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A Vampire Christmas Carol

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Ebenezer Scrooge has never been known for the greatness of his heart. A miser, a leech, a penny-pinching old coot. . . Say what you will about him, though—he's never actually sucked someone's blood.

That dubious honor belongs to the vampires who surround him, preying on the weak and laying traps for the strong. They've dogged his footsteps since he was born, driving him fro
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ebook, 304 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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Elke
This book sounded like fun, and I enjoy reading something christmassy around this time of year.

Pro: the idea of the book was interesting enough and of course immediately appealed to me. I have no problem whatsoever with a retelling of a great classic story. I never expected this one to outplay the original either, but to give some light entertainment, and that it did.

Contra: the language, though attempted to fit the historical time and place, sometimes had me reread sentences simply to understan
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Melyna
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book knowing nothing more than it was a Christmas related. Finding that it is a re-telling of Dickens "A Christmas Carol" I was hesitant but decided to give it a try. I have not read any of the other classics that have been turned into paranormal books.

The story tells the tale of how Ebenezer's entire life has been shaped by the Queen of vampires. Her pet project so to speak. It follows the original story fairly closely but adds the vampire twist, with vampires being the reason f
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Joanie
Update-I can't make myself read past the 3rd page. Back to the library it goes.


Saw this at the library and had to grab it. I'm sure it's horrible but I couldn't resist.

Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An old favorite with a new twist

Opening Sentence: Marley was dead to begin with.

The Review:

For this piece, I won’t give you a complete run down of the hero or heroine, because I am going to assume that the three of you have already met. That’s right, as in the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; we follow the life and times of one Ebenezer Scrooge, and all his associates and family members.

Ok, so a lot of the characters and events
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Sandra Guerfi
As Londoners fear the dark for the creatures lurking in its shadows and the holidays approaching with tidings of great bleakness instead of joy, all that stands in the way are handfuls of those who are willing to stand up to these creatures and await the promised one who will be born to destroy the last of the evil vampires feasting on the unaware. In this retelling, Scrooge has been directed his whole life unknowingly by the Queen and King of vampires who have a vested interest in him. From the ...more
Leah
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps having recently read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens made it difficult to enjoy Sarah Gray's reboot, A Vampire Christmas Carol. (Or I could just be really burnt out on vampires and their rampant [over]use in books, film and TV.) Gray's was a strong idea and she did manage to create an interesting backstory and explanation for Scrooge's character and lifestyle. But something just felt off for me.

The first four chapters were rather clunky and hard to connect with. Also, the narrator s
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Joe Hempel
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So that's what made Scrooge so grumpy...the VAMPIRES!! I get it now!

Interesting little mix, I haven't read any of the others like Pride & Predjudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so it was a neat little thing to see the scenes with the vampires mixed in with the Dickens Classic. Incedentally I couldn't be ruined because I've never read the Dickens classic.

At least these Vampires don't sparkle.

It was interesting though...but it won't be for everyone.
Manuela
May 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't the first classical novel that I read with Vampires. But unlike others with this one I had to work to get through the pages. The story was dragging, the explanations given sounded weird and coming out from nowhere and the characters were not developed enough to either be like the original ones or to be totally new creations of their own story. I finished it and was thankful for the last page.
Kathy (ebookkat)
Having just read the classic "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens I decided to search the library ebooks for another Christmas themed story. I came upon "A Vampire Christmas Carol" by Sarah Gray and thought the spoof of the original Dicken's classic with a vampire twist might be entertaining to read. I was delighted when the book turned out to be a clever and sometimes funny read.
Amanda
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but it's done primarily in the writing style of Dickens, so you should expect a bit harder reading level from it. I wouldn't say it's the greatest book ever, but I found it to be better than a lot of the reviews here on goodreads made it seem. I would be willing to give another book by this author a try.
Diana
Nov 22, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I tried. I really did. I waded through almost 10 chapters. I thought it might be a fun vampire story like "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" but it was too much! I didn't mind the rambling and jumping around, but when the author described something as glowing "like a bad lobster in a dark cellar" I just couldn't take anymore!
Karin
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A retelling of Dicken's classics with a twist: vampires are causing Scrooge's meanness!

If you are going to use an existing story to tell your own, it had better be damn clever. And this wasn't. It was painful and slow-going, too much of it was copied directly from A Christmas Carol. Lazy. Despite that, I wish we would have read this for our book club's December book.
Lesa Neace
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes the original Dickens story and adds vampires as the guiding force that made Scrooge the man he was prior to his encounter with the Christmas ghosts. An interesting twist on a holiday classic.
Joseph Harris
Dec 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty awful.
Anne Bradley
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
My thoughts can be found on my blog at: http://nextdarkage.com/2012/12/23/a-v...
Kelsey
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Review pending...
Eva
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My complete review can be found on my blog.
http://vampirekiss1967.blogspot.com/2...
Misfit
Sep 27, 2011 marked it as no-thank-you  ·  review of another edition
Make. It. Stop. Now.
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