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A Maine Christmas Carol by Philip F. Harris
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Dec 09, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: i-want-those-hours-of-my-life-back, book-club, reviewed-on-examiner-com
Read on December 09, 2010

The fact that anyone has given this 5 stars, is incomprehensible to me. I wish I could get my money and my time back. It reads like poorly written fan-fiction.

The diction and word choice are inconsistent. The author should have committed to the modernization and not tried to tuck in period vocabulary and turns of phrases to recall the Dickens classic. None of the characters behaved in logical or appropriate manners, they flip flopped and changed personalities to suit the point of that particular passage. Not to mention that we were constantly told, rather than shown, character traits. The narrative constantly contradicts itself and can be confusing.

I can honestly say that I've read better fan-fiction stories (with the same Christmas Carol conceit), stories that put this one to shame. I'm not sure how this got published, it seems so unpolished. Even the editor didn't seem to care about it too much, because there are typos and unevenly spaced words and letters. In a soft cover book I paid $14 for. Like I said, I wish I hadn't wasted my time on this. Though it's my own fault, I suggested it for book-club. Maybe if I'm lucky I will realize that it was all just a 'nightmare caused by an undigested brownie'...

ETA: Read an expanded review of this book at Examiner.Com
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Tracy That last line of your review made me laugh out loud. I think I enjoyed that more then the entire "book".

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