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Cold Fever (Yaoi Novel) [Paperback]

Nanao Saikawa , Narise Konohara


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9 Jun 2010
Toru lost most of his memory in an accident, and can't remember anything that happened from the past six years. He feels as if he is a different person now, and he hates "the other guy" - the person he was six years ago. Miserable and emotionally drained, Toru is trying not to live in the shadow of his past... to move on with his new life... but, the harder he tries, he finds himself being pulled in by Fujishima.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally driven 9 Mar 2011
By KL C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's hard to believe that I read and reviewed the first novel of the Cold series nearly five years ago. Though the second novel left me feeling dubious in regards to my expectations of the final novel, I can wholeheartedly say that Cold Fever was not a let down. This tumultuous final book begins with Tohru's reawakening after six years of amnesia to a chaotic world in which he is haunted by the widely beloved shadow of his former amnesiac self. The raw yearning for his foil of a self that he could never become again is what makes this novel so impactful. He is full of self-hatred, harsh and violent in nature in a way that lovers of romantic novels may despise. Yet I found the root of his violence, namely his childhood trauma caused inability to connect with others and the resulting starvation and bare loneliness, completely captivating. It's essentially Gardner's Grendel stripped of his existentialist musings and placed in the contemporary world of light novels. This is a degree of ugliness in character that prominent literature explores regularly, yet BL typically fears to tread. It disposes of the genre-typical superficial romances and instead portrays the raw manner in which this lost child-like man with such an unforgivable predisposition was able to find love with another human and ultimately his place in life.

Though the Tohru of the first novel was certainly more morally and societally acceptable, it is most definitely this emotionally scarred Tohru that will remain memorable for years to come. The prior novels merely served as the foundation as this novel was certainly the focal point of the series.

Fujishima is just as tragic if not more so. His love for a man whom no longer exists and the physical and emotional suffering he endures in repentance for his childhood crimes against Tohru is heartbreaking. Yet he continues to be remarkably strong rather than folding under as other submissive roles of the genre would typically. In a sort of emotional role reversal, Tohru is always the one breaking and Fujishima is the selfless strength supporting him time and time again. That Fujishima's suffering is only told through Tohru's observations of his body rather than through any glimpses at Fujishima's thoughts makes him a painfully beautiful enigma. Such a contrast between Fujishima's androgynous and weak physique with his emotional fortitude makes him the most compelling character in the novel.

However, the side story protagonists were not quite so memorable. Thus I found myself detached from the latter portion of the novel that explores their story once again. Although it was admittedly nice being able to see Tohru from an outside perspective some time after the events of the main story. His nearly tangible social growth as a character while still fundamentally Tohru in essence serves as a nice contrast to his usual sense of childlike starvation for human warmth in the presence of Fujishima.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars brutal 30 Sep 2012
By shacary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really wanted to like this, its the only book in the cold series I have read... and its quite frankly brutal. I do not see how the kind Fuji could ever love or forgive Tohru. The {SPOILERS} brutal rapes,beatenings and near mutilation of genitals is unforgivable imo.
I have witnessed victims of such abuse and the scars and stains do not miraculously disappear later. Even if we presume Fuji was fear driven to stay in such a relationship, when Tohru had had his accident what a wonderful way to dump him!!
I am glad there was some sort of happiness at the end, but I dont see how Fuji could ever trust Tohru again to be " allowed" to be happy. I realize there is powerful love and forgiveness; but the fear, the threat and the worry of such events recurring would haunt him. I simply CAN not recomend this to anyone. there are way better novels out there. review for the purchase on yaoiclub purchase. Its so brutal that when it was listed as ideas for me, via amazon I felt I had to warn others. Its up to you now :) GL!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to say its kind of meh... 4 Mar 2011
By Robbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Contains some spoilers.....

As said the story left me kind of ambivalent about the book.

In the first story, I understood some of the issues that made Tohru behave the way he did, not that I condone them, but it was ugly. So be prepared.

The second story focuses on Taniguchi and Kurokawa and there in is so many inconsistencies that it turned me off to the whole story. First Kurokawa became older (three years if I recall). I didn't think he could or would be that much older since they graduated in the same class (and had met up again at their class reunion in the first novel). He also had become spinelessly, and clingy. I thought the whole first two novels were about him becoming more independent, mostly from his parents, but still, he became like a jealous stalker. I can only assume that the translation was most accurate and portrayed Kurokawa right but alls I can say is that somehow he must have gotten some type of split personality between the first two novels and this one.

I gave it three stars but it was probably more two and a half.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a bad happy ending 22 Sep 2012
By Bayou - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually love Narise Konohara's story, but this 3rd book of Cold series is a bit of a disappointment. I can't tell much without spoiling anything, but like the title of my review said, it's a bad happy ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreaking 27 April 2011
By roberta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hi, I'm italian and i'm sorry but my english sucks... This novel is a wonderful story and the characters are very well written. this story talks about loss and found of hope and love. the chemistry between two main characters shines through pages and I couldn't stop reading.
The author talks about love but not the happiness of being in love. I've loved so much the raw atmosphere around them.
OMG... I don't know how to explain it myself!!!!
I recommend this novel everybody wants to discover possessive and dark side of human beings' feeling.
Simply the best novel I've ever read.
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