Idaho Winter Paperback – Jun 1 2011
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About the Author
Tony Burgess has published poetry, screenplays, criticism, and fiction. In 2009, his novel Pontypool Changes Everything was made into the award-winning movie Pontypool directed by Bruce McDonald. He is also the author of The Hellmouths of Bewdley (978-1-55022-315-6), Caesarea (978-1-55022-381-1), and Fiction for Lovers (978-1-55022-609-6). Burgess lives in Stayner, Ontario.See all Product Description
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Original story-lines are becoming more and more scarce in the literary world, so something as bizarre and refreshing as Idaho Winter is a welcome reprieve from the rehashed plot-lines of stereotypical YA fiction.
A tortured mind of a child can produce some wonderful imagery, albeit dark and unimagined by the reader, it is all at once recognizable and, at times, laughable.
Another good read by a master of the macabre.
Idaho Winter is a boy who has had the worst luck in the world. His father feeds him roadkill, his mother is in an abusive relationship and afraid to look up from the kitchen table. Everyone in town thinks he deserves to die and would be better off dead, the crossing-guard tries to direct traffic towards him.
The book reaches this boiling point where everything is at its worst for young Idaho, and then the narrator/writer/author realizes what he's done and stops. He steps away from the reader and into the book, chases after a young Idaho and confronts him.
I won't say anymore, it would only spoil and further confuse you. This book is very trippy and I'm not sure it's best suited for young adults. As I'm struggling to comprehend the ending myself. The book becomes this meta-thing-poetry-art. I've re-read the last 20 pages twice now and sort of have an idea of what happened, and it's beautiful, something that is hard to describe unless you read it yourself. It's also short. I purchased this yesterday and finished it just now. You could easily read this in a single sitting.
Also, find Tony Burgess's Pontypool Changes Everything, one of the most terrifying zombie novels I've ever read. Burgess is an Ontario writer, so know that you'll be supporting not only a local author but a small time press (ECW).
It is at first a hard read, for the lead character Idaho goes through so much torment. But along the way, the story take a fantastical and interesting turn when the writer of the book becomes part of the story and is trapped in his own creation.
This novella is a fast read and though it is not a must have or greatest thing since sliced bread - it's interesting enough to hold your focus and the strangeness of it all makes it a ton of fun and well worth the once over.
Being that it went to weirdsville, I think it should of delved deeper and gone full on crazy, expanded more, added more meat to the bone so to speak and that would of made it an awesome reread and pass along book.