Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Red Thread of Forever Love

Title: The Red Thread of Forever Love
Author: Nicole Kimberling
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-912-6
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Folklore researcher Hank Caldwell and Translator Daisuke Tachibana are headed to Aomori City, Japan by train when Hank is awakened by the yokai who has followed Hank from Tokyo. Hank is researching Japanese spirits as folklore, until he meets one personally, causing Hank to rethink the book he is writing on the subject.

The Red Thread of Forever Love is an amusing exploration into the Japanese supernatural culture. The plot features how the Christmas and New Year holidays are celebrated plus some of the various types of spirits on hand. The characters are, to some extent, believable. The yokai is gay, amorous in addition to being infatuated with underwear fashion. Hank is an openly gay man from Canada, researching for his PhD. Tachibana is a secretly gay, low salaried employee of the publisher sponsoring Hank’s book. Tachibana yearns to move to a country more tolerant of gay men.

At first, I was perplexed by the genre of this story. My impression was that this is a male friendship, rather than man love. There is no display of attraction or expressions of intimacy between Hank and Tachibana throughout the saga. However, there is a lovemaking scene at the end. Nicole Kimberling's cultural information is interesting, as well as, enjoyable.

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