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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Secret Moon by Gou Siira 
8th-Jan-2009 08:47 am
Gou, Siira. Secret Moon. Trans. P.T. Rillo. Los Angeles: Juné, 2008.
          Summary: With illustrations by Sato Tomoe. Akihiro Tomoe is a vampire who has split his nearly century-long life between England and Japan. On his most recent return to Japan, he meets the country bumpkin Taichi Yamagami, a young man who is shy and studious in the daytime and aggressive and oversexed in the moonlight. In other words, they're just perfect for each other.
          Comments: A love story between a vampire and a werewolf? Hmm. Where have I read a story like that before? I just feels soooooo familiar. *rolls eyes* Ahem. Anyway, Gou's main contribution to the werewolf/vampire genre is the way in which her vampires don't have fangs and her werewolves don't actually transform into wolves or wolf-men. Oh yeah, and Tomoe can't drink the male human blood--with Taichi's being a "surprising" exception, of course. *rolls eyes again* Otherwise, the characters act pretty stereotypically. They also look like you'd expect; there is something about Sato's artwork that reminds me of Mirage of Blaze. The main conflict has to do with the appearance of a Professor Ohata, who wants Taichi and his rapid powers of healing for a lab rat. He wants him so much, in fact, that he literally runs Tomoe over. Big mistake. Most of the rest of the time they're either hanging out or getting it on. Yet this novel feels strangely void of emotion; the characters practically fall in love with each other overnight, so besides the wan plot development, there's little in the way of character development as well. Oh and by the way, it seems that there is a prequel to this novel called Secret Night that was released in Japan--but not the U.S.--at the same time as Secret Moon.
          Rating: 5/10 - Meh. At least it was over quickly. Suffice it to say that it could have been much, much worse. Just check out some of DMP's earlier BL novel releases to see what I mean.
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