This is a collection of seven short stories. They each share a connection to Christmas, but truthfully some of those connections are fairly weak.
We stThis is a collection of seven short stories. They each share a connection to Christmas, but truthfully some of those connections are fairly weak.
We start with A Time For Giving. In this tale, we see another reason to not leave anyone off of your Christmas list and family can come in all forms.
A young boy uses his father teleportation invention to try and solve the greatest holiday mystery of all in The List.
Love Story at Gate 6B is a sweet little tale that shows us love lasts through the ages.
Teacher's Pets presents the tale of a new teacher and her unique way of dealing with troublesome students.
Vanishing Skills shows that even the wish business has its complications.
As long as your mind is open, there will always be something that you can learn. This is the lesson we learn in Last Canvas.
No Marbles This Year is a tale of unique Christmas traditions for a family and how they can be thrown into disarray with the passing of the family's leader.
I enjoyed this collection. The stories were fun even if some of them were only slightly connected to the holiday. This is one of the very few sci-fi/fantasy Christmas book for adults that I have found. If anyone knows of any others. please feel free to send me the title. Merry Christmas....more
The only Welsh detective that specializes in mystery dealing with the blues in Memphis is back. While he is closer to Scrooge than Santa, it is up toThe only Welsh detective that specializes in mystery dealing with the blues in Memphis is back. While he is closer to Scrooge than Santa, it is up to him to save Christmas for a beautiful dame and a bunch of retired... well let's just say they were very friendly ladies (for a price).(The City Union of Needy Tarts)
While this is part of a series, you can read it just fine without any real problems. I wouldn't call this that sweet of a story and probably shouldn't be read by kiddies. But it is fun and makes a nice introduction of the character.
The character does not seem to know about the past tense of verbs. I am guessing that is to show the character's Welsh accent. It can still be slightly annoying reading it though. Otherwise, a good story....more
Another collection of 101 stories by real people that will in turn inspire or entertain all but the most Scrooge-like Grinches. The theme of the storiAnother collection of 101 stories by real people that will in turn inspire or entertain all but the most Scrooge-like Grinches. The theme of the stories are all related to Christmas. All of the stories are just a few pages, so you can read one or two in your spare moments.
I felt like I was part of one of the tales this holiday season. I lost my father on October 14th this year. My mom was scheduled to have knee surgery that same day. Needless to say, her operation was postponed. She got it done at the beginning of December. This meant, she was going to be on a walker until right before Christmas. She wouldn't be able to do a lot of her normal Christmas preparations. With the help of my siblings, we have tried to pick up as much of the preparations as we could from my mom. But between my not-so-great health and their jobs, it has still been a challenge. The final thing is that my dog (it belongs to my mom and me actually) had a stroke and had to be put to sleep. We ended up burying him exactly 2 months after we had buried my dad. Needless to say, there have been a lot more tears than normal this season. But while reading these stories, I was reminded of a few simple things. It doesn't matter if everything isn't the same as previous years and we have to skip a tradition here or there. What matters is that the family is all gathering. While there also be some empty spots caused by loved ones being gone, they will still be there in our hearts.
So for me these stories helped to make a difficult time, less difficult....more
This was a fun, short story. It is part of a series but you don't need to have read the others. In fact, I have not read any of the other stories andThis was a fun, short story. It is part of a series but you don't need to have read the others. In fact, I have not read any of the other stories and had no problem following or enjoying the story.
There were two points that could bother some readers. The characters know they are in a story and will address the readers directly at times, This breaking the so-called fourth wall might throw some readers out of the story. The other thing, the characters tell the readers that they have held back a piece of information. This might cause readers to feel cheated at their chance to solve the mystery. Personally, I had no problem with either of these things. I found the characters talking to me just added to the humor. As for the withholding of the information, I was able to still guess the general if not the specific thing they withheld.
So, I found this to be a nice introduction to the characters and the series. I will definitely look for more stories....more