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A Strong and Sudden Thaw (A Strong and Sudden Thaw #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  758 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons star ...more
ebook, 282 pages
Published January 30th 2009 by Lethe Press (first published October 16th 2006)
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LdDurham
Powerful. Incredibly powerful and moving.

Part way through this book I didn't think I'd make it. I had heard of people honoring a death by staying to see it done but never quite got it. I understand it now. Out of respect, I kept reading, not wanting to be a coward and turn away from the dark. I'm glad I did and was rewarded handsomely.

This was an amazing read. I've never read anything like it. A commentary on society, on the human heart, and a coming-of-age story. All those terms fit, but this
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Bookwatcher
Aug 28, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brave readers... it's a VERY sad book
Shelves: fantasy, dragon, glbt-gay
I do my best to avoid too many images in reviews, but SOME BOOKS (as this one) deserve it... to express my feelings better

First: I HAVE TO tell you this is a freaking sad book. No, not just sad... it will break your heart, scatter the bits around the world, birds will eat each piece and shit it around, rain will fall and send more and more afar... ok, you get it no? yeah, it's VERY SAD!

No, I'm not talking about happy end or not, I'm talking about ALL the book, not the end. I will not talk about
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Sarah
The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn’t rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, stealing sheep, and attacking children, the townsfolk quickly learn that they don’t have the weap ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This was a very interesting book, but I thought I would like it more. At the beginning I was charmed by David's voice, but by the end of the book I got tired of it. It was as if the mannerisms of his speech almost hindered the evolution of his personality, or what I expected would be that evolution. David goes through a lot in this book - and Callan more so - but he keeps repeating the same mistakes, which are due partly to his naivety, partly to his rashness, that is not always boldness, someti ...more
MandyM
I'm slowly reading all the M/M fantasy novels and this is another great story with a really gripping plot. In fact it's a post apocalyptic setting with some 'pioneer Western' influences. A sudden Ice Age affected the world 100 years ago and the people of Moline are struggling to survive. No modern technology exists and religious beliefs have become more extreme and prejudiced. Dragons have appeared over the skies to steal away livestock and they've even taken a child. The untrustworthy Governmen ...more
Elisa Rolle
This is one of those books that mostly everyone recommended me to read; I have to admit that I delayed the reading since I’m not really a fantasy lover, and, I don’t know why, I also had the feeling that the romance in the story was not really the main theme, and so the other reason why I sometime read a fantasy novel, the romance, was excluded. But this last point is not true, there is a romance in the story, even if it’s on a Young Adult level, making this a Gay novel that I’d have no issue at ...more
Christy Stewart
I've been looking forward to reading this book because the post-apocalyptic-society-regresses-to-prehistoric-stonepunk-thing sounds bad ass but instead of being good we just follow around a hick kid with horrible grammar that may or may not be retarded.

Straight up tongue and cheek down syndromey.
Paul Jr.
It is clear from reading this book that author R.W. Day can write. Her prose is neat and concise and, despite the pace dragging a bit in the first 75 pages, the characters she creates are well rounded and full and the setting is well told. The story is told from the first person perspective of David, one of our heroes, and David is a likeable fellow who, at the age of 16 (albeit, he tends for me to read more 13 or 14), is beginning to realize that he is a bit different from other men, that a lif ...more
Jenre
I bought this book because it sounded interesting especially as I hadn't read any spec. fiction before, or so I thought. As soon as I started reading I was reminded of the middle section of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. The same ideas were present in both books: A catastrophic event in the past; a society clinging onto its identity; trying to survive in a world stripped of all modern amenities.

In the case of this book the catastrophe was a sudden ice-age which swept down from the north, engulfi
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Heidi Cullinan
I went into this book pretty much cold, and I have to say, overall it was an incredibly pleasant surprise. I know it's post-apocalyptic, but it felt like Little House on the Prairie to me, which I absolutely adored. I got completely distracted by the setting, by the tone—everything was just right. The fact that I knew an m/m romance was coming only sweetened the deal.

When I realized we were going to go from budding romance to persecution, I was a little bummed, but it worked out okay, which is a
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Inara
Feb 27, 2014 Inara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of gay love stories
David Anderson lives in an apocalyptic world – a kind of Ice-Age has returned – with his family outside a little town called Moline. Life is difficult and people have to work hard to survive the icy winter months. David´s life is monotonous and full of work but he doesn´t really mind he´s used to it. With his family lives his old Grandma who can still remember the time Before(the ice came) and tells David and his brothers and sisters about these times long gone. But one day the life of the peopl ...more
Celine
what a wonderful book! I was torn between 4 or 5 stars but i decided 4 just wasn't enough!
this is one of the sweetest stories i have ever read. It is the story about David, a farmers son in a post-apocalyptic ice age. people have reverted to farming and religion for their basic needs and David's grandma is the only one left who actually new the Before world.
David meets Callen, the healer and they fall in love...they have to overcome loads of problems: prejudice, political deceit and dragons to s
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LenaLena
Heading for a solid 5 until the end, which was wrapped up just a little too neatly. The opinions of what was left of the townspeople just a little too easily swayed to be able to reach the HFN.

Post-apocalyptic ice age, dragons, homophobes, government conspiracies: plenty of plotty drama in the setting alone, but the story shines through the eyes of David as he tries to make sense of the feelings he is developing for Callan and those he has for the people who have been his moral compass for his
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Fiona Goodman
I really liked this a lot. I love the mystery surrounding the town. I am a little reluctant about starting the second due to reviews/comments I have gotten. I am going to wait a bit before starting it and pick up something lighter now.
Julia ♥Duncan♥
I'm feeling a little bit meh about this book. I never really got on board with David's narration or David as a character. He's only 16 for the majority of the book, which was a bit too young for me to feel comfortable reading sex scenes, and his voice is very simplistic and purposefully uneducated. It just never pulled me in.

I liked Callan quite a bit - he was funny at times and smart, but he has some of the worst luck I've encountered in a book recently and it was just no fun to read about at
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~♥I_Luv_2_Read♥~
This book is like Little House On The Prairie...After the Apocalypse!

This wasn't an easy read. There are struggles and hardship followed by tragedy...Nevertheless, hope and love spring eternal.
The telling of this story is through Davids POV, and it shouldn't be any other way! I felt everything David did and his strong voice, while not eloquent, was distinct and powerful throughout the story.

David is 16 at the start of the book, but all the things one must do just to survive and thrive in small
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T.W. Spencer
An excellent gay coming-of-age novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world suffers something close to another Ice Age nearly a hundred years ago; civilization doesn't fall, it stumbled and is still trying to maintain its balance. In rural Moline, Virginia, this is a story that deals with small town hardships and attitudes set against larger world-wide issues of endless winter and hungry dragons.

Young David Anderson is the seventeen-year-old son of a farmer whose only connection to the large
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Trix
This was the kind of book you can't put down until you've read it all. I was charmed by the world depicted in these pages, and I fell in love with David and Callan.

[spoiler ahead]The only reason it doesn't get a 5 star rating from me is because I tend to like my book with a bit more explicit sexuality in it (while RW Day's writing made me think of a blushing high school girl). And because at times, I felt the storyline was moving a bit too slow. But other than that, it was a magnificent read. I
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L-D
I really enjoyed this book. David Anderson is a simple boy from a farming family. As the eldest of his siblings with a lot of familial responsibility, at the age of 16 he is riding the cusp between boy and man. Callan Landers, 22 years old, is the new healer's assistant that just moved to town and Callan and David strike up a friendship based on a shared love of reading. David's family strongly approve this friendship of their son and the local learned healer.

When Callan is arrested for being wi
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Sophie
I want more books like that. This was the kind of book you can fall in love with, where you try and spend every free minute you have reading it, hating the end of your break because it'll tear you away from it. It's a rare thing, and just like with any other love affair, you never know when it might happen.

This kind of book is the reason I am reading so much crap, because you never know, among all the stories with wooden characters and horrible sex scenes you might finally find a gem like this:
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Kassa
This is definitely not a new release and in fact it’s even been re-released by Lethe Press and rumors abound that the author has written a sequel. So why it’s taken me so long to read my favorite genre (post-apocalyptic urban fantasy), I can’t exactly say but I’m glad I finally did. A Strong and Sudden Thaw is masterfully written and contains some of the best prose and flow that I’ve read. The characterization is solid and the world building incredibly dynamic, which gives some stunning moments ...more
Feliz
Ninety-one years ago, the Ice came, and if the civilization didn`t die right away, it surely hitched for a while.

In a not so far away future, the world, choked by the Ice, turned back to the ways of a past longer back, returning to the ways of living of a nineteenth century that never quite was, for there is an addition unheard of by mankind: there are dragons. Maybe not everywhere but surely in the remote town of Moline, where David Anderson grew up the son of a hunter and farmer. At sixteen,
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Rachel Brown
After the apocalypse, persecuted gay lovers fight homophobia and dragons!

The mysterious sudden climate change called the Ice descended about eighty years prior to the beginning of this book. 16-year-old David's 100-year-old grandmother barely remembers what things were like before; the government is still hanging on and handing out precious seed wheat; the culture is reminiscent of the Old West but the social mores are reminiscent of the 1950s, due to a resurgence in religious and social conserv
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Jeremy
I wish I'd looked at some of the reviews here before I bought and read this one. Make no mistake - this is a romance novel. It has enough pretext that you can feel from time to time like there is more too it. But ultimately it comes back to the conventions of the romance genre. Also, the main character is sort of a odd character, with a very limited perspective - a bit of a hick really. I wished the author had chosen the romantic interest as the main character, as it seemed that would have accom ...more
Christine (AR)
Enjoyable post-apocalyptic gay romance.

Maybe my expectations for gay romance novels are set so incredibly low by the unbelievably bad examples I've come across lately, but I was more than willing to forgive the slightly ridiculous and completely unexplained premise in favor of likable characters and a wonderfully romantic, slow-building relationship.

A new Ice Age plus ravening dragons that instantly revert everyone into pioneers? Whatever. Callan and David are adorable. I'll take it. Someone w
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April
I would actually like to rate this as 4.5 Stars.

This book was quite beautiful. David and Callan turn out to be a wonderful couple in a time where people have turned back to religion in response to the Ice. That means two men loving one another is a no-no, big time. Oh, but did I mention that there are dragons? Well, there are. And they are dangerous. But that's all I will say about them. This book made me smile with all of the literary and mythological references; it brought me back to my childh
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Sue
I loved this book. The relationship between David and Callan was lovely, the conflicts were very tense and dangerous. Were it not for the cover, I would think this could work well as an adult novel as well. The main character was young and coming-of-age plot was central, yes, but the challenges they faced were significantly beyond what you often find in young adult literature.
luv2reed
A very interesting post-apocalyptic story. I went back and forth between 4 stars and 5 stars. Ultimately I went with 4 because at times the book dragged a little for me. It is very well written, strong characterization, and an interesting world. I loved the relationship between David and Callan and I'm definitely picking up the next book to find out what happens next.
Ambre
It was OK for the first 2/3 or so, but then I started to find it boring. I ended up not finishing it, just not interested enough in the ending or the relationship to keep going. I also didn't find it particularly moving or emotionally charged.

I also had a lot of issues with the world building. One major issue the people in this postapocalyptic society had was the lack of books. That made no sense to me, bookbinding and paper making are crafts easily managed without factories or machinery. Man ha
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Kris
The Review:

Honesty from the outset~

I'm a huge, huge fan of speculative fiction. For those not familiar with the term, speculative fiction is basically a catch-all word used to encompass the genres of science fiction, fantasy, futuristic, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal... well, you get the point.

Not only is this story speculative, but the setting is futuristic, post-Apocalyptic Earth - one of my fave eva genres - and has a terrific frontier-like feel to it. Think Firefly or Jericho.

Not only th
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Rebecca Day once had an obsessive teaching career that she has since abandoned for library work. In addition to writing fantastical and mythic tales, she is involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism. She resides in southern Virginia.
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