Paper Cranes by Sid McGinley
Publisher: Torquere Press
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Fetish(cutting), Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern
On the brink of receiving his commitment mark from Dr. Tanaka, Tommy has to pass on some devastating news. Will his stern owner be able to handle his own emotions and Tommy's reactions to the fallout from the news?
Tommy is a sweetly submissive man and in love with his master, Sensei Tanaka. When a dear friend dies and leaves Tommy enough money to be financially independent it shocks him, and sets his world on its axis – petty jealousies from his “friends” and a whole host of emotions he tries to keep in check. Preparing for the funeral and carefully feeling his way through a new phase in his relationship with his Sensei and social group, Tommy struggles to find his balance.
This short story is very different to many other books – it’s a wonderful mixture of M/M, Japanese-American culture and a Dominant/Submissive relationship. Emotions rise and fall like waves – the stark differences between flagrant, campy drag queens and the subtle quietness of the Orient. The author manages to encompass all sides of the world and mesh it together with great skill and care.
While it won’t be everyone’s particular cup of tea I found it highly enjoyable and extremely well crafted. A short enough story to indulge in when you only have a brief amount of time, but with vivid enough characters and so much emotion bursting from the seems it at times felt like a far longer tale. I found myself drowning in the complex situation, and could empathize with Tommy in particular as he felt almost overwhelmed by everything. This is not your average short story and I greatly enjoyed it.