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A Strong and Sudden Thaw

(A Strong and Sudden Thaw #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,017 ratings  ·  109 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

Paperback, 331 pages
Published July 15th 2007 by Iris Print (first published October 16th 2006)
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Nearly a century ago the Ice fell upon the Earth. And nothing has been the same ever since.

This is a little based on the premise from the movie The Island or, further back, the Myth of the Cave by Plato. Good rulers who turn out to be not-so-good. Obsolete laws became valid again. Piety revives in times of chaos and desperation. Life is not a searching of happiness anymore, but of mere subsistence. Not a revival of the Stone Age, but a big step back nonetheless. Furthermore, there is a hint of I
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
LD  Durham
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wow, what a wonderful book this was. The story is set 100 years into the future, in a post-apocalyptic world, after an ice age. It's a beautiful romance between David, a young farmer who still lives with his family and has led a very sheltered life, and Callan, a healer who's recently arrived in the local town. There's a good dollop of angst running throughout the book as they struggle to stay together and be accepted in the community and it's difficult to take at times but well worth the effort ...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
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book lost me on 39% with a bang. Till then I was involved and interested; after that - I think I completely shut down on the book. It happens to me sometimes. All right, I get plenty mad when characters do something I consider wrong - but then I'm mad because I care. This is different. Sometimes a thing happens that just makes me lose any feeling for the character at all; like he stops existing for me. In this case, I'm not sure it was about characters, it was more about the author and the ...more
Heidi Cullinan
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Don Bradshaw
I fought my way through this overly long and drawn out story. Angst is not my thing and this story was jam packed full of it. The first and last 25 pages were good. I believe that this would have made a much more palatable short story. I have has quite enough of this series and this particular author.
Elisa Rolle
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
2009 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenn (not Lily)
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So well written! Not a story for the faint of heart, this is both beautiful and devastating. Thank you, Tracy -- you were right, and I loved it!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
Caveat: This novel will piss you off! It's a gay SciFi occurring near the end of the 22nd century when the global warming of the 21st century has been replaced by an ice age in the northern hemisphere. (view spoiler). Don't be fooled by the mention of dragons on the book cover. (view spoiler) ...more
Julia ♥Duncan♥
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julia ♥Duncan♥ by: Katie
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
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, fantasy-scifi
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
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, science-fiction
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
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.
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. Davids life is monotonous and full of work but he doesnt really mind hes 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 people o ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, science-fiction
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:
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, coming-of-age
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,
T.W. Spencer
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
First things first: I loved the setting. The US after a post-apocalytic ice age forces people out of cities into smaller agrarian communities. And, of course, dragons.

This coming-of age story is told through a first person narrative of the MC, David. He is straight-forward, honest, and so thoroughly good I wish he were a real person. His love interest is Callan, an educated and kind young healer. Their love story is beautiful and tragic and wonderful all rolled up into one.

The author does not w
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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
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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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