23rd Jun 2008

S 1

Rating: ♦♦♦

I’m of two minds on this release. On one hand, I like how dirty the sex scenes are. I like stories about detectives, informants and criminals. They make me happy. On the other hand, the situations in this release were so unbelievable that I had a hard time trying not to laugh out loud while reading. By now I should be used to the unbelievable plot lines in BL novels, of course, but I guess that I still want some semblance of realism in my books.

Shiiba is a detective, working undercover in Kabukicho, Japan’s red light district in Shinjuku. He’s trying to crack down on illegal gun smugglers. To do this, he needs to insinuate himself into the underworld and work with an “S” or a spy/informant.

While investigating, Shiiba gets a call, telling him not to trust his S. After his S is killed, Shiiba needs to find a new informant and fast. There is one contender, but he wants more from Shiiba than police protection. He wants Shiiba naked and every way he can possibly have him.

Okay, so I guess it’s really not as ridiculous as some of the BL plot-lines I’ve seen. I mean, if I can handle happy, bouncy yakuza and prisoners falling in love through cell block rape, this plot-line should be a piece of cake to swallow. Still, it’s sticking in my throat.

It’s not a bad read and I’m really looking forward to the sequel. I just can’t quite recommend this one with flying colors and all guns a-blazing.

2 Responses to “S 1”

  1. Tina Anderson Says:

    I’m seeing an alarming trend here. I think you’ve been reading too much GloBL [you know, where it has to be realistic or the creators get hammered over the head with a mallet] and I think it’s stunting your ability to suspend belief and enjoy the crack from Japan.

    I recommend no GloBL for a month [this includes novels!]. After that, traditional Japanese BL should go back to making no sense for you…and you’ll have some great times!


  2. Cynthia Says:

    You know, you may be right about that. I think I may need to lay off of the GloBL for a while, unitl I can appreciate the crack that is coming out of Japan. ;)