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A Vampire Christmas Carol by Sarah     Gray
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it was ok

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 seemed judgy and somewhat offensive. It took a good deal of work for me to push through the prose, which didn't quite hit the mark. (Keep in mind I loved the original and have no issue with older styles of prose.) I wonder, if Gray would've transplanted Scrooge, and the new world she'd crafted for him, into today's world, being able to then write more modern prose, would she have crafted a story easier and more enjoyable for today's readers? I also would've liked to have seen a lot less of the original text; long passages were copied verbatim.

Overall, 2.5 stars, and that's mostly for Gray's idea, and Dickens' underlying themes remaining intact.
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Reading Progress

November 9, 2011 – Shelved
December 24, 2011 – Started Reading
January 5, 2012 –
page 27
9.0% "First four chapters were rather clunky. Almost quit when the narrator said, "I am known to skip forward and back in a good tale, relying on the notion that anyone with a little good sense and the interest will follow.""
January 10, 2012 –
page 300
100.0%
January 10, 2012 – Finished Reading

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