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Cruel Winter

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Jack Harding and his friends feel sorry for the new kid in town. His name is Ronnie Winter, and he's a bit of a weirdo. So when the local bullies try to beat him up, Jack and his friends step in to protect Ronnie -- and that's their first mistake. Because Ronnie Winter is not like any other kid they've ever known. He lives at the old Steadman place, in the big creepy mansi ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2005)
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Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter's 31 Days of Hallo-reads #2

Brampton, New York.
December, 1985.

Four friends, Jack, Paul, Chris and Emma, are twelve years old. They're your typical kids in the snow-covered tundra of small town up-state New York. After-school sessions of King of the Mountain, a game of climbing plowed snow piles, snowball fights with the bigger kids, sticking it to their smart-mouthed bullies, life is good.
Then Ronnie Winter moves to town, the week before Christmas break.
The kid himself,
Robin Fuchs Brumfield
Coming of age stories are my absolute favorite and if it takes place in the 80's, that makes even better. I haven't read one that I didn't enjoy at least some what. Until now that is. It jumped from scene to scene and it didn't have that 80's era feel. It also didn't go into a lot of detail about anything in the story. I read it on my Kindle and I'm thinking the formatting was messed up because it jumped from scene to scene. You'd be reading about one character and in the very next paragraph it ...more
Cynthia  Glissadevil
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
3.3 stars
Started of like a cruel winter but the motivations and behaviors stained my credulity. Still, I had a good time. The ending was weak. 4.0 novel during the first half. 2.5- the last half.
Bargain bin horror.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
Brampton in the early 1980's is a picturesque little town where nothing extraordinary ever happens. When the new kid in town asks Jack Harding and his friends for help, they can hardly refuse the boy. After all, Ronnie Winter is a pleasantly plump kid, quiet, and well...weird. To Jack's way of thinking, Ronnie's strangeness just makes him the prime target for bullying.

Jack and his friends actually feel rather sorry for Ronnie, so they agree to protect him. Jack is convinced it is the right thin
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thoe who like scary stories
Recommended to Suzanne by: it was my 'C' book for the challenge
It was slow in the beginning until about the 50th page. Then, it started getting interesting. There's a new kind in town & his mom wants 3 other children to befriend. It turns out that this new kid lives in mansion that was a mental hospital. And whatever happened to his mom, well...she turned mental too. Did strange things to her husband but really loved her son. Somewhere in the book, there's mention of Walk of the Living Dead...this is so true. The small city that has no murders to speak of, ...more
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This was rather silly, but still an entertaining novel. There wasn't too much to the plot (and not nearly enough explanation), but there were several very strong characters and some genuinely funny quips back and forth between these rather-old-for-their-age twelve year olds. All in all, this was very reminiscent of Richard Laymon's work (albeit a lot more toned down!). I was on the edge of my seat towards the end, though it was a bit slow to start. The setting added a lot to the book as a whole, ...more
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This one wasn't as good as his others but it was very good. I enjoyed it quite a lot. If you have never read this authors books, you are missing out.
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creepy as hell
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Shelves: horror, fiction
This was a substandard horror novel. It was incredibly predictable, the characters were lackluster and the plot was awful.
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Hello, my name is Anthony Izzo and I'm the author of thirteen thrillers and horror novels.

I love to write, but when I'm not writing I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, playing guitar, and drawing fantasy and horror art. I've been told my drawings are as twisted as my fiction, but I'm actually pretty normal. Well, mostly.

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