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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; 1st Edition edition (June 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229349
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #720,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It grabbed me from the first page and would not let go . . . It’s damning with faint praise to say that this is the best Zombie novel ever written. This is just a great novel, period.”  —Premium Blend on Pontypool

"[Burgess] proves himself to be a witty, lightning-quick conjurer of misanthropy in this brief, kaleidoscopic novel." —Publishers Weekly (April 18, 2011)

"Idaho Winter is not just funny, it's supposed to be funny. . . . Burgess's novel, in fact, is one of the finest parodies ever penned of the stereotypically didactic young adult (YA) novel." —Macleans (June 6, 2011)

"Idaho's story is the most brilliantly terrifying dream you've ever had. . . . Idaho Winter is absurd and acceptable at the same time; its prose is pleasurable and unnerving." —Globe and Mail (August 16, 2011)

"Chaotic and imaginative and clever." —National Post (July 29, 2011)

"The world of Tony Burgess is savage and blackly funny. . . . It's a place where you shouldn't trust anybody, not even your narrator. This is not Alice Munro's small-town Canada." —UPTOWN (July 14, 2011)

"Burgess scores points for creativity as he provides an incredibly rich and thought provoking read about the theory of storytelling." —subTerrain (March 2012)

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.

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Idaho Winter is, without a doubt, the most disjointed, convoluted book I have ever had the displeasure of reading. The story doesn't flow in any way, and after having read it, I still have no idea what the premise is. DO NOT waste your money. ANY other book would be a better choice than this drivel.
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HASH(0xa6615324) out of 5 stars Turning YA novels on their heads and then chopping them off. June 30 2011
By mikepoeltl - Published on
Format: Paperback
Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters and the direction the book was taking, 1/4 of the way through, I was surprised to find where the story was going.

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.
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HASH(0xa68cf21c) out of 5 stars Weird and Beautiful! July 11 2011
By sonicbooming - Published on
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Pretty sure I've just finished reading my new favourite book. Tony Burgess's Idaho Winter. How to describe this book. Characters recognize that they are characters in a book, the author/writer soon loses the ability to control the story and becomes a character himself. Dinosaurs, weird creatures called Mom-Bats, a crossing-guard who turns into something else. The book is a blend of multiple genre: YA-fiction, fantasy, horror, misery-memoir, and my favourite - `Choose your own adventure!'

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).

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HASH(0xa6af1de0) out of 5 stars A Charlie Kaufman-esque story Aug. 26 2012
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While reading Idaho Winter, I couldn't help but imagine this tale as a movie - a movie based on a script, written by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, etc.).

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.
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HASH(0xa6e95a2c) out of 5 stars Bizarre, Funny and ... Odd Dec 9 2011
By koolz03 - Published on
Format: Paperback
So I had to read this book for my English class and I have to say that I have mixed opinions on it. I loved the beginning and really got into it, even bursting out laughing during some parts because it was so insane and quirky. But once it got into the crazy fantasy world of Idaho Winter that's when I found it boring at times, though still entertaining. I just thought it was way to abstract. Even though it's fantasy, it still has to make sense which this absolutely did not. It also got confusing and my head began to hurt (figuratively). Loved the beginning, thought the middle was okay and didn't like the ending. The idea was good, but poorly conveyed.
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HASH(0xa6311c9c) out of 5 stars A novel that should have been a short story June 5 2012
By Howard Carson - Published on
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Initially quite jarring, the strangeness of the story and the early relentless pace begin to periodically bog down as the author Tony Burgess seems to encounter difficulties finding ways to move the whole thing along. That - to me - is sometimes an indication that the author has worked too hard to turn a naturally short story into something far longer. I cannot conceive of how difficult it may have been to write Idaho Winter, but Burgess has done it. There's little else like it out there, and for that reason alone it's worth reading. Strange, uncomfortable, jarring and you must be willing to let it just happen.

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