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Sun Bleached Winter

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They survived the apocalypse...but are they ready for the aftermath?

Lionel Morton and his sister, Claire are alone and in danger in a wasteland frozen in nuclear winter. Somehow, they managed to live through the collapse of human civilization, but the real nightmare is just beginning. Taking shelter in an abandoned bunker, they intercept a radio broadcast that promises
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Paperback, First Edition, 116 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Damnation Books
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Jake
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Here is an excerpt from Sun Bleached Winter,

--Night has fallen. We’re eating dried biscuits by the light of the campfire. The flames glow weakly, dimly. Dying. Flakes of snow drift down from the sky and threaten to bury everything under a blanket of white. Nothing can live here.--


Atmosphere––Mr. Grixti does it very well. The bleak world inhabited by the narrator had been crispy fried by nuclear war. A blanket of smoke, dirt, and clouds blot the sun’s light, embracing every day in fallout winter.
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Lizzy Lessard
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Before the apocalypse, Lionel wanted to be a writer. He’s salvaged some paper from the places he’s been to write down his story. He gives us a little bit of backstory on how it happened, but doesn’t dwell on it. His focus in life is keeping his little sister alive. If it wasn’t for her, he’d have pulled the trigger on himself a long time ago. When he intercepts a radio message about a safe place called New City, suddenly he’s driven with a purpose. New City will be the solution to all his ...more
Katie.g
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, dystopian
3.5 stars.

Sun Bleached Winter paints a very bleak picture of a landscape in muted shades of grey. Endless snow falls from the skies and the last remnants of humanity struggle to survive by scavenging from the broken husk of society. Little grows in this wasteland and finding simple sustenance becomes a daily challenge. D. Robert Grixti creates a haunting atmosphere with chilling descriptions of a world without hope. I really enjoyed reading it, immersing myself in the broken world, devoid of
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Ceri
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, horror
I won this novella through Goodreads First Reads.
Haunting and thought provoking, Sun Bleached Winter is a bleak but excellent story about humanity, civilisation, hope and determination. Set in a post-apocalyptic frozen wasteland, Lionel fights to find a better future for himself and his sister Claire. It's small story with big themes and ideas; how far will a decent man go to protect what he loves and and what point does he become no better than those he is protecting her from? Interestingly
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Richard Bunning
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This long novella or short novel is gripping reading. It is the sort of book that can hold one spellbound until rather too long past one's accustomed bedtime. The subject matter is very dystopian with a less than everything turns out okay ending. I felt that there was just enough hope left that civilization would recover and that madness could be worked through, but the last pages don't exactly leave a cuddly warm feeling. My opinion is that Grixti could have taken the book further. Most ...more
Pam
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalypse-books
I received this book in the mail today, thank you Goodreads and D.Robert Grixti. Started reading it right then, a quick read w/a interesting take on 1 mans struggle to deal with life after a "cataclysmic event" No tidy ending, just a continued struggle to keep on living.
Rabid Readers Reviews
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lionel is the narrator. He’s a writer without an idea of time, place or his own age. He and Claire spend their days wandering. The tone of writing is hopeless and with the edge of will to survive which called to mind other novels that have been mind-benders like Shutter Island. There is desperation in the feeling that all that matters is surviving. Why we want to survive is unclear. We see what Lionel is seeing but is he seeing what he’s seeing? Early on he witnesses a woman and her three ...more
Daniel
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nuclear war has turned the world into a wasteland and the collapse of human civilization. Lionel and his sister Claire are in search for anything resembling normalcy, but marauders and cannibals seek to murder and consume them. Hope comes in the form of 'New City', an outpost striving to stay alive; salvation for lucky travelers able to brave the new world.

I love apocalyptic stories, but most rehash the same material over and over. Mr. Grixti's novel is a breath of fresh air in the genre
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Andy Phillips
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I felt that this book read a bit like 'The Road' but with punctuation. There are a lot of similarities: the world as we know it has come to an end, we don't exactly know why, everything is grey and cold, there's little food or water, there aren't many people left who won't kill you for your supplied, two people are making a journey, and so on.

The story is fairly short but well written and full of atmosphere. It's a lot better than most apocalyptic fiction. The atmosphere is pretty grim, but not
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T.G. Franklin
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads. I should have checked out the first chapter before entering the giveaway, as the book is written in 1st person - not my preferred POV. Which may, or may not, explain my disconnect with the characters. It just didn't feel like there was any depth to them. Some of the description was good, though, if somewhat hurried. This might be a good book for a tween or early teen. Not my cup of tea
Cara
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm awful at writing reviews but I just wanted to say by giving this two stars, I don't think it's a bad book. To me three stars is liking a book and I did like this one, I just personally didn't feel a connection with the characters, hence the two stars. I wouldn't steer anyone away from this book but it just didn't have that wow factor in my opinion.
Dina Rae
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I got about 50 pages into it and it wasn't for me. The plot didn't seem to go anywhere.
Patricia Kaniasty
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a sad story. No happy endings here. I guess if the end came, it would be alot like this. Sad to think about really. This is a quick and easy read but.........you will cry.
T. Jackson
Really great story. Loved the characters.
Allan
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Fairly interesting read, but it was over way to quick and for me had a cheesy ending. Pity, the road was much better.
Dayle Grixti
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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D. Robert Grixti is a speculative and horror fiction author and indie video game developer. His influences, like all aspiring writers of dark fiction, include the likes of Stephen King, H.P Lovecraft and Richard Matheson. He writes because he likes telling stories. In his writing, he tries to blend elements of literary and genre fiction together, because he believes a good story should both ...more