Idaho Winter

Idaho Winter begins as the story of a boy with an extraordinarily painful existence He is, through no fault of his own, loathed by everyone in the town where he lives His father, Early Winter, feeds him roadkill for breakfast The crossing guard steers cars toward him as he crosses the road Parents encourage their children to plot cruelly against him One morning Idaho Idaho Winter begins as the story of a boy with an extraordinarily painful existence He is, through no fault of his own, loathed by everyone in the town where he lives His father, Early Winter, feeds him roadkill for breakfast The crossing guard steers cars toward him as he crosses the road Parents encourage their children to plot cruelly against him One morning Idaho finds it too much to bear and hides down by the river where he meets Madison Madison, astonishingly, is as hurt by how he s treated as he is For the first time in his life Idaho experiences someone s empathy and it opens a terrible world of pain in him He dotes on Madison, in awe of her, and he cleans her muddy feet in the river, drying them with his shirt Suddenly, hunting dogs descend on the scene and, trained to attack the smell of Idaho, set their jaws on Madison s feet Then Idaho does something that changes everything He gets up and runs home Not so strange until the author realizes that this part was never written Idaho becomes enraged upon learning that his suffering has been cruelly designed by a clumsy writer who confesses that he made his book meaner than all the others so it would stand out Idaho locks the author in a closet and runs off, armed with the knowledge that the entire world is invented and that he has the power now to imagine it differently When the author emerges from the closet he finds that his novel is now unrecognizable Phantoms and monsters, beasts from the boy s angry thoughts now dominate the streets Beneath the earth there is a resistance movement of secondary characters, including the poor Madison who is now bedridden and what s anyone who comes within 50 feet of her is paralyzed with sadness and cannot move or be moved The author sets out with these characters to cure the novel, to find a way to bring its mind and heart together as they embark on a journey as perilous and paradoxical as anything HG Wells or Lewis Carroll ever imagined.
Idaho Winter Idaho Winter begins as the story of a boy with an extraordinarily painful existence He is through no fault of his own loathed by everyone in the town where he lives His father Early Winter feeds h

  • Title: Idaho Winter
  • Author: Tony Burgess
  • ISBN: 9781550229349
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Idaho Winter”

    1. CARIS CARIS CARIS CARISi am recommending this book to you. it is so meta and insane, you are sure to love it. for the rest of you, i don't know what to say. it starts out telling the story of a boy named idaho winter, hated by all. people can't even help themselves when he is around, they need to hurt him both physically and emotionally. his parents make him eat the carcass of a raccoon the dog dragged home, his schoolmates beat him up before school to try to prevent him ever making it there, th [...]

    2. This is what "St. Elsewhere" could have been if the TV show had dinosaurs and pop-punk musicians (note to author, if Lint or the other guy in Rancid who was also in Operation Ivy had gotten eaten by a dinosaur I would have given up the fifth star (Tim Armstrong because, well look at him; and whatever that other guy's name who plays bass because he got angry!!! at me and threatened to hang up on me while we were doing an interview. I just had questions, jeez)), and had been meta-created by a very [...]

    3. Something in me wanted desperately to put this book down after chapter three. I was angry about the way the Idaho was treated. Wrapping a main character in tarpaper so that his skin fuses with it in the sun's heat is just wrong, and Tony, I wanted to punch you in the balls at this point. Because, look, you wrote this: "'Okay, my dear. I know it's hard for you to understand. You have such little experience with people. But the Potato is treated badly for a reason.' Madison shakes her ringlet from [...]

    4. Reading this book made me feel the same way I felt when my kids were younger and invented all these horrible scenarios that put their SIMS in danger just so they could make them into ghosts. Like, I understand that these characters aren't REAL, but jeez . . . what if they WERE??So Idaho Winter is this poor, luckless kid, hated -- for seemingly no reason -- by virtually everyone in his town, even his parents, who dress him in tar paper and feed him roadkill for breakfast. The kindly crossing guar [...]

    5. Pretty much the epitome of a mind-screw of a book. No one likes Idaho Winter. This includes the crossing guard who wants to make sure he crosses the street when a car is coming, his classmates who want to beat him up, and even the school janitor who has saved a couple of hatchets for just the right time to knock him off. Doesn't really matter why no one likes Idaho. It's just the way it goes.Then one day Madison decides she's going to be nice to him so he doesn't feel alone any more. Except, thi [...]

    6. I cannot even BEGIN to describe this book. but I'll try. Ever wondered what would happen if Lemony Snickett met Clive Barker and they took acid together inside Salvador Dali's brain? Me either, but I suspect the result would be something similar to this short novel. It's dark, surreal and humorous, and the sudden bizarre twists are guaranteed to take you by surprise, no matter how well prepared you think you are. My only criticisms of this books would be that it gets slightly too self conscious [...]

    7. Idaho Winter is one of those books that is going to mess with your mind. The cover makes it seem like it’s a reprint of a book published in the 40s or 50s. The opening scene is reminiscent of Harry Potter, in that Idaho is the boy cramped in a tiny room and unloved by his family, and Back to the Future, where McFly is bullied by Biff. Like Harry Potter, the reader learns what’s happening at the same as Harry does. In this case, the reader learns what’s happening at the same time as the aut [...]

    8. Tony Burgess, whose psychedelic, careening novel Pontypool Changes Everything prompted the Toronto Star to call him a “dark genius”, has written a new book that will further entrench him as a conjuror of disturbing and imaginative tales.Idaho Winter is about a ninth-grade boy who attracts abuse like manure draws flies. His father makes him eat roadkill for breakfast, his classmates beat him every day while neighbors look on with approval, and one town resident even raises vicious pit bulls s [...]

    9. Now this was a quick read. I think less than two hours in an airport lobby. I was excited to read some Tony Burgess after seeing Pontypool, the film based upon his later book, which I liked quite a lot. Given the film, it wasn't too surprising that this book has a novel, if not gimmicky, premise, but whereas the film excelled in execution, this book is stymied by nonsensical transitions and what felt like an incredibly rushed ending (the oh-shit-it's-due-tomorrow syndrome). The premise is intere [...]

    10. Hands down the most bizarre book I’ve ever read. It’s like taking one of your dreams and trying to make it into a novel. Except instead of filling in the blanks, you just tell it like it is. Even the bits that make no sense at all. It’s brilliant and I really enjoyed it! Go read it, because there’s no way I can accurately describe it.

    11. “It's strange to sleep. Sleep is a mysterious thing even in the simplest of people. When you're sleepy, you seem to be getting sick, losing energy, losing clear thought, lying down out of weakness. Then you succumb to the weakness and what happens next resembles death. And then you dream. You abide in a world whose rules are hidden even from you ¬¬– you who create it.”Have you ever woken up from a crazy fun dream that you quickly discovered was inexplicable? In fact, upon trying to expla [...]

    12. I got this book from the library because I wasn't sure whether it would be interestingly experimental, or too-clever-by-half experimental. It turned out to be kind of awesome, and I will probably buy a copy, because I think I might like to read it again sometime.It's a metafictional novel about a boy named Idaho Winter who lives an unspeakably terrible life. Then he discovers that he's a character in a novel, and that he has the power to make the world into anything he wants it to be. I'll leave [...]

    13. 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!’ [...]

    14. Tony Burgess is a madman. A lovely madman, fun to talk to, kind and gentle, but a madman nonetheless, capable of unnerving a reader in a few short sentences. And Idaho Winter is unnerving for many reasons, not the least for being the most unhinged novel written for young adults since Lewis Carroll unleashed his fantasies on poor little Alice. Yet what else could you hope to expect from the author of Pontypool Changes Everything, the definitive Canadian zombie novel (and one freaky great film to [...]

    15. An interesting book hampered by its concept.This is a short and interesting bit of meta-fiction, and I wanted to like it more than I did. The cover and blurb present this a "boy's-own" sort of children's book with a hint of something sinister. That's a pretty accurate description, until it gets really strange.I can't not give too much away. Suffice to say, this is a poorly written kid's book wherein the none-too-talented author somehow gets trapped into his own fiction and beholden to the adoles [...]

    16. I think I enjoy Tony Burgess more in practice than in theory. He's an Ontario author who combines lyrical prose with dark, surreal subject matter, but I'm still waiting to find a book by him that satisfies as an overall reading experience. Idaho Winter isn't as grotesque as The n-Body Problem (the only other Burgess I've read), but it's even more bizarre. The story opens in a small town where virtually every character is filled with inexplicable murderous rage for one down-on-his-luck little boy [...]

    17. Idaho Winter is quite simply the strangest book I've read. You are taken from a world where all of humanity and nature hates Idaho with unfounded passion to a strange sequence of events. The author becomes part of the story, and he often speak to you, the reader, as a reader. Explaining how the story isn't going how he planned to write it. He is confused that he is meeting characters he created. This is the least of the confusion. The story takes on an otherworld setting, and Idaho is no where t [...]

    18. Tony Burgess’ newest novel Idaho Winter is about a young boy by the name of Idaho Winter. Idaho lives with his parents in a small town and would be an average kid, but for the fact that he is hated by everyone. No, scratch that, Idaho isn’t hated. Idaho is loathed. Loathed by everyone and everything around him, from the sweet crossing guard (who tries to get cars to run Idaho over) to the caterpillar that he tries to rescue from the river (which dies an excruciating death just from being in [...]

    19. Spoiler: (view spoiler)[The most horrifying thing about Idaho Winter--and it is "horror"--tethered, though it is, to an almost terrifying level of absurdity with regard to plot, general conceit, location and incident--and the feature which makes it such is its ending much more terrible than life which at least has a partially clear-cut finale. An infinite feedback loop (Samsara) would be pretty fucking awful--particularly the one Burgess has in store for you, Gentle Reader, and the gang.(hide sp [...]

    20. i'm thumbing through an Advanced Reading Copy of this. it's . . . interesting starts off one thing, changes gears to another, and then just kind of implodes in fractal madness. i'd describe it but really it won't do it justice. you kind of have to read this for yourself to get just how meta and out of control this book is. it got three stars because for as off balance as it was, it kept pulling me back to see how it could possibly continue. i'm left to wonder what the editing process must have b [...]

    21. This reading experience is thanks to giveaways.The author squeezed in a gamut of emotions in a short book. I'm not sure if that was the goal, but it starts very dark and sad about boy that nobody likes. Then just when you are considering putting the book away, relief, a smile and nod, okay, I can finish the story. Finally there was some scratching of the head and wondering where the trail would end. Complete with some very large reptiles and mammals and good old fashion monsters. An interesting [...]

    22. 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 r [...]

    23. Wow. The title and cover are a smokescreen, as are the first few chapters. It begins with a character being abused by the other characters. Think Roald Dahl times ten. You might want to put the book down as the mistreatment becomes bizarre but wait, there is purpose to the madness. That purpose is to turn the story inside out in unexpected directions. Reality is messed with and you have no idea what to expect next. Elements of horror, science fiction and surrealism abound. Weird and wonderful, t [...]

    24. What starts out as a simple story about a young boy who is unliked and bullied by everyone quickly turns on its side as the boy takes control of the book itself. The author quickly becomes confused and enters the story in an attempt to set things right.I thoroughly enjoyed the insanity that played out. Then again, I also loved Shatnerquake, so I may not be the best judge of what makes a great book.

    25. What if mediocre writers were made to pay for their sins against the characters they write? This is literally grotesque, and probably included every image from every nightmare the author has ever had. When I read the description on the back of the book, I thought it sounded somewhat similar to a couple of other novels. Having read it, I can now say that it is like nothing else.

    26. I have no clue how to rate this book. It's the weirdest thing I've ever read, like reading a drug trip (or so I guess, having never been on one). I don't think it's possible to do anything normal with it like rate it using a star system, so I just closed my eyes and clicked. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 stars - any and all of them are accurate. So incredibly weird.

    27. I haven't read anything else by Tony Burgess, but the meta-fiction style of the book strikes me as a little like Lemony Snicket. I may not have thought of if that way if I hadn't been expecting a YA novel.

    28. This is one of the strangest books I've ever read. It's bizarre and spoilery to even begin to describe it, but lets say that it draws comparisons to the Neverending Story and Dante's Inferno. And the book is aware that you're reading it.

    29. Interesting concept. Definitely an out there literary horror. Reminds me of a more twisted The Regulators by Stephen King as well as his Under the Dome where children's imaginations run amok and terrorize the townspeople in a remote and closed off location. An intriguing and fast read.

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