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Hazy Shade of Winter (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Roberts
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winter, in its duality, can be a picture postcard field of lovely white, or oppositely, a raging wall of snow, a destroyer. The protagonist of this story is fueled by these conflicting states of nature and she devours them in her writings, she is a mercurial poet. Hers is a mind of contemplative thoughts and quicksilver reactions. Family, friends and professors are all caught up into the whirlwind that is Blaine. There is an authentic sense of place captured in this work, Wellesley College is laid out comprehensively, here is Lake Waban on the campus, “The trees would sometimes catch the lake’s reflecting light and little diamond beams would wind their way around its branches.” The descriptions in this work bring out elements of the inanimate and animate that one wouldn’t normally see. This is a story that is equally matched with its heroine. She will stay with the reader and remind them that living and writing poetry is impossibly connected and do so forget about plays, poetry is the thing.


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 81 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VFXCSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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173 of 180 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful 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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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a joke, right? July 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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205 of 216 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it no stars October 18, 2011
By Allie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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159 of 169 people found the following review helpful
By Kathy
Format:Kindle Edition
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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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garish April 5, 2012
By Ernie-D
Format:Kindle Edition
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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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, illiterate rubbish April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What on earth did I just read? August 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time downloading ... July 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Brutally bad
I'm not sure I've read anything as uninteresting as this...maybe the manual for setting up the printer? 28 pages that would have been too many at 3.
Published 14 days ago by danoj14
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish and sewage
Inane and vacuous, a drifting impulse of modernity passing for intelligence
a trespass upon all that is decent and good
this is no book but a block of uproarious... Read more
Published 28 days ago by permacultist
1.0 out of 5 stars At a bargain price of 99 cents, this is ...
At a bargain price of 99 cents, this is only about $2.00 overpriced. Cover is solid, goes downhill after that.
Published 1 month ago by Dagrims
1.0 out of 5 stars Stella! My solitary Stella.
One star.

Instant Karma..

My mind...

No.

His mind... on vacation while his mouth/pen/keyboard is working overtime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave Austin
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet also not a little sad.
Hilarious. Yet also not a little sad.
Published 3 months ago by Anne Onyme
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage
Remember the anecdote about the monkeys with typewriters who, writing into the infinite future, would eventually come up with the works of Shakespeare? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Driver
1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck is this?
Not worth reading - go back to writing school or else, better yet, give it all up and find another hobby.
Published 5 months ago by romans3839
1.0 out of 5 stars Now I know why Chris Roberts gives every book a bad review on Amazon!
It all makes sense. After reading the horrible things Mr. Roberts wrote about other peoples books on Amazon, I now understand why he's lashing out so much! Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Literary Short Story
It can feel very "meta" and "post-modern" to give Chris Roberts a review, but I will keep Chris Roberts the critic aside and focus on Chris Roberts the author and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christoph Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Prose
A great literary introduction by Chris Roberts. It was a mix between poetry and prose. The language reminded me of a mix between Salinger and Sexton. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Loren Kleinman
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Chris Roberts is originally from Brooklyn, New York and returned to live there. He passionately explores the beauty of the Hudson Valley, north of the city. 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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