again?) The plot that makes all the smut permissible is pretty ordinary--insecure uke misunderstands uncommunicative seme's intentions, emotional conflict ensues. Alpha seme thinks he sees a rival for uke's affections, gets jealous, more conflict ensues. Uke thinks seme is going to get married--devastation! You get the point. Of course, it all ends happily, the couple living happily ever after (together).
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Oakla Shuppan in 2007
          Rating: 5/10 - Another niche title that should please its intended niche audience...but doesn't manage to exceed it.
4th-Aug-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I bought this one for the hilarious title and cover, but it's pretty mediocre. The little bit of conflict in the last quarter of the book is decent, but other than that, the whole thing is really forgettable.
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