21st Jul 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
21st Jul 2008
Could it be? Can we actually have a somewhat believable plot line in a BL novel? As hard as it is to believe, it’s true. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are a few plot points in this book that are slightly unbelievable. On the whole though, it’s a plot that works and is not coming from left field, which is a nice change of pace.
Yuuki used to have a dream life. He and his lover, Tsukada, lived at the base of Mount Asahidake. Tsukada was a mountain climber and used to lead less experienced climbers up the mountain, while Yuuki ran a small cafe. Things were all going well for the couple until an avalanche took Tsukada’s life. Yuuki fell into a deep depression; just doing what he had to do to get by.
Fast forward a few years and we still have the cafe limping along, but we also have a drifter, Kamishiro, who’s looking for work. Now, Kamishiro is a bit more than your average, jobless drifter. He’s a master chef, who isn’t too impressed with the lackluster food that he’s served at Yuuki’s cafe.
He manages to convince Yuuki that he needs a real chef at the cafe and manages to get himself room and board as part of his employment. Kamishiro is also a mountain climber, so Yuuki has some reservations about letting him into his heart, but finds that it’s much easier to let someone in than to stay lonely forever. The drama comes in when Yuuki tries to reconcile his feelings and his fears about Kamishiro being lost on the mountain–just like his old lover was.
See, somewhat believable. Oh, there were the glaring grammar mistakes that really should have been picked up by the editors. And, it could have used a bit of tightening up, but on the whole, I really enjoyed this release. Crack-like plots are all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to not have to suspend my disbelief just to get into a story.