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27th May 2008

A Strong and Sudden Thaw

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Edit: For those of us who have been living under a rock for the past year or so, Iris Print crashed and burned, leaving this fantastic title to be picked up and re-released by Lethe Press. The quality of the book is unchanged, so we’re not going to re-write the review. Just ignore all of our babbling about Iris Print. We have corrected the link above, so it points to the Lethe Press version of the book.

For those of us who don’t know, Iris Print is going to be releasing original BL novels and compilations. These are not just translations of Japanese novels, these are brand spanking new stories.

For the first release that the company is doing, A Strong and Sudden Thaw is a very strong piece of work. It’s got all the angst and dramatic elements that made me fall in love with the genre in the first place, but is a truly unique story.

It revolves around a futuristic world, where wars and pollution have brought upon another ice age. There’s no electricity, no public transportation, nothing. If you want something, you have to do it yourself or pay someone to do it for you. The past where there was electricity and the weather was warm is only a distant memory, only remembered by the most aged people.

David’s grandmother remembers the warm and she tells her grandchildren about life before the ice and the snow. There have been rumors flying around that dragons have been spotted up in the hills. They’ve even gone so far as to kill one girl who wasn’t properly supervised.

Add into this mix a pretty new healer with a gift of making people feel at ease. David is drawn to the healer like a moth to a flame and the healer’s willingness to share books with David cements an instant friendship.

Problem is that with the ice and the snow a lot of prejudice came flooding back into the U.S. People needed someone or something to blame for the ice and the cold. When leaders began telling people that all the cold was punishment for allowing people to live as they chose, people believed it.

So, yes, we’re back to the days where any and all homosexual acts are referred to as sodomy and sodomy is a great big no-no. Death is the main sentence for convicted sodomites, but sometimes, if people are feeling lenient, they will let them off with being whipped and then banished.

So not only do David and his would-be-lover have to deal with society’s prejudice and the chance that they could be caught together at any time, there’s still the problem of those pesky dragons. And how in the hell did they get there in the first place? Are they just a mutation? Were they breed by the government? How in the hell do you get rid of a dragon?

If this is the quality of book that Iris Print is going to be releasing, color me a happy girl and sign me up to get anything and everything they release. Yes, the book had some slow points and I thought that they were beating a dead horse at times with the whole OMG! society’s prejudices are bad bits, but these elements didn’t stop me from completely enjoying the book.

Here’s to hoping that there’s going to be more quality work like this coming from Iris Print.

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