[A Yuletide Universe Sixteen Fantastical Tales] E–pub Ø Brian M. Thomsen
Brian M. Thomsen
Brian M. Thomsen õ 9 FREE DOWNLOADReview from Dec 2013Hooray Despite opening with an epigraphpoem that made me cringe it started out rhyming and then stopped this was a much better collection of holiday made me cringe it started out rhyming and then stopped this was a much better collection of holiday me cringe it started out rhyming and then stopped this was a much better collection of holiday than the others I ve read this yearMy favorite stories are starredThe collection opens with three super short ieces Nicholas Was by Neil Gaiman 1989 Cyber Claus by William Gibson
1991 HOLIDAY BY RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESONHoliday by Richard Christian Matheson Gaiman and Gibson are brief and forgettable but the Matheson this Matheson is the son of the famous author is a nice subtle Our Fake Relationship piece about a guy who runs into Santa on holiday in the tropics Nackles by Donald E Westlake 1964Westlake is mostly a crime fiction author and this little spooky story about the creativeower of belief is well done if not in 2013 The Blitzkrieg Legend particularly original Santa Claus vs SPIDER by Harlan Ellison 1968Absolute shit Extremely datededantic unfunny and gross The Crown parody of a spy novel Avoid this one at all costs I m already repressing having read it O Come Little Children by Chet Williamson 1989This is a finely writteniece about belief and the real Santa along with Über Nacht parental fears and a decent twist It s a Wonderful Miracle on 34th Street s Christmas Carol by Brian Thomsen 2003 The most recentiece a trope mashup taking Ad Astra place mostly in a therapist s office is also the one by the editor of the collection It s not terrible but maybe he should stick to editing The Yattering and Jack by Clive Barker 1984 While I found somearts of the ending unsatisfying this tale of the struggle between a demon and an average man was often fascinating Icicle Music by Michael Bishop 1989 A creepy ghost story that starts with a boy receiving a shotgun and a visitor Miracle by Connie Willis 1991Nope not reading that one again It s not horrible I just didn t like it much A Foreigner s Christmas in China by Maureen F McHugh 1993 A oetic lovely iece about travel ghosts and the Everything But The Girl pathseople walk Household Words Or The Powers That Be by Howard Waldrop 1993 Thi. Get yourself into the Christmas spirit with this owerhouse collection of Christmas stories from some of the world's greatest writers The contributors to this Christmas ant. S was very very odd Parts of this half biographical half alt steampunk world story Dickens and Christmas Carol are intriguing but it never really goes anywhere It felt like the author was just showing off a handful of ideas he really liked without a real story to ut them in A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L Frank Baum 1904An earlier version of this
Story Was In The Lifewas in The Life Adventures of Santa Claus but certain aspects of it are much interesting in this A handful of demons decide to kidnap Santa in order to cause the children of the world to indulge in vices In the ublic domain How Santa Claus Came to Simpson s Bar by Bret Harte 1873A Western It s got excellent style and it s a sweet story with rough edges which is just right In the Das Unbewusste vom Standpunkt der Physiologie und Descendenztheorie public domain A Proper Santa Claus by Anne McCaffrey 1973Just lovely a fantastic story about a young boy and his ideas aboutroper art Recommended for all who were young artists The Plot Against Santa Claus by James Powell 1970 FINALLY Someone wrote an actual Christmas noir Rory Bigtoes has a lot of Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia problems as head of Security for Santa what with threats against the big guy and civil unrest among the elfopulation over new toy Love Letters production techniues This isrobably my favorite iece in this whole collectionThis is a much stronger collection overall than the others I read this year despite a few missteps and I can safely recommend it as a fun read Just skip the Ellison4 Stars A Very Good Book If you delete that one story Otherwise 3 Or 2 It s really bad It was a collection of short stories by different authors and was kind of hit or miss More miss than hit though The best story was Connie Willis s and it was in her Xmas collection which I remember likingI m not a big fan of that holiday but there wasn t a good grinchy story in there either An entertaining collection of science fiction and fantasy stories about Christmas These stories range from the horrific to the humorous with a diverse collection of. Hology include well known writers with strong fan followings such as Bram Stoker; Hugo Award winning author of American Gods Neil Gaiman; Hugo Award winner Connie Willis; .
Authors such as Harlan Ellison Bret Harte L Frank Baum Donald Westlake Clive Barker and uite a mixture This wonderful short story collection adds an uniue sci fifantasy twist to the typical holiday characters and legends Even the book cover has A Bright And Detailed Illustration To Put bright and detailed illustration to ut in a holiday mood The Yattering and Jack by Clive Barker Miracle by Connie Willis Nackles by Donald E Westlake and Nicholas Was by Neil Gaiman were some of my favorite stories among others I hope to revisit this book again each year or so Eh Some of these my favorite stories among others I hope to revisit this book again each year or so Eh Some of these t bad articularly the funny ones Some were kind of dumb or just didn t make much sense The clever ones are rare But there were a few worth reading Golly but I don t know how to review a short story collectionI had reviously read the Harlan Ellison story I think all the rest
WERE NEW TO ME AND ELLISONnew to me And Ellison I read so long ago it was a lot like reading it newI enjoyed the different takes on Christmas stories all novel compared to what you usually get Worth reading A wide variety of story lengths Each year in December I try to read a book with a Christmas theme This year it was a book of sixteen short stories that were characterized as science fiction Although they are stories written by authors that have made their living in the science fiction genre these stories are not really science fiction The only clear exception was Cyber Claus by William Gibson Two of the stories I had read in revious collections but were still welcome here The Neil Gaiman story Nicholas was was originally a demented Christmas card he wrote and would not have been included except that he IS Neil GaimanWith any collection there will be winners and losers My list will be different from yours But it is a diverse group of stories many with a very original erspective of Santa Claus Past Present and Future I would be surprised if you did not find something to like Santa Claus used uite Heavily mostly not wellStill some fun concepts. Nne McCaffrey; Harlan Ellison; Clive Barker; and many others Curl up in front of a fireplace with this memorable anthology of 16 short stories Hot cocoa is also recommended. ,
Brian M. Thomsen