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

Chris Roberts
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 28 pages (estimated)
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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.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 86 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (12 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #760,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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.

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2.3 out of 5 stars
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Execrable tosh 30 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Even E J Thribb (aged 17 1/2) would have been ashamed to put his name to this pathetic yet utterly pretentious pile of toss. Thank the Lord for free Kindle samples.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear! 16 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Kindle excerpt wasn't encouraging and didn't make me want to know more so I'm going to save my £1.98 and spend it on something more worthwhile.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious twaddle 4 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Glad I only got the sample ! Probably one of the worst books I've ever read.
No depth, merely a collection of words portraying nothing of any value.
The reader gets the impression the writer is wading through a dictionary and trying to incorporate them into a book. Reminds me of the 'poets' from the 80s who liked to hear their own voices, but lacked any sort of real substance.
Don't waste your money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poop of the first order 1 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd like to expand upon my review's delicately phrased title but I think its economy and clarity stand in very pertinent contrast to this writer's tediously verbose and hideously pretentious prose.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 30 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the imaginative language employed by the author. Unfortunately, I found I intuitively knew the ending from the first page. This expected conclusion, coupled with the unrelenting depressive stance, created for me an impoverished world within the pages, principally from a lack of transformative energy within the prose & plot. Perhaps this was the intention, an attempt at 'realism', but this failure to engage with any trace of hope, for me, let the story down, & ultimately it left a sense of 'so what?' & not 'what a waste' which is a shame, & would not have been possible if the main character had been drawn in such a way, as to engender sympathy or empathy.
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