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About the Author

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478313811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478313816
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,377,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he's still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can't, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don't ever ask him to sing.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Edmondson on July 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have Stage IV Cancer. I may well only have 6 to 8 months to live. So I value time more than ever before. I only do what is important and worthy of my time.

Jazz was worth my time.

Jazz has a passionate plot, witty dialogue, and engrossing characters. This virtuosity is rich with what I call "word painting." Vivid images appear off the text of my Kindle Screen. The author sculpts metaphors out his imagination and I find the results ensnaring.

I would have paid a lot more for this Kindle book. I would suggest that the author is a keyboard-pecking prodigy gone feverishly insane--obviously impaired in judgment; he is giving away his work for small potatoes.Buy the Book before this eccentric novelist comes to his senses and realizes that money is not only pretty ink on paper; but it also may be exchanged for goods and services
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For a short story, this is very, very good. It is nothing like what I usually read, and that's one of the reasons I requested the author let me read it. The book blurb intrigued the mind and once read, the story within fully satisfied it.

This is a well told tale of a painful unrequited love of Chris for Amber, his cousin's girlfriend. The story starts of gently, with the relationship between all protagonists slowly flushing out, picking up steam with Chris traveling to Paris to face not just Amber, but his feelings for her.

There's a lot to like about this psychological thought-provoking short story that is filled with picture painted prose.

I liked Chris because he was so real and in touch with his inner thoughts and feelings. He was one of those very likable characters that we want to smother with hugs.

Amber was another story altogether. I felt sorry for this lost soul and hoped that by the time I reached the end, she would have grown up. In the end, I appreciated the author letting my imagination fly on the ending of this story.

If you're in a mood for a short story with substance in which the author masterfully crafts his characters with a wonderful prose, I highly recommend you pick this one up. It is a great poolside, beach side or just plain at home read.

Here are some excerpts that impressed me and I hope will give you a glimpse of the writing style of this author:

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"A blistering wind blew off from every direction, and the quiet light that came from lamps and enclosed the grey skin of the sidewalk couldn't stop darkness from wrapping itself around glass and concrete and flesh in what resembled a tight and desperate embrace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Odessa G. Black on August 16, 2012
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A complicated relationship forms between the player of an instrument and a piece of music. At some point, the player forgets whom is playing whom. If you watch a saxophonist closely, you may catch him closing his eyes as he plays, as the music takes him on a journey. I believe this same phenomenon happens to the author of this work, only with Jazz, Cristian's instrument is his prose. We find ourselves falling in love with Cristian's rich imagery as he leads us through the novel wanting, hoping for the happy ending, but, as in every jazz song there always seems to be a beautiful melancholy attached to every note, making the beautiful, but finite end of his novels somehow okay.
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By SJR on September 1, 2012
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Jazz is a book I'd been hearing about for quite some time before I was actually given the opportunity to read it, and it did not disappoint. Cristian Mihai has a certain style and tone to his writing that is utterly irresistible. Even if I were to step back for a second and ignore both the characters and the plot and focus on just the words alone, Jazz would have a certain lilting appeal that makes it impossible not to keep turning the next page.

But, of course, characters and plot are important too. Jazz is a love tale between people that almost seem more than real; even secondary characters are given a charm and personality that really draw the reader into Mihai's take on the world, and on love. I found myself alternating between wanting to slap the protagonist, and wanting to give him a cuddle, and I shan't even get started on the love interest.

But most of all, despite the fact that Jazz is a novella and only took me a morning to read (I'm a fast reader), it entertained me for the rest of the day, if for no reason other than that I'm still not entirely certain whether the ending was happy or not. Considering how many of today's love stories still sport that ever cliched 'happily ever after', it was wonderfully refreshing to come across something that allowed the reader to make their own opinion. It was an oddly realistic ending for two ridiculously realistic characters, portrayed with a writing style of dream-like quality.
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This is my second time experiencing the beauty of Cristian's writing, and again, I am so unbelievably impressed! He has this way of enveloping you with his words, coating you with vivid imagery and clever prose that will leave you breathless and engrossed page after page. This beautifully haunted story is truly exceptional, and a must read for any reader who craves a tale centered around pure, human emotion described in such great detail that you feel it down to your very core.

Jazz is the story of an early twenties man from New York City who knows but one thing in this world: he's in love with a stunning, graceful, beautiful, and unattainable woman. The story wraps around his complicated and stifling emotions for her, his fierce and unshakable love. And as you learn more about her, it becomes clear that no man can shake this siren from their thoughts.

Our young protagonist is no different. He goes halfway across the world to find her, to simply be with her, only to learn that the woman of his dreams is really just a girl, broken and flawed in hideous and awful ways. But will he still love her, despite all of it? Throw in a clever cast of shady characters and he will find himself stuck in the middle of a chaos he never intended to uncover.

Another stunning example of Cristian's elegant and poignant style of writing, Jazz is a remarkable story that will stay with you long after you read it.
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