Jazz

Rated 4.00/5 based on 7 reviews
A heartbreaking portrayal of ambition, treachery, and deception, Jazz tells the story of Chris Sommers, an aspiring writer from New York, who travels to Paris in the hopes of meeting Amber, a mysterious and beautiful woman he has always been irresistibly drawn to. More

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Words: 22,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476310336
About Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

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Review by: LK Hunsaker on Jan. 31, 2014 :
I have mixed feelings about this coming-of-age/struggling artists in Paris short story. It’s reminiscent of the Fitzgerald-era jazz age authors with dark undertones that highlight the seedier side of life. The problem is: it’s too much imitation and not enough something new. I don’t get the whole thing with William and his family’s bankruptcy. It doesn’t feel developed enough to make me believe it and it never comes of anything after being such a big part of the beginning. The first half of the story jumps around too often and leaves the reader confused about just where they are.

Full review at Elucidate Publishing: http://elucidatepublishing.blogspot.com/2014/01/indie-review-jazz-by-cristian-mihai.html
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: James Fant on Dec. 15, 2012 :
The Artist – My Review of Jazz by Cristian Mihai
“Bartenders were pouring drinks into glasses, releasing a strong miasma of liquor into the air.” - Jazz (Kindle Locations 48-49). Cristian Mihai.
That’s the first sentence of the novel and after that I was hooked. Well, the cover actually hooked me first. Like a beautiful woman, I looked at the cover and wanted to get to know the book a little better. And then I was treated to that first sentence and I knew that I was going to enjoy the rest of the story. Jazz did not disappoint me.
The story is about Chris Sommers, a writer trying to find his muse while dealing with an unhealthy attraction to his cousin’s fiancée Amber. She’s more than just beautiful to Chris. She’s something of a goddess. Well, he puts her on that pedestal. Amber seems to have no real redeeming qualities other than her beauty and nearly every man that knows her well tries to talk Chris out of his infatuation. Some even feel sorry for him. Nevertheless Chris follows Amber all the way to Paris, where he finds out things about her that he may not have wanted to know.
Cristian Mihai paints a beautiful picture for the reader. He’s a very descriptive writer who not only describes the scenery in such a way that envelops the reader, but he also paints a vivid picture of the players. Readers will feel Chris and Amber’s emotions and perhaps even pity them. Jazz is a well written work and Cristian Mihai is definitely a talented artist. I look forward to reading more of his works.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dave Higgins on Dec. 15, 2012 :
At its most basic this book tells the story of a man moving from New York to Paris to see a girl. However, as with jazz music, it takes the basic refrain and gives it back in a new order focussing more on the feeling behind events than their actual facts.

Although it is only 52 pages all of the locations are fully developed and have distinct characters. I was especially drawn in by the feelings of insularity and claustrophobia evoked by the descriptions of Paris.

With a plot based on a man's attraction to another man's girlfriend and many scenes set in the brittle world of parties and clubs, this story has invites comparison with the Great Gatsby. However, whereas I found Fitzgerald's characters unengaging and the romance unsatisfying, Mihai has created a protagonist I wished to succeed.

Apart from the protagonist I found most of the characters objectionable. Mihai has possibly been too successful at creating a world of glitter coated rot; had the characters seemed less like base humanity I would probably reread this sooner.

Therefore I feel this is not a story for those who prefer to like most of the characters or to have happy endings. It is however a story for those who enjoy seeing each word build on the last without wasted effort or over ornamentation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tarina Trifonoff on Dec. 14, 2012 :
Very well written.
Has a strange atmosphere to it, the descriptions portray the setting so well. It's worth the read. 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole McManus on Oct. 10, 2012 :
"The tale of two cousins falling for the same girl is told through the voice of a want-to-be writer as he is on the agonizing journey to find his unique writing style. Mihai writes with amazing details that will place readers directly in the smoky, dark bar rooms or in the bright, packed streets of Paris."

Notes: The author provided me a copy of this book to review. This portion of my review was originally posted on my website:
http://ariesgrlreview.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: nymeria on Sep. 08, 2012 :
3 1/2 stars....

This book had a very Gastby-esque feel to it. So if you like The Great Gastby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you'll love this book. I'm not a huge fan of Gatsby, which was why I am giving it 3 1/2 stars. The author did an exceptional job of portraying the way the main character's emotions towards Amber devolved from a pure idealistic love, down towards a physical obsession.
Though the author got pretty close to Fitzgerald's style of writing, he was never really able to get the depth of character that The Great Gatsby has. But, ultimately, this was a good, quick read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: EllaDee011 on Aug. 21, 2012 : (no rating)
Jazz is an entertaining read. Christain Mihai is a talented writer, and it will be good to see more fom him.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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