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Length: 28 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"When by the frost of the windowpane and all that descends from the sky are dying snowflakes, it is a canto"--or, alternately, a "soulful winter song." Between these musically descriptive lines, which bookend Chris Roberts's Hazy Shade of Winter, lives Blaine. She is a young New England poet, and in telling her story, Roberts deploys an interesting narrative move. Blaine herself is mentally unbalanced--"Maniac-Depressive," according to her analyst--and though the story is told in the third person, its omniscient narrator seems to suffer, if that's the word, from the very lack of balance attributed to Blaine herself. At times, its voice could be called "stream of consciousness," but that well-worn phrase doesn't fully capture the lyrical spirit of this story, in the middle of which Roberts throws readers a bone with a surprisingly plain-spoken flashback that depicts Blaine's rise as a poet of no small accomplishment. In the end, the pervasive cold of winter--the story's second major character--contrasts with the lingering suggestion of warmth evinced by Roberts's language, creating a counterweight to the polar nature of Blaine's own state of mind as she hurtles toward the story's quietly dramatic conclusion. --Jason Kirk

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"When Chris Roberts asked me to read his story I did, to be polite. Within a sentence or two, politeness dissolved into pleasure. Continuously mesmerizing, Hazy Shade of Winter lies somewhere between poetry and prose; it is the work of a gifted writer. "
--Julie Salamon, New York Times-bestselling author of Wendy and the Lost Boys.

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  • File Size: 86 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (October 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VFXCSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Roberts is originally from Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Hollywood, Florida. He passionately explores the beauty of Southern Florida, the beautiful beach fronts in particular. Chris is a short story writer who was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. His latest story is "Hazy Shade of Winter" amzn.to/yDcRrH

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202 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Karen Duncan on February 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Unbelievably pretentious and downright awful. Reminded me of the terrible writing attempts you could find on some emo teenager's MySpace page back in 2007. Save your $0 and skip this one.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Ernie-D on April 5, 2012
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Garishly overwritten -- a professional editor would have needed multiple red pens to tag all the self-indulgence. It's either the act of a man in love with every word he composes, or the arbitrary result of a large cat who fell asleep on a keyboard.
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183 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on February 22, 2012
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Overwrought prose in serious need of an editor, feels like a first draft in an undergraduate creative writing class. Was not worth what I paid for it.
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225 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Chopsie on October 18, 2011
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Painful to read. I don't think it is manic. I think it is a seizure. Really. By the third page, I didn't care.
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2012
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The author of this single seems to subscribe to the theory that if he writes enough flowery, overblown prose, someone out there will think he is brilliant. Judging by some of the five star reviews, he has been successful in some cases, so kudos to him for this.
However, I failed to see the brilliance he was trying to convey. All I found was boredom, wrapped in layers and layers of superfluous, flowery prose. I will admit that I am fairly new to the world of the Kindle Single but are they all unedited like this? This came across as the worst piece of vanity publishing that I have read in some time and that includes high school creative writing assignments that are padded out to meet the word count.
Come to think of it, maybe that's exactly what this is?
It may only be 99c, but there are far better things you can do with your 99c - buy a different Kindle Single (any one has to be better than this), give it to a homeless person or put it in a tip jar - anything except buy this!
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127 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Heisenberg on July 4, 2012
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If this was handed in as a seventh grade writing assignment I would have given it an F. As a book, it deserves a Z. Weird that a guy who criticizes everything would actually have this garbage published. Maybe he gave it a one star rating too? Don't waste your time on this hack....
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By StiffPigeon on April 30, 2012
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This really is execrable rubbish. I strongly recommend that you avoid this piss-poor excuse for writing. At least no trees died.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By arachiara on July 7, 2012
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I love Kindle shorts so I decided to give this one a try .. only read about 10 % of it then deleted it .. At least it was free ($0)
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